iOS 9 software update for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad now available

By , Sep 16, 2015

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Today, Wednesday, September 16, Apple released the iOS 9 software update for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Provided free of charge, iOS 9 is compatible with the fifth and sixth-generation iPod touch and with any iPhone and iPad model from the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 onward, respectively.

Needless to say, folks who are jailbroken and want to keep your jailbreak are advised to stay away from iOS 9 for the time being.

How to upgrade to iOS 9

To upgrade your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to iOS 9 over-the-air, choose General > Software Update in the Settings app.

If you wish, you can also perform an upgrade through iTunes: just connect your device via USB to a Mac or Windows PC running iTunes and select Check for Update.

The iOS 9 software update itself requires 1.3 gigabytes of free storage space to install. By comparison, iOS 8 needs 4.58 gigabytes of free storage space to install.

Faster and more responsive

iOS 9 doesn’t focus as much on new features as it does on the plumbing work, which makes your iOS gadgets run faster, be more responsive and consume less battery.

“The apps in iOS 9 now take advantage of Metal, making more efficient use of the CPU and GPU to deliver faster scrolling, smoother animation, and better overall performance,” writes Apple. “Email, messages, web pages, and PDFs render faster. And multitasking features on iPad feel fluid and natural.”

Tutorial: 5 ways to prepare for iOS 9

Proactive, smarter Spotlight

For instance, Proactive features have been implemented in various places .

Proactive takes advantage of your personal data residing on your phone in order to anticipate what you need before you even search for it, offering useful content suggestions in apps and when you bring up Spotlight search.

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Speaking of which, apps can now expose their own content in Spotlight and the feature now suggests stuff like relevant people and places, apps, local news that’s trending where you are and more.

Siri, side-by-side apps, transit directions

Siri in iOS 9 now lets you search a wider range of topics, she understands what you say more accurately and delivers results faster. Apple Maps now includes a Nearby feature and adds public transit directions in select cities.

iOS 9 adds a bunch of productivity shortcuts to Apple’s stock QuickType keyboard and lets you use the virtual keyboard as a touchpad of sorts for precise cursor positioning.

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iOS 9 especially boost productive on the iPad.

On iPads, you can swipe from the right screen edge to bring up a second app without leaving the one you’re in. And on the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro you can run two full apps in a tremendously useful side-by-side view.

And while using FaceTime or watching a video, you can now press the Home button and your video screen scales down to a corner of your display, while you do something else.

Stronger security and better privacy

iOS 9 even improves your security with stronger, 6-digit passcodes and enhanced built-in support for two-factor Apple ID authentication.

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Smaller app sizes, improved battery life

Last but not least, iOS 9 also gives your iPhone up to an hour of additional run time before charging. And with App Thinning, updates and App Store apps are now smaller and optimized for your device model.

It’s worth mentioning that iOS 9 adds four new non-removable stock apps to your Home screen: News, Find My iPhone, Find My Friends and iCloud Drive.

New iCloud pricing

In addition to releasing iOS 9, Apple also put in effect new iCloud pricing.

Starting today, you get an additional 30 GB for $0.99 per month as the entry-level tier now maxes out at fifty gigabytes of cloud storage. The 500GB tier has been removed and the remaining 200GB and 1TB tiers have been slashed to $2.99 and $9.99 per month, respectively.

International iCloud pricing is available in Apple’s support document.

Are you on the fence of upgrading to iOS 9 or will you be jumping on Apple’s latest and greatest operating system later today?

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  • shantanu mundada

    Software update failed!! Trying to update from IOS 9 GM…update size 42.3MB

    • BooBee

      Yup, I got the same error.

    • Curtis

      I got the same thing and im on 8.4.1. had to update from computer.

    • rafaelpz

      Keep trying (I was able to do it after 3 errors)

      • SHANTANU

        yesss….finally…!!! it worked…!! 😀 😀

    • Curtis

      And you cant update from ios 9 gm. thats the final build,

      • SHANTANU

        I just did..!! Got OTA of 42.3 MB and I was on IOS 9 GM

      • Vahid Jafari

        yes we can

      • Martynet

        I just did. 46 MB update from GM

      • Dexter

        It is possible

    • theapple99

      The servers could be over loaded if you wait a couple of days you may want to try it.

    • This is the first time I see the GM different from the released on iTunes.

  • Mohammed Thowseef

    What’s the build number of the iOS 9 GM public release

    • Dexter

      13A344

  • Mateus Wang

    Is the same GM build compilattion?

    • Dexter

      No, new build, 13A344

  • Trevor Salmon

    “Software update Failed An error occurred downloaded iOS 9.” Well that’s frustrating!

  • Tom

    Still nothing in Lithuania….

  • Sailor_V90

    I keep getting “Software Update Failed — An error occurred downloading iOS 9”

  • moparbob

    Not showing up in iTunes yet 🙁

    • moparbob

      Finally showed up. YAY!!!!

  • Tom

    just showed up, trying to update

  • Jose Gonzalez

    IPhone 5s downloading fine but on my iPad mini 3 I’m getting an error…

    • Jose Gonzalez

      Never mind, just failed on my iPhone too.

      • Sailor_V90

        Yeah my 5s and iPad Mini 2 were both going with 7 minutes left then just failed.

