iPhone 6 iOS 9 Update: 5 Things to Know Right Now

Earlier this week, Apple confirmed an iPhone 6 iOS 9 release which will likely take the device from iOS 8.4 to the new operating system. With that in mind, we want to take a look at everything we think you need to know right now about the iPhone 6 iOS 9 update and release date.

In the buildup to Apple’s WWDC 2015 keynote, we heard a ton of rumors about its next operating system, a successor to iOS 8 called iOS 9. The iOS 9 update was rumored to be a big time upgrade focused on some new features, security enhancements and performance upgrades.

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On stage Monday, Apple went into detail about iOS 9 and the features and upgrades that will be landing for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch later on this year. iOS 9 doesn’t come with iOS 7-level changes but it does come with some upgrades including a new battery saver mode, improved Siri, new built-in apps including News, improved Notes, and more. It’s a sizable update and one that’s caught the attention of many iPhone users.

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Apple’s iPhone 6 is still on iOS 8.3 and it will get an iOS 8.4 update later on this month. Sometime after that, the device will get the bump to iOS 9 and its features. With an iPhone 6 iOS 9 update confirmed, we want to take an early look at what we think owners need to know about the device’s next operating system. Here’s what you need to know about the iOS 9 update for iPhone 6.

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iPhone 6 iOS 9 Release Date

We still don’t have a firm iOS 9 release date. What we do have though is a firm iOS 9 release window that will help set your expectations.

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At its keynote, Apple revealed its plans to release the iOS 9 update sometime this fall. This matches everything we heard prior to WWDC and it lines up perfectly with iPhone 6s release rumors.

This mirrors the announcement the company made on stage last year about the iOS 8 update and it means that we could once again see an iOS and iPhone release in the month of September.

If you like to place bets, we’d put a bet on the iOS 9 update landing somewhere in the vicinity of September 23rd, or, the start of the fall. Apple typically releases iOS updates in the middle of September, a few weeks after another announcement on stage.

iOS 9 will remain in the company’s beta program all the way up until the public release.

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You Can Try iOS 9 Right Now

If you’re dying to use the iPhone 6 iOS 9 update right now, you can, provided you have a paid developer account with Apple.

The iOS 9 beta 1 is available right now to paid developers and it allows them to test out many of the new software features an tweaks ahead of the public roll out.

iPhone 6 users that aren’t in the paid developer program will be able to access the iOS 9 update through Apple’s new Beta Software Program. The tester program is open to anyone with a supported iPhone and Apple ID.

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The company hasn’t confirmed a specific release date for the public iOS 9 beta release though we do know that it’s coming sometime during the month of July.

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Before you latch onto the idea, you must remember that the iOS 9 beta is exactly that, a beta, and that means that it has the potential to cause problems on your device. Frequent app crashes, random  reboots, annoying bugs, and battery drain are all common issues with beta updates. Here are a few reasons to skip the iOS 9 beta.

iOS 9 on iPhone 6

If you’re curious about the iPhone 6 iOS 9 update and you don’t want to install the iOS 9 beta, you can follow along as those with access post their thoughts on the subject. The video below offers in-depth analysis on the iOS 9 beta for the iPhone 6.

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It’s important to remember that this software is unfinished and there’s a good chance that iOS 9 will change dramatically in the weeks between the iOS 9 beta 1 and the public release. If you’re looking for a little more on iOS 9’s features, we recommend taking a look at our rundown.

Longevity

One of the biggest takeaways from the iOS 9 release is the fact that Apple’s releasing it for the iPhone 4s. The company’s made under-the-hood improvements to its operating system that it says will help older devices run the software.

In the past, iOS software support stopped after three years. The iPhone 4s iOS 9 update will be the device’s forth update and the iPad 2’s iOS 9 update will be the device’s fifth update.

This is absolutely huge for iPhone 6 users who aren’t looking to buy a new phone anytime soon because it means that the device could see an iOS 10 update, iOS 11 update and maybe even an iOS 12 update. That kind of support just isn’t found on major Android devices.

iOS 9 Jailbreak

If you are currently using a jailbreak on your iPhone 6 or you’ve been thinking about jailbreaking it, you don’t want to install the iOS 9 beta. At least not yet. While an iOS 9 jailbreak is said to be in the works, it may not arrive until the public iOS 9 release this fall.

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There’s a very good chance that we’ll see a new iOS jailbreak arrive before then though. An iOS 8.3 jailbreak is confirmed though it’s not clear if it will be released for iOS 8.3 or iOS 8.4, if it even gets released at all. We should know more later this month when the iOS 8.4 update lands for the iPhone 6.

iOS 9 vs iOS 8: What’s New in iOS 9

iOS 9 vs iOS 8 Walkthrough - Home Screen

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iOS 9 vs iOS 8 Walkthrough - Home Screen

The image above shows that the iOS 9 home screen looks very much like the one on iOS 8. This is not surprising, but you will notice one major change to this screen. 

The new iOS 9 font on the home page carries over through settings and apps. It's surprising how much the look of the system can change with a small tweak to a new font.

From the home screen you can now swipe left to a new search screen, and you can still swipe down to Spotlight from any of the home screen pages.

When you upgrade you will also see options to add iCloud Drive to your home screen. 

Apple adds two new default iOS 9 apps that you cannot delete. Find iPhone and Find Friends apps now come with the iPhone by default. You can hide them in a folder, but you cannot delete the apps. The Find My iPhone app is a very good addition, while Find My Friends is still not as widely used. 

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