The Apple experience refresh: expected iOS 9 release date, major new features, supported devices


Well, guys, all the major IFA announcements and Samsung's Unpacked are both in the past, but that certainly doesn't mean that there aren't some big things to look forward to for the rest of this year. Most notably, we are about to see the next generation of iPhones – presumably, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus – and the latest-and-greatest in Apple mobile software, with the update to iOS 9.

The brass tacks


Those of you who feel a bit more adventurous have probably already installed an iOS 9 beta on their iDevice and have dipped their toes in what the latest release is going to bring. Most, however, are most probably just waiting for the finished product – understandably so, as betas are not famous for being very stable. So, in case you are fuzzy on the expected new features, here are the most important ones we are expecting

  • Better battery life – Apple promised a 2 hour battery life increase, and an additional Low Power mode to squeeze out that extra time needed to reach an outlet
  • Split-screen – finally, multitasking is reaching iOS. While true split-screen will be limited to devices with iPad Air 2-class hardware (minimum A8X processor, 2 GB of RAM), older iPhones and iPads will get a limited split-screen, allowing users to call in Notes, Messages, and some other apps with just a swipe, without closing whatever app they are currently working in
  • Apple Maps Transit directions – Transit is a new feature, which will attempt to give users super-accurate information on transport routes and travel time – it even calculates the actual geographical size of the actual stations and airports you are departing from / arriving to in order to achieve this
  • Keyboard touchpad – marking text is about to get much easier with the virtual keyboard's new touchpad functionality – tap and drag with two fingers over the keyboard and you will be able to fine-tune your cursor's position anywhere on the text field
  • A better shift key – Ever since iOS 7's visual update, complaints about how the virtual keyboard's shift key's state (on / off) is hard to read have been swarming the 'net. Well, it will finally be much easier to read with a slight tweak in the design
  • Install size optimizations – iOS 9 will start distinguishing between app resources and will only download the ones you need. For example, when downloading a new app on a 64-bit capable iPad Air 2, the 32-bit assets of the app will not be downloaded, as they are technically just hogging storage space, without being of any use
  • Notes app update – Notes will get a much-needed rehash, bringing it up to speed on functions such as attaching images, links, creating checklists, and scribbling with a finger / stylus.
  • Search and Siri improvements – the Spotlight Search will be able to go deeper with its results, giving you game scores and videos straight from the results, while Siri will become contextually aware, allowing you to interact with it a bit more naturally (example: Who's singing this song? How old is he?)
  • Performance improvements – of course, Apple promised some more performance tweaks


Which devices are going to get iOS 9?


These are the most prominent updates that we are aware of. Now, who's going to get the new iOS 9? Well, quite generously, Apple has announced that the new operating system will hit iPhones and iPads bearing the A5 processor as a minimum. This means iPhone 4s and up, iPad 2 and up, iPad mini and up. Quite impressively, Apple continues to update its 4-year old devices.

When will we get iOS 9?


Traditionally, Apple starts rolling out its latest, official iOS build a couple of days before launching the newest iPhone. iOS 7 started hitting devices on the 18th of September, 2013 and the official iPhone 5s launch was set for the 20th of the same month. In 2014, the iPhone 6 was launched on the 19th of September, while iOS 8 was available on the 17th. This year, reports claim that the alleged iPhone 6s launch will be on the 18th of September, which means that we can expect the iOS 9 update prompt to start appearing on devices on the 16th – just eight days from today!

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30 Comments

1. bistech

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 23, 2015

So many new great features that others will going to copy.

3. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

which ones are not already implemented by someone else

5. Derekjeter

Posts: 1531; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I swear I think some of these new accounts are the writers from PA, they just log in to their fake accounts to start war among the idiot isheep and the dumb ass Fandroids. Seriously who cares who copies who? We all benefit from it. Pick the phone or OS that you like and STFU! Shame on you PA for having fake accounts.

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

No, some people are actually like that, they'll start s**te for nothing.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree. But, I actually think it's sarcasm.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31331; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Damn!!!

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I refuse to believe that post was serious. HAS to be a joke post or they forgot the sarcasm tag.

6. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

iphone note.

7. KickRocks

Posts: 279; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Please tell me your kidding, right??

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Like what?

2. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

waiting for the 6s plus, that plus my s6 edge is enough for me for the year. There's nothing like having best of both worlds in your hands.

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I'm glad about this touchpad feature, again Apple steals from Jailbreak community but it is so awesome tweak that it's cool that everybody will have a chance to try. I don't know if there is anything like this on Android, but I've never seen it there and most people when they see how fast I can edit text with SwipeSelection are very impressed. If iOS9 kills jailbreak it will take Apple 3 times more time to implement some convenient features, for many years they are just taking jailbreak tweaks and copying lines of code into iOS.

14. pept68

Posts: 38; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Both my s5 and s6 have cursor control(touchpad) under keyboard swipe settings. Its very handy to be able to move the cursor around.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22291; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry implemented this feature quite some time ago. Still, it will be nice to see it implemented on other handsets.

8. wolverinexmen9

Posts: 112; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

No iPod touch 6th gen support!?

9. Mikele

Posts: 178; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Should I reconsider my stands on Apple ecosystem?! Privacy first before anything else

10. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

All the world is waiting the beast to appear.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31331; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Split-screen – finally, multitasking is reaching iOS. While true split-screen will be limited to devices with iPad Air 2-class hardware (minimum A8X processor, 2 GB of RAM), older iPhones and iPads will get a limited split-screen, allowing users to call in Notes, Messages, and some other apps with just a swipe, without closing. This means the new iPhones could get full multitasking. If so, I'm all in. This is great news.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Here is one thing I never understood. Pc's have had the ability to use multiple Windows since Apple and Microsoft made it possible. Why didn't tablets have this from the beginning?

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31331; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Once again, we've nothing to discuss.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22291; Member since: May 28, 2014

Right on, darkk! If the new iPhones do get full multitasking, I'm in as well.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31331; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It would make it so much more complete bro. It's a feature I've come to use a lot. Having on both phones would be heaven.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 22291; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is so true. Once you've gotten used to certain features on a handset, it's hard to use a handset that lacks them.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31331; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

In a few hrs we'll know for sure bro. I know one thing for sure, the comments section will be explosive lol.

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 22291; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Indeed!

15. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

My gf's iPad 4 has a very noticeable increase in performance going from iOS 8 to iOS 9. It has breathed new life into the device.

16. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Test these NEW ios features out right now on android! that should be apple slogan

18. discharge unregistered

I'm a apple guy here and so true you said if Apple don't do better next year I'm going to android for sure!! Apple died when Steve jobs died, screw Tim crook aka Tim Cook ceo greedy bastard

17. discharge unregistered

Blah blah blaaaahhh I'm waiting till next year I don't do the "S" models I only went the 3G the 4 the 5 now 6 plus next the 7!! The "S" years are not enough to buy

19. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Lol. In my opinion the S years are the best polished... they take what they did last year and improve without the pressure of a re-design... Examples: iPhone 4 = Antenna Gate... fixed with the 4s (plus better camera) iPhone 5 = Metal frame scuffs.... fixed on the 5s (plus fingerprint scanner) iPhone 6 = Bending / 6plus OIS go nuts and vibrates.... will be fixed on the 6s with a stronger frame and a better layout for buttons. I am not saying that the "S" years are free of issues,but instead they are mostly software fixable, on the other hand I think that the year a new design is introduce, it causes more hardware problems. Anyway I am not an iPhone customer but I try to keep informed so I can help my friend who prefer Apple device, to make their choices

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