Apple’s iOS 9 is the latest software update available for the iPhone and iPad. It became available on September 16, and you can download it in “Settings” through the software update menu. iOS 9 comes with a lot of new and snazzy features, such as a smarter Siri, improved Apple Maps, built-in apps, and better multitasking abilities. Take a closer look at these six features you’ll get with the update.
Smarter Than Ever Siri
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Siri has been Apple owners’ personal assistant for a few years now. You can literally ask any question and Siri will search the Internet to find you the answer. Siri can also add items to your calendar, send texts, and make calls, all through your voice commands. If you get a new iPhone 6s from T-Mobile, you can try out the improvements to Siri yourself, as well as tons of other new features with iOS 9. iOS 9 adds even more features to Siri, making it the smartest personal assistant yet. For instance, you can ask Siri on the iPhone 6s to pull up photos based on your location, and suggest appointments for you to add to your calendar.
Improved Apple Maps
In the past, iPhone users have complained a lot about Apple Maps because it was slow and clunky. However, iOS 9 totally revamps Apple Maps and makes it tolerable. Give the new Apple Maps a chance, and you might like it better than Google Maps. You can now view public transit routes in major cities around the world, including China. The Nearby feature shows and categorizes listings close to your location. There are also some design changes, and you can expect even more updates to Apple Maps in the near future.
Expanded Apple Pay
Just like competitor Google, Apple is making it easier for iPhone owners to pay for purchases with their device. There is a new built-in app, “Wallet,” which stores your credit card information and can be pulled up at a checkout. It is supported by more than 2,500 banks in the U.S. and is also widely popular in the U.K. and other parts of the world. The Apple Pay feature got an update with iOS 9 that makes the Touch ID fingerprint sensor much faster.
If you’re a fan of Flipboard and Feedly, you’ll love the new Apple News app on the iOS 9 update. It creates a personal news feed based on your interests. The news feed appears in four or five snippets on the left menu of your iPhone. Lots of publishers are taking advantage of this new built-in app so you can stay up to date on what’s happening around the world. The best part is that your data remains anonymous, except for your Apple ID.
Back in 2010, Apple introduced the app switcher on its iOS 4 that made it possible to switch back and forth between a few apps quickly without waiting for each one to load each time you switched. iOS 9 comes with even better built-in multitasking abilities.
There are now three ways to get several things done simultaneously. One of the best ways is to use the picture-in-picture mode to watch videos or FaceTime while you’re working on other things. You can also use the slide-over pane to take notes or have multiple apps open at once. Finally, there is split view, which is kind of like the two-screen function in Windows.
The iOS 8 update came with a fancy new keyboard, but iOS 9 makes texting even faster. It features a next-word suggestion box above the keyboard that is based on the context of what you’re writing, so you don’t have to spell each word individually as you are using the keyboard. Instead, you can choose from the word selections offered to you.
These are just some of the most notable new features of the iOS 9 update. Other new features include a Wi-Fi fix, low power mode to squeeze an extra hour out of the battery, faster internal storage, and an iCloud update. You can try all of these new features by downloading iOS 9. It is supported by most newer Apple devices.