Apple’s iOS 9: 9 Important New Features to Know
Apple released iOS 9 to the public today, making it available for all users who have an iPhone 4s or later, iPad 2 or later, 5th-generation iPod touch or later or any iPad mini to download the latest update. As expected, iOS 9 brings many improvements, like split-screen multitasking for the iPad, improvement to search and Siri and revamped apps and more. These subtle refinements can make your iPhone and iPad feel better and get things done faster. As a big Apple fan, you must want to know what you’re in store for. Here’s what you should be looking for.
Here are the 9 Key features of iOS 9:
Low Power Mode
Low Power Mode, a new dedicated “Battery” section in the Settings app, is one of the best and most important new features in iOS 9. Turning on this new feature, the system will automatically disable background activity, motion effects and animated wall papers, so your iPhone can last approximately 40 minutes longer. And the battery information is also displayed in the Notification Center, for the Apple Watch, iOS devices and some other connected devices.
There is a new search bar in the Settings app that allows you to quickly locate specific settings by typing in what you’re looking for. For example, if you want to go to Siri settings, you can type in “Siri” and then all the settings for Siri will be shown in a list.
Go Back to App
The iPhone has finally got a back button. iOS 9 introduces an on-screen back button which will take you back to the previous app you were using. Say, when you tap on a Notification or a link in Safari or another app, you can go back to the previous app using a hand new “Go Back” button.
Siri has improved significantly on iOS 9, and you’ll no longer have to press and hold the home button to activate the intelligent voice assistant. Just simply say “Hey Siri” and she will be there for you and this feature is very similar to Google’s Google Now and Windows’ Cortana.
And Siri on the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has the “always listening” capabilities so you can say “Hey Siri” to trigger request even when the iPhone screen is locked. It can understand natural language and handle a much wider range of queries and requests.
Split View is a feature that allows you to open two apps at a time, side by side. With it, you can open an app in one-third of the screen to interact with it quickly and then close it back to the background, you can copy and paste things from one app to the other, and you can scroll through your emails and browse the web at the same time and more. However, this feature is only available on the iPad Air, Air 2, Mini 2, Mini 3 and the recently announced Mini 4 and iPad Pro.
First of all, the shift function has been much better. When you press shift, all letters on the keyboard are shown in upper case while you turn off shift, the letters on the keyboard are in lower case. Secondly, a major benefit called “QuickType” has been brought to iPad which lets you copy and paste the text with a shortcut. If you put two fingers on the key board, it can turn the keyboard into a trackpad so you are able to scroll through a document, highlight text, etc. easily.
New Notes App
A bunch of new functionality has been added in the Notes app. For example, you can take photos from within the Notes app and add text and links, you can draw and sketch in the Notes app and you can turn any list into a checklist quickly and easily. It has become a rich-text editor rather than a text-only app.
Apple Maps Innovations
Apple Maps has made great progress and has been much more accurate than it was when first introduced by Apple in 2012. Transit feature on Maps looks nice and clean and it works. It will give you excellent route recommendations. You can not only get widely available public transport direction but the internal mapping for the likes of airports and shopping centers. It even shows you where the station exits are.