What's new with Apple's latest mobile OS?

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - June 15th, 2015
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On June 8, Apple revealed iOS 9, providing iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users a good idea of what they'll be working with come the Autumn.

While a list of Siri improvements were made across the board, the iPad is expected to help owners be more productive through new multitasking functions.

Intelligent and productive

Overall, Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi maintained that iOS 9 is geared to be a more intuitive operating system (OS).

"iOS 9 is packed with more intelligence throughout, and delivers big updates to the apps customers use most - Maps supports public transit, a redesigned Notes app provides great new ways to capture ideas, and a beautiful News app delivers content that's personalised to your interests," said Mr Federighi.

The announcement was made in conjunction with the heralding of Apple's latest Mac release, titled OS X El Capitan. El Capitan is, much like iOS 9, geared toward supporting productivity, offering faster response and improved window management.

Siri gets an upgrade

With iOS 9. Siri, Apple's signature personal assistant, will offer an easier way to search for photos and videos. More importantly, the programme will adopt a more proactive approach to providing help - delivering contextual reminders and suggestions applicable to your real-time actions.

One cool feature is that Siri's back-end will even recommend music based on where you are (the gym, in the car on your way to work, etc.).

A more usable iPad

Ever wanted to work with more than one app on your iPad? The Slide Over feature now lets you open a second app without closing the first. A short tap can give you a split view of both apps to allow for simultaneous productivity.

All in all, iOS 9 looks like it has plenty to offer. How well it will integrate with existing devices remains to be seen, but it's exiting news, nonetheless.


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