As expected, Apple announced the next version of iOS at its developer conference and has focused on making its mobile operating system smarter and more powerful than ever before.
The biggest upgrade to iOS 9 comes in the form of a new feature called Proactive for digital assistant Siri. It can offer context based suggestions based on time of the day or location.
With Proactive for Siri, Apple is trying to take on Google Now which suggests thing to read based on your reading history, or when you should leave for your next appointment based on traffic conditions.
Apart from becoming smarter, Apple’s payment service is also getting significant updates in iOS 9. The service will launch in the UK soon, will support more bank credit and debit cards and even support store credit cards and loyalty cards. The company is also killing the Passbook name for its app in favour of Wallet.
Maps, which has been a sore point of Apple’s service is finally receiving support for transit directions, starting off with 20 major cities. The feature supports trains, buses, subways and will show users how to get from one place to another using these transportation methods.
News is a service completely new to iOS, and like its name suggests, will be a place where news content from a variety of sources gets aggregated. The whole UI is mobile-friendly, full on animations and has full-bleed images. Apple has tied up with several partners such as CNN, Time, Wired, ESPN, Buzzfeed and The Verge to drive content on the app.
Apart from apps and service upgrades, iOS 9 also brings a few core updates which will specifically impact the iPad. The on-screen keyboard now features shortcuts for cut, copy, paste, etc. However, the biggest change is the new multi-tasking mode that lets users run two apps side-by-side.
Apple has redesigned the task switcher that lets users swipe two apps into the same screen, which is very much like Windows 8, with both apps remaining fully active on screen. Users will also have a little control over how apps are scaled – there are two options 50-50 or 70-30. The feature will be available only on the iPad Air 2 and upcoming iPads.
iOS 9 is also smaller than ever, requiring just 1.8GB of free space on a device to install itself. There’s also a low power mode that Apple claims will squeeze another 3 hours from a single charge by restricting background processes more aggressively.Other Apple services such as HealthKit and CarPlay too saw upgrades, while Apple also showed support for new security devices for its HomeKit smart home hub.
Other Apple services such as HealthKit and CarPlay too saw upgrades, while Apple also showed support for new security devices for its HomeKit smart home hub.