Apple has issued a new update for iOS 9 in the form of iOS 9.3.2 which contains several bug fixes as well as support for Low Power Mode and Night Shift at the same time.
The new update is 91.7MB in size if updating from iOS 9.3.1 and Apple lists the update as containing the following features:
- Fixes an issue where some Bluetooth accessories could experience audio quality issues when paired to the iPhone SE
- Fixes an issue where looking up dictionary definitions could fail
- Addresses an issue that prevented typing email addresses when using the Japanese Kana keyboard in Mail and Messages
- Fixes an issue for VoiceOver users using the Alex voice, where the device switches to a different voice to announce punctuation or spaces
- Fixes an issue that prevented MDM servers from installing Custom B2B apps
The ability to use Night Shift and Low Power Mode at the same time is also a notable change, as previously the two could not work together, despite both often having to be used at the end of the day.
However, there have been early reports of the update causing problems for iPad Pro devices, so owners of this device may want to hold off on installing the update.
The update follows on from the more hefty iOS 9.3 which contains several new features and functions as well as plenty of bug fixes.
The update is 310MB if updating from iOS 9.2, and the most notable new features include the addition of Night Shift that aims to reduce the screen brightness and glare during the evening and morning to reduce eye strain.
It also contains the Car Play update designed to make it easier to use your iPhone via in-car infotainment system, while Notes can now be password protected.
V3 has put together a handy guide to updating your iPhone or iPad so that you can avoid any headaches on your path to iOS 9.3.
Check your device is compatible
The iOS 9.3 update should work on any device that can run iOS 8. This means it goes as far back as the iPhone 4S, along with the iPhone 5, 5S and 5C, and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Anything from the iPad 2 up and all iPad Mini models can upgrade, as can fifth- and sixth-generation iPod Touch devices.
Back-up your data
It’s always worth backing up your iPhone periodically to make sure all your key apps, photos and so on are not lost forever should the worst happen.
However, the most important time is before a major software update, as it is best not to take any risks despite the extensive testing Apple will have done.
You can do this by connecting your iPhone to a Mac or Windows machine, or via the iCloud storage system. This comes with only 5GB of free space, though, so you may need to buy more if you have lots of photos, videos and so forth.
Clear enough storage
Apple faced heavy criticism for the fact that the iOS 8 update was a huge 4.58GB, meaning many device owners, especially those with 16GB of storage, had to remove lots of data just to get the upgrade.
iOS 9 has been reduced to a maximum of 1.3GB. This should be far more manageable and remove the pain, hassle and tough decisions required for larger installations.
However, if you're on an older version of iOS 8, i.e. not the most recent iOS 8.4 update, the file size will be bigger as the latest download will contain those updates as well as the iOS 9 installation.
For those updating from iOS 9 to iOS 9.3 the update is 308MB, which should be fairly manageable, although it sometimes varies from device to device.
How to update
There are two ways to get iOS 9. The first is an over-the-air update. This basically means letting the files download over WiFi, before installing them on the device. This is definitely the quickest and easiest way.
The second is to install the software via iTunes, which requires plugging in your iPhone before downloading the files.
This may not be as easy as the over-the-air update, but it has the double benefit that you can back up your files on your laptop or computer first before running the download. The iTunes installation is usually a smaller file size too.
Why you should update
Alongside the fact that iOS 9 contains loads of new features and functions, and has a new battery saver mode that is probably worth the update alone, it’s always best to run the new versions of iOS as they also contain security and bug fixes.
Apple obviously won’t shout about these, as the firm does not like admitting that there’s anything wrong with its products, but almost all iOS updates do contain security fixes.
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