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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).

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90
 

User Reviews

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dflickema
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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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dflickema
04.29.16
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motoleo
10.21.15
The new iOS 9.1 update is much better and a great improvement to iOS as a whole. After installing this version of iOS, it's so much more stable. Lots of glitches have been ironed out. So it's much more usable, so much more customizable that I was able to take a look at some of the new features it currently brings to the table. The feature I like the most is actually the added ability in safari to choose from a sort of file system and iCloud Drive. It solves a lot of concerns I had about getting files uploaded. Second, 9.1 is pretty fast I must say. I just love how slick it is, how it responds. This is the kind of iOS I'm used to. Lag, and crashes have been reduced.
 
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Svenny75
10.07.15
This update has so many problems! Do not update if you can avoid it! It added all these unnecessary apps to my phone that took up space and I can't get rid of. Now I have to delete some of the apps I really want. My maps app, no longer talks to me at all. My other apps that need updated will not update because now I have no space. My texting is all messed up. It sends some people texts 3 times and others none at all. I randomly receive 3 texts from people too. Half the time it won't even show me if I received a text. I am very unhappy with this new update and wish I could go back.
 
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winterjoey
10.03.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
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geniusunleashed
10.02.15
At this point I feel locked into the Apple ecosystem. But yesterday I felt a wave of annoyance at how ugly the interface is and how hard it is to navigate through app on my phone. There has to be a better way.
 
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Smile4them
10.02.15
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
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Aek0121
09.29.15
The only thing I'm really upset about is that when you double click the home button your favorites don't pop up at the top of the screen anymore for easily accessible calling....
 
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cclark1991
09.29.15
The subject of Engadgets review is "doing the basics better". Unfortunately I must disagree with this. iOS9 is better in some ways (e.g. the "insert attachment from dropbox" built into the email client is a brilliant addition), but in terms of the fundamentals, it is definitely a step backwards.On both an iPad 4 and an iPhone 5S, iOS9 is noticeably slower than iOS8 at every single interaction with the device.From the extra lag when you open all OS (or third party) applications, to the horrendous frame drops while switching between apps, or even just opening a folder of apps. The OS feels really badly optimized for the hardware. "Polish" is meant to be one of apples key strengths!On the iPad 4, apple decided it wouldn't get any of the new multitasking features, not even the simplest "picture in picture" mode which even the iPad minis got. I don't buy that this is a hardware limitation as both the youtube & facebook apps have managed to implement this successfully within their own apps! I can already watch a youtube video then minimise it and search for something else. Why have google been able to achieve what apple can't on the iPad4 hardware?!I'm normally defensive of the benefits of the apple "walled garden" ecosystem, it's usually not much of trade off, I still feel I can do 95% of what I can do with an Android device with the added bonus that things "just always work" and you don't have to deal with Malware or other bullshit. But recently I have to question apples competence on this, Apple have recently banned various app developers (e.g the makers of various "speed camera notification" apps that I use) from releasing updates to their apps in the App Store! Plus there was the recent fake xcode malware issue where 300+ apps were found to be affected.In my view if iOS starts losing feature parity with Android because Apple are overzealously banning legitimate apps, while simultaneously approving 300+ apps that contain malware, it makes me feel at some point their competence started slipping away.
 
90
Miken81
09.28.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
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AlanLumar
09.28.15
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ascendio/id982548160?l=ru&ls=1&mt=8this app work with iOS 9 , and u can use it