The highlights of iOS 9
Apple took the opportunity to announce upcoming updates and improvements at its Worldwide Developers Conference 2015. New software was presented and here is a list with the highlights regarding iOS 9 that will surely interest any user.
A new app for news will appear in the Home screen where users will be able to read news from the best sources based on their main interests. This means that the more you read, the more personalized the News app will become. Thanks to the design users will feel as if they were reading in a newspaper. Layouts and typography of print will be brought to the screen both in iPhone and iPad. It will also be possible to save articles in order to read them offline. All the stories will be made more interesting to readers with galleries, audio, video and fun interactions.
New possibilities have been implemented in the Notes app. Users will be able to make checklists of to-dos or even add photos or maps to a note. All the changes made will be saved thanks to iCloud so that they can be accessed from any device. Furthermore, tapping the Share button in a lot of apps will allow users to save attachments to the notes. It will be very easy to find the notes where these attachments were added to with the Attachments Browser.
Maps will guide you now when using public transportation and Siri will tell you about transit directions. If you do not know where to eat or shop theNearby feature will give you a hand with suggestions.
Making payments will be possible with a wider list of cards. There will be an option to store credit and reward cards, which has resulted in renaming the Passbook as Wallet.
As of CarPlay, it will not be necessary to plug in your iPhone in order to use it as long as your car supports wireless connection to iPhone. Since apps developed by car manufacturers are supported as well, controlling more features of cars will be possible.
Users will be able to make a better use of your iPad with iOS 9. It will not be necessary to close the app you are in to open a second one. Apple has gone a step further with Split View on iPad Air 2 and two apps can be now kept active at the same time. You will also be able to use FaceTime or watch a video while a second app is open. Those having difficulties at typing will find it now easier thanks to the newshortcuts that have been added, especially when using a wireless keyboard.
There are also new interesting features for Siri. It will search through your photos and videos and remind you later about things you are half way through. It will provide even more answers and you will see relevant people, categories of places nearby, suggested apps or local news in the search screen.
Other enhancements include longer battery life, less space needed for updates, a better overall performance and new security features that will make it harder for strangers to unlock the device.
After all the above mentioned, if you are an Android user and feel tempted to switch to iOS, do not hesitate and download the Move to iOS app. However, if you are an impatient iOS user you do not need to be a developer to get hold of the iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan previews. Finding the previews on the Internet is quite easy but you have to be careful and download the correct version for your device. Once you have it, make sure you back up your device to avoid any unexpected problem. Then, connect your device to iTunes, select it and search the file with the preview to start the process.
It is even easier in the case of OS X El Capitan. As soon as the preview has been downloaded you only need to make a copy of Time Machine and run the installer. Our data and apps will be kept unless we want to install the preview in a new partition.
In spite of this possibility, the wait may be worth it since Apple will allow everyone to access a public preview in July. Nevertheless, it must be taken into account that it will not be completely perfect.