Apple have taken to the stage and unveiled their latest edition of the mobile operating system. Here’s a quick and condensed overview of what has been announced and what you can expect. We will cover what is new in iOS 9, compatibility and release date.
iOS 9 brings all-round improvements to the user experience of an iOS device. Many features are completely new whilst others are refinements in previously existing features of the mobile operating system.
- News App – iOS 9 adds a new app to your Home screen. News conveniently collects all the stories you want to read, from top news sources, based on topics you’re most interested in — so you no longer need to move from app to app to stay informed. News also combines the rich and immersive design found in print with the interactivity of digital media, letting you enjoy stunningly crafted articles just how the publisher intended.
- Improved Notes App – The Notes app has always been great for jotting down your thoughts. And now it’s great for so much more. Want an easy way to make a checklist of to-dos? Consider it done. Or add a photo, map, or URL to a note. You can even draw a sketch with your finger. And thanks to iCloud, changes to your notes will be updated across all your devices and on iCloud.com. So you’ll always have your latest notes in hand.
- Improved Maps App – Now you can use public transportation with Maps as your guide. In select cities around the world, a new Transit view shows you lines and stations right on the map. When you plan a route, every step of your trip is laid out from point A to point B. And with the Nearby feature, it’s easier to see what’s around you and decide on places to shop, eat, and more.
- Wallet App – Now you can use Apple Pay to make purchases with your Discover card or store credit cards, like Kohl’s Charge or JCPenney Credit Card. Add reward cards, like Dunkin’ Donuts DD Perks, Walgreens Balance Rewards, and MyPanera, to your Wallet app and receive and redeem rewards using Apple Pay. And now you can just double-click the Home button when your iPhone is locked to access Wallet and quickly pay with Apple Pay.
- All-new Multitasking on iPad – There is now support for split-screen multitasking on the iPad. Users can now simultaneously use two applications on the iPad side-by-side in iOS 9. For example, you can read your email whilst FaceTiming your friends. Then, launch a YouTube video and scale it down in to the corner to let it continue playing whilst you browse the web and check your emails whilst checking the maps for the directions you need tomorrow!
- Improved iPad Keyboard – Now the iPad keyboard will better utilise the screen real-estate by offering a shortcut bar making it easier to add formatting to the text you compose. Also added support for physical Bluetooth keyboard, for example: hold down the CMD key to select text.
- Smarter Siri – For the second year in a row, Siri has supposedly got smarter. Siri can now do more, access more and can be controlled using an even greater range of commands.
- Refined – refinements from the ground up ensure better power usage, thus improving battery life. Apple have claimed that iOS 9 can add up to an additional hour of battery life to your device.
A fairly large surprise that Apple for once have kept older generation of devices in the update-roll. iOS 9 boasts the largest range of compatibility for devices, including:
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5C
- iPhone 5S
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad 2
- iPad 3rd Gen
- iPad 4th Gen
- iPad Mini 3
- iPad Mini 2
- iPad Mini
- iPod Touch 5th Gen
iOS 9 has already been released to developers for testing. It will be available as a free upgrade to all the devices listed above this fall. If Apple stick to their existing release cycle, iOwners should expect to be able to download iOS 9 around September along with the release of the next iPhone line-up.