iOS 9 for iPhone, iPad + iPod touch coming Sept. 16, iCloud storage prices dropping


Apple shared today that the upcoming iOS 9 software update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will be released to everyone in one week on September 16th. Alongside the official iOS 9 release date, Apple also introduced new price tiers for iCloud storage upgrades.

Currently in the United States, upgrading from the free 5GB iCloud adds 20GB to 1TB depending on the tiers which range from 99¢ to $20:

20 GB: $0.99
200 GB: $3.99
500 GB: $9.99
1 TB: $19.99

With the upgraded iCloud storage prices, Apple is offering 50GB of data for 99¢, 200GB for $2.99, and 1TB for $9.99.



iOS 9 Available as a Free Update for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch Users September 16

Introduces More Intelligence, New Multitasking Features for iPad & More Powerful Built-in Apps

SAN FRANCISCO — September 9, 2015 — Apple® today announced iOS 9, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, will be available on Wednesday, September 16 as a free update for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users. iOS 9 makes iOS devices more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri® features, all while protecting users’ privacy.

The way you interact with iPad gets even better with iOS 9, thanks to new multitasking features that let users view and interact with two apps at once, side by side. With Picture-in-Picture, users can play video while browsing the web, composing email or using other apps. Built-in apps become more powerful with a redesigned Notes app offering new ways to capture ideas, detailed transit information in Maps, and an all-new News app for the best news reading experience on any mobile device.

“iOS 9 is packed with intelligence that makes every experience with iPhone and iPad even more powerful — Siri can do more than ever and new proactive assistance helps you get more done before you ask, all while protecting users’ privacy,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With iOS 9 we focused on strengthening the foundation of iOS with a deep focus on quality, and with the help of more than one million users who participated in our first ever public beta program, we’re excited to release the best version of iOS yet.”

In iOS 9, every experience with iPhone gets even better, with new intelligence that works behind the scenes to present the right information at the right time. Proactive assistance presents the most relevant information at a given time of day and suggests actions at that particular moment based on the apps you use frequently and the time of day you use them. Siri features an all-new design, contextual reminders based on time and location, and new ways to search photos and videos. Search queries deliver more relevant results from more categories, including sports scores and schedules, simple math calculations, weather conditions and stock prices.

iPad Experience
iOS 9 delivers new multitasking features designed specifically for iPad that allow you to do even more:
Slide Over lets you simultaneously work in a second app without leaving the one you’re in and easily switch between your apps.
Split View allows you to view and interact with two apps at the same time, side by side, and resize your view to prioritize one app over another.
Picture-in-Picture lets you continue a video or FaceTime® call while using your favorite apps.
Typing is faster and easier with an all-new Shortcut Bar that displays convenient editing tools, and new Multi-Touch™ gestures make it even easier to select, edit and move text.

Built-In Apps
The powerful built-in apps on iPhone and iPad are designed for all your essential, everyday tasks. In iOS 9, we’re delivering a completely redesigned Notes app, support for transit in Maps, an all-new News app and new capabilities in Apple Pay™.

The completely redesigned Notes app includes the ability to draw a quick sketch using your finger, easily create checklists to keep track of your to-dos or snap a photo directly in a note. Important items can be saved directly to the Notes app from other apps and are kept in sync across all your enabled devices with iCloud®.

Maps adds support for metropolitan transit systems and schedules, and subway station entrances and exits are precisely mapped. When you plan your trip, Maps can offer a combination of trains, subways, buses and walking, and presents you with what’s nearby, delivering options for local food, drinks, shopping and more.*

News delivers a reading experience that combines the rich, immersive design of a print magazine with the interactivity of digital media. News can learn your interests and suggest relevant content that’s easily shareable or saved for later, and delivers the best articles from more than 50 publishers, representing hundreds of titles from the world’s most influential news, sports, business and magazine brands, covering over one million topics.**

Apple Pay adds support for Discover, merchant rewards programs and participating store-issued credit and debit cards. Shoppers will be able to manage their cards in the new Wallet app.

