iOS 9 is announced – the most intelligent, most refined iOS release ever


Apple's WWDC 2015 conference is running at full steam, and major announcements are already starting to pour in. The most exciting among them, of course, is the official unveiling of iOS 9 – the "most advanced" mobile operating system, in Apple's words. And, boy, there's a lot to be excited about! The ninth major release of iOS is built to be a refined, proactive, and intelligent successor to last year's iOS 8. To achieve this goal, Apple has solidified many of the fundamental pillars in its operating system, all while introducing numerous improvements to stock applications and the iOS multitasking experience. Let's get into details, shall we?

Siri grows smarter and prettier


Now, we can't comment on the intelligent features in iOS without mentioning Siri, which serves over 1 billion queries per week. With iOS 9, Siri is growing 40% faster and capable of returning 40% more accurate results. Furthermore, Siri will be capable of handling more kinds of requests than ever. Apple's virtual assistant will be able to search for photos and videos taken on a specific day and/or at a given location. She'll be able to set advanced reminders, too, such as ones that are triggered when the user arrives at a specific location. Siri's getting a fresh, new, more colorful user interface, too!

iOS gets proactive


Of course, voice commands are one thing, and intelligently anticipating the user's needs is a whole different story. Well, we're happy to report that iOS 9 is doing serious progress in this aspect. The software takes a number of variables, such as time and date, your location, and the type of connections available, to predict, let's say, what app you might want to launch. If you plug in your headphones, for example, iOS 9 will recommend a recent playlist that you've listened to. If you use a certain app regularly, at specific times of the day, the OS will ask you if you want to open it at that specific time. When you have an appointment at a certain location coming up, iOS will take into account traffic conditions to calculate when you need to leave to get there on time. And if you're getting a call from a number that isn't in your address book, your email messages will be searched in effort to link the number to a certain contact.


Spotlight, on a whole new level


Spotlight search has been treated to a deserving overhaul as well. In iOS 9, where it is still accessible with a pull-down gesture, it has become a full-fledged screen where helpful shortcuts and recommendations are intelligently organized. Recent and frequently needed contacts appear there, along with apps you've last used. Also, searching for places of interest nearby is a one-click process with the new Spotlight Search. And at the bottom of the screen appear headlines on topics you could be interested in. At the same time, it is easier to search and get relevant results for sports schedules, Netflix movies, and even information inside apps.

Now, all this searching occurring on millions of iPhones might raise privacy concerns. People could be curious to know what happens to their private data and whether their search history can be accessed or purchased by third parties. Well, Apple is reassuring us that iOS users are in control of their data. Queries are not associated with the user's Apple ID and aren't being shared with third parties.

Multitasking – get more done


As rumored, iOS 9 brings a number of improvements to the way the platform handles work with multiple apps. The most significant among them is called Split View, with is the option to run apps side-by-side instead of switching back and forth between them, for a true multitasking experience. Both apps are active simultaneously and can even have items dragged and dropped back and forth. Then there's the new picture in picture mode, thanks to which you'll be able to enjoy videos playing on top of other apps. And with the new Slide Over feature, users will be able to launch a second app without closing the app they're already in. 

These new multitasking features won't be available on all iOS devices, however. Split View will only be found on the iPad Air 2, presumably due to the hardware restrictions of the older iPad models. Slide Over and the picture in picture functionality will be made available on the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3. The iPhone isn't being mentioned anywhere at this time.


Battery life and performance improvements


This wouldn't be a proper update if it doesn't improve a thing or two under the hood of the platform. Sure enough, iOS 9 apps work together with Metal, which provides the lowest-overhead access to the GPU for smooth, responsive graphics. The results are faster scrolling, smoother animation, and better performance across iOS. At the same time, battery consumption in iOS has been optimized so much that the software update is promised to add up to another hour of usage to your device. And if you're ever caught away from a charger and with a battery dying, you'll be able to take advantage of a new Low Power mode. The latter promises to squeeze up to three extra hours of battery life on one charge, according to Apple.

