iOS 9, codenamed Monarch, is Apple’s next-generation mobile operating system. It was announced at WWDC 2015 at Moscone Center in San Francisco on June 8, 2015. Its the next major software update for the iPhone and iPad. Big changes include an improved version of Siri, an iPad split-screen mode, and new Maps features.
Lets talk about some other useful features which weren’t all that talked about. The keyboard’s new shift key makes it easier to tell if caps lock is on. Now there is an evident distinction to help user identify whether they are in upper-case mode or using lower-case, which was pretty confusing up-till now.
You’ll be able to download apps faster and with less data. App thinning will be done this time around which means that the app bundles will be alot smaller in size and what that means for the end-user or customer is faster downloads resulting in a happier customer in the long run.
Siri is at the heart of the changes, and the personal assistant is now able to create contextual reminders and search through photos and videos in new ways. Swiping left from the home screen also brings up a new screen that houses “Siri Suggestions,” putting favorite contacts and apps right at your fingertips, along with nearby restaurant and location information and important news.
Deeper search capabilities can bring up results like sports scores, videos, and content from third-party apps, and you can even do simple conversions and calculations using the search tools on your iPhone or iPad
Along with these features, iOS 9 features significant under-the-hood performance improvements. Battery optimizations provide an additional hour of battery use under typical conditions, and a new Low Power Mode further extends battery life up to three hours. With app thinning and size improvements, many app install sizes are smaller and Apple’s own iOS updates will take up much less space, so iPhone and iPad owners with only 16GB of space will be able to install iOS 9. iOS 9 will also run on all devices capable of running iOS 8, including the iPhone 4s and the iPad 2.
Apple’s described iOS 9 as being more “intelligent,” thanks largely to Proactive Suggestions. Proactive Suggestions, the major feature addition in iOS 9, turn the iPhone into a lifestyle management tool and make Apple’s personal assistant Siri more responsive and able to complete more tasks than ever before. Proactive suggestions are systemwide and will work in myriad ways, offering up apps and recommendations at appropriate times.
Apple’s also introduced a brand new app: News. News works a lot like Flipboard or Zite, aggregating stories from a variety of sources and displaying them in a mobile optimized format.
News will ask you to choose topics and sources you’re interested in when you first open it and from there, it will learn more about your preferences to suggest new reading material for you. Apple is partnering with several content providers like The New York Times to offer content for news, and all content providers have free tools to optimize their sites for the platform. More than a million topics will be available.
News includes media-optimized editorial layouts for stories accompanied by photo galleries, videos, and animations, and content can be shared to read offline.
Notes has been updated with a robust set of tools that allow users to insert Reminders-style checklists and make sketches using a set of pens and paints. There’s a new Notes option in the Share Sheet, which makes it possible to save content from other apps to Notes. For example, if you open the share sheet in Safari, you can add a URL to Notes. If you open it in Pages, you can add a full Pages documents to Notes. This works with several different apps, ranging from Maps to iTunes. For managing these attachments, there’s a new attachments browser. You’ve always been able to add photos to notes, but now you can take a photo directly within the notes app. All-in-all, the updates to Notes make it better able to compete with more robust third-party note-taking platforms like Evernote. Notes also supports folders in iOS 9, for better organization.
In iOS 9, there’s an optional iCloud Drive app that can be installed through the iCloud section of the Settings app. The iCloud Drive app lets you see, access, and manage all of the files that you have stored within iCloud Drive, and will be a welcome feature for customers who have asked for such an app.
iOS 9 is currently available to developers and will see a public beta testing period that starts in July ahead of a fall launch
So here is a quick re-cap:
- Intelligent Search and Siri
- Install size optimizations
- Performance improvements
- Transit directions
- Split-screen multitasking for iPad
- September 2015 release
So all apple fans gear up and be ready for it this coming September, personally I cant wait for iOS 9 myself.