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You can download iOS 9 on an Apple iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, while the new 6s and 6s Plus will ship with the new OS out of the box. Photo: Courtesy Apple
You can download iOS 9 on an Apple iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, while the new 6s and 6s Plus will ship with the new OS out of the box. Photo: Courtesy Apple

Apple iOS 9 clocks fastest adoption rate

More than 50% of iOS devices globally are already running the latest operating system, less than a week since the release

Apple’s latest iOS operating system, iOS 9, has become the fastest OS rollout for the iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch. The company has announced that more than 50% of its devices globally have been updated by users to run the new OS, which is the quickest adoption of an iOS software.

“iOS 9 is also off to an amazing start, on pace to be downloaded by more users than any other software release in Apple’s history," Philip W. Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of Worldwide Marketing said in a statement. This is indeed good news for the company, given that the troublesome iOS 8 and its subsequent update put off a lot of users, because of issues related to performance and battery life.

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Apple has also made the update process easier this time around. The iOS 9 operating system takes up less space on devices—1.3 GB approximately compared to 4.6 GB that iOS 8 consumed. That particularly created a major issue for users running 8GB or 16GB devices. In case the installation process detects that your iPhone or iPad doesn’t have enough space to install iOS 9, a pop-up notification will give the user the option to delete some apps to free up space and then reinstall these apps automatically post update completion.

Apple has made many changes to the new operating system. There have been under-the-hood improvements to enhance battery life, and a new battery saver mode has been added. The Mail app, Notes and Safari have been given a bunch of new features and capabilities. There is a smarter SIRI voice assistant, which now also shows up specific contact and app suggestions during search.

You can download iOS 9 on an Apple iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, while the new 6s and 6s Plus will ship with the new OS out of the box. The new OS can also be installed on iPad 2 and newer variants, as well as the recent iPod Touch music players.

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