Apple releases iOS 9 with improvements to Siri, extra battery life, new iPad multitasking options and more

Apple releases iOS 9 with improvements to Siri, extra battery life, new iPad multitasking options and more
Today, Apple officially released iOS 9, bringing a number of new features to iPhone and iPad users. Thanks to a reduction in the amount of storage needed for the update, the new file weighs in at just 1.3GB compared to the 4.58GB that iOS 8 tipped the scales at. The update allows those rocking the Apple iPad Air 2 and Apple iPad Mini 4 to multitask using "Split View." This opens two apps on the screen, side-by-side. Other new multitasking options are available to users of the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 4, Apple iPad Air, Apple iPad Mini 2, and Apple iPad Mini 3. "Slide Over" allows you to open a new app without closing the first one, and "Picture in Picture" lets a small video play inside an open app.

Siri becomes more proactive with iOS 9, and works with a new search screen found on the lower left of the home page. There you will see apps and contacts based on your past usage. In addition, a news feed will stream news stories based on your current location. Siri can now use a date mentioned in an email to arrange a new event for the calendar, and proactively notify you of the event. For example, an email containing flight information can turn into a listing on your calendar, and a reminder to head to the airport. All of this will be done without any prompting done by the user, and the timing of the notification will even take into account the traffic around the airport.

The renamed News app replaces Newsstand, which was updated to accommodate publishers partnering with Apple. Public transit directions have been added to Maps, and Passbook has a new name. Wallet will now hold store credits and reward cards for use with Apple Pay. Perhaps the most important feature of iOS 9 is that it will add one extra hour of battery life to an iOS powered device. And there is more good news for power starved iOS users. A Low Power Mode available in iOS 9 will add up to an additional 3 hours of battery life to their device.

The update is available to those with the Apple iPhone 4s and up,and the Apple iPad 2 or later. If you need help downloading and installing iOS 9 on your device, earlier today we posted an easy to understand guide that will help make the updating process smooth and easy for you. Check it out!


source: AppleInsider

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27 Comments

1. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

I refuse to update my iPhone 6 until I have confirmation that iOS 9 will NOT lag. Apple hasn't been so great when it comes to updating legacy devices as of late.

4. Switch00

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

They terminated my Ipad1 with an update, no possibility to downgrade. Useless piece of junk and technological imbecil whoever approved that. Ipad1 today - the symbol of Apple's real value.

20. Shinydesert

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I know you should not be doing this since this is supossed to be a compatible update, but you might be lucky if you donwload the ipsw file for your tablet and downgrade it yourself.

17. abhinav.tella

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

I updated my mother's iPad and iPhone 6, there's no lag it runs fine.

25. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I'm on the 6 Plus and the only lag I've noticed thus far is from opening and closing apps. Just a slight hesitation every time.

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well if you have one that old, that's your fault.

2. Switch00

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Is it possible to use mouse with ipad yet, or they still didn't figure out how to make that?

35. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

historically, Apple OS-es do not know how to work with a mouse. ...that oval thingy with only one button is not a proper mouse by the way ;) And yes, I know they boast that they "invented it" ;) but it was actually Xerox, Microsoft use it first and only afterwards Apple.

6. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

welcome to the world of touchwiz and android features. . .

21. Artisto

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

You mean like world of lags, ugly desing and lack of software updates?

28. gaming64 unregistered

I thought they were already present on PC?

7. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Apple should have put "Slide Over" or "Split View" on their iPhone 6 and 6Plus... Their smartphones have a big enough display now, if Samsung can do it on the S5, S6, and now S7 and did it since the Original Galaxy Note... Then why not give the loyal iphone users this User Experience too! O.o

9. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I think it will come to the 6s plus with a .2 or .3 update.

19. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Not enough ram.

38. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

1GB of RAM is enough to do splitscreen, ask Samsung.

8. combatmedic870

Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Now jailbreak it.

15. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Multi tasking had to included for iPhone 6 plu ._. Why didnt they add that feature on it?

16. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2255; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

ios 9 is crap cant update my ipad.

18. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

iOS 9 allows to me view PA without the site needing to be reloaded all the time. Hopefully it stays this way because the error messages and page reloads on iOS 8 were very irritating.

23. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

No way O_o PA site is ultimate benchmark for mobile browsers

30. combatmedic870

Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Well with all of the ads and constant pop ups...yeah it really puts a phones small processor through the ringer. You need 1gb of ram just to load PA! Let alone trying to get your keyboard to load due to all of the ads and pop ups. It takes me 10 seconds to get my keyboard to finally show. Then pop ups will close it. This is the least mobile friendly site on the Internet due to all of the changing ads and pop ups. Oddly enough they are a phone site...

22. wysiwyg86

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

I lost landscape orientation features on my 6 plus with the iOS 9 update. Messages, mail, home screen etc. isn't the same.

24. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

Updated my iPad mini 3, all kinds of lag going on.

27. TechDork

Posts: 400; Member since: May 10, 2010

It works perfectly fine on my 6, but I think iOS 9 will really shine with the new hardware and software on the 6S models. It's just not the same. You get a little bit of the new features, but the majority of them are tailored to the 6S devices due to the new hardware put in. It shows your contacts pictures in the text messaging app, new font it seems like, bit more spacious...it's good, runs smooth, no complaints. I just can't wait to get my 6S to really take head on the new features!!!

31. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Were all updates that crazy before? 1gb and 4.5 gb over the air? That's freaking huge. lol I guess I never really paid attention to them enough before to notice. Are all the updates this big now? My gf is getting the 16gb iphone 6s, I should make her change it to the 64gb.

34. slavytodorov

Posts: 48; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Multitasking and opening apps is relatively fast, but there are quite a few dropped frames here and there and I see some delay when opening some apps. Very disappointed.

37. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

iPad Mini, no splitview? Yet Samsung has split screen or practically all of its tablets, that arent even as powerful at the Note. Apple sucks. All of Samsung's Tab devices since 3 years ago I believe all have some type of multi-window capability. For the original Mini to not have it is BS. Yet Apple gets praised for their meager BS. This is why TouchWiz is awesome. Because Sammie brought splitscreen capability even when Android wasn't supporting it in the code.

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