iOS 9 Released, Ready for Your iPhone and iPad

Fire up your Internet because iOS 9 is officially available. The update is finally out of beta testing and is ready for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Apple releases iOS 9 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touchApple releases iOS 9 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

iOS 9 includes stronger security features like six digit passcodes, iCloud Drive support, a redesigned app switcher, Siri suggestions in Spotlight, the ability to search Mail to suggest possible callers, contact thumbnails in Messages, improved Photos navigation, a Shift key with on-screen keyboard that finally makes sense, improved battery life and power management, and more.

Before you install iOS 9, be sure to back up your data just in case something goes wrong. Using encrypted backups is smart because it helps keep your private and sensitive information safe, and it also backs up Health, Activity, and Keychain—data that otherwise won't be included.

You can install iOS 9 by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your iOS device. In iTunes, make sure your device is connected to your computer via USB, then go to the Summary tab and click Check for Updates.

iOS 9 is compatible with the iPhone 4s or newer, iPad mini or newer, iPad 2 or newer, and the fourth and fifth generation iPod touch. It's a free download, so you won't have to break out your credit card.