Apple iOS 9: all the major new features

Apple iOS 9: all the major new features
Just as Apple did with the new OS X El Capitan edition its  newest iOS 9 update predominantly stands for not as much the new features, which is usually the focus, but rather speed, optimization and stability this time. Apple made major changes to iOS an edition ago, completely redrawing the interface, and then adding features galore in iOS 8. While iPhone and iPad users largely welcomed the changes, some balked that Apple is losing the edge in the smooth and fluid operation of its mobile OS that it is famous for.

Users have been complaining that iOS 8 is somewhat slower to perform on older devices than they are accustomed to, which can be expected with the addition of so much new stuff. As a result, we've seen a relatively slow adoption rate for the upgrade to the new iOS system, with millions still donning the previous version (Mr Federighi still boasted 83% adoption rate of iOS 8, though). 

Apple, however, has now addressed all stability, bugs, and performance concerns with a huge under-the-hood optimization overhaul for iOS 9. That's not to say there isn't a bunch of new features to enjoy, like Apple Pay, split-screen multitasking for the iPads, the News app aggregator, and many more, so we've rounded up all the major ones in the slideshow below, for your viewing pleasure.

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124 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17041; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There ya go, Darkkjedi! Multiscreen! They heard you. I hope the rest was what you were looking for.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes it will be done right.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17041; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Unlike iOS 8.x?

67. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Or 7, or 6 or 5, or 4 or 3...shoots the whole OS has been crap since day one.

118. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I think it was iOS 4 where it F'ed up all iPhone 3g phones. That's where they made their obsolescence strategy too apparent and crippled too hard. Too many people noticed and so since then they have been more subtle about it. Good time to jump ship that was.

41. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Judging by OSX implementation of multi monitor and window management, I would rather wait and see before saying that they will do it right. They have a history of polished implementations, but not always. See early versions of apple maps, notification center and the lack of a hang up on call while screen is on. I'm more interested in their battery features than multi window actually.

66. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because they copied others who did it right? namely Samsung? iOS 9 = Catch up to Samsung. In fact I am betting internal emails at Apple were all about catching up to Samsung as best we can.

87. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2099; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Samsung is in Apple's rearview mirror. Do you think Apple care's about which features on their Galaxies? If they did they would be manufacturing curved OLED screens. They sweep the market for hardware, software, services. Apple makes the most money and sells over 200 million phones per year. They aren't worried about any Galaxy phones.

97. Nathillien unregistered

Still, lately, they do whatever Samsung is doing.

120. Shocky unregistered

Both are huge companies that spend a lot researching what people want, it makes sense that they would come up with similar features. Sometimes Samsung are first, and occasionally Apple are first, fingerprint scanner etc. I wouldn't read too much into it.

112. nodes

Posts: 1134; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

still waiting for Samsung Pencil.

117. minnonoman

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 21, 2014

S-pen?

114. kryme

Posts: 462; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Are you saying its done right on ios.. Or Samsung wasn't doing it right??

10. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

"We've always been shameless about stealing great ideas". ~ Steve Jobs If you know what I mean ;)

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Only on the air though ted, that's bull dude. See post 16.

37. tedkord

Posts: 17041; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Oh, sorry. I didn't read the article. That wasn't being a smartass, I really thought it was coming to all based on the headline.

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm very disappointed the 6 plus may be obsolete after only a year. That sucks.

48. Wuhfel

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

What? Are you kidding me? The iPhone 4s isn't even obsolete yet and you think the 6 Plus will be in a year? Are you dumb? Don't answer that, we know.

49. buccob

Posts: 2944; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Darkjedii is not wrong, this will make every iOS device with 1 GB of ram obsolete very soon.

61. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think that sucks man.

70. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why does it suck? Apple has been doing this every year. You just noticing?

76. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No, I'm just getting sick of it. Basically they copied multi window and pop up video from Samsung. They do copy each other, but if they're restricting it from capable devices for sales, that sucks. The 6 plus is perfectly capable of running multi window. There's YouTube vids of jailbroken ones doing it.

107. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Well, all they could see is the huge demand for their 2GB iOS devices coming Oct 2015. That's how the game is played. I waiting for the iPad Mini 4, 99% sure it will be 2GB device. 1% if they do the 1GB jail break multi screen trick on their would be iPad mini 4.

110. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's my next tablet too Joey. The mini 3 was just a 2 with touch id. I'm satisfied for now with my 64 gig 2

119. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It always takes time, some longer than others. I was a hardcore Apple fan until I noticed it on my 3g/3gs/4. Took 3 iterations before I broke away from giving Apple the benefit of the doubt.

51. tedkord

Posts: 17041; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, OK.

102. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

He is not, isn't that obvious doesn't matter how much os update that still available for older device it won't matter much because lower specs device/older will get less feature. Why apple iphone 6 is stuck with 1 gig of ram? i'm not saying it's affect their performance, but the bigger the better.

52. tedkord

Posts: 17041; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I understand your disappointment, but at the same time you can't buy a device based on what it might do next year. You've got to buy based on what it does now So, did they say the 6s series won't have it, or I guess they probably didn't go into anything that isn't already released.

59. darkkjedii

Posts: 30661; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

By saying it's only available on the news air model, which had tri6core, and 2 gigs of ram, they're basically telling us.

94. tedkord

Posts: 17041; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But the 6s has got to have at least 2gb. I was actually surprised the 6 didn't, no way the 6s doesn't.

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