iOS 9 release date, eligible devices, and space requirements

Significant improvements to Siri and Spotlight Search, a new split-screen type feature allowing you to run several apps at the same time, improvements to battery life and a new, dedicated Low Power mode — these are the kind of changes that will have many iPhone and iPad users itching to get their hands the just-announced iOS 9. 

As you can imagine, a lot of people will soon begin asking when the good stuff is coming to their daily drivers. Many will also wonder if their own iDevice, be it an iPhone, iPad, or iPod, will have a spot on the boat, as every year one or more devices miss it as part of their path to obsolescence. Others will wonder if they'll have to delete a ton of personal data before installing the update — as was the case with the transition from iOS 7 to iOS 8. We have the answers to all these questions.

iOS 9 release date: Now, in a month, and in the Fall

Apple is doing something new with iOS 9 — it will not only hold a Developer Beta, but also give willing users access to a 'Public Beta' before the software starts seeding for everybody else. Obviously, the OS will still be unstable, so think twice before enrolling. Here's the schedule as we know it today:

  • Developer Beta is available today;
  • Public Beta will be available in (early?) July;
  • Global roll-out of iOS 9 will commence in the Fall, likely mid-September

Will my iPhone/iPad/iPod get iOS 9?

As mentioned, Apple axes a device or two from its 'to-be-updated' list every year, and that makes sense. The newer code is typically more exacting than the old, and there's only so many features the company is willing to include a stripped-down version of (or not at all) before calling it quits and cutting support. Thankfully for iUsers, this time around Apple is keeping to the same list of eligible devices that were chosen for update when it the time came to move from iOS 7 to iOS 8. Here's the full list:

Apple devices eligible for an update to iOS 9
iPhone 4siPad 2iPod touch 5th gen
iPhone 5iPad 3rd gen
iPhone 5siPad 4th gen
iPhone 5ciPad Air
iPhone 6iPad Air 2
iPhone 6 PlusiPad mini
iPad mini 2
iPad mini 3

Space requirements

Finally, and this is an important bit of information in view of last year's fiasco with iOS 8, Apple has assured us that the iOS 9 update will be much, much easier on your storage. Indeed, the new update is projected to end up requiring 1.3GB of space, whereas users had to find enough room to fit 4.6GB last year. Those are savings of over 350%, and we suspect that most users will be relieved to hear about this.



1. TyrionLannister unregistered

Apple is destroying android in support. I mean, a 2011 iPad 2 is getting support till 2016. This is amazing.

5. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

But doesn't get the iPad features. But still pretty goooood. :]

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Yes but you can buy nexus.. At least that's the excuse I get when I ask why a 2014 flagship is getting an update 8 months late and then gets ditched year and half later. Like nexus is a jesus phone that everyone buys and represents anything significant. In my country its not even sold officialy than on grey market imported with a hefty price tag. Anyway great news for everyone owning an apple device.

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Yea, for updating 4S Apple has big +, I know it wouldn't get all features iP6 will but I don't need them, I use phone only for calling, texting and music, if iOS9 will speed up performance of my 4S, so it matches 7.1.2 I will keep it for next year and then see if any phone is worth switching to :D I'm so happy about this update (unless it's not jailbreakable)

12. Zylam

Posts: 1823; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Wow, people that invested in an iPhone 4S are still being supported, that's pretty incredible. Does anyone even remember Android phones from 2011?

13. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I remember GS2 ending up being useless on 4.1. Custom Roms are still decent for it, but it's official support we're talking here, and that from Apple is outstanding.

14. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

But it's a different kind of update for 4S users. Same as they did with iphone4 in the previous updates. Also despite what you think it is it isn't but if you compare the last time the product was on market for sale it's actually a 2 year old device

23. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

The 4S is from 2012, but your point still stands. I think the only contenders for updates will be nexus and Windows Phones. I'm glad MS is putting that update savvy to work. I wish the Android manufacturers would get on the ball with this. I'd go for mid-range specs with high-range price if they kept the software support up. I think they get lazy and rely on the community too much. It's part of the android nature, though.

15. waddup121 unregistered


18. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yeah, support means nothing if it's a slimed down version. That eligible list should be accompanied by a "What are you really getting?" list, pretty sure the i4S is only getting a pre-installed Apple Music app and more lag than it can handle.

20. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Well, considering their number of products that's pretty easy for them.

21. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Sorry not true most of the above have been sold as ther main products for some time and 100% within the last 2 years like they a new phone or tab and so on

2. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

garbage phones for garbage people

3. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

your name explains everything, a sheep .......

4. iFlasher

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 09, 2014

Mmm, cool story, next troll please...

8. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I bet your mama has one....

7. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Owning an old Apple device just makes it even more valuable. A 4 years old phone gets the latest update and gets supported for at least 5 years(counting the iOS9 updates until 2016 september) HOLLY s**t!

10. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

That's great for competition, cuz this forcing other companies to keep their phones up to date....

22. Cicero

Posts: 1149; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I'm angry on Apple that my original iPhone is not updated with the latest and greatest of ios9. LOL

11. Thecapedcrusader

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 26, 2014

and they say major changes are there..

16. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

The support given by apple is the 'justice' they put into the hefty price tag of their phones. I have an iPhone 5 and will never upgrade until the 7. I also have the nexus5 and i want to have all the nexuses that follows but I can't afford.

17. sikandar.ali403

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

Shame on you motorola!Look at that! My moto x 2013 still waiting for android lollipop!

19. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Windows 10 for Phone, Android M and now this, I can't wait for them to update my Lumia 925, Nexus 4(Hope so) and iPhone 4s :D

24. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

People will be happy if even apple change the title ios 8 to ios 9 in there phone ;)

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