iOS 9 release date will be Wednesday 16 September

9 Sep 2015

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.

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 a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years