Apple's iOS 9 to exterminate bugs, improve stability and add new features

Apple's iOS 9 to exterminate bugs, improve stability and add new features
With WWDC days away, we are closer to seeing a preview of iOS 9. The next major build of Apple's mobile operating system will resemble iOS 8 in many ways, but with some subtle changes. For example, Siri will have colored waves similar to how the ol' gal appears on Apple Watch. In addition, Apple will use the San Francisco type font that is also employed on the Apple Watch.

But the main focus for iOS 9 is improving the stability of the OS. Back in February, we were tipped off about Apple's focus on making iOS 9 a smoother, faster experience. There are also some new features coming. Apple Maps will now offer navigation directions using mass transit. That means the application will show schedules and routes for trains, buses and the subway. At first, this feature will be available for commuters in China, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, London, Berlin, and Paris. Apple is working on adding Boston, Tokyo and other cities. Apple also has been taking pictures of storefronts to use in Maps, replacing photos from Yelp. And a new feature called Browse Around Me will suggest local businesses for you to visit.

The iOS 9 update could also include Apple's answer to Google Now. Replacing the pull-down Spotlight menu, Proactive will offer many of the same features that Google Now provides including pop-up reminders when a calendar-listed appointment draws near. Proactive will also analyze user's patterns to recommend restaurants at meal times. If an iOS user opens a certain app each morning at 10am, he/she will be greeted with a button to open that particular app when 10am rolls around. Unlike Siri, information will be, well, proactive.

Apple's new music services will come pre-installed on iOS 9 after rolling out with the iOS 8.4 update. This will include both the streaming music service and a revised iTunes Radio. The latter will add DJ-hosted channels and give users the ability to skip songs an unlimited number of times.

Coming with iOS 9 is a new app called Home. This will allow those with HomeKit approved accessories to be able to control them from afar. And Apple iPad users will finally get the split-screen multitasking that they have been asking for. Apple plans on allowing the two apps running side-by-side to share content. The feature should also allow iPad users to open two windows of the same app at the same time. The feature was originally developed for the rumored 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro.

WWDC begins on June 8th.


source: 9to5Mac

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55 Comments

1. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

So stability is now becoming a feature? All hail iOS9!

13. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

Isn't Android M an update meant to add stability more than features too? So it's fine when Google does it, but not Apple? Got it. You guys are one stupid comment from reverting to poo-flinging monkeys.

24. Cicero

Posts: 1117; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

For sure you did not read the article. Did you notice how many times it is saying "will follow Google now or split screen asking by ios users to be like Android or Samsung specifically". So be grateful to Apple that they are introducing this features and stop bashing Android (we already have this features and enjoying from long time ago). You are welcome!

27. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

I'm not bashing Android or supporting iOS. My daily driver is the One M8 which I think kicks the crap out of my 6 Plus. I was simply pointing out how stupid they're sounding for bashing Apple when the next Android release is very similar to what Apple will be doing. Stability isn't a bad thing. And what, do you personally represent Google to where I'd need to give my thanks to you? No, you're just another PA reader like me and the rest of everyone in this comment thread.

32. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Samsung has limited support for split screen. And it's not like windows hasn't had it decade+ before. So in reality you should thank MS. Hell the 300+ patents android needs should be reason enough to thank MS.

34. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's amazing how features that are in PCs before count when you're talking a feature in Android, but the don't count when you're talking about an IOS feature (like grids of icons, which PCs had for decades, but somehow Samsung copied it from the iPhone)

64. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

But Windows hasn't had it on mobile for decades. So no, we don't have to thank Microsoft for anything. What Microsoft should do is thank Swiss Design for WP. They should also thank Android, Google and the myriad of Android OEM's for keeping their mobile division afloat. If it wasn't for all of those dubious patents that Microsoft doesn't want anyone to make public about what they actually are, they wouldn't be able to hide the fact that their handset division is bleeding billions.

36. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Obviously I was being sarcastic to how bad iOS8 was and how it made many people very upset. But, since you brought it up with Android... Is it really that hard to make software run right on such a small amount of devices? I mean cmon. Android updates dozens upon dozens of phones with different amounts of ram, hardware, etc... Does Apple even have one dozen yet? I guess there really is "so much" you can do with 1gb of ram... But, what do I know. We will see what happens when Apple actually starts multitasking or doing something that actually puts a strain on such basic hardware and software.

37. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

They have really gotten sloppy I agree. Especially with the small amount of devices they have. The 1GB of RAM may be enough to run iOS, but 1GB is definitely not enough to run half of the things that you can do in Safari. When I'm on my 6 Plus it's constant safari crashes or tabs reloading and its ridiculous. That's why any possible stability they add is a good thing.

40. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

IMO. The iPhone 6 and Plus was a success due to iOS users desire for a larger screen and that only. It was clearly obvious with what happened with their stocks before those phones were released. Stock was dropping and it was dropping very fast. I don't really see what Apple can do now, but I saw the larger screens coming a mile away before they were released. Apple makes most of their money by selling their electronics. Android on the other hand is playing another game which I think will put them ahead of any other company in time because they are more "software" oriented on many devices. Google reminds me of Microsoft on PCs. Apple is like a bubble. It probably never go under with a good CEO, but it seems that the same thing will happen what happened in 2012-2013. The bubble burst and luckily they were able to get it back on track.

42. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Not really. Many users were quite satisfied with the phone size as it was. In reality, I think this served Android users more than Apple, as there were a good number from the prior who wanted larger screen in order to switch.

44. waddup121 unregistered

it better

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If the iPhone doesn't get multi window too, you suck grapefruits Apple. That's some BS.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeesh. That's sour.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol right!

20. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 2013

I agree. If the new ios devices get 2gb ram then I think it will happen

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That would be nice. That's by far my favorite touchwiz feature.

43. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

It doesn't need it. Just played around with it on the LG G4 and tbh it's quite a redundant feature. Split screen on a 4-6" screen just doesn't make sense.

45. gaming64 unregistered

Really? What I need is true f**king multitasking. Multi window wont work without it.

57. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

You REALLY need multi-window multitasking on your phone? Your life sounds very stressful, maybe get a laptop or something...

49. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Maybe on the 6+? If they do it, hopefully it's better than their terrible one handed mofe.

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I looked at the Title and thought 'Isn't that the goal of every update?"

4. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

So what else are they going to steal from Android and take credit for?

6. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

what does android have that wasnt stolen from someone else? I am not even going to touch Samsung on this one (too easy)

7. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Read and understand the comment.

14. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

I feel like you need to explain to me these stolen things...?

16. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Didn't you know? Apple invented everything, everyone else stole them from Apple.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google bought android.

35. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Non-sequitor much?

46. gaming64 unregistered

Apple sold you stupidity.

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