Set to release to the public in Autumn of this year, Apple’s latest iOS update is always one of the most highly anticipated tech-related events of the year. So, what do Apple have to offer this year?
iOS 9 Release Date
For the first time, Apple are releasing a beta version of iOS 9 to the public this month. For the rest of us who can wait, the update will come hand in hand with the newest iPhone which, as per usual, will probably be arriving in September. That being said, it may be worth waiting those extra months to get the final version of iOS 9 as the public beta version will be rammed full of glitches and bugs which are bound to reduce your fondness of the update.
Longer Battery Life?
According to Apple, many “under the hood” changes to features have been made that will mean that iOS 9 will in fact improve your device’s battery life. Thanks to an all-new Low Power mode, iPhones will be able to manage an extra hour of usage. Not only does the update drain less battery, it also takes up less space. iOS 9 supposedly only needs 1.3GB of storage whereas 4.5GB was needed for 2014’s iOS 8 – quite a mighty difference.
Android to iOS Migration
If you’re currently an Android user but are planning to delve into the Apple world then it could be worth waiting till iOS 9. This is because your new Apple device will come with an Android Migration feature. The app securely transfers your message history, photos & videos, contacts, internet bookmarks, wallpaper, calendars, songs and books. It will also help you rebuild your app library as any free apps you previously used will be suggested for download from the App Store.
There are now 3 different ways of multitasking on iPads. The first is ‘Slide Over’ which is able to bring up a second app by sliding it up beside your current app. The second is ‘Picture-in-Picture’ which allows you to put FaceTime calls and videos in the corner of the display when you press the home button. YouTube also boasts this certain feature, unfortunately only within its specific app. All iPads compatible with iOS 9 are able to use ‘Slide Over’ and ‘Picture-in-Picture,’ however, the final mode is ‘Split View.’ This is only available on the iPad Air 2. ‘Split View’ allows you to have two apps open side by side which are both active at the same time and are fully usable.
Officially, Apple Pay comes to the UK this month and will be backed by almost 70% of credit and debit cards available, including Nationwide, NatWest & HSBC. With that being said, in the US at least, Apple will be renaming Passbook to be ‘Wallet’ which will be where Apple Pay resides.
“What else can you do, Siri?”
iOS 9 is said to make Siri 40% more accurate and 40% faster. Arguably, the most impressive feature is that Siri will now be able to understand words such as ‘it’ and ‘this’ in context. For example, if you were having a conversation with someone in iMessage, you could ask Siri to “remind me about this at 7 tonight.” Siri would then scan the app and try to figure out what “this” means.
iOS 9 Compatibility
iOS 9 will be available to a grand total of 15 Apple devices. These are: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s. iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus. iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad 2, iPad 3rd generation, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3 & iPod touch 5th generation! So, luckily Apple are still yet to cut some of their original devices from being updated to the latest iOS.
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