Apple iOS 9.0 Gold Master and 9.1 Beta – Review and Test Report

Apple's new iOS 9 multitasking feature uses a stacked deck of apps that one swipes through

Apple's new iOS 9 multitasking feature uses a stacked deck of apps that one swipes through

By Paul Riegler on 15 September 2015
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With the imminent arrival of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus comes an updated mobile operating system for the devices, iOS 9, which will be released on September 16.

Some of the most interesting updates in iOS 9 are reserved for the new 6s and 6s Plus – in particular 3D Touch – so we won’t be able to report on them until we have the devices in hand shortly before the 25th.

We no sooner started to test iOS 9.0 than Apple invited us to try the beta for 9.1, which builds on the advances in 9.0. It’s now available as a public beta so you can download it for your current iPhone as well.


For starters, the new Siri Suggests search screen (swipe left from the main home screen), the new San Francisco font, updates to several Apple apps, and the arrival of Apple News combined with the long-awaited demise of Newsstand, one of iOS 5’s key features at launch.

In addition, iOS 9 is noticeably faster and battery life is significantly improved (Apple claims it’s roughly an hour longer).

Most users won’t notice a great deal of  difference, however.  The interface, which was completely new in iOS 8, is largely unchanged and remains the one you’ve come to both love and hate at the same time.

One noticeable difference is the new multitasking screen, which replaces the one-app-per-screen view of iOS 8 with a stacked deck of apps that one swipes through.  Since iOS 9.1 is still a beta, I can only hope that the slight jerkiness will disappear when it’s released in November but using the screen does take getting used to.

Another is the ability for iOS 9 to populate your calendar with events based on information mentioned in your e-mail messages.  While this sounds good in theory – it works on the presumption that you might forget about a dinner reservation – it does have the potential to clutter up your calendar and it can easily be turned off in settings.

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