Now that iOS 8.4 release has been launched along with the Apple Music, updated Siri, new built-in apps, public transit directions to Maps, the next operating system for the iPad and iPhone is iOS 9.
On June 8, Apple unveiled its next project between Apple Watch launch in April and the iPhone 6S in September, which developers can currently download. This operating system aims for smaller download sizes, stability, and legacy tablet and phone compatibility. Older iPads and iPhones you own will work with the latest update but only if it runs on the iOS 8. The new features of iOS 9 include built-in apps. What else can you expect?
iOS 9 release date
People who are enrolled in iOS 9 developer program can download this operating system now. However, in order to be a registered developer, developers need to pay a fee. While still not released to the public, the public beta is nearly ready.
Anyone looking for a free upgrade to iOS 9 will need to wait for the public beta set for July or later in the year when the new iPhone is set for launch. September is the more likely scenario.
Now, the iOS 9 beta 1 is a little buggy, which means a one-to-three month wait could be a good thing. And, the reality is that the best parts don’t tend to be seen until the official version.
The compatibility of iOS 9
It’s looking more and more like iOS 9 is more inclusive than iOS versions that came before it. Apple is looking to make the update backwards compatible, meaning older iPod touch devices, iPads and iPhones can be updated to it.
While not technically inclusive as of yet, if your system has iOS 8 on it, it can handle iOS 9. This is good news; as when the latest products get released, older phones don’t fall to the wayside.
Smarter iOS 9 Siri
iOS 9 Siri is going to rival Google Now. With the latest update, Apple’s personal assistant understands “it” within context and gives the operating system some proactivity.
Siri can understand context. For instance, if you are talking to somebody about a topic in iMessages, you can ask Siri to remind you about it later on. It’ll look over the app, attempting to understand what it means.
Thanks to Siri’s proactivity, appointments can be added to your Calendar and photos can be pulled up based upon time and location with just your voice. This is certainly a worthwhile feature, especially when you’re away from home.
Its “Now Playing” interface is located on the lockscreen. For example, if you were listening to an audiobook in your car, it’ll bring it up.
Siri in iOS 9 will know what you’re at, and what you like listening to in your car or gym. Another very convenient feature is the offering of context to random numbers that call you – it goes into your Gmail to see if the number matches any of your contacts.
According to Apple, Siri responds to more than one billion requests every week, and this percentage is liable to increase at least 40 percent more in both accuracy and speed.
Expansion of Apple Pay
Apple Pay is going to expand in the US and is hitting the UK next month, which is backed by about 70 percent of the debit and credit cards including but not limited to:
- Bank of Scotland
- Lloyds Bank
Rumors are circulating that China and Canada are next for the mobile platform payment on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
The new app called Wallet will replace Passbook.
Apple Pay has the backing of 2,500 banks, and beginning in the autumn season, store-issued cards and rewards will be included in the mobile wallet.
Apple News app
Along with the elimination of the Passbook for the Wallet, Apple is going to replace Newsstand for News. And, if you’re fan of magazine-style news aggregators, you’ll already be familiar with it. Apple News for iOS 9 is a combination of Feedly, Flipboard and HTC BlinkFeed. It’s got a personalized feed to it and will launch in the US, Australia and UK.
It’s not known if publishers can wrap their content with the latest Apple News format. However, the key benefits to you is that your information stays private other than your Apple ID.
Maps app is going to be unavoidable, even if you’re a diehard fan of Google Maps. Built-in apps and Siri will still open directions in the default navigation app and this isn’t going to change.
iOS 9 will have Apple Maps public transit directions, which includes routes for ferries. This means Apple Maps will be much better and tolerable with the iOS 9. This is a fresh step for the app since 2013.
Basically routes for the following are going to be in Apple Maps:
This aspect will go live during fall in the following cities:
- New York City
- San Francisco Bay Area
- Washington D.C.
- Mexico City
It’ll also provide directions to 300 cities in China – the iPhone’s big ever-evolving market such as Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu.
Multitasking on iPad
With iOS 9, you’ll get to experience true multitasking on the newer iPads. Forget what you saw in 2010 with the multitasking app. iPads can better handle the heft productivity tasks that its users need, especially those folks who need it for personal and work use.
Now, you’ve got three ways to see the multitasking windows.
Slide Over will bring up a second app but from the side. This will allow you to write a text or something in Notes. When you’re done, just slide it back away.
You’ve also got the Picture-in-Picture mode that allows you to put videos and FaceTime calls in the display’s corner when you push the home button. Afterwards, you can use any app while you also watch the video. Think Google’s YouTube app.
Picture-in-Picture and Slide Over are compatible with the more recent iPads such as iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2 and 3.
Split View is the ultimate multitasking view people have longed for. This is the mode people think of when they want to do multitasking. It allows for two apps to be opened simultaneously, right next to each other and are active with complete multi-touch support. Split View works only with the iPad Air 2.
Updated iOS 9 keyboard
When Apple launched its iOS 8, it claimed its best keyboard yet was the QuickType, and it’s looking to do better with the keyboard in iOS 9.
iPad’s on-screen keyboard will now have a built-in shortcut bar, which offer next-word suggestions above the letter keys QWERTY. You’ll also be able to bold, italicize, underline and cut, copy and paste.
No longer will you have to hunt for the shortcuts. Apple is going to make this a default layout that’s both customizable and will be compatible with third-party keyboard apps.
With iOS 9, it’s much easier to handle the slide mechanism due to the cursor control feature. It turns the tablet’s QuickType keyboard into a trackpad. It’s far easier to do than the hovering of your tiny cursor.
The wireless keyboards will also have shortcuts, allowing you to interact with apps using built-in shortcut keys. The pressing and holding the Command, Option or Control keys will bring up the list of shortcuts.
What you can expect under the hood
While the new specs to the iOS 9 sounds good, it still needs to run much better than the previous iOS 8. That version of operating system is notorious for rapidly draining batteries and WiFi issues. In fact, some folks are still making complaints about them.
One of the biggest complaints iPhone users have is the battery life. However, with new iOS 9 users will be able to squeeze an extra hour using the Low Power mode. Apple said iOS 9 would manipulate iPhone so that it’s saving juice without you even knowing.
You can also install iOS 9 without the fear of losing your photos. It takes only 1.3 gigs compared to the 4.5 gigs of internal storage iOS 8 needed – terrible for a 16GB iPhone.
iOS 9 makes the GPU and CPU usages much more efficient, betters its performance and increases security. It’s hopeful that this means a less likely chance for a repeat iCloud hack.
iOS 9 will have a “Move to iOS” app that lets you easily switch from an Android device to an iOS phone or tablet.
There’s no doubt how much promise iOS 9 has, even if it’s just an incremental update. And, Google is using the same approach with its Android M. We’ll have a look at both competitors this fall.