iOS 9 features, Release date, enhancements and all about iOS 9: Apple is Known for its great performance and user friendly interface of its iOS. The next iOS in the list is the iOS 9. The iOS 9 was announced at WWDC 2015 on 8th June. iOS 9 is even more productive then iOS 8 with its new multitasking features, more battery life and enhanced performance. The iOS 9 comes with new experience to news and great features for apps. It is much smarter with proactive suggestions. More importantly convenient updates as iOS 9 (1.3GB) is much smaller than the iOS8 (4.58GB). The iOS 9 features more improved apps and interface than any other iOS ever.
iOS 9 Design Enhancements
iOS 9 looks very similar to iOS 8 but there are some small and crucial changes in the way it looks, and behaviour of interface. Apple has replaced the Helvetica Neue system font, introduced in iOS 7 with a bespoke font called San Francisco.
The ambiguousness of the Shift Key in iOS 8 has been resolved and there are several other changes made to system Keyboard. There are some new additions to system keyboard including shortcut key at the top right.
iOS 9 New features and Improvements
Proactive Personal Assistant
iOS 9 comes with a contextual, predictive personal assistant feature, refered to as ‘Proactive’ which is associated with SIRI. Based on apps you commonly use and the time of day you use them, you will get intelligent suggestions for what you might want to do next, even before you ask.
Proactive suggest your favourite playlist when connected to Bluetooth or Head phone and recognizes that you would like to end any podcast started earlier. When you start adding people to an email message or calendar invitation, iOS 9 will suggest people you include commonly along with most used subjects and event titles also.
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The iOS 9 also creates suggested events in Calendar when you get an email with Flight reservation or a restaurant confirmation. If your Calendar events include locations, iOS 9 assesses traffic and notifies you when to leave.
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iOS 9 has another feature associated with Proactive, which may have likes and dislikes depending on user’s point of view. When you get an incoming call from an unknown number, iOS 9 checks your email contacts, if that number iss associated with any and then suggest you names of who might be calling.
iOS 9 Features : Enhanced Notes App
Now you can add a photo, map or URL to a note easily. You can also draw a sketch using your finger. Changes to notes will be updated across all your devices and on iCloud.com. Hence you will have latest notes in your hand always.
You can add to your notes from any app. Tap the Share button in Safari, Maps, and other apps to save attachments such as maps, URLs, pages documents etc. to a new or existing note. All items are organized in a simple view, so as it is easier to find out what you need. Add bullets with a tap to create checklists such as wish list, grocery list or a to-do list. Now you can also take photo from within the Notes app or from photo library.
iOS 9 News App
iOS 9 comes with a new app (News) to your Home screen. It conveniently collects all the stories you want to read, based on topics you are most interested in, from the top news sources. News brings beautiful editorial layouts and typography of print to the screen. Content is optimized for both iPad and iPhone. The more you read, News app becomes more personalised. It refines selection of stories so as they are relevant to you. You can also select favourite news categories such as business, sports, technology, fashion etc. The Apple News Format allows publishers to craft beautiful editorial layouts and custom typography. Articles are automatically optimized for all iOS devices.
iOS 9 Features: Improved Maps app
Now public transport can be used with Maps as guide. With the Nearby feature, you can see what’s around you and decide where to shop, eat, enjoy etc. Maps now has Transit view feature, which brings you public transit information with routes and directions. You can even ask Siri for transit directions.
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iOS 9 Features: Apple Pay
Now you can make purchases with your Discover card or store credit using Apple Pay. You can add reward cards like Dunkin Donuts DD perks, MyPanera etc to Wallet App and receive and redeem rewards using Apple Pay. You can access Wallet by double click on Home button when your iPhone is locked and pay quickly with Apple Pay.
iOS 9 features: Enhanced Multitasking
iOS 9 provides Slide Over, Split View and Picture in picture to give you new ways to multitask on iPad.
This feature allows you to open a second app without leaving the app you are using. Thus enabling you to quickly browse Web, take some notes, respond to a text message and then slide that app away and get back to the one you were using before.
This app will enable you to open and use two apps at same time, on iPad Air 2.
Picture in Picture
While using FaceTime or watching videos, press the Home button and your video screen scales down to a corner of your display. Tap to open second app and you video will continue to play, even while using other app.
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Other important and notable iOS 9 features are Low Power mode, and improved battery life. iOS 9 is much smaller and hence more convenient updates as compare to iOS 8. iOS 9 is faster and more responsive than iOS 8 along with improved security. The iOS 9 features very good security with it. The improved security provides Six digits passcodes and two-factor authentication. iOS 9 Features also include HomeKit, iCloud Drive and HealthKit with minor updates to perform much better than before.
Devices Compatible with iOS 9
iPhone: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus
iPad: iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 2, iPad 3rd generation, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini
iPad: iPod touch 5th generation
iOS 9 Release Date
iOS 9 was made available for beta testers and app developers immediately on the launch at WWDC2015 on 8th June. However iOS 9 beta version for public will be available in July.
The iOS 9 will be available to public alongside the next generation of iPhones in September 2015. You can upgrade to iOS 9 free of cost if you have the any of the devices mentioned above. Other devices are not compatible with iOS 9.
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That’s all in this article about iOS 9 features, apps and release date. We have discussed all apps improvements and features. However you can notice changes almost everywhere. But this article contains everything you need to know about iOS 9. For any other query contact us via comments below.
- iOS 9 Design
- iOS 9 Apps and Enhancements
- iOS 9 New Features
- iOS 9 Release Date
- iOS 9 Device Compatibility