      • Jose Gonzalez

        Had 54 seconds left on iPhone then failed, ugh.

      • BooBee

        At this point I would be glad it failed before it installed possibly corrupt software that bricks your phone.

      • Jose Gonzalez

        Well Apple just held back on Apple watch software, would be crazy if they found something on iOS 9 too…

      • Sailor_V90

        must be system overload?

      • Jose Gonzalez

        Hopefully thats all thats wrong. Disappointing though.

      • Sailor_V90

        on iTunes its going through

      • Jose Gonzalez

        Don’t feel like doing it through iTunes. Ill just wait.

      • Sailor_V90

        lol that works too

      • Jose Gonzalez

        🙂

  • Andres

    Let us know when iOS 9 jailbreak is available and I’ll do it. Not updating yet.

    • Dany Quirion

      Lol..

    • votdfak

      Same here. iOS wo JB is dull.

  • moparbob

    Which is better to do OTR or through iTunes?

    • BooBee

      OTA has always worked fine for me.

      • moparbob

        I always read that it is better to do it iTunes. I also read do it that way if you want to jailbreak.

      • BooBee

        I don’t jailbreak so I can’t provide feedback on that. For regular updates OTA has always worked for me the past 4 years. I also do a full icloud backup before I update.

      • Dexter

        I prefer using my PC, I can also keep a copy of the IPSW should I want to clean restore. It’s not necessary though.

  • Tom

    iphone 5s on itunes update is 1.81 GB

    • Sailor_V90

      Damn really? I’m still showing 8.4.1

  • Adrian

    iTunes wants me to get 8.4.1, eeeh

    • Sebastian Diaz

      Restart iTunes.

  • Fardeen Beharry

    its different from the GM. i got a 25mb update on my 4s

  • Arzensan

    Getting the same “Software Update Failed” error as most of u … Seriously Apple … After so many years please focus on the freakin’ servers as well! :/

    • Sebastian Diaz

      Try with iTunes.

      • Arzensan

        Tried it … 🙁

      • Sebastian Diaz

        Restart iTunes, I’m downloading iOS 9 right now.

      • Tom

        I’m downloading it too. 4 min left…

      • Arzensan

        Still no luck … Getting it from another source tough. Could please confirm the size of the firmware ? Is it 1.97GB ?

      • Tom

        itunes shows 1.81 gb for my iphone 5s

      • Arzensan

        Is this the build number: iPhone7,2_9.0_13A344 ?

      • Tom

        for iphone 5s it is iPhone6,2_9.0_13A344

      • Sebastian Diaz

        1.84GB for iPhone 6.

      • Arzensan

        Thanks. Maybe I’m not getting the update message cause I’m using El Capitan GM … :/

  • czbird

    Where’s the jailbreak? 🙂

  • Sailor_V90

    Well, on Apple’s main page it is still showing “iOS 9 Coming Soon” so perhaps the roll out isn’t ready yet?

  • Vahid Jafari

    IPSW is up

  • Tom

    just finished downloading! updating now

  • fregata

    Downloaded on my 5s and running IOS 9 😀

    • Tom

      mine is almost fininshed 😀

      • fregata

        I’m done. 🙂

      • Tom

        Me too ! 😀

      • fregata

        Great 😀

      • Sailor_V90

        did a fresh reinstall help?

      • fregata

        i just restarted my iphone and it works fine now 🙂

      • Sailor_V90

        perfect.
        cheers mate!

      • fregata

        i really like the new going to the previous app feature. very useful

      • fregata

        for some reason, i feel that its lagging on my 5s :/

      • Sailor_V90

        me too 🙁

      • Tom

        somehow I didn’t notice that :/

      • Sailor_V90

        I’m trying a fresh reinstall in hopes of better results

      • fregata

        once you are done, let me know. il do a fresh install too, if that helps.

      • Sailor_V90

        yup a fresh install did the trick for me

    • Sailor_V90

      mine is rebooting now 🙂

      • fregata

        Great. Exploring it now.

  • ClaudieX X

    Still Nothing in my Country !!!

    • Tom

      have you tried restarting iTunes if you are on PC/MAC?

  • Martynet

    Just updated form 9 GM over OTA and all went fine…

  • I’m using the latest Beta and I don’t see any update yet.

  • james latsch

    if having problems udating to iOS 9 through wifi try updating through iTunes

  • iDude

    how come the full firmware is not yet on the download section jeff?

  • haerondir

    I’m still rocking iOS 6 on my 4S!

  • Tom

    somehow I cant find that image from keynote :/

  • Trevor Salmon

    Mine fully updated and got stuck at the apple logo when it rebooted. In the process of restoring on my computer now….

    • theapple99

      You may want to go back to ios8.4.1

  • Mustabeen Ahmad

    Is iOS 9 suitable for iPhone 5s or not? Plz reply

  • Alnando Espaillat

    More stock app! Seriously! I don’t have the space for more apps

  • Raba7

    wooooow finally yes

  • fregata

    After the update, my 5s is having trouble with wifi connectivity. AppStore apps are not getting downloaded, whatsapp works like shit. Restoring to 8.4.1 now.

  • Devin Hextor

    Waiting for a jailbreak

  • Pedro Gonsalez

    Error 3014… any ideas?