iOS 9 release date and time (it's today!)


iOS 9 release date: September 16th


With so many new hardware products yesterday, including a new Apple TV, a gigantic iPad Pro, and two new iPhones, we wouldn't blame you if you missed an important bit of information during the company's presentation at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco: the release date for the iOS 9 update is now confirmed!

Mark September 16th everybody, for that's when you should get a notification pushed to your device, letting you know that the new software is ready to download over-the-air (or through iTunes) and install. Some of the most important new features and improvements include Split Screen functionality, transit directions for Apple Maps, thorough improvements to Siri and Spotlight Search, and battery life optimizations. It's an exciting addition to a solid foundation. 

For those of you thinking of getting the new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, rest assured: the iOS 9 update will be available with both out of the box, so you won't have to do anything yourself. But what if you've got a much older iDevice? Will it get the update? Apple answered that question a while ago, and you can refer to the list in the image on top to find out.

iOS 9 release time


That's all good, but what about the specific time in the day when iOS 9 will be released for download? As in the past, Apple didn't publicly commit to a precise release time window, though based on past experience we can provide some educated guesses. For example, in previous years Apple begun pushing out new code at about 10 AM Pacific Time, so most of the US was covered by noon. Factoring time zone differences, this would mean that iOS 9 will reach Europe at some point in the evening, while Far East countries like Japan and China will get the prompt in the wee hours of September 17th. Here's a handy table that captures our guess:


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19 Comments

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Not gonna update if it doesn't get jailbreak. Without jailbreak iOS is system for kids

9. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Go crawl back into your mom's basement and let the real world enjoy our iOS updates on day 1.

13. gaming64 unregistered

Relax, jailbreaking is just an easy and legal task. Thing is finding a decent jailbreaking tool is hard and some custom apps may not be compatible with iOS 9.

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Improved multitasking on iPad is pretty neat, otherwise it's pretty much the same, love it or hate it.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31547; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Can't wait to get it on my Air 2

7. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Same here

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31547; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

To me this release is catered towards the iPads. They get 100% of the features.

26. TNBorg

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 08, 2015

some do..

14. gaming64 unregistered

What your thoughts abut the new iPad Pro, daark?

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31547; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I honestly think it's sweet. It's a great productivity device, gaming and media will be outstanding on it as well. Apple Pencil (I laugh every time I say that), should be included though.

10. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Meanwhile a whopping 20% of droids are updated to their latest OS after many many months. Sucks to have a droid with an old crippled OS, no updates, and Stagefright.

20. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Too bad 20% of those phones that has latest OS is still more than every iPhone there. Lol yea only Android has malware and dont get me started into crippled OS when iOS made my iPhone4s a grandma. On a other note, my S3 with custom rom (5.1.1) is flying.

11. Iodine

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

The no. 1 feature is that aditional hour of battery life and Low Power mode. Can't wait for that.

12. pradeepreddy

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

App Thinning too!!

15. gaming64 unregistered

Cannot wait for this! Bring it on, Apple!

18. g2a5b0e unregistered

Since when is Mount Rushmore in Denver?

19. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I have an iPad 3 and I'm ecstatic to get this update

21. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

My Air 2 is waiting.

24. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

I don't see wats the hype about fans saying even the ip4s 5 5c ipad 2 3 mini 2 getting ios9 lol all the upgrade is gonna do is slow down Ur device over time its not like u getting any major features so what's the hype about.. Ios9 was made for iPhone 6s and 6s+ along with iPad air 2 mini4 and iPad pro... If u don't have none of those device all u gonna get is a water down upgrade with a dash of lag...

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