On September 16, 2015, Apple released iOS 9. We'd like to offer you a brief overview of iOS 9 and try to answer some questions you may have at this time.
iOS 9 is the newest version of the mobile operating system for Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. iOS 9 contains a number of new features that will make your device easier to use.
Nothing—iOS 9 is free to download, like all previous versions of iOS.
iOS 9 became available for download starting September 16, 2015.
If you buy a new iOS device, iOS 9 will come pre-installed. You won't need to do anything to install it.
If you have an existing iOS device, you can download and install iOS 9. Just go to Settings, select General, and tap Software Update.
iOS 9 is available for the following devices:
iOS 9 is not available for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, original iPad (released in 2010), or previous generations of the iPod Touch. If you use one of these devices, you'll still be able to use your existing version of iOS. Keep in mind, however, that your device may experience performance issues if you download apps from the App Store designed for iOS 9.
While it's not necessarily required, we recommend upgrading your device to iOS 9 if possible. This will help keep your phone up to date and working with newer apps.
Yes, but some apps may not always work correctly. If you don't upgrade to iOS 9, you may want to research how well an app will work on your device before downloading or updating it.
Even if an app has always worked perfectly on your device, there is a chance that the newer versions may only run smoothly on iOS 9. You may want to avoid updating your favorite apps unless you are sure they will work with your device's operating system. Once you update an app, you won't be able to go back to an older version.
Yes. Any app you previously had installed on your phone will still be there once you upgrade to iOS 9. Some built-in Apple apps, like Messages and Calendar, will be updated automatically when you upgrade.
Almost all apps installed on iOS 8 should work correctly in iOS 9. If not, the app developer will likely release an update to address the issue.