The world’s most advanced mobile OS.

With an easy-to-use interface, amazing features and security at its core, iOS 9 is the foundation of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It’s designed to look beautiful and work beautifully, so even the simplest tasks are more engaging. And because iOS 9 is engineered to take full advantage of the advanced technologies built into Apple hardware, your devices are always years ahead.

Elegant and intuitive interface.

From the moment you pick up iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you know how to use it. That’s because iOS was designed to be easy to understand. The simple-yet-beautiful Home screen invites you to discover each of the built-in apps and features. So straight away, you’re browsing your favourite websites, using Search to find whatever you need or effortlessly switching between apps. And no matter what you’re doing or what app you’re using, everything feels easy, intuitive and even fun.



Hardware and software made for each other.

Because Apple makes both the hardware and the operating system for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, everything is designed to work together. So apps take full advantage of hardware features such as the dual-core processor, accelerated graphics, wireless antennas and more. With multitasking, you can make the most of your big iPad display to work in two apps at once. iOS learns when you like to use your apps and updates the content in them at power-efficient times, like when your device is already in use and connected to Wi-Fi. So the content in your favourite apps stays up to date without a major drain on your battery.

3D Touch Split View Camera

With the App Store, there’s almost no limit to what your iOS device can do.

iOS is the platform for over a million mobile apps — and counting.5 And every app starts with the right DNA. The App Store makes all of these apps easy to access, easy to search and easy to buy. Just browse the App Store on your iOS device and download them with a tap.

iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
Connected like never before.

On its own, each of your devices puts amazing capabilities in your hands. But features like Handoff, AirDrop, AirPlay and iCloud let you work across devices — and the possibilities become even more astonishing.6

Handoff lets you pick up exactly where you left off.

Start writing an email on your iPhone and pick up where you left off when you sit down at your Mac. Or browse the web on your Mac and continue from the same link on your iPad. It all happens automatically when your devices are signed in to the same iCloud account. Use Handoff with favourite apps like Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar and Contacts. Developers can build support for Handoff into their apps too.

Send any kind of text message from any of your devices.

Having a conversation with friends and family who don’t use an iPhone is easy. That’s because you can send and receive SMS and MMS messages with not just your iPhone, but also your iPad and even your Mac. So when a friend texts you from any kind of phone, you can respond using whichever device is most convenient. Or you can send them a text from your iPad or Mac by clicking a phone number in apps like Safari, Contacts or Calendar.

Share files wirelessly with AirDrop.

Sharing with AirDrop is faster and more convenient than an email or a text, especially when the person you want to share with isn’t in your Contacts. Just tap to send photos, videos, contacts — and anything else from any app with a Share button — to anyone nearby who’s also running iOS or OS X.7

Show it off on the big screen.

AirPlay lets you wirelessly stream what’s on your iOS device to your HDTV and speakers via Apple TV. Or mirror exactly what’s on your display to the big screen. From holiday photos to blockbuster movies — you choose how to go large.8

iCloud. Everything you need. Anywhere you need it.

iCloud makes sure all your devices always have the latest versions of your most important things, including documents, photos, apps, contacts, calendar events and more.9

iCloud Drive lets you access all your files from any device. With Family Sharing, all your photos, videos, music and iTunes purchases can be shared easily with your family across multiple Apple devices. And iCloud Photo Library keeps every photo and video you take all in one place, and you can access them from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac, and on

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Easy to update.

iOS updates are free. And they’re available to download wirelessly on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch the moment they’re released. Your device even alerts you when it’s time to get the latest version. So you won’t miss out on all the amazing features in new updates.

Safety and security come standard.

iOS provides built-in security from the moment you turn on your device. That’s because the hardware, firmware and operating system come with built-in features designed to help your device — and what you put on it — stay safe.


Malware and viruses aren’t confined to desktops anymore. They can infect mobile devices too. Which is why Apple takes security seriously when it comes to iOS. For starters, hardware and firmware features are designed to protect against malware and viruses, while iOS features help to secure your personal information. iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan have built-in support for two-factor authentication, which — when enrolled — prompts you for a verification code when you sign in from a new browser or on a new device.10 This code is automatically displayed on your other Apple devices or sent to your phone, so you can quickly gain access to your account, while unauthorised users are kept out. Touch ID lets you use your fingerprint as a passcode, preventing unauthorised access to your device. When you use a passcode, it automatically encrypts and protects information like your email, calendar events, contacts, reminders, notes, messages and third-party apps.


iOS is designed to put your privacy first. If an app wants your location information or data from Calendar, Contacts, Reminders or Photos, it needs your permission first. And you have complete control of how Health and HealthKit use your data. Conversations over iMessage and FaceTime are encrypted, including predictive text — so no-one but you and the person you’re talking to can see or read what’s being said. And features built into Safari give you the ability to browse privately, block cookies and prevent websites from tracking you.

Find My iPhone Activation Lock.

Your iPhone is your iPhone, no matter where it is. The same goes for your iPad and iPod touch. Because security features in iOS make it very difficult for anyone who’s not you to use or sell your device. Turning off Find My iPhone or erasing your device requires your Apple ID and password. Find My iPhone can also continue to display a customised message, even after your device is erased. And your Apple ID and password are required before anyone can reactivate it.11

iCloud Keychain.

Most of the websites you visit nowadays require user names and passwords. Remembering them all can be tough, but you can let iCloud Keychain do it for you. It stores your website user names and passwords on the devices you’ve approved, protects them with robust 256-bit AES encryption and keeps them up to date on each device. Then it automatically fills them in whenever and wherever you need them. Password Generator can even suggest unique, hard-to-guess passwords for your online accounts. iCloud Keychain works with credit card information too, so checking out takes no time at all.

Accessibility built in.

iOS includes a variety of accessibility features that help people with disabilities experience more of what iPhone, iPad and iPod touch have to offer.

The built-in VoiceOver screen reader allows those who are blind or have low vision to hear a description of the item they’re touching on the screen. Made for iPhone hearing aids are Bluetooth devices that allow you to experience clearer phone conversations and music, and you can manage them directly from your iOS device. With Guided Access, you can restrict an iOS device to one app, and even limit the amount of time spent in an app. Which can be helpful to people with autism or other attention and sensory challenges. And Switch Control gives individuals with limited physical or motor skills complete control of their device through switch access. iOS also offers many other beneficial accessibility features, such as dynamic screen magnification, playback of closed-captioned video, mono audio, simplified screen gestures and more.

Learn more about accessibility in iOS