iOS 8.3 vs iOS 9: The changes in pictures


iOS 9 may have been announced less than 24 hours ago, but that doesn't mean that Apple's presentation is all we have to draw conclusions from — the company's Developer Beta program allowed us to download and install the non-final software almost immediately after the event. As you can imagine, one of our resident iPhones — the 6 Plus — has already been loaded with the new stuff, and we've spent the entire day checking out the firmware and hunting for changes, both big and small.

To say that quite a bit has changed would be a bit of an overkill, yet changes there are — the Recent apps menu has been re-designed, Siri's interface has been re-worked, there's a new Search section available on the leftmost screen, and Apple Maps now includes transit maps for several big cities. A plethora of smaller changes were also impossible to miss.

If the above piqued your interest, then you better get comfy and dig into our slideshow gallery outlining the changes compared to iOS 8.3. Let's take a look.

iOS 8.3 always on the left; iOS 9 always on the right.

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27 Comments

1. tahnik

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

That tweak at number 8 is revolutionary !

6. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

why not just make it customizable lol

15. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

It is not about it. The most remarkable thing in this new apple OSes (OSX and iOS) is the essence of flat UI design is fading away

22. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

iOS 7 was never "truly" flat BTW same as Material Design or Holo

2. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Wow, the title is accurate, these are just...changes. No real upgrade to even worth mentioning. I'm Apple still surprised has the gall to call iOS9 the "most advanced" os when they clearly seem to be running out of improvement ideas.

11. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Every iOS update makes changes. But why a change couldn't be an upgrade ? Because it's Apple ? Many small changes add up to an overall better experience. And of course it is most advenced, what else could be ? And if Apple is running out of ideas, what groundbreaking "upgrades" had google introduced this year ?

13. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Android M wasn't groundbreaking, which is why it probably won't be Android 6.0, probably just 5.2. Unlike Apple, Google doesn't give X version notations to minor upgrades. But as far as minor upgrades go, it's still more than Apple's major one. App permissions being the biggest, overall theme has been changed (not for better but still changed) and pretty much everything Apple announced for iOS9 except a month earlier (Smarter assistant, better Maps, etc.). So basically, Apple's most advanced OS was just a stolen portion from a minor Android update. Great job Apple!

16. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

yes, that app permission is innovative....6 years ago.

3. ABC_123

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

Album cover at pic #5 lol...

4. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

They should just call this iOS 8.5 (iOS 8.4 comes at the end of this month). Hopefully this time next year, we'll have more to look forward to.

9. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

iOS 8.1 brought Apple pay, 8.2 Apple watch support, 8.3 some performance improvements and 8.4 will bring Apple music. Also all of them brought some fixes and improvements. How can that even compare to the flood of improvements and optimalizations in iOS 9 ? That additional hour of battery life alone is bigger update than 8.1 to 8.4 put together.

5. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I'm glad iOS users are getting up with time now. It's funny how most of these features were gimmicks before 2-3 years ago, and now suddenly they are practical and very useful. Well, lets hope iOS 10 brings about gimmicks like widgets that actually works and practical, flashing custom roms, a simple file manager, customizable quick settings/toggles, launchers, downloading anything you like, easy rooting etc.

7. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Of course they are practicall and very usefull. Just like with fingerprint sensors, you android fans were praising motorola into heavens while dumping Apple for coping. But for what ? It was a non Apple feature so it had to be great for iHaters, whatever a gimmick or not. But when Apple had actually done something with it, made it trully usefull with wide availability and huge developer support it had to be a copy. Can we even compare those two aproaches ? They are so different it screams. Motorola added that just to get a new marketing line and fool people into buying and never really build upon that idea. That's gimick. Apple added that and they pushed the entire industry ahead - sudenly every phone should have a fingerprint reader and every one wants that on their phone, they changed the very mentality of people. That's practical and very usefull feature, and not only for Apple. Understand ?

19. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

TL;DR When motorola does it its a gimmick but when apple does it then its groundbreaking. iFan at it best

24. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Thats hilarious. Apple pushing the industry with what? Live traffic? I didnt even know they didnt offer live traffic. At least here in CA, that is a must have and laughably embarrassing that iOS maps didnt have it. A $20 prepaid android phone has live maps and a $650+ iPhone 6 doesn't.

18. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

different CEO different Principle. iOS is getting more and more 'i-can-do-it-too' OS, it's a totally different OS with one we used to know. iOS 9 is a sign, that iOS is not Job's iOS anymore. sad but i love Job's iOS. RIP iOS.

8. waddup121 unregistered

Wooow It looks like Android L now!

10. Shocky unregistered

Means nothing to me, I wouldn't know which was which and neither do I really care. But it does remind of of Android, just with a hippy theme.

12. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2148; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I still would have liked to see a clear all for the notifications and album art on the Control Center. They can do so much more with the Control Center with better tweaks and options.

14. mistereddie

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Ummm......isn't this the Apple version of Android?

17. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Ha ha were are the upgrades? Looks more like apple opened up their own theme store.......No s**t they are able to support their old hardware. Only thin changing is the number after ios. ...

20. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

All I see is a mirror facing another mirror.

21. gaming64 unregistered

I'll see if these features would stop me from going to Android. BTW, I hate the new UI on Siri, how they changed Spotlight Search, and the fact that they added a battery saving feature.

23. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

They say Lollipop icons are not uniformed and organized, but yet Apple still copied it.

25. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Welcome Apple to Android world

26. anup807

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

most of the features only works in US or European countries. like the transit in maps. Apple pay to name a few. In comparison google maps offers the best mapping exp with all the features in most of the countries.

27. azene unregistered

iOS 9 look very nice :3

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