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Apple Says Half of Devices Have Downloaded iOS 9.

After hitches with some updates in years past, Apple mobile users seem to be flocking quickly to the company’s latest operating system, iOS 9, with more than half of devices installing the free update since it was released last Wednesday.The company announced Monday more than 50% of devices are running iOS 9, which launched last week ahead of the arrival of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in stores on September 25. “iOS 9 is … off to an amazing start, on pace to be downloaded by more users than any other software release in Apple’s history,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, in a statement.CUPERTINO, Calif., Sep 21, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Apple® today announced iPhone® 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the most advanced iPhones ever, will be available at 8:00 a.m. local time on Friday, September 25 at Apple’s retail stores. The operating system introduces several subtle tweaks including better battery life, a Low Power Mode to conserve energy, Transit directions in Maps, and an overhauled Notes app.

The company says that more than 50 percent of devices have already made the leap to the new OS, which became available to download on the 16th this month. Whenever you update iOS on your iPhone or iPad, it pays to peruse the settings to find, enable, and configure any new features just to your liking. iOS 9 doesn’t have quite as many settings changes as iOS 8 did, and the best addition by far is a Search box at the top of the main Settings menu, so if you can’t remember, say, where to enable Personal Hotspot (spoiler: Cellular) or how to turn off shake-to-undo (Accessibility), all you have to do is start typing in that Search box to pinpoint exactly where your desired setting lives. Stores will have the new iPhones available for walk-in customers who are encouraged to arrive early.1 Both models will also be available on Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The update promises an extra hour of battery life, fewer bugs and a new Siri home screen that predicts what apps users will want to use next, among other things like an improved Apple Maps.

In the past, some of Apple’s initial iOS software updates haven’t been tuned well to older phones, causing owners to report slower performance, among other problems. For comparison, almost half of iOS devices upgraded to iOS 8 within a week of availability, but this rate of uptake soon slowed with adoption only increasing by a single percentage point (to 47 percent) in the two weeks after.

This makes it attractive to developers because they can create a more consistent experience compared to Android devices, which are often split evenly over several more dates versions of the mobile operating system. But in a Wall Street Journal test on four generations of iPhones—the 4s, 5, 5s and 6– the software update slowed down the entire lineup by only a negligible amount. This lets you put a separate PIN code on your SIM card, so if someone had your stolen or misplaced phone, they couldn’t use your SIM card in another device. Monthly payments start at $32 (US) and $37 (US), respectively.5 For more information on the iPhone Upgrade Program visit www.apple.com/shop/iphone/iphone-upgrade-program or a US Apple Retail Store. Beginning September 26, customers will be able to visit Apple.com to reserve their iPhone for pick-up at their local Apple Store®, based on availability.

More from WSJ.D: And make sure to visit WSJ.D for all of our news, personal tech coverage, analysis and more, and add our XML feed to your favorite reader. Again, pick something memorable because if you enter the wrong PIN too many times, your SIM will be permanently locked and you’ll have to ask your carrier for a new one.

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. If you always want a certain app’s notifications on top, change Recent to Manual, and then you get a list of every app that sends you notifications, and you can slide them to your preferred order. You can still decide if notifications can appear in Notification Center, on the Lock Screen, or both, and if you want to be notified in the form of vanishing banners, must-be-dismissed alerts, a badged home screen icon, or a sound.

Even without much change in the Notifications settings, it’s a good idea to “audit” your notifications from time to time, since they lose their impact if you have so many coming in that you start ignoring them altogether. In iOS 8, you could change Siri’s voice from female to male, but in iOS 9, you can choose both Siri’s gender and accent: American, Australian, or British. (Yes, Siri can sound British even though your language is still set to United States English. For example, when you are near a Target or a Starbucks, those apps’ icons will appear on your lock screen, assuming you have the apps installed and have given them permission to access your location.

Aside from location, iOS 9 can suggest apps based on your patterns—when you plug in your headphones at the end of a workday, your phone could suggest the podcast app you usually listen to on your commute home. iOS 8 had two switches here: One for My Apps, and another for App Store, which would allow your phone to suggest apps you don’t even have. The new Keyboard setting “Show Lowercase Keys” means that your software keyboard will toggle between lower-case and upper-case letters so you can always tell what kind of letter you’re about to type. You can also see which apps have been gobbling up the most of your battery life, by percentage. iOS 9 has a new little clock icon; tap it and you’ll also see how much time each app has been running, both on your screen and in the background.

That way, it can suggest auto-complete addresses in Mail, or make an educated guess on the incoming-call screen as to who’s calling you, if that name and number aren’t in your Contacts list yet but are stashed in your email.

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