A week after its release, Apple has rolled out an update for iOS 9 that corrects various issues for the new operating system. The new upgrade was made available September 23, 2015 and addresses freezing problems when using the “Slide to Upgrade” feature, instances where pausing a video in Safari or Photos distorts the frame, lost data when using custom APN setups, and cases of alarms or timers failing to play.
Apple has acted quickly in an attempt to eliminate glitches that often manifest in any new software, and to avoid repeating the way it handled iOS 8 last year. The introduction of iOS 8 was followed by many subsequent updates that only created more problems, and was widely perceived as being unstable.
According to Apple, iOS 9 is already breaking records in how quickly it is being adopted. The company says that the software has been installed on more than 50 percent of all iPhones, iPods, and iPads currently in use. This figure is based on the number of devices that are brought into an Apple store on any given day.
The new operating system boasts numerous new features and enhancements, including updates to Siri that enable reminders of appointments, and a Notes app capable of creating checklists, allowing sketched drawings, and adding attachments. Also included is the Apple Maps app, which offers mass transit data for most major cities. Apple has promised that iOS 9 offers better battery life by implementing a new low-power mode that activates once the battery falls below a 20 percent charge.
This update does not address all bugs. Jose Rodriguez and EverythingApplePro documented one major flaw on September 18, 2015. The vulnerability they discovered allows someone to sneak past the iOS lock screen by entering a series of incorrect passcodes while talking to the device’s Siri voice assistant, and adding a new clock.
AppleInsider confirmed the exploit, which takes advantage of a bug related to Siri lock screen access, on September 23, 2015 through a series of tests. The hack will only work on devices protected by short four or six digit passcodes. Securing an iPhone with a long alphanumeric password nullifies the vulnerability.