iOS 9: Will you be able to upgrade your iPhone or iPad?

Apple will release iOS 9 this fall, but will your iPhone or iPad be up to the job of running it?


As expected, Apple will make iOS 9 available sometime this fall, and whether your iPhone or iPad will be compatible with this release will determine whether your device will be good for another year, or whether it's hit obsolescence.

There's an easy way to determine whether you can run iOS 9. Does your device run iOS 8? If it does, you're good to go because it covers the same range of devices. So if you've already made the leap to iOS 8, you're guaranteed to get another year out of your iDevice.

However, given the crazy free disk space requirements for upgrading to iOS 8 - which could be as high as 6.9 gigabytes - some users may have given iOS 8 a miss. Well, Apple has some good news - it's cut the free space requirements down to 1.3 gigabytes. That not only means less to download, but it also means that you won't have to delete vast swathes of your digital life to make room for the upgrade, making the upgrade a lot less painful than before.

So if you threw your old iDevice into your 'tech drawer of the dead' because it was too much hassle to upgrade to iOS 8, it might be a good idea to pull it out and charge it up again because you might be able to slap iOS 9 onto it and get a usable device (or flip it on eBay).

iOS 9 is compatible with the following devices:

  • iPad 2
  • iPad third-generation
  • iPad fourth-generation
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPod touch fifth-generation

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