iOS 9 release date will be Wednesday 16 September

9 Sep 2015771 Views

The new Wallet app on iOS 9

Apple’s iOS 9 mobile operating system will be available globally as a free update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

The release date for the new OS was confirmed today (9 September) at a special Apple event in San Francisco where Apple also revealed the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus smartphones and an all-new Apple TV.

iOS 9 will come with a revamped version of Notes, the ability to have two apps open side-by-side and play videos while browsing the web.

App updates within iOS 9

The new iOS 9 will also come with a new Maps app that will provide more detailed transit information. Maps will now offer a combination of trains, subways, buses and walking options for getting to locations.

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Apple’s new News app will also debut, with iOS 9 providing a new tailored way of reading news from more than 50 global publishers.

The redesigned Notes app includes the ability to draw a quick sketch using your finger, create checklists and sync these notes across the cloud.

The app update also includes a new Apple Pay feature called Discover, which facilitates merchant rewards programmes to allow consumers to manage their value within the new Wallet app in iOS 9.

John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist who served as editor of for 17 years.