After first announcing the operating system in June, Apple is now ready to make iOS 9 available to the masses. Apple switched things up a bit leading up to the official release of iOS 9, allowing the public widespread access to the beta operating system which allowed customers to be on the bleeding edge of Apple’s software releases, while at the same time giving Apple a larger device pool to draw data and feedback from.
"With this update, your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features," states Apple’s release notes for iOS 9. "New multitasking features for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature.
"And, built-in apps become more powerful with detailed transit information in Maps, a redesigned Notes app, and an all-new News app. And improvements at the foundation of the operating system enhance performance, improve security and give you up to an hour of extra battery life."
You can read more about the feature additions to iOS 9 in our preview article.
iOS 9 can be obtained either over-the-air (OTA) using the Software Update functionality that is incorporated into every iOS device or by connecting your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a computer and downloading the update via iTunes – speaking of which, iTunes has been updated to v12.3.
Unfortunately, when it comes watchOS 2, we have some disappointing news for you. The major OS update for the Apple Watch was also supposed to land today, but Apple at the last minute pulled the plug, citing a last minute bug.
“We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected,” said Apple in a statement to TechCrunch. “We will not release watchOS 2 today but will shortly.”