iOS 9 Release Set for Fall with Many New Features & Improvements

Jun 8, 2015 - 2 Comments

iOS 9

Apple has announced iOS 9 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The update aims to refine the iOS experience from the ground up, and is said to make the entire operating system smarter, and faster.

With significant improvements to Siri, Spotlight, smart reminders, Apple Pay, Mail, Notes, Maps, the keyboard, and all new multitasking capabilities, iOS 9 should be a great update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users.

new iOS 9 app switcher

iOS 9 also includes a variety of features aimed at anticipating what you do or want to do with your device, based upon your location, the time of day, what app is currently open, or what network you’re connected to.

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You’ll find some minor user interface changes and enhancements as well, including a revised system font that looks like a variation of San Francisco.

Maps and new system font in iOS 9

iPhone and iPad users will also find a redesigned keyboard in iOS 9, complete with a variety of shortcuts for actions like copy and pasting, bold and italicize text, and there’s even a new feature that turns the virtual keyboard into a trackpad to help highlight things on screen.

new keyboard in iOS 9

The iPad gains some major features to enhance multitasking, including split-screen views, an all new application switcher, and an interesting picture-in-picture video player that allows a movie or video stream to hover over anything on screen.

iOS 9 iPad multitasking split screen view

Bundled with iOS 9 is a new application called “News”, which is a bit like a magazine app, and updates live by aggregating articles from many popular news sources, ranging from The New York Times to ESPN.

News app iOS 9

iOS 9 will be available or developers now, a public beta will be available starting in July, and released to the general public in the fall. The update itself will be considerably slimmer than prior updates, weighing in at around 1.4GB.

Supported devices for iOS 9 include all hardware which is capable of running iOS 8, though some features require more modern devices.

Pictures and screen shots of iOS 9 are shown here, courtesy of the Apple Livestream from WWDC 2015:

iOS 9 siri image search

iOS 9 spotlight

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ios-9-mail-suggestions

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Separately, Apple announced that OS X El Capitan will be released this fall as well, with a similar focus on performance.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, News

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  1. Wharf Xanadu says:

    Seems like an iPad release mostly. Nothing new for iPhone. I guess the keyboard looks good. More stable is good.

  2. c says:

    All ive wanted is to see my reminders or todolist on my lock screen.
    Why must my reminders be in a submenu.

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