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September 11, 2015

iOS 9 update and New Features

iOS 9

iOS 9 is finally set to release and you are obviously eager to know the new features that this update will bring to the iOS platform. Before we move forward to discuss the new features, you should know the update is only applicable to newer devices running iOS 8. If you own an iPhone 4S or later 5th generation iPod or iPad 2 or later running iOS 8, then you are eligible to install the iOS 9 update after its release. The following devices cannot install the iOS 9 update – original iPhone, original iPad, original iPod touch, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch 2nd-gen, iPod touch 3rd-gen and iPod touch 4th-gen.

New Features in iOS 9

iOS 9 brings several new features that make life a bit easy for iOS device owners. Some of them are overhauled keyboard, better battery life, scheduled automatic night updates and many new features. Let’s take a look at some of the new features in detail.

Wi-Fi Assist

This new feature will prevent your iPhone or cellular iPad to latch on to a poor Wi-Fi connection especially when your mobile data can offer a better service. This will put an end to poor Internet connectivity, which resulted because your device switched from 3G or 4G network to a known hotspot that is barely in range and has a poor signal, insufficient to transmit data.

Better Battery Life

iOS 9 brings a new Low Power Mode that extends the battery life by an hour or more by shutting down various non-essential processes.

Improved News App and Maps App

iOS 9 has made improvements to the News app and you will get all the news feed and stories in a magazine style aggregator app. The Maps app has been improved by the introduction of public transport routes. You can now check bus and tubes timetables while on the move.

Updating System Software at Night

iOS 9 users will not have to wait for the generally-lengthy and tiring process of updating the software during the daytime, when they need to use their devices. Now they can schedule the updating of their system software at night which means the software updating process will happen when they are sleeping. The user will be prompted (Try tonight) to allow updating of software at night. All they have to do is select the option “Try tonight” when prompted on the screen. User will be prompted to enter their PIN, read and accept the license agreement before they go to sleep. Later the iPad and iPhone will quietly download and install the system updates and you will find a new updated device waiting for you next morning.

Multitasking for iPad

The new multitasking feature will allow iPad users to snap two apps side by side, which does away with the need for switching between apps. For example, users can watch a video while composing a mail or browsing the web. In iOS 9, the opened apps appear as stacked cards and it is easier to flip between applications.

More Security

iOS 9 users have to enter a 6 digits passcode instead of 4 digit passcode to unlock their device.

New Keyboard

iOS 9 users will now have a new keyboard which allows for faster typing on your iPad or iPhone. The Quicktype keyboard provides you with new handy ways to select text with Multi-touch gestures.

Improved Siri

Siri is now proactive which means it can learn your habits. For example, if you like listening to music while running, it will display Workout Mix (or any other album you like listening) Play option on the lock screen when you go running. All you need to do is plug in your headphones and tap the Play button on the screen. This happens because it works on context sensitive information based on date, time and location. Also, Siri can check phone numbers in your email. If a person calls (whose number is not in contact list but the phone number is in one of your emails), it will display the relevant name of the calling person.

Better Support for Apple Pay

The Passbook is now Apple Pay. You will see some major improvements in the payment app. Some of the improvements are more credit cards and store membership options.

More Space

While the iOS 8 Over-the-air update was hefty 4.6GB which caused space issues on some user devices, the iOS 9 is quite lighter – just 1.8GB which will let users have more space on their iPhones, iPads and iPods.

Improved Notes App

The iOS 9 will feature an improved Notes app which will allow users to make rich text notes with images and smart links. You can even add a photo, map and draw a sketch in your Notes app. The Notes app is well integrated with other applications that make your note jotting work easier. You can save notes, links, documents and pages to your Note by just clicking the share option in applications like Safari, Maps and lots of other apps installed on your device. You need not take the pain of remembering the notes as the Attachments browser organizes all notes in one simple view and you can easily find out what you are looking for. Notes works with iCloud which means the notes will sync between your devices and you will always have latest notes on your devices.

iCloud Drive app

The iOS 9 has a dedicated iCloud app that acts as a single window to access all your files stored on the cloud. You can browse your files by name, date or tags. No more switching between apps to find the file you need that is stored on the cloud.

Thus, you can see iOS 9 will make your life a lot easier and give you enhanced experience and joy of using an iOS device.