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Following Apple’s release of the free iOS 9 software update for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, the California firm has provided an exhaustive list of improvements, new features and other tidbits that will make your mobile computing life easier and allow your devices to run faster and last longer between charges.

Apple says this update makes your iOS devices become more intelligent and proactive with enhanced search, improved Siri, better multitasking on iPads and more.

iOS 9 release notes

With this update your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features. New multitasking features for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature.

And, built-in apps become more powerful with detailed transit information in Maps, a redesigned Notes app, and an all-new News app. And improvements at the foundation of the operating system enhance performance, improve security and give you up to an hour of extra battery life.


Proactive assistance

  • Presents relevant information even before you start typing
  • Notifies you when you need to leave for appointments using traffic conditions
  • Learns what you listen to in a certain location or at a particular time of day and can automatically display playback controls for your preferred music and audio apps
  • Suggested events and contact details are added to apps based on information found in Mail

Siri improvements

  • Search your personal photos and videos based on dates, locations and album names
  • Ask Siri to remind you about things you’re looking at in your apps, including Safari, Mail, Notes and Messages
  • Request directions via public transit

Spotlight search improvements

  • Get sports scores, weather conditions and stock prices
  • Simple math calculations and conversions
  • Initiate messages, phone calls and FaceTime calls from contact search results

New iPad Features

Slide Over

  • Quickly use a second app without leaving the one you’re in
  • Easily switch between Slide Over apps
  • Support for Apple apps and enabled third party apps

Split View

  • View and interact with two apps at once
  • Ability to resize your view to give equal attention to both apps or prioritize one app over another
  • Support for Apple apps and enabled third party apps

Picture in picture

  • Continue watching a video while using your favorite apps
  • Support for Safari video, FaceTime, Videos and Podcasts and enabled third party apps

QuickType improvements

  • Multi-Touch gestures for easier text selection on iPad
  • Quick access to text editing tools with Shortcut Bar on iPad
  • Support for hardware keyboard shortcuts
  • Support for all Unicode emoji flags

Built-in Apps

Map improvements

  • Support for public transit lines, station details with exits and entrances, schedules and directions in select major cities
  • Browse for places around you by category, including Food, Drinks, Shopping, Fun and more
  • Apple Pay support is indicated on place cards at participating retail locations
  • Place cards include Wikipedia information for landmarks and cities

Redesigned Notes app

  • Add photos to your notes with the built-in camera or from your Photo Library
  • Create useful checklists and check off completed items with a tap
  • Sketch a quick thought using just your finger
  • Save interesting items directly from other apps using the Share menu

All-new News app

  • Read your favorite newspapers, magazines, and blogs, or choose from over a million topics
  • Beautiful typography and layouts, photo galleries, videos, animations, and more
  • Browse articles that are chosen based on your interests in For You. Find channel and topic recommendations in Explore. News gets more personalized the more you read
  • Easily share articles with friends or save them to read later — even when you’re offline

Mail improvements

  • Search improvements help you quickly find what you’re looking for by filtering results based on sender, recipient, subject or a combination of options
  • Support for Markup lets you annotate an image or PDF attachment with text, shapes and even your signature, then send it back — without leaving Mail
  • Easily save the attachments you receive or add files from iCloud Drive or other document providers while composing a new message

Apple Pay and Wallet improvements

  • Support for Discover cards
  • Support for rewards cards and store credit and debit cards
  • To check out even faster, you can prepare an upcoming payment by double-clicking the Home button from the Lock Screen and keeping your finger on Touch ID

New iCloud Drive app

  • Easily search for a file or browse in the new iCloud Drive app by date, name, or tags you added on your Mac
  • Open files in any compatible app or share with those you choose
  • Organize folders and files
  • Get the iCloud Drive app in Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive and select Show on Home Screen

CarPlay improvements

  • Plays back audio messages, letting you hear from people in their own voices
  • Full support for car knob controls, so you can tilt and spin to scroll through lists or pan around in Maps
  • Support for CarPlay apps from auto manufacturers