Apple Maps – now with public transportation


Many of the pre-loaded apps found in iOS 9 have been enhanced, delivering a richer experience. Apple Maps, for example, is now better than ever with its new Transit view. It includes directions for public transportation like buses, trains, subways, and ferries. At launch, Transit will be available in Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington, DC. In addition, transit information will be available in 300 cities throughout China.


Notes – an upgrade worth noting


One app that's been treated to a much-needed update is Notes. The once-humble software is now a proper, powerful note-taking application with support for text formatting, easy-to-generate to-do checklists, and the ability to draw sketches inside your note. On top of that, you may access the camera to add visual notes. Content from Maps, Safari, and other apps can be imported directly into Notes as well. 

Apple News – a new way to stay in the know


While some iOS 9 apps build on top of software found in iOS 8, other apps are totally new to the platform. One of the latter is Apple's News app, which is ideal for keeping track of the latest headlines. It presents you with a curated selection of articles picked to match your interests. Stories are not only informative, but also pleasant to look at, with photos and animations beautifully laid out. Again, Apple pointed out that your news interests are kept private, not shared with medias or other third parties. News will be available in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

iOS 9 release date


So, when is iOS 9 coming? If you're a developer, you'll be able to have a taste of the latest iOS release later today by downloading a beta version on your iOS device. And in July, a public beta of iOS 9 will be rolled out, allowing non-developers to test-drive Apple's latest software. The final iOS 9 build will come later this year to any device capable of running iOS 8. This includes the iPhone 4S and newer models, as well as the iPad 2 and its successors.


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129 Comments

1. KhmerLoveKhmer

Posts: 149; Member since: May 26, 2015

iOS is the world's most advanced OS period

4. kryme

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Lol.. Joke of the year..

19. KhmerLoveKhmer

Posts: 149; Member since: May 26, 2015

yep, laugh as much as u can. when apple releases its sale number quarterly it's our turn n i'm gonna laugh at ur @ss. people r happy with ios update instantly, everything is well taken care by apple while u haven't even received lolliflop, lol

24. tedkord

Posts: 17288; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And when McDonalds announces their 50 trillionth burger served, so what? Sales numbers have zero to do with quality.

29. iosl0ver5eva

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

Obviously it does if people still continue to buy iOS devices. What you said literally made no sense

40. tedkord

Posts: 17288; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Just because you weren't intelligent enough to understand it doesn't mean it makes no sense. The biggest seller is rarely the best. But I guess that since Android sold more than 4 times as many phones as IOS, that makes it 4 times better.

53. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Are you claiming that McD's sells high quality hamburgers? People continue to buy them, even though they are overpriced and taste like sack. But you won't hear anyone who buys one of their burgers claim it is "wonderful", or to be a "McD hamburger lover". I'm just saying. I recognize my current choice has flaws, and I likely won't be with it forever. Just like I wasn't with Windows Mobile (now phone) forever. Eventually someone will make something better than the short comings that I currently face and I will move to that. I assure you, given apples track record, it won't be them.

31. KhmerLoveKhmer

Posts: 149; Member since: May 26, 2015

really? then how about u fandroids always brag about android market share? "numbers have zero to do with quality" eat ur own medicine, jealous fandroid ;)

42. tedkord

Posts: 17288; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nothing to eat. I never said Androids market share made it better than anything else. I just said it made it more popular. It's features, power and flexibility are what make it better. You lose. Again.

78. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Sadly the green thumbs say that nobody agrees with you, not even your fellow apple users. Everyone hates trolls/idiots like you. Pity. Unless you login your other accounts and give your own posts some green thumbs lol.

83. Forerunner7

Posts: 35; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Calling people fandroid, speak for yourself, any 5 years old kids (well maybe not Khmer kids, they're too dim to know it) can say u're a iFan as well.

52. AlikMalix unregistered

That's why android is on 80% of all smartphones?

