Apple’s watchOS 2 might not be coming today, but iOS 9 still is!
Just as expected, Apple has released iOS 9 to the public, 3 months after first introducing the update. The iOS 9 update can be downloaded over the air by going into Settings > General > Software Update on your device, or you can plug your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into your computer and update through iTunes.
As far as availability goes, the iOS 9 is compatible with a large number of Apple’s devices. It’ll work on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, and iPhone 4s, as well as the iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini. It can also be used on the iPod touch 6th generation and iPod touch 5th generation.
iOS 9 looks similar to iOS 8 at first glance, but there are some notable new features buried inside of the update. Apple has refreshed its Notes app with support for adding photos, maps, and sketches drawn with your finger, and there’s also transit support in Maps and an all-new News app that includes PhoneDog (be sure to add us!). Siri has been improved to offer suggested apps and contacts, nearby attractions, and news before you ask for it, and you can also get results for things like sports scores by using the search field.
Apple has also included some iPad-specific goodies in iOS 9. There are new features like Slide Over for viewing select apps on the side of the screen as well as Picture in Picture for videos, both of which are available on the iPad Pro, iPad Air and later, and the iPad mini 2 and later. And then there’s Split View multitasking, which lets you run two apps side-by-side on the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 4.
When you get iOS 9 installed on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, be sure to let us know what you think!