iOS 8 is in the bag. Ditto for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Now we look forward to 2015’s iOS 9 and iPhone 6s
While anyone purchasing a new iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or one of the new iPads will get iOS 9 straight out the box, for everyone else the new software build is rolling out to existing devices as of September 16 2015. If you own a compatible Apple device you should be getting a push notification very shortly to let you know the update is ready to be downloaded. As is often the case with such things, the rollout will likely hit in stages region-by-region, so if it doesn’t come up straight away don’t fret, just keep an eye on things for the next day or so.
At WWDC 2015 Apple unveiled a ton of new software features and enhancements for its Macs, Apple Watch, and the brand new Apple Music service. Of course for many the biggest star of the show was iOS 9. As it has been every year since the original iPhone’s debut, a large part of this year’s keynote involved showing off the major new features of iOS 9. However, this year instead of deciding to pack the next version of iOS with new feature after new feature, the company took the step of focusing on making iOS 9 more stable. That’s quite understandable given all the drama that occured from iOS 8’s instability issues.
Apple has now released iOS 9.2, the second biggish update to its 2015 platform overhaul, iOS 9. At launch Apple said iOS 9 was all about stability, focussing on what features Apple has previously established, adding in a few more for the iPhone 6s, and really drilling down on performance, efficiency and power management. The result was decent, but as always there was room for improvement and this is where iOS 9.1 and iOS 9.2 came in.
In order to experience the full potential of iOS 9, you kind of have to pick up one of Apple’s new products: the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6s Plus or the iPad Pro. All three feature a raft of new features such as 3D Touch, split screen multitasking and a bunch more besides. For the rest of us, the update is more about refining what’s already in place and tightening up loose ends.
Don’t worry, though. It’s not quite as dull as it sounds, as there are plenty of new features to get excited about. Apple has revamped Siri yet again, made some pretty significant improvements to Apple Maps, added in split screen multitasking to the iPad and released a new keyboard, again, only for the iPad.
“iOS 9 is packed with more intelligence throughout, and delivers big updates to the apps customers use most — Maps supports public transit, a redesigned Notes app provides great new ways to capture ideas, and a beautiful News app delivers content that’s personalised to your interests,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With our new iPad features, users can take advantage of the power of iPad, working in two apps at the same time with Split View, Slide Over or Picture-in-Picture.”
Apple has announced it has sold more than 13 million new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models, a new record, just three days after launch. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in more than 40 additional countries beginning October 9 including Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Taiwan. The new iPhones will be available in over 130 countries by the end of the year.
“Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9.”
Apple has announced that iOS 9 will be released to the general public on Wednesday, September 16 as a free update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. It will require the iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, iPad 2 and later and iPad mini and later.
iOS 9 on the iPhone 6s
The killer new feature of the iPhone 6s is its 3DTouch display. This is a new type of touchscreen that senses depth and pressure in addition to touch. That means your iPhone 6s will be able to tell how hard you’re pressing it and respond with new actions based on the strength of your touch. Apple calls these actions “Peek” and “Pop” and they work both in-app and on the home screen.
For example, in Messages you can force touch on a message to “peek” into it without needing to navigate into the thread. You can then press a bit harder if you like what you see and “pop” into that thread automatically. Peek and pop also works for calendar events, web URLs, and more.
The 3DTouch display also allows you to jump to sections of a specific app right from the home screen. For example, you can force touch the Phone app to get a popup menu that shows you favorite contacts. Simply touch their name and the call will be made without needing to open the Phone app at all.
The 3DTouch display changes the way we interact with iOS 9, which is why it will feel like a totally different operating system on the iPhone 6s. iPhone models below the 6s won’t have access to all the cool new Peek and Pop features.
iPhone 6s aside, there are a ton of new features for all iPhones, but for now these listed below are, in our opinion, the most significant:
INSANE Improvements To Battery Life
One of the biggest things we’re excited about, however, are the developments Apple is making in its war against poor battery life. The iPhone 6 Plus has an exceptional battery life, so good in fact it is difficult to switch to another phone for very long –– you just miss it too much. However, Apple isn’t done yet –– and the latest development will bring even BIGGER improvements to battery life across the board. It’s called “Low Power” mode and it is likely to be a very big deal.
“Across the entire operating system, apps and key technologies have been made more efficient to trim battery usage wherever possible — so you get more battery life for the things you do every day. Thanks to ambient light and proximity sensors, your iPhone knows if it’s facedown on the table and prevents the screen from turning on, even when you receive a notification. And the new Low Power mode lets you extend your battery life even further,” noted Apple at WWDC 2015.