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90 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Apple's latest major software release isn't a revolution, but a thoughtful refinement that makes iOS faster and easier to use. Make no mistake, most of the big new features here work great, but it's the little design changes that help mold iOS' core elements into something smarter. iOS 9 isn'tperfect,but it's nonetheless a must-have download.

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Pros
  • Lots of small, thoughtful design changes
  • Siri is more proactive;Spotlight search is deeper
  • That Back button. Seriously.
  • New multitasking features for theiPad
Cons
  • Transit directions in Mapsdon't work everywhere
  • Apple News feels like a work in progress
  • No low-powermode for iPods,iPads
90 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

90
 

User Reviews

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motoleo
The new iOS 9.1 update is much better and a great improvement to iOS as a whole....read more
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Svenny75
This update has so many problems! Do not update if you can avoid it! It added...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
88
Average Critic Score
 
90
Engadget
Apple's latest major software release isn't a revolution, but a thoughtful refinement that makes iOS faster and easier to use. ... it's the little design changes that help mold iOS' core elements into something smarter. iOS 9 isn't perfect, but it's nonetheless a must-have download.
 
90
The Next Web
This is a great upgrade and you should do it today — it’s worth it. iOS 9 fixed all my major issues with the software from both iOS 7 and 8, while adding thoughtful enhancements that make it much easier to use.
 
90
iMore
iOS 9 has the performance and polish that makes everything that came before better, and sets the iPhone and iPad up for everything that comes next.
 
100
Stuff
Apple's latest mobile OS is its smartest and slickest ever - so long as you're using the right phone.
 
90
TechRadar
iOS 9 is much better than its predecessor, with fewer bugs now than last year's iOS 8 launch. It's smarter and leaner, except for Apple Maps, which keeps it from being the perfect update.
 
80
Macworld
iOS 9 has lots of appealing new features (new to iOS, that is - Android wise guys will point out how many have been seen in that OS before now), together with much-appreciated tweaks to the interface and, in particular, the system keyboard.
 
80
TrustedReviews
A very good update for iPad owners with a enough useful additions to make it worthwhile.
 
80
The Verge
While iOS 9 doesn’t tower over any other platform yet, it is the ground floor of that skyscraper. I can’t wait to see where the elevator takes us next.
 
90
Mashable
The best part of iOS 9 is that it works the same as iOS 8, but it works better and it works more like you want your phone to work. Apple is focused less on giving us tons of features and more about taking the existing stuff and making it work as promised.
 
90
Expert Reviews
Slicker, easier to use and with a ton of new features, iOS 9 is an excellent upgrade to an already powerful operating system.