Apple iOS 9 Update Available

Apple’s iOS 9 operating system is now available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.To update your device, tap on the “Settings” app, then tap on General->Software Update.

iOS 9.0

With this update your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features. New multitasking features for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature. And, built-in apps become more powerful with detailed transit information in Maps, a redesigned Notes app, and an all-new News app. And improvements at the foundation of the operating system enhance performance, improve security and give you up to an hour of extra battery life.


Eric’s Release Notes:

  • iOS 9.0 is a major release of the underlying operating system that controls the iPad and iPhone devices.  Care should be taken before upgrading to any new release and an alert eye to changes that impede your daily tasks.
  • Below are the recommendations from leading hardware and software vendors, along with their findings on the readiness of iOS 9.0:

ForeFlight’s iOS 9.0 Customer Notice – 9/17/15:

  • ForeFlight Mobile 7.3 is compatible with Apple iOS 9, with the exception of two minor issues: METARs and TAFs may load slowly in the Airports view when “Show Weather First” is enabled in More > Settings (disabling that setting should resolve the issue), and there is a scrolling problem on the Scratchpads view when there are enough saved scratchpads to fill the screen. We have submitted a minor version update to Apple that resolves both of these items and should be available for download soon.Although we expect that the app will run smoothly on iOS 9 apart from these two issues, as with previous releases we prescribe conservatism in updating to a newly released iOS version. If you rely heavily on apps for your daily flying, we recommend waiting for the first iOS 9 maintenance update. iOS is a remarkably stable platform and Apple has a track record of quickly releasing minor updates to address any major issues that are uncovered. However, all new operating systems have undiscovered bugs that need fixing and may cause unexpected device or app issues.

    If you are anxious to explore the new iOS, then go ahead and update. However, be prepared for light to moderate chop from apps not yet optimized for iOS 9 or from unexpected operating system bugs. We recommend a test flight or two with iOS 9 and any apps you depend on before launching into IMC.

Bad Elf’s ‘Cleared to Update’ iOS Recommendation:

    • September 16, 2015
  • NOTES:
    • We’ve completed a full test pass against this release, and have found it to be stable with Bad Elf products and common apps used in aviation, marine, and surgery/GIS.
    • No known compatibility issues with Bad Elf accessories.

Below are the full release notes from



    •  Proactive assistance

            Presents relevant information even before you start typing

            Notifies you when you need to leave for appointments using traffic conditions

            Learns what you listen to in a certain location or at a particular time of day and can automatically display playback controls for your preferred music and audio apps 

            Suggested events and contact details are added to apps based on information found in Mail

    •  Siri improvements

            Search your personal photos and videos based on dates, locations and album names

            Ask Siri to remind you about things you’re looking at in your apps, including Safari, Mail, Notes and Messages

            Request directions via public transit

    •  Spotlight search improvements

            Get sports scores, weather conditions and stock prices

            Simple math calculations and conversions

            Initiate messages, phone calls and FaceTime calls from contact search results


New iPad Features


    •  Slide Over

            Quickly use a second app without leaving the one you’re in

            Easily switch between Slide Over apps

            Support for Apple apps and enabled third party apps

    •  Split View

            View and interact with two apps at once

            Ability to resize your view to give equal attention to both apps or prioritize one app over another

            Support for Apple apps and enabled third party apps

    •  Picture in picture

            Continue watching a video while using your favorite apps

            Support for Safari video, FaceTime, Videos and Podcasts and enabled third party apps

    •  QuickType improvements

            Multi-Touch gestures for easier text selection on iPad

            Quick access to text editing tools with Shortcut Bar on iPad

            Support for hardware keyboard shortcuts

            Support for all Unicode emoji flags


Built-in Apps


    •  Map improvements

            Support for public transit lines, station details with exits and entrances, schedules and directions in select major cities

            Browse for places around you by category, including Food, Drinks, Shopping, Fun and more 

            Apple Pay support is indicated on place cards at participating retail locations

            Place cards include Wikipedia information for landmarks and cities

    •  Redesigned Notes app

            Add photos to your notes with the built-in camera or from your Photo Library

            Create useful checklists and check off completed items with a tap

            Sketch a quick thought using just your finger

            Save interesting items directly from other apps using the Share menu

    •  All-new News app

            Read your favorite newspapers, magazines, and blogs, or choose from over a million topics

            Beautiful typography and layouts, photo galleries, videos, animations, and more

            Browse articles that are chosen based on your interests in For You. Find channel and topic recommendations in Explore. News gets more personalized the more you read

