How to prepare your iPhone for iOS 9

If Apple holds to previous release patterns, then iOS 9 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch should be released around 10 am PT/1 pm ET. iOS 9 includes new features such as Proactive Assistant, transit directions in Maps, enhanced multitasking features for the iPad, and lots more.

Whether you have a jailbroken iPhone or not you may want to check out this post and decide whether you will stick with your jailbreak or not.

Decide if you want to keep your jailbreak

If you’re jailbroken, now is the time to decide if wish to keep your jailbreak. If you decide to update to iOS 9, you will lose your jailbreak. Since there’s currently no jailbreak available for iOS 9, and no clear indication as to when there will be an iOS 9 jailbreak, you’re going to have to make such a decision with care.

If you want to keep your jailbreak then it’s pretty much business as usual. You won’t need to do anything come go-live time.

If you decide to update to iOS 9, you’ll need to perform a complete restore of your device. Jailbroken devices are not eligible for OTA updates via Settings → General → Software Update.

Backup your iPhone

Be sure to perform a backup via iTunes or via iCloud. Backups allow you to save all of your apps and data that isn’t stored in iCloud. If you decide to do a restore, the backup will allow you to safely remove your apps and data.

After the restore is complete, you’ll be asked during the initial iOS 9 setup process if you’d like to set up as a new device, or restore from backup. Choose restore from backup, and find your iCloud backup. If you backed up to iTunes instead, you can use the option for iTunes backup restores.

Even if you’re doing an OTA update, an update in which none of your data or apps should be lost, it’s good to perform a backup beforehand just to be safe. That way, in case something goes wonky during the OTA update process, you can simply perform a full restore and thereafter recover your data and apps.

iOS 9 is compatible with these devices: 
  • iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4s
  • iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 3 and iPad 2
  • iPad mini 3, Retina iPad mini, 1st gen iPad mini
  • 6th generation iPod touch, 5th generation iPod touch
Apple should release iOS 9 at around 10 AM PST/1 PM EST. Apple had released iOS 7 in 2013, iOS 6 in 2012, iOS 5 in 2011 and iOS 4 in 2010 at that time. If you’re wondering what time it will be released in your timezone then we’ve you covered. 

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