New Features to Expect in IOS 9

With the release of a new iPhone and iPad likely just around the corner, an updated version of apple’s mobile operating system, IOS 9, is also expected. It has been suggested that the new software will feature a number of improvements over the current IOS 8. Here are some of the most anticipated new features of the upcoming IOS 9.


A feature long wished for by apple users, there will be three different aspects of multitasking in the new IOS 9: split view, where users can view two apps side by side with each one taking up half of the screen, slide over, where one app can be pulled over top of another on the right hand side of the screen, and picture in picture, which is useful when you want to do something else while watching a movie or taking a FaceTime call.

ICloud Drive

An app that can be installed via the iCloud section of the settings app, iCloud Drive is a long awaited app that makes it possible for users to see and manage all of their iCloud files from their iPhone or iPad.

Transit directions in Maps

A feature removed with the introduction of Apple Maps back in 2012, transit directions will be getting its first major refresh in IOS 9, and will be able to provide transit directions for users in Baltimore, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington D.C. in the US, as well as Toronto, Canada, London, UK, Berlin, Germany, and Mexico City, Mexico.

A new keyboard

With IOS 8, Quick Type, which guessed which words a user might type next and made it possible to select the word instead of typing it out was added to the keyboard, leading apple to call it their ‘best keyboard yet’. With IOS 9, this is taken even farther, with a new shortcut bar that puts these word suggestions above the letters as a user types them.

Sketches in Notes

The Notes app will have a selection of brushes that can be used to make quick sketches and drawings in the IOS 9 update.

No more Passbook

In flavour of expanding Apple Wallet, Passbook will no longer be included on the new apple software, and the features it offered will now be found in the new Apple Wallet app, so that all credit cards, store loyalty cards, and passes will be stored in the same place.

No more Newsstand

If you’re in the US, the UK, or Australia, as withe Passbook, Newsstand is set to disappear, in favour of a new app called Apple News, which will work in a very similar way to other already popular magazine style news aggregator apps. It’s basically a new Apple version of apps like Flipboard and Feedly.

So there you have it! A whole host of great and long anticipated features are expected to be included in IOS 9, making it an update that many people are excited about! The software is expected to become available to the public in mid-September, and support all IOS devices from the iPhone 5, iPad 4, and newer.

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7 Responses

  1. Denelizr says:

    Oh, I so hope this is true and set in stone. I’ve been waiting so long for the chance to have two apps open at one time. I think that will be the ultimate feature of this update. Getting rid of passport and newsstand is also something I’m looking forward to, because I just always felt like it was a waste of space. I never used it and never thought about using it. The intention of it was great, but no thanks. I would really love it of there was an update to YouTube where you can leave the app and music still play. THAT would trump over everything in my opinion. If we can get people to the moon we should be able to leave YouTube and it still play.

  2. Arif says:

    The two things I’m actually excited for in this new update is the new multitasking, and getting rid of newstand. I’ve always wanted better multitasking on my iPhone, as this one is basically having closer access to opening an app. It was also fairly inefficient in terms of how to close these “multi-tasked” apps. Also, newstand, an app that tried to live but no one really used it. I always found it frustrating accidentally opening newstand as I have tried to use it and have never enjoyed the experience. It’s an app that isn’t really an app and I’m glad it’s going away.

  3. Jasmine2015 says:

    Having a split screen sounds like a cool idea. It may help in saving time since you won’t constantly go back from selecting menus to pick apps you want. Whenever I play Candy Crush and want to change the song from another app playing in the background, having a split screen sure would come in handy.

  4. cnunamaker1 says:

    As an IPhone user I would love to be able to control my ICloud from my phone. That was one of my big concerns when using ICloud, I never really knew what was being saved/ not being saved. I am glad they are getting rid of the Newstand app because I really don’t use it and don’t plan on using it. The double screen feature would also be pretty sweet, I know some androids already have that feature. The new keyboard should also be a pretty interesting feature because I am currently not a fan of their current keyboard.

  5. Emilyhutchinson0922 says:

    I would love to have two apps open at the same time, that would just absolutely wonderful! I am also interested to try the sketch pad option in the notes section. I have a 4 year old and anything to aid in helping keeping him entertained in situations I need him focused is always a big hit with me.

  6. I was excited to upgrade to IOS 9 because I was so amped pay the new multitasking capabilities of the new os. I was very disappointed though when Apple announced that the first generation iPad mini would not get that feature. Arrrgh! All I have is the first gen ipad mini. 🙁 I guess I better purchase a newer tablet…

  7. dame6089 says:

    I have yet to update to ios9 and don’t really have plans to. Am I missing out on anything major? The features mentioned here are interesting and I’m sure I would find times to use them occasionally, but they aren’t game changers for me. I am using my phone constantly for different things and have had bad experiences in the past with ios updates taking a long time to install. Maybe on the next rainy day I will update.

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