iOS 9 goes official: Siri gets smarter, split-screen multitasking and more
At the WWDC 2015 conference, Apply has announce the iOS 9 which would be the OS for the next generation iPhones and iPads. The new OS version is expected to launch with the next iPhone in September but the Public Beta Version would be available from July. All devices supported by the iOS 8 would also support iOS 9.
Quickly taking a lot at some of the key features announced, one of the major talking point is about SiRi. The virtual assistant has gotten smarter in iOS 9, has a relatively new user interface and its integration with the iPhone much more in-depth now.
Siri is now more Cortana like in discharging it’s duties, it can search for more personal queries and serves as a reminder too. It can guess the identity of unknown callers based on their numbers, automatically add links to reminders, incorporate map based informations such as like driving directions and more.
News is a brand new app which is Flipboard like, it would bring personalised news content from major producers and you will be able to select your content. The service comes with a built-in video player and is expected to launch in United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Update to the Apple Maps app brings support for for transit information and set-by-step direction with walking times. The app can find out nearby locations which supports Apple Pay.
The Notes app has added formatting option which would see users add photos and videos; the app now has the ability to clip information from supported app and the finger can be used as a stylus to sketch on the screen. It can also be used as a to-do list or a check-list.
Some of the features of the iOS 9 are specific to the iPad; the iPad can now multi-task like a laptop. With split-view it is possible to work on two apps at the same time and you can also have a single streamlined column which let’s you access other information on the background.
There are also a bunch of shortcuts above the iPad on-screen keyboard – QuickType Keyboard – the keyboard can be used as a trackpad for scrolling by dragging with two fingers and the option to cut and paste also comes up as well as other connected keyboards. The task switcher screen has also been revamped.
The rest of the iOS 9 features we have includes – two-factor authentication would be natively supported on iOS 9 to protect data in the iCloud, low power mode will let you use your device for additional 3 hours of battery life, proactive to provide Google Now like features and the installation has been shrunk to 1.83GB compared to 4GB of the iOS 8.