Today at Apple’s worldwide developers conference WWDC 2015 they released the latest version of their mobile operating system iOS 9. iOS 9 is all about making your phone smarter, many improvements were made with Siri such as a new feature called proactive that can offer suggestions and more, based on what you’re doing on your phone, what time of day it is or even your location. It’s a lot like Google Now and sort of like Apple’s version of Now on Tap. Siri will suggest useful apps based on what you are doing. There is also a completely redesigned Spotlight that gives you suggestions based on where you are and what time it is. They are suggestions such as apps, restaurants, and contacts. It also comes with a new API that allows developers to let spotlight search for items within their apps, you can also use voice to search. Apple Pay is also getting numerous improvements with iOS 9. First of all its coming to the UK and will work with many UK credit cards and retailers. It will also be compatible with credit card and loyalty cards. Apple is getting rid of Passbook in favor of Wallet a new app that allows you to view all your credit cards, debit cards, store cards, and loyalty cards in one place.
The Notes app has also gotten a significant update. You now have the ability to insert images, checklists, and sketches. Apple maps are also getting some much-needed updates such as support for transit directions for trains, buses, and subways. It is launching in 20 cities worldwide. A new iOS app called news was launched. Like the name implies it’s a place to get all the latest news stories and articles in a mobile friendly layout. Apple has also partnered with many news organizations to provide content for the app such as CNN, Time, Wired, TheVerge, ESPN, and Buzzfeed. The app can also display articles from the web, but it will work best with the services built for the app.
Many power user features were added for the iPad. The keyboard now has shortcuts for cut, copy, paste and more and also a button that turns the keyboard into a trackpad. iOS now let users run two apps at the same time in slip screen mode similar to the Surface and Samsung Tablets. The apps can be split 50-50 or 70-30. iOS 9 has also got more efficient. The update will only require 1.8GB of free space to be installed. iOS also comes with a low power mode which is designed to get an extra 3 hours of battery life from one charge. HomeKIit and CarPlay have also gotten new features in iOS 9. Users will now be able to control aspects of the car through CarPlay such as temperature and seating position.
iOS 9 will be released to developers in the next few days and the public beta will begin in July. It will be released to the public this fall and it is compatible with all new devices as well as the iPhone 4S and iPad 2.