  • Longer battery life
    • Up to one hour of additional time before you need to charge your battery
    • Facedown detection for turning display off when not in use
    • Low power mode optimizes device performance to extend battery by up to an additional three hours
  • Software updates require less space to download and offer an option to install later
  • iOS apps and user interface now use Metal to deliver faster scrolling, smoother animation, and better overall performance
  • Improved security with two-factor authentication support and a default 6 digit passcode support for Touch ID devices

Other improvements

  • New San Francisco system font
  • Leave a message option if recipient isn’t available for a FaceTime call
  • Share voicemails from the Phone app using the share sheet
  • Flight and package tracking for data detectors
  • Health app adds support for reproductive health, UV exposure, water intake and sedentary state data types
  • HomeKit adds support for motorized windows and shades, motion sensors and home security system accessories
  • Podcasts has an all-new design, makes it easy to find the latest episodes of your favorite shows and notifies you when new episodes become available for you
  • Support for Wi-Fi calling on iPad, iPod touch and Mac, without iPhone in proximity on participating carriers
  • Wi-Fi Assist to automatically use cellular data when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor
  • Transfer content from an Android device with the Move to iOS app, visit for more details

Expanded language support

  • New PingFang Chinese system font
  • Improved predictions, learning and autocorrection for Chinese in QuickType
  • Redesigned punctuation input on 10-key Chinese keyboard
  • Redesigned User Interface for right-to-left languages
  • Added Siri support for Austria, Belgium (French and Dutch), and Norway
  • Added Spotlight search support for Mexico
  • New keyboards for French (Belgium), German (Austria), Gujarati, Hindi (Transliteration), Hinglish, Punjabi, Spanish (Mexico), and Telugu
  • Predictive input for French (Belgium), German (Austria), Korean, Russian, Spanish (Mexico), and Turkish
  • Dictation support for Dutch (Belgium), English (Ireland, Philippines, South Africa), French (Belgium), German (Austria), and Spanish (Chile, Colombia)
  • Spell check for Finnish and Korean
  • Definition dictionary for Hindi, Norwegian and Swedish
  • Bilingual dictionary for French-English and German-English
  • New Japanese autocorrection and improved predictions and learning in QuickType
  • Option to switch between number systems for Arabic and Hindi

Enterprise & Education

  • Assign apps directly to iOS devices without needing to have an iTunes Store account configured
  • Improved calendar reliability for customers using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync v16
  • Expanded Per App VPN support for the built-in IPSec and IKEv2 VPN clients
  • New networking controls for managed apps to help limit international data roaming costs
  • New restrictions to prevent changes to passcodes, device names and wallpapers, or to disable AirDrop on managed devices
  • Third party app extension support for VPN, advanced content filtering, and captive Wi-Fi networks


  • Touch Accommodations provides additional touch control for those with physical motor limitations
  • Switch Control Recipes to customize features or create your own
  • Support for Siri Voices for VoiceOver users
  • Additional customization of AssistiveTouch
  • Hardware keyboard support for Key Repeat, Slow Keys and Sticky Keys
  • Improved MFi hearing aid audio routing to choose where audio is played

Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas so you’re advised to check out Apple’s iOS 9 Feature Availability webpage for more information.

What’s your favorite iOS 9 feature from the list above?

  • Chris Gilmore

    Leave a message for Facetime? Like a video message or just voicemail?

    • Andrea Verocio

      I would like to know this as well.

    • Alberto Espinal

      I believe it’s a text like in the phone app when someone is calling you and you can create a custom text

  • Amit Dadwal

    i don’t got the news app…wtf is wrong


      It is only available in US region. If you have setup other than US in “Language & Region” under settings then it won’t show up! 😐 😐

      • T. Allen

        I’m in the US and it doesn’t work for me. The ONLY thing I see is the Welcome to News page.

    • KhatMan

      its only available in the US, UK and Australia at launch

      • Amit Dadwal

        i am in uk but i dont have this

      • Sleaka J

        I know it was supposed to be available in Australia at launch, but mine is set to Australia and it won’t show unless it’s set to US. When I change it back to Australia, it disappears again.

    • William D

      News app is available – in the UK, and a couple of others , in 9.1 so I guess they postponed international launch,

  • Past0rB

    Does the new iCloud Drive app work like Google Drive? Can you select which items it syncs on your Mac or is it all or nothing?

