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Be prepared

iOS 9 will be out this evening so here's what you need to know

Things will go a little smoother this time compared to iOS 8′s release.

ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER iOS update and to be honest, this one seems to have learnt lessons from last year.

During iOS 8′s lifetime, Apple released ten updates overall (four of them major) since the original was plagued with bugs and problems that annoyed many users.

iOS 9 looks a different prospect. Opening up the beta version to the public over the summer was a way of stomping many of the bugs that may occurred, and from playing around with the beta version for a while, it looks like things will be much smoother this time.

So what do you need?

The requirements for iOS 9 are similar to its predecessor. It works on iPhone 4S and newer, or iPad 2 or newer and will require only 1.3GB of space to install. Compared to iOS 8′s massive 4.58GB, that’s a significant reduction.

If you don’t have enough space, don’t worry as you will be asked to delete some apps temporarily (when the update is completed, these apps will be reinstalled).

Once you know you won’t need your iPhone/iPad for a bit, you can check to see if the update has arrived by visiting Settings > General > System Update. If it’s available, you can download it directly although give yourself a bit of time to download it fully, especially if you have a slow connection.

So what’s arriving on iOS 9?

Quite a few things. The biggest changes are on iPad, you will now have access to split-screen mode, running two (specific) apps side-by-side and operate them at the same time. It will also allow users to continue watching videos by minimising it to the corner of the screen (similar to YouTube), and moving it around the screen if the user wishes.

For iPhone users as well, you will be able to use Proactive, Apple’s answer to Google Now which offers contextual information on your phone. For example, if you regularly listen to music at a certain time of day, Proactive will learn this and bring up suggestions based on your previous selections. Related to that is Siri which uses Proactive to give better answers.

Some features that were requested like multiple accounts and low-power mode have also been added.

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