            Easily share articles with friends or save them to read later — even when you’re offline

    •  Mail improvements

            Search improvements help you quickly find what you’re looking for by filtering results based on sender, recipient, subject or a combination of options

            Support for Markup lets you annotate an image or PDF attachment with text, shapes and even your signature, then send it back — without leaving Mail

            Easily save the attachments you receive or add files from iCloud Drive or other document providers while composing a new message

    •  Apple Pay and Wallet improvements

            Support for Discover cards

            Support for rewards cards and store credit and debit cards

            To check out even faster, you can prepare an upcoming payment by double-clicking the Home button from the Lock Screen and keeping your finger on Touch ID

    •  New iCloud Drive app

            Easily search for a file or browse in the new iCloud Drive app by date, name, or tags you added on your Mac

            Open files in any compatible app or share with those you choose

            Organize folders and files

            Get the iCloud Drive app in Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive and select Show on Home Screen

    •  CarPlay improvements 

            Plays back audio messages, letting you hear from people in their own voices

            Full support for car knob controls, so you can tilt and spin to scroll through lists or pan around in Maps 

            Support for CarPlay apps from auto manufacturers




    •  Longer battery life

            Up to one hour of additional time before you need to charge your battery

            Facedown detection for turning display off when not in use

            Low power mode optimizes device performance to extend battery by up to an additional three hours

    •  Software updates require less space to download and offer an option to install later

    •  iOS apps and user interface now use Metal to deliver faster scrolling, smoother animation, and better overall performance

    •  Improved security with two-factor authentication support and a default 6 digit passcode support for Touch ID devices


Other improvements


    •  New San Francisco system font

    •  Leave a message option if recipient isn’t available for a FaceTime call

    •  Share voicemails from the Phone app using the share sheet

    •  Flight and package tracking for data detectors

    •  Health app adds support for reproductive health, UV exposure, water intake and sedentary state data types

    •  HomeKit adds support for motorized windows and shades, motion sensors and home security system accessories

    •  Podcasts has an all-new design, makes it easy to find the latest episodes of your favorite shows and notifies you when new episodes become available for you

    •  Support for Wi-Fi calling on iPad, iPod touch and Mac, without iPhone in proximity on participating carriers

    •  Wi-Fi Assist to automatically use cellular data when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor

    •  Transfer content from an Android device with the Move to iOS app, visit for more details


Expanded language support


    •  New PingFang Chinese system font

    •  Improved predictions, learning and autocorrection for Chinese in QuickType

    •  Redesigned punctuation input on 10-key Chinese keyboard

    •  Redesigned User Interface for right-to-left languages

    •  Added Siri support for Austria, Belgium (French and Dutch), and Norway

    •  Added Spotlight search support for Mexico

    •  New keyboards for French (Belgium), German (Austria), Gujarati, Hindi (Transliteration), Hinglish, Punjabi, Spanish (Mexico),  and Telugu

    •  Predictive input for French (Belgium), German (Austria), Korean, Russian, Spanish (Mexico), and Turkish

    •  Dictation support for Dutch (Belgium), English (Ireland, Philippines, South Africa), French (Belgium), German (Austria), and Spanish (Chile, Colombia)

    •  Spell check for Finnish and Korean

    •  Definition dictionary for Hindi, Norwegian and Swedish

    •  Bilingual dictionary for French-English and German-English

    •  New Japanese autocorrection and improved predictions and learning in QuickType

    •  Option to switch between number systems for Arabic and Hindi


Enterprise & Education


    •  Assign apps directly to iOS devices without needing to have an iTunes Store account configured

    •  Improved calendar reliability for customers using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync v16

    •  Expanded Per App VPN support for the built-in IPSec and IKEv2 VPN clients

    •  New networking controls for managed apps to help limit international data roaming costs

    •  New restrictions to prevent changes to passcodes, device names and wallpapers, or to disable AirDrop on managed devices

    •  Third party app extension support for VPN, advanced content filtering, and captive Wi-Fi networks 




    •  Touch Accommodations provides additional touch control for those with physical motor limitations

    •  Switch Control Recipes to customize features or create your own

    •  Support for Siri Voices for VoiceOver users

    •  Additional customization of AssistiveTouch

    •  Hardware keyboard support for Key Repeat, Slow Keys and Sticky Keys

    •  Improved MFi hearing aid audio routing to choose where audio is played


Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas, for more information visit: and


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