Apple officially unveils iOS 9 at WWDC


Apple has announced iOS 9, the latest version of their mobile operating system. This latest version of iOS focuses on making your phone smarter, and helping it work more efficiently.

Here are some of the highlights:

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Press Release:

Apple Previews iOS 9

SAN FRANCISCO — June 8, 2015 — Apple® today unveiled iOS 9, giving a preview of new iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® software that will be available this fall. In this upcoming release, iOS devices become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri® features — all without compromising users' privacy. New multitasking features designed specifically for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature, to keep watching a video while browsing the web, composing email or using any other app. Built-in apps become more powerful in iOS 9 with detailed transit information in Maps*, a redesigned Notes app with new ways to capture ideas, and an all-new News app for the best news reading experience on any mobile device.

"iOS 9 is packed with more intelligence throughout, and delivers big updates to the apps customers use most — Maps supports public transit, a redesigned Notes app provides great new ways to capture ideas, and a beautiful News app delivers content that's personalized to your interests," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering. "With our new iPad features, users can take advantage of the power of iPad, working in two apps at the same time with Split View, Slide Over or Picture-in-Picture."


Siri features an all-new design in iOS 9, contextual reminders and new ways to search photos and videos. Proactive assistance presents the most relevant information without compromising users' privacy and suggests actions at a particular moment — even before you start typing — automatically suggesting apps to launch or people to contact based on usage patterns, and notifying you when you need to leave for appointments, taking into account traffic conditions. iOS 9 can even learn what you typically listen to in a certain location or at a particular time of day, so when you plug in headphones at the gym or hop in the car before work, it can automatically display playback controls for your preferred app. Typed search queries deliver more relevant results from more categories, including sports scores and schedules, videos and simple math calculations.

New iPad Features

With a simple swipe, the new Slide Over feature lets you simultaneously work in a second app without leaving the first. And with a quick tap, you can access the new Split View feature so you can work in two apps at the same time, side-by-side. Picture-in-Picture lets you continue a FaceTime® call or video while using your favorite apps. These new multitasking features are supported by built-in Apple apps, and APIs make it easy for third-party developers to add support into their own apps. Typing is faster and easier with an all-new Shortcut Bar that displays actions tailored for the app you are in, and new Multi-Touch™ gestures make it even easier to select and edit text.

Built-In Apps

In iOS 9, Maps adds support for metropolitan transit systems and schedules, and subway station entrances and exits are precisely mapped, providing every step of your trip. When you plan your trip, Maps can offer a combination of trains, subways, buses and walking, and with the new Nearby feature, quickly see what's around by searching for food, drinks, shopping and more.

New features of the completely redesigned Notes app include the ability to draw a quick sketch using your finger, easily create checklists to keep track of your to-dos, or snap a photo directly in a note. Easily save important items to your notes directly from other apps, and keep them in sync across all your enabled devices with iCloud®.

The News app delivers a reading experience that combines the rich, immersive design of a print magazine with the interactivity of digital media. News can learn your interests and suggest relevant content that's easily shareable with friends or saved for later. News delivers the best articles from a variety of publishers and over one million topics to help you personalize your reading experience, all presented in an elegant, uncluttered design. News is powered by the new Apple News Format™, a digital publishing format supporting custom typography, galleries, audio, video and interactive animations, allowing publishers like Condé Nast, ESPN and The New York Times to create beautiful editorial layouts for iOS users.

With iOS 9, Apple Pay™ adds support for Discover, rewards programs from merchants such as Walgreens and Kohl's Department Stores, and participating store-issued credit and debit cards. Shoppers will be able to manage their cards in the new Wallet app. Apple Pay will also be available to users in the UK starting next month.


iOS 9 makes the foundation of iOS even stronger with refinements including battery optimization that provides a typical user with an additional hour of battery life**, and a low-power mode to help further extend battery life. Software updates require less space to install and an Install Later feature can perform updates to your device when it's not in use. Enhanced security features in iOS 9 keep your devices and Apple ID secure by strengthening the passcode that protects your devices and improving two-factor authentication by building it directly into iOS, making it harder for others to gain unauthorized access to your Apple ID.