This latest release makes the foundation of iOS even stronger with refinements including battery optimization that provides a typical user with an additional hour of battery life, and a low-power mode to further extend battery life.*** Software updates require less space to install and the Install Later feature can perform updates to your device when it’s not in use. Enhanced security features in iOS 9 keep your devices and Apple ID secure by strengthening the passcode that protects your devices and improving two-factor authentication by building it directly into iOS, making it harder for others to gain unauthorized access to your Apple ID. iOS 9 apps and the user interface now take advantage of Metal™ to deliver faster scrolling, smoother animation and better overall performance.

iOS 9 will be available beginning Wednesday, September 16 as a free software update for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, iPad 2 and later and iPad mini™ and later. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages. For more information visit

*Transit information in Maps is available in select major cities, including Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York City, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Toronto and Washington D.C., as well as over 300 cities in China, including Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai. Nearby information is available in the US and China.
**News app availability varies by country.
***Battery life depends on usage and settings.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, the Mac and Apple Watch. Apple’s three software platforms — iOS, OS X and watchOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.



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  1. taoprophet420 - 7 years ago

    Should pushed the free tier up to 20 GB if they want to keep the 16 GB entry models. How fast will the new cameras and videos eat yo that storage?

    Just a bad experience for first time Iohone buyers.

    • applegetridofsimandjack - 7 years ago

      Forget about it. It’s all anout margins for Apple. The 5GB free tier will stay just like the 16GB entry mode iPad and iPhone. I bet that in 10 years we will still have 5GB as free tier and maybe 1tb for 2$/month.

      • taoprophet420 - 7 years ago

        With the high resolution cameras and promoting photos, they should at least gave unlimited photo storage.

        I know Apple cares high,y about profit. Arvin’s, but would be nice if they would at least give users 20 GB fee iCloud storage. Especially the first time buyers that buy a 16 GB. Hopefully with all the installment plans through carriers and. Ow Apple more first time buyers choose the mid tier storage options.

        I just worry about Apple’s greed with low entry storage devices and low iCloud storage that they will drive customers away after one purchase.

        Apple is setting on a mountain of cash they need to use some of that to offer a better cloud and other online services.

  2. srgmac - 7 years ago

    You’re going to need that cloud storage with 4K video and only 16GB of storage space on the entry models… Not sure what possessed them to do that, flash storage is insanely cheap, and has been for quite awhile. How much is a 128GB MicroSD card? I found one for 50$ just googling…So if you could imagine buying even higher quality flash than that in bulk, the prices would be insanely low for Apple…there’s no reason to keep 16GB on the entry iPhones. I once got into situations where I couldn’t even upgrade my OS on my 16GB 5S because all the storage space was being used by apps and photos…I realized they fixed that problem in a roundabout sort of way by making the OS downloads smaller…but still…

    • Jim M (@jimgeosmail) - 7 years ago

      Well, from Apple’s standpoint, there is plenty of reason. Having a phone with only 16GB of storage in today’s digital world is a painful and stressful experience, which basically forces buyers to purchase the 64GB iPhone. Upgrading flash storage from 16GB to 64GB only costs Apple ~$2-3, making the profit on the 64GB iPhone skyrocket. It is a rather dirty way to get money, but they are the world’s richest company..

  3. Step (@ChasingStep) - 7 years ago

    *$2,99 for the 200GB.

  4. Ilko Sarafski - 7 years ago

    I really like the idea of 200GB for just 1$! :) Which will be actually 1 euro here in Europe. But still, for 12 euros/year you get a lot of space! :)

  5. incredibilistic - 7 years ago

    Later Dropbox. It’s been real.

  6. Nathan Woods (@4wdphoto) - 7 years ago

    So, if I already have the 20GB iCloud account, does it automatically grow to 50GB on Sept 16th?

  7. maxleopold - 7 years ago

    My German & British Accounts are still only showing

    20GB as Entry Option for iCloud –

    I wonder if this becomes available with iOS9


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