A better experience
with every touch.

iOS 9 is full of enhancements you’ll appreciate every day. Your apps become more essential. New multitasking features on iPad make you even more productive. Siri can do more than ever, and new proactive suggestions help you get things done before you ask. And improvements at the foundation of the operating system enhance performance, battery life and security. The more you do with iOS 9, the more you’ll wonder how you ever did without it.

Apps that help you do more every day.

The powerful built-in apps on your iPhone and iPad are designed for the essential things you use them for every day — mail, messages, web browsing, maps, making notes and so much more. iOS 9 brings key enhancements to several of these apps, and introduces a brand-new one that will change how you experience news.

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Notes

Now more noteworthy.

The Notes app has always been great for jotting down your thoughts. And now it’s great for so much more. Want an easy way to make a to-do checklist? Consider it done. Or add a photo, map or URL to a note. You can even draw a sketch with your finger. And thanks to iCloud, changes to your notes will be updated across all your devices and on iCloud.com. So you’ll always have your latest notes in hand.

Add to your notes. From whatever app you’re in.

Tap the Share button in Safari, Maps and lots of other apps to save attachments — maps, URLs, Pages documents and more — to a new or existing note. Can’t remember which note you added something to? The Attachments Browser organises all the items attached to your notes in one simple view, so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for.

Turn lists into checklists.

Add bullets with a tap to create checklists. Make a grocery list, a wishlist or a to-do list — and check off items as you go.

Sketch your thoughts.

Use the tip of your finger to draw right there in your note. A selection of drawing tools lets you choose different brush styles and colours. And a handy ruler helps you keep things straight.

Note it with a photo.

Now you can take a photo from within the Notes app. Or tap to access your photo library and add an existing photo or video to a note.

All your notes across all your devices.

Notes works with iCloud so you can access your notes no matter which device you’re using. Create a shopping list on your Mac and then check off items as you go on your iPhone. All your changes are updated in real time.

Maps

Get around. And see what’s around.

Now you can use public transportation with Maps as your guide. In selected cities around the world, a new Transit view shows you lines and stations right there on the map. When you plan a route, every step of your trip is laid out from point A to point B. And with the Nearby feature, it’s easier to see what’s around you and decide on places to shop, eat and more.

Transit

Maps now features Transit view, bringing you public transport information with routes and directions. Transit view is customised for each city, where available — so you’ll easily recognise signs and be able to pinpoint the nearest train station entrance or bus stop. You can even ask Siri for transport directions. And since Maps is also an OS X app, you can plan a trip on your Mac and follow the route on your iPhone or Apple Watch when you’re on the go.

Nearby

When you search in Maps, you’ll see a list of categories including Food, Drinks, Shopping, Fun and more. And you can explore within each category to see what’s around you. For example, under Food you’ll see Popular, Restaurants, Groceries, Fast Food, Cafés, Bakeries and Desserts. So you can find just what you’re looking for.

CarPlay

Now your iPhone is an even better copilot.

If your car supports wireless connection to iPhone, you can use CarPlay without plugging in. CarPlay also plays audio messages, so you can hear from people in their own voices. If you use your car’s dials to control CarPlay, you can now take full advantage of the way they tilt and spin to scroll through lists or pan around in Maps. And apps developed by car manufacturers are supported too — so you can control more of your car’s features without ever leaving CarPlay.

Double up on productivity with iPad.

Slide Over, Split View and Picture in Picture give you new ways to multitask on iPad. New QuickType features make formatting and text selection even easier — and put shortcuts right there at your fingertips.

Multitasking

Do this.
While you do that.

Your iPad is great for work. And for play. For creating incredible designs or powerful presentations. For building fun slideshows or video chatting with loved ones. And for heaps of other stuff. Now you can make even better use of its large screen to do two of those things — at the same time.

Slide Over

Now you can open a second app without leaving the one you’re in. So you can quickly browse the web, respond to a text message or jot something down in a note, then slide that app away and get back to the one you were using before.

Split View

With Split View on iPad Air 2, you can go a step further and have two apps open and active at the same time. Work on a sketch with the reference photo beside it. Or write a paper while copying citations from a book in iBooks. When everything you need is right there in front of you, it’s easier to focus.

Picture in Picture

While using FaceTime or watching a video, press the Home button and your video screen scales down to a corner of your display. Tap to open a second app, and your video continues to play — even while you use the other app. So you can keep watching your favourite TV show while you reply to the email that just came in.

QuickType

Commands at your fingertips.

