IOS 9 Expected Features: Expectation From Rumour Mill
Apple ended all speculations about Planet Amend and rumors surrounding iOS 9 by officially releasing the latest version of its mobile operating system on 16th September. Version 9 of iOS supports iPod touch (fifth generation), iPhone 4S and above, iPad 2 and above, and all iPad Mini models. This also enables the users to easily install iOS 9 on their devices as the update size is only about 1.3 GB. iOS 9 also has better battery life, enhanced search options, updated apps, improved security, and new multitasking features to compete with popular mobile operating systems like Android and Windows Phone. These new features and enhancements in iOS 9 will profoundly impact both users and app developers.
5 Features that Make iOS 9 both Exciting and Different
1) Multitasking on iPad
Apple has included multitasking support in iOS 9 to enable iPad users to open two apps simultaneously. They can opt for the “Spilt View” option, which helps them open an app on the left side of the screen while running the other app on the right side. They also have another option called “Slide Over,” which helps to easily swipe and switch from one app to another quickly and smoothly. The users can even chat with their contacts through FaceTime while accessing other apps. However, iOS 9 currently provides multitasking support only to Apple’s built-in apps.
Apple tries to make iPhones and iPads brighter through the new feature called intelligence. The part inspired by Google Now offers better search and proactive suggestions even before the user initiates any action. For instance, each time users started a web search; Intelligence will automatically show people, places, news, and apps based on their activity. Similarly, it will automatically open the music app each time a user plugs in the headphone.
3) Hey Siri
While using iOS 9, users can activate Siri simply by saying “Hey Siri”. So they can now start Apple’s virtual assistance anywhere and anytime without pressing any button. However, Apple requires the device to recognize the user’s voice and activate Siri only after authenticating his voice. The enhanced Siri would thus quickly respond to more complex queries and offer more relevant suggestions.
4) Easier Access to iCloud
While using iOS 8, many users find it difficult to access iCloud, Apple’s cloud storage service. iOS 9 makes it easier for them to access iCloud simply by creating an icon shortcut on the home screen. A user can now create the icon shortcut by visiting settings -> iCloud -> iCloud Drive and then press the “Show on Home Screen” switch. So the users can now access the files stored in iCloud directly from the home screen of their devices.
5) Get Transit Directions
Mobile development seems to improve as iOS 9 further comes with improved Apple Maps that include several features offered by Google Maps. Apple Maps can now provide Transit Direction to users in selected cities. The users can use the option to gather information about buses, trains, ferries, subway stations, and other public transportation modes. The app also lays out the route according to the user’s trip and at the same time allows him to gather information about the places to shop or eat through the inbuilt “Nearby” feature.
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