The iOS 9 update was around 863 MB when we started downloading it on our iPhone 5c, so that should come as as relief, given that the last updated wanted 5GB space.
Apple iOS 9 will support iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and later devices.
So what is new in the iOS 9 update?
Siri, Proactive Assistance and Spotlight: Proactive Assistance is Apple’s answer to Google Now and will answer queries based on context and will give users the most relevant information. For example it can learn what music you listen to in the gym at what time of day and it will just put that on for you.
It will also notify you when you need to leave for an appointment or meeting based on traffic conditions. Apple says that Proactive will not compromise user privacy and is not linked to Apple ID and searches via Proactive will be anonymous. In addition to this, Proactive will also automatically add invites, reminders to a user’s calendar.
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Siri now supports natural language search and look through personal photos, videos, based on dates, locations, album names. Siri can also give directions via public transit, although this feature is unlikely to be supported in India yet. Users can also ask Siri to remind them about what they’re looking in at apps like Safari, Mail, Notes and Messages.
Spotlight also gets improvements in Apple iOS 9 and now has the ability to give scores, weather updates, etc, do math additions, conversions and initiate phone calls, messages, FaceTime call from a contact search.
Better Battery Life: iOS 9 brings with it better battery optimisation including a low power mode that extends battery life by an additional three hours. Apple is also promising one hour of additional battery life before users need to charge their phone and FaceDown detection for turning display off when the phone is not in use.
Maps with Transit: Apple Maps will come with with a new Transit feature where iOS provides train details, bus timing, etc, and step-by-step direction along with walking time. This feature will be available in select major cities in US as well as over 300 cities in China, including Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai.
Notes App: In iOS 9, Notes will let users draw sketches, create checklists or take a photo directly inside a note.
News App: A News app for iOS will launch in US, UK and Australia. The News App will allow users to pick a customised feed of news content from publishers like Conde Nast, ESPN and The New York Times.
Metal: iOS apps and interface now use metal to offer faster scrolling and animations and a better overall performance, says Apple.
Touch ID: Apple also says it has improved Touch ID and added a default 6 digit passcode support for Touch ID devices.
Other features: Apple has introduced the New San Francisco font, an option to leave a message if a user is not available for FaceTime, and share voicemails from the Phone app via Sheets app. There’s also Flight and package tracking for data detectors.
Additionally Health app in iOS 9 gets new features like reproductive health, UV exposure, water intake, sedentary state data types.
Apple’s new keyboards bring support for Gujarati, Hindi, Hinglish and Punjabi as well. There’s also a definition dictionary for Hindi as well.
Apple Pay now supports loyalty cards and rewards programs from merchant stores, although the service is not available in India. Passbook is now Wallet app where your cards, etc will be stored.
For iPad Air and above and users with iPad mini Retina Display and higher, iOS 9 brings the new SlideOver addition to the iPad. The new feature allows users to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side. There’s also a new Picture-in-Picture which will let users continue watching a video while using any other app.