Perfect your text in no time with an all-new Shortcut Bar, convenient editing tools and a handy new way to select text with Multi-Touch gestures. And now when you use a wireless keyboard with your iPad, you can enjoy even more keyboard shortcuts.

A smarter way to do just about everything.

Now Siri can search a wider range of topics for a wider range of answers. It understands what you say more accurately and delivers your results faster. iOS 9 is smarter in lots of other ways too — giving you helpful suggestions before you even ask.

“Hey Siri, what else can I ask you?”

“Show me videos I took at Sally’s birthday party.”

Ask Siri to search through your photos and videos based on dates, locations and album titles. For example, say “Show me photos from my trip to Bali in January” and you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for.

“Remind me about this when I get to my car.”

Siri can remind you about things you’re looking at in your apps — like Safari, Mail and Notes — and want to follow up on later. If you’re halfway through an email, you can say “Remind me about this tonight”. Or if you’re looking at a place in Maps where you want to stop later, you can ask for a reminder when you get to your car.

A head start on every search.

Your search screen is now prepopulated with contacts, apps, places nearby and more. And it’s proactive in other places too — making lots of little things just a little easier.

Relevant people

See the contacts you talk with most, those you talked to last, or even those you’re next scheduled to meet.

Suggested apps

Suggested apps are triggered by your routines and what you’re most likely to use. For example, if you always read the news in the morning, your News app shows up in the Search screen at the time you normally wake up.

Places nearby

See categories of places nearby, like Food, Drink, Shopping, Fun and more.

In the news

Based on your location, see local news that’s trending where you are.

Meet your proactive assistant.

Based on the apps you commonly use and the time of day you use them, you’ll get intelligent suggestions for what you might want to do next — even before you ask.

Engineered to perform. At every level.

Under-the-hood refinements bring you more responsive performance, easier updates, better battery life and tighter security. So your device works that much better — for everything you do with it.

Even longer battery life.

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 face-down 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.

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Smaller, more convenient updates.

iOS 9 does even more to efficiently stream new updates to your device without having to first download and unpack them — which means you don’t need as much free space to update. And when it’s time for an update, you’ll get new notification options that let your device update while you sleep or when you use it least.

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Faster and more responsive.

The apps in iOS 9 now take advantage of Metal, making more efficient use of the CPU and GPU to deliver faster scrolling, smoother animation and better overall performance. Email, messages, web pages and PDFs render faster. And multitasking features on iPad feel fluid and natural.

Improved security.

Keeping your devices and Apple ID secure is essential to protecting all the personal information you store with and access through Apple — like your photos, documents, messages, email and so much more. iOS 9 advances security by strengthening the passcode that protects your devices, and by making it harder for others to get unauthorised access to your Apple ID account. These new security features are easy for you to use. But they make it much harder for anyone else to access your personal information.

Six-digit passcodes

The default for passcodes on your Touch ID–enabled iPhone and iPad will now be six digits instead of four. If you use Touch ID, it’s a change you’ll hardly notice. But with one million possible combinations — instead of 10,000 — your passcode will be a lot tougher to crack.

Two-factor authentication

A password alone is not always enough to keep your account secure. With two-factor authentication, when you sign in from a new browser or on a new device, you’ll be prompted for a verification code. This code is automatically displayed on your other Apple devices or sent to your phone. Enter the code and you’re quickly signed in — and any unauthorised users are kept out.

Android Migration

Move to iOS from Android. Easily.

Just download the Move to iOS app to wirelessly switch from your Android device to your new iOS device. It securely transfers your contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, wallpapers, and DRM-free books. And it will help you rebuild your app library too. Any free apps you used — like Facebook and Twitter — are suggested for download from the App Store. And your paid apps are added to your iTunes Wish List.

Help make iOS 9 even better.

The Apple Beta Software Program gives you a sneak peek at iOS 9 before it launches. By participating in the program, you’ll be able to try out prerelease versions of iOS 9 and let us know what you think.

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More power for developers.

iOS 9 gives developers APIs and services that enable new categories of apps and features. Multitasking and gaming APIs help enhance app functionality and create immersive games. Expanded search capabilities, wireless CarPlay, and new support for HomeKit and HealthKit extend iOS to more places than ever before. Swift 2 brings improvements to compile speed and execution performance, which means smoother animation and faster response times. And later this year, Swift will be available as open source.

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iOS 9 is compatible with these devices.

iPhone
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
iPad
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 2
  • iPad (3rd generation)
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini
iPod
  • iPod touch (5th generation)