iOS 9 is Apple’s newest operating system for iOS devices like the iPhone and the iPad, released to the public on September 16, 2015. iOS 9 builds on the content introduced with iOS 7 and iOS 8, bringing subtle design changes, refined features, improved functionality, and performance enhancements.
iOS 9’s biggest focus is on intelligence and proactivity, allowing iOS devices to learn user habits and act on that information, opening up apps before we need them, making recommendations on places we might like, and guiding us through our daily lives to make sure we’re where we need to be at the right time.
Deeper search capabilities can bring up results like sports scores, videos, and content from third-party apps, and you can even do simple conversions and calculations using the search tools on your iPhone or iPad.
Many of the built-in apps have been improved. Notes includesnew checklists and sketching features, Maps now offerstransit directions, Mail allows for file attachments, and there’s anew “News” app that learns your interests and delivers relevant content you might like to read. Apple Pay is being improved with the addition of store credit cards and loyalty cards, leading “Passbook” to be renamed to “Wallet” in iOS 9.
Late last week Apple surprised everyone with the release of iOS 9.0.1. It wasn’t on Apple’s beta test roadmap and its urgency was a result of a combination of serious iOS 9 launch bugs.
according to Apple “this update contains bug fixes including”:
- Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup assistant after updating
- Fixes an issue where sometimes alarms and timers could fail to play
- Fixes an issue in Safari and Photos where pausing video could cause the paused frame to appear distorted
- Fixes an issue where some users with a custom APN setup via a profile would lose cellular data
Waiting is easier said than done for many when it comes to their tech, but the good news for iOS 9 / iOS 9.0.1 abstainers is iOS 9.1 is being worked on right now.
If you have iOS 9 and it is working perfectly for you, the signs are iOS 9.0.1 should deliver no ill effects. Similarly if you have iOS 9 and you are suffering from any of the high profile bugs iOS 9.0.1 fixes, then installation is a no brainer.
On the flip side, if you’re happily running iOS 7 or iOS 8 and have no problems then I’d suggest steering clear because iOS 9.0.1 doesn’t fix some significant bugs introduced by iOS 9 and you aren’t missing out on any extra new features.