60. tedkord

Posts: 17288; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, it's in 80% of all smartphones because it offers a large range of choices in both hardware and software. People are more readily able to get the features they value most.

28. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

Apple only has those sales because they fool people into buying their overpriced products through their marketing and percieved value. People are willing to pay more if they believe its worth more.

56. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Too much logic!

74. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Also get get locked in as they can not easy move all ther apps and crap over without repaying, I.e. See wsj review of the s6 edge

114. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

Sorry I disagree with that. If it was just down to Marketing and the product was rubbish, the customer would only be fooled once. I hated Apple 3 years ago, but having had an iPhone 5S and iPhone 6, I can understand why Apple have such loyal customers. Sure the product is not perfect, and on paper it trails well behind the top Android devices, but the real world, day to day experience is as good as any other device. I've also had top end Android devices and WP devices, so I'm in a pretty good position to judge.

30. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Seriously 1. You not getting anything from apple regardless of their sells (assuming you don't have shares in apple), so there is no point bragging about sales. 2. People were not so happy with bugs ios 8 got (I have ipad air 2) 3.You don't know if received lollipop or not.

32. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

Lollipop is not a flop. Its the OEM not google that pushes the update. Google phones get updates fast. Android M>iOS9

34. KhmerLoveKhmer

Posts: 149; Member since: May 26, 2015

iOS9>>>>>android m

35. tedkord

Posts: 17288; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Said no one with an IQ over 70 ever.

39. KhmerLoveKhmer

Posts: 149; Member since: May 26, 2015

ouch personal attack. lame attitude from butthurt fandroid

46. tedkord

Posts: 17288; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Look at the posts and see who started the trolling. You're hurt because once again, nothing announced at WWDC that isn't copied from Android. Third year in a row.

122. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Fooling around with a butthurt fanboy is quite fun actually, but you don't have to be too serious.

45. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Great, so dumb people buy dumb phones. What does that prove? Also, do you speak english? I hope it isn't your native language, because apparently you suck at it.

69. sgodsell

Posts: 7160; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Multitasking Phonearena got wrong. The split screen is only for the iPad Air 2. Which has a tri-core 1.5 GHz processor with 2 GB of ram. Does anyone here think for one minute that split screen multitasking would even remotely work well with an iPhone 6/6+ with only 1 GB of ram, and a dual core 1.3/1.4 GHz processor? Its not happening. That is why Apple is not bringing it to the current iPhones. Phonearena even mentioned with leaks of the next generation iPhones will have 2 GB of ram. KhmerLoveKhmer you may think iOS is the most advanced OS period, but their hardware just proved otherwise. I guess that is why Apple makes so much money. They know how to stick it to the man.

71. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Lots of videos in YT showing jailbroken iPhones with multitasking. Here's one (forward to 3:20)https://youtu.be/-EF1xnLjSZY

94. kryme

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

exactly what we r saying iphones can do ntn... just an empty os.... tab 3 is not a flagship... it has 1gb ram... and it has multi-screen so why a flagship (ipad mini3) cant show split screen... again apple is basically telling the fans who buy the ipad air 1 and the ipad mini3 to go f%$k yourself or give me another 700 for split view... lol hahahaha ifans am sorry for u guys.... whats gonna happen when ios10 comes out and its new features is "theme changer" and apple wants u to spend another 800 for that feature????

73. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2124; Member since: May 29, 2014

Sales have nothing to do with the fact that this isn't the most advanced OS. Give it a rest Patriot iDiot.

79. Forerunner7

Posts: 35; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Sale is just a number that can be easily manipulate. "everything is well taken care by apple while u haven't even received lollipop"? Well I'm already on Android M while you cant even get on the iOS 9 without pay up for the dev program. I get it for free on Github. Siri, Proactive and Spotlight? Well sound exactly like Google Now combine. Multitasking? Well I wonder if you can get it on iPhone 4S, 5, 5S ... the list goes on. Battery life and performance - performance I can agree that it is smoother there but battery life pfft...

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