    • Troy

      Sadly is all or nothing

  • leart

    oh, finally i don’t have to worry about those auto download updates, there are no ota from 6.1.3 anymore 🙂

    • iDude

      yuck lol

      • leart


    • Sleetui

      Smart move to stay on iOS 6. One of the best iOS’s ever made.

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        Yeah it’s super fast.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Sound off on how much slower or faster (yea right) your 6 has gotten after the update!

  • leart

    if you own a powerful recent device, there are themes in cydia that can replicate ios 6 almost 100% 🙂

    • Rahimo

      Can you provide a list of themes that can do the job?? Please!!

      • leart

        @coolstarorg has some nice ones

  • Out of all these, what features will iPhone 4s be getting ?? Or rather won’t be getting ???

    • Bugs Bunnay

      The only thing that ancient device is getting is that it’s on ios 9.

      • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

        Considering a lot of people still use the second gen iPod Touch for gaming and music, I wouldn’t call the 4S ancient.

      • Bugs Bunnay

        Not enough reason! It’s old and it’s time to call it as it is. Ancient!

  • okhoo

    So many tabs in my Photos man….

  • Noohar

    So potentially we can see VLC support Picture in Picture?

  • n0ahcruz3

    I noticed slight lag on my i6 :/

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      iOS 9.1 fixes that.

  • Amit Dadwal


  • That_Fruitarian

    Content blocker – just installed it(Crystal) and I can visit macdailynews without all those ads now. Love it!!

    • Jeiivy

      Great app

  • Eyal Rotem

    so “perfect” that you’re on 6.1.3? lol
    many features become available with jailbreaking. i hate iOS without it.

    • leart

      read well, nowadays ios is perfect, it means recent ios like 8-9. I have jailbroken devices in ios 4-5-6, I know very well the benefits, just inform yourself abut risks of jailbreaking, if it is ok for you then, fine

      • Eyal Rotem

        I understood. just can’t see why it’s “perfect” yet you did not update to it. seems odd.

        if you use jailbreaking with reason, no risks apply.

      • leart

        jailbreaking basically transform the security level of ios in to android one, that’s it.
        why I’m not updating? because i love the old interface, it’s very simple

      • Viktor_Zweig

        Oh, does it now? And I suppose you’re ready to share with us how does that “transformation” occur?

      • leart

        google it

      • Viktor_Zweig

        I asked you first. If you don’t know the answer, just say so. It will be less embarassing than debunking your b.s.

      • leart

        it removes the apples restriction and is possible to run in the device unsigned code, basically is a open device, just like android

      • leart

        wtf you mean with: i asked you first?
        if you dont know how to google why one should waste time to explain such a complicated thing

  • ElzoRillo

    ‘Favorite Contacts’ shortcut used to show up when you double clicked the home button and it was one of my most used functions. They are not showing up as a shortcut any more! Any ideas?

  • iPhoneWINS

    eh looks boring except 3d touch

  • No updates to music app? What about 100,000gb song limit? What about Adblocker? Is that still implemented?

  • Tylor Jackson

    I curious want to know if ios 9 had “content blocker” safari in the settings on any devices?

  • Shrey Gupta

    I cannot see the low power toggle on my iPad Air 2. Also, how can I ebale the content blocker?

    • 5723alex .

      First you have to down content blocker app. Then in Settings-Safari , scroll down to content blockers and enable.

      1Blocker, from Salavat Khanov
      Adamant, from Cory Bohon
      Blockr, from Tim Poller & Arno Appenzeller.
      Crystal, from Murphy Apps.
      Freedom, from Zach Simone.
      Purify, from Charismatic.
      Silentium, from the Silentium team.

  • @dongiuj

    I though ios9 was supposed to be an update to make everything work better/smoother, to brush out all the bugs. Not to add more crap that’s going to go wrong.

  • anustart

    I just got the Android 4.0 update as well. Loving it so far.


    Hi I have a question! How can I go back and upgrade my Notes app in iOS 9?! I have selected “Not Now” and it seems there is no way to go back to welcome page of the notes to upgrade!

  • Christopher Robin Hernandez

    you forgot to mention the quick reply feature available for all third party apps!

  • Pablo

    Did apple remove the previous wallpapers? I mean the ones from iOS 7 and 8