As promised, Apple is officially launching iOS 9, the latest version of its iOS mobile operating system. The newest iteration of the tech giant’s OS is now currently rolling out to eligible handsets -- mobile users can either get it over the air via the Settings app, or by connecting their iPhones and iPads to iTunes for a plugged update.
For users who can not download it instantly, do not worry -- Apple has established a queuing system in order to ensure quick and easy downloads for this major software update. And considering this involves the rollout of iOS 9, Apple’s biggest software update this year, it may take a while for some users to actually start downloading the latest version of iOS.
Before downloading, Apple fans are advised to back up their mobile device, and make sure that their iCloud backup is up to date or connect their Apple handset to their computer in order to back up manually. Afterwards, users can go ahead to the Settings app and join the queue. To do this, they just need to go to “Settings,” then “General,” and then “Software Update,”where they will see “Update Requested…”
So what does iOS 9 have in store for Apple users this time? Quite a number of major and minor enhancements, actually. Perhaps the most significant improvements are in the personal digital assistant Siri and Spotlight, both of which have been tweaked performance wise. The newest version of iOS has also made iPads very adept in handling multiple tasks, courtesy of new features that allow users of Apple’s tablets to effectively perform several things all at once.
Also, iOS 9 now allows users to download content blocking apps from the App Store, which they can use to block advertising content in the Safari web browser. Speaking of mobile apps, the release of iOS 9 has also facilitated the updating of several apps, including Notes, Maps, and Wallet apps. And users should not forget about the new News app, which they can now access after downloading the latest iOS.
With regards to processing and performance, Apple has gamely extended the battery life of iOS devices by an additional hour with the newest version of its mobile operating system. Moreover, users can now take advantage of a new Low Power Mode that basically allows them to enjoy up to 3 additional hours of battery life. This could come real handy when traveling for instance, or when going to places with few power outlets in sight.
Interestingly, iOS 9 requires lesser space than its predecessor, iOS 8, which is welcomes news especially for iPhone and iPad users who want to maximize their device’s internal storage. To learn more about iOS 9’s features, you can head on to its official web page.
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