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.
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.