Developer APIs

iOS 9 APIs and tools for developers include: extensible search that deep links directly to content within third-party apps; GameplayKit and Model I/O for building better games and ReplayKit for recording gameplay; new HomeKit profiles for motorized windows and shades, motion sensors and home security systems; wireless CarPlay™ and support for auto manufacturers to develop apps within CarPlay; and new HealthKit data points for reproductive health, UV exposure, water intake and sedentary state.

Swift™ 2 brings powerful new features and performance improvements that produce faster apps. The Swift compiler and standard library will be made available as open source later this year, putting the language in the hands of even more developers.


The iOS 9 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at, and a public beta program will be available in July at iOS 9 will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and later. Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.

*Transit information in Maps will be available in select major cities this fall, including Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York City, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Toronto and Washington D.C., as well as over 300 cities in China, including Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai. **Battery life depends on usage and settings.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, the Mac and Apple Watch. Apple's three software platforms — iOS, OS X and watchOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple's 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

  • Where i can download ios 9 default wallpaper?
  • Looks like the wallpaper on the new Samsung Galaxy S6. Not kidding.
  • Interested in the performance improvements. One thing I noticed going from Windows 8.1 to Yosemite... Windows performs... much better than OS X. Hopefully this sort of brings things a bit more up to par with Windows 10. Kind of miffed they don't bring their OpenGL up to parity with what's out there (or at least, significantly closer to parity). I like the new Notes. I can see some people dropping Evernote or OneNote because the iOS/OS X Notes apps are "good enough." I will certainly think about that moving forwards (it still has bad organization of Notes it seems, so maybe not). Interesting they didn't bring split multi-tasking to the iPhone 6 Plus, or the easier text selection to iPhones in general. Selecting text in iOS is... a chore compared to Android and Windows Phone. A lot of that has to do with the ridiculously small handles on the selection bars, though... Fix that and it's less of an issue, IMO. I like the Wallet app with Loyalty Card support. A lot of people will love that, especially if it doesn't force them to install an app for every card they want to plug in, like Passbook did (one of the reasons why I never used Passbook for that). Would be awesome if users gained 2GB+ space when updating from iOS 8 to 9. No iWork update? Guess all that saved space goes to Office and Office Mobile? I was really hoping they'd been up their productivity apps, especially Numbers, which is just unusable compared to Excel for tracking my training and stuff (Sports). News App: Better late than never, but they really needed that. Won't have to go to install MSN News anymore. Wonder if they'll have an OS X version of this? Swift interests me. I almost want to get back into Software development, but not if it's going to destroy performance on my iMac with tons of background services or be almost impossible to remove the way Visual Studio used to be on Windows (better off just wiping your machine and rebuilding your OS, since that took less effort and I absolutely hate when I remove developer tools and they leave behind gigabytes of services and development library artifacts, etc. -- how easy to uninstall is Xcode? ). CarPlay & Apple Watch, etc. don't interest me, personally. If Split Screen Multi-Tasking is going to require developers to update their apps to support it, then it won't be a reason to buy an iPad. I'm still waiting on apps from major corporations to update for the iPhone 6 series devices, and they've been out how long (these are $5-10 apps). I don't have much faith in developers ability or willingness to get this implemented before a new iPad is out, anyways.
  • The description on the Apple website of the forthcoming changes says that a note in the "Notes" app is immediately synced to "all your devices". I would hope that this includes the Apple Watch, since it would be great to read notes on my wrist, but I suspect that the Apple copywriters have forgotten that there are now four potential devices, not three, since there's no mention of Notes on the watch anywhere else.
  • No offense, but how are you going to read a long, formatted, mix-format note (i.e. Text with a List and Pictures/Drawings) on a watch screen? It kind of doesn't make any sense. It's not like Android where Google users Keep as a repository for Reminders as well. Those are in their own app in Apple's ecosystem, so there's no need to put Notes on a watch. There is just nothing you can really do with them, there.
  • Split view needs to be available on iPhone 6 plus. I knew multiple windows where coming when one of the main differences between ip6 and ip6+ was ui. Apple should differently implement this feature. Sent from the iMore App