The all new iOS 9 from Apple is set to release this week and it is coming in with a lot of expectations. There have been a lot of speculations around it. According to published sources, there has been many eye catching features which have been introduced in iOS 9. So here’s a list of 33 most talked about cool features of iOS 9.
- The all improved Siri
Siri, the digital assistant was sitting at the backseat in iOS 8. But the claims are that in iOS 9, Siri’s performance and accuracy has been boosted up by 40 percent. Siri can be helpful in assisting public transport directions and can search a huge range of topics and provides better and more accurate answers. The digital assistant can now also search for photos and videos of a particular person or place. Siri’s search screen has also undergone a visual improvement and includes fresh spectrum animation and microphone icon.
- Faster return to previous Apps
The status bar of iOS 9 is capable of taking you back to a previously used App quicker without the aid of app switcher or going back all the way to the home screen. The status bar acts as the de facto back button. This feature is currently a bit erroneous but works efficiently in most cases.
- Settings App
The settings App which is visible as a search box helps in finding certain device options or applications faster. This eliminates the need to go to settings menu regarding the same. This application however is not relevant for ringtones.
- Disable option for Shake to Undo and Vibration
The Shake to Undo option has been quite irritating for many users. Now the users can disable the option to avoid the frustrating pop up Shake to Undo if one does not require it. The vibration alert can also be switched off across the entire system from the accessibility settings in iOS 9. This alert used to function in case of natural calamities like earthquake and tsunami.
- New widget introduced for the Find My Friends and for viewing battery percentage
A fresh widget has been introduced in the Find My Friends feature which is present in the Today view of the Notification centre. It is a default application in iOS 9. There is another new widget introduced for the battery percentage viewing. This widget however has certain limitations. It is only available through the status bar of iPhone and functions after pairing up with the Apple watch.
- Low Power mode for extended battery life
The low power mode enable the system to run on a lower energy level and extends the battery life to an approx. three hours extended usage.
- iOS 9 has enhanced Side switch
The side switch was only capable of changing into Ring or Silent mode in previous versions. But iOS 9 has currently enhanced its capabilities to enable and disable screen rotation. This feature is very useful than using the Control Center for preforming the similar action. This feature was only available to iPad previously. iOS 9 has facilitated the functionality to be used across every device.
- Grouping notifications for a clearer view
iOS 9 has facilitated the grouping of notifications as per applications like Twitter, Linkedin and so on for a clean and organized view. Previously the notifications were visible in the order they arrived.
- Accessing Wallet from the Lock screen
iOS 9 has simplified the way to select the card to be linked with Apple Pay as Wallet has replaced Passbook recently. One needs to double click the Touch ID button on the lock screen to launch Wallet and choose the card of choice. It is a simple two-step process.
- Swiping photos becomes easy
In the earlier versions of iOS, after seeing a photo in full screen view, one had to tap the image and then click “Done” to return back to the main page. iOS 9 has eased the whole process. After seeing a photo in full screen, it can be swiped down to return to the main page.
- Photo Selection and hiding made easier
The selection of photos or images in Photos app has been improvised in iOS 9. User can just roll over the images to select them instead of tapping them one after another. Hiding multiple photos at once has also become easier in iOS 9. One just needs to select the photos, go to the share sheet and select Hide option.
- Control recording options for Video and Slo-Mo
iOS 9 provides three options for the standard video recording at 30 and 60 frames per second and two options for Slo-Mo recording at 120 and 240 frames per second.
- “Proactive” search page on Home screen
The left most page of the Home screen in iOS has “Proactive” search page which displays suggestions by Siri on contacts, nearby locations, news and so on.
- Easy to use QuickType keyboard
iOS 9 introduces QuickType keyboard in which the cursor gets to the desired place easily without much effort. This feature addresses the management of cursor position which is difficult in smaller screens. By dragging two fingers across the keys the cursor can be placed. The keyboard turns into a track pad. The keys now show the upper and lower case visually too.
- Direct access to iCloud Drive
Previously iCloud Drive could be accessed through Safari web browser. But the iOS 9 has an application dedicated for this facility. The application however needs to be manually added by the user to the home screen. The provision to add files from the iCloud Drive to the email has also been introduced.
- The App switcher is graphically larger
The App switcher which supports multitasking is visually bigger and slides easily between screens and sliding it in upwards direction removes it from the view.
- Contact can be set under categories from Maps
The contacts can be set under My Home, My Work and My Favorites from the Maps App when the user goes to the Directions option.
- Siri can be used to set reminders
Contextual reminders can be set in Siri. While reading an article or accessing content in Safari, if the user has no time to finish it, Siri can put it to “Remind me about this” and moves it to Reminders section. This feature works in Notes and Mail also.
- Siri acts as a Person Locator
Siri shows the location of an individual on a map with a marker if that person has opted for the service.
- Contact pictures across all platforms
The earlier versions of iOS displayed the contact pictures in the Messages app for iPhone 6 Plus and iPads. iOS 9 shows the contact pictures across all platforms.
- Security strengthened
The security has been increased in iOS 9 with the 6 digit passcode system by default. User will have the option to go back to the four digit passcode system for the lock screen.
- Content Blocking option enabled
The content blocking option was restricted to the desktop version of Safari. With iOS 9 it has been channelized to the mobile platform for blocking unwanted extensions.
- Touch experience revamped
The Touch Accommodations feature allows the user to add a touch of personalization on the way the device is touch controlled instead of standard touch screen settings.
- The Notes app has come up with a number of upgrades
The Notes app has undergone many feature additions as it has options of creating folders and checklists, title and header addition options, drawing sketches option and comes in with an enhanced UI and formatting toolbar.
- Music App revamped
The Music App has the disable option for auto renewal and supports the importing of Spotify playlists. It allows shuffling of songs and provides the option to remove the Apple Music and Connect tab.
- New Wallpapers
iOS 9 goes a step forward in order to provide optimization of system screen. There are a bunch of new wallpapers for screen customization and personalization.
- Apple Pay Store Credit Cards
iOS 9 allows the user to add store credit cards such as Kohls to the iPhone Wallet.
- Multitasking iPad
This feature is currently available in iPad Air 2. This feature provides a split view of the two applications simultaneously and use them at the same time.
- New improved Health App
The Health application of iOS 9 has been improvised to track the reproductive health condition, hydration level and UV contact level.
This application has been introduced in the iOS 9 which allows an enhanced control over home connectivity along with automation in which Siri control is included.
- Wireless CarPlay
Wireless feature has been introduced in Carplay in iOS 9 to eliminate the necessity of plug in.
- Smaller size of iOS 9
The iOS 9 comes in smaller size than its previous versions. So it is easier to download and install.
- Better performance
Apple has ensured better performance by iOS 9 than its earlier versions with quicker scrolling, animations and other areas.
With all these new cool features, iOS 9 is ready to take on the market.