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iOS 9: 5 Things to Expect in 2016



It’s 2016 and we’re taking a look at a few things iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users should expect from Apple and its iOS 9 update in the new year.

2015 was a busy year for Apple and its mobile operating system. In June, the company debuted iOS 9 on stage at WWDC 2015 in San Francisco. In September, the company showed it off on stage alongside the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and more.

In the weeks that followed the initial release, Apple pushed out new iOS 9 updates adding new features and fixing iOS 9 problems.

The company’s current iOS 9 update, iOS 9.2, is the second milestone upgrade for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and it’s the update that you’ll find lurking in your device’s Settings or on iTunes. At least for the moment.

iOS 9 is getting older but it has a long life ahead of it and today we want to outline a few things to expect from Apple and iOS this year.


It can be difficult to project the future of iOS due to Apple’s silence on the matter. That said, we do have some clues.

Some of these details have been confirmed by Apple, others are based on credible rumors and the company’s established iOS release patterns.

This roundup is meant to provide you with an outlook for the year and to help set your expectations accordingly as we move away from 2015 into a brand new year.

iOS 9.2.1 Release Soon

iOS 9.2.1 Release Soon

First and foremost, you can expect the iOS 9.2.1 update to be the next update you receive on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

The iOS 9.2.1 update is confirmed thanks to a release into Apple's beta program for developers and the general public. Anyone with an Apple ID can download and early version of iOS 9.2.1 right now through the Beta Software Program.

iOS 9.2.1 most likely will be a small bug fix update aimed at patching up one or more lingering iOS 9 problems. The full change log still isn't known though we do expect it to fix at least one problem that came with Apple's iOS 9.2 update. 

Apple hasn't confirmed a release date yet (and we don't expect it to) but reports suggest that it will likely come before the company's rumored March media event.

It's also expected to be the last version of iOS 9.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as it makes way for yet another milestone upgrade. 

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