What’s New in iOS 9

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When you upgrade to a new iOS, you are presented with a small window that you have to scroll through in order to learn “what’s new”. So, in an effort to make it easier to read, and more obvious, here is what Apple has to say is new in iOS 9, enhanced by us for readability, and with our comments. Pay close attention to the new Siri features, and watch for our article on why these new “features” may be a privacy nightmare! Our commentary is in italics.

And, because we figure that even with this enhanced readability, you may not read all the way through, we want to point out that Apple has now made it easier for you to move everything from your Android phone over to your new iPhone. Says Apple (way down at the bottom): “Transfer content from an Android device with the Move to iOS app, visit http://www.apple.com/move-to-ios for more details”


What’s New in iOS 9 According to Apple

With this update your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch become more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features.

Again, watch for our upcoming article on why these improved Siri features have the potential to be a privacy nightmare

New multitasking features for iPad allow you to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature. And, built-in apps become more powerful with detailed transit information in Maps, a redesigned Notes app, and an all-new News app. And improvements at the foundation of the operating system enhance performance, improve security and give you up to an hour of extra battery life.

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Perhaps the coolest thing about this, particularly for iPhone users, is that you can now draw and write with your finger in the Notes app.

Intelligence

Proactive assistance:

 

Presents relevant information even before you start typing

Creepy!

Notifies you when you need to leave for appointments using traffic conditions

Ok, now this is cool.

Learns what you listen to in a certain location or at a particular time of day and can automatically display playback controls for your preferred music and audio apps

Suggested events and contact details are added to apps based on information found in Mail

In other words, we are reading your email more closely.

Siri improvements

Search your personal photos and videos based on dates, locations and album names

This is at the heart of the new privacy concerns!

Ask Siri to remind you about things you’re looking at in your apps, including Safari, Mail, Notes and Messages

Request directions via public transit

Spotlight search improvements:

Get sports scores, weather conditions and stock prices

Simple math calculations and conversions

Initiate messages, phone calls and FaceTime calls from contact search results

New iPad Features

Slide Over:

Quickly use a second app without leaving the one youre in

Easily switch between Slide Over apps

Support for Apple apps and enabled third party apps

Split View:

View and interact with two apps at once

Ability to resize your view to give equal attention to both apps or prioritize one app over another

Support for Apple apps and enabled third party apps

Picture in picture:

Continue watching a video while using your favorite apps

Support for Safari video, FaceTime, Videos and Podcasts and enabled third party apps

QuickType improvements:

Multi-Touch gestures for easier text selection on iPad

Quick access to text editing tools with Shortcut Bar on iPad

Support for hardware keyboard shortcuts

Support for all Unicode emoji flags

Built-in Apps

Map improvements:

Support for public transit lines, station details with exits and entrances, schedules and directions in select major cities

Browse for places around you by category, including Food, Drinks, Shopping, Fun and more

Apple Pay support is indicated on place cards at participating retail locations

Place cards include Wikipedia information for landmarks and cities

Redesigned Notes app:

Add photos to your notes with the built-in camera or from your Photo Library

Create useful checklists and check off completed items with a tap

Sketch a quick thought using just your finger

Save interesting items directly from other apps using the Share menu

All-new News app:

Read your favorite newspapers, magazines, and blogs, or choose from over a million topics

Beautiful typography and layouts, photo galleries, videos, animations, and more

Browse articles that are chosen based on your interests in For You. Find channel and topic recommendations in Explore. News gets more personalized the more you read

Easily share articles with friends or save them to read later even when youre offline

Mail improvements:

Search improvements help you quickly find what you’re looking for by filtering results based on sender, recipient, subject or a combination of options

Support for Markup lets you annotate an image or PDF attachment with text, shapes and even your signature, then send it back without leaving Mail

Easily save the attachments you receive or add files from iCloud Drive or other document providers while composing a new message

Apple Pay and Wallet improvements:

Support for Discover cards

Support for rewards cards and store credit and debit cards

To check out even faster, you can prepare an upcoming payment
by double-clicking the Home button from the Lock Screen and keeping your finger on Touch ID

New iCloud Drive app:

Easily search for a file or browse in the new iCloud Drive app by date, name, or tags you added on your Mac

Open files in any compatible app or share with those you choose

Organize folders and files

Get the iCloud Drive app in Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive and select Show on Home Screen

CarPlay improvements:

Plays back audio messages, letting you hear from people in their own voices

Full support for car knob controls, so you can tilt and spin to scroll through lists or pan around in Maps

Support for CarPlay apps from auto manufacturers

Foundation

Longer battery life:

Up to one hour of additional time before you need to charge your battery

Facedown detection for turning display off when not in use

Low power mode optimizes device performance to extend battery by up to an additional three hours

Software updates require less space to download and offer an option to install later

iOS apps and user interface now use Metal to deliver faster scrolling, smoother animation, and better overall performance

Improved security with two-factor authentication support and a default 6 digit passcode support for Touch ID devices

Other improvements

New San Francisco system font

Leave a message option if recipient isn’t available for a FaceTime call

Share voicemails from the Phone app using the share sheet

Flight and package tracking for data detectors

Health app adds support for reproductive health, UV exposure, water intake and sedentary state data types

HomeKit adds support for motorized windows and shades, motion sensors and home security system accessories

Podcasts has an all-new design, makes it easy to find the latest episodes of your favorite shows and notifies you when new episodes become available for you

Support for Wi-Fi calling on iPad, iPod touch and Mac, without iPhone in proximity on participating carriers

Wi-Fi Assist to automatically use cellular data when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor

Transfer content from an Android device with the Move to iOS app, visit http://www.apple.com/move-to-ios for more details

Expanded language support

New PingFang Chinese system font

Improved predictions, learning and autocorrection for Chinese in QuickType

Redesigned punctuation input on 10-key Chinese keyboard

Redesigned User Interface for right-to-left languages

Added Siri support for Austria, Belgium (French and Dutch), and Norway

Added Spotlight search support for Mexico

New keyboards for French (Belgium), German (Austria), Gujarati, Hindi (Transliteration), Hinglish, Punjabi, Spanish (Mexico), and Telugu

Predictive input for French (Belgium), German (Austria), Korean, Russian, Spanish (Mexico), and Turkish

Dictation support for Dutch (Belgium), English (Ireland, Philippines, South Africa), French (Belgium), German (Austria), and Spanish (Chile, Colombia)

Spell check for Finnish and Korean

Definition dictionary for Hindi, Norwegian and Swedish

Bilingual dictionary for French-English and German-English

New Japanese autocorrection and improved predictions and learning in QuickType

Option to switch between number systems for Arabic and Hindi

Enterprise & Education

Assign apps directly to iOS devices without needing to have an iTunes Store account configured

Improved calendar reliability for customers using Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync v16

Expanded Per App VPN support for the built-in IPSec and IKEv2 VPN clients

New networking controls for managed apps to help limit international data roaming costs

New restrictions to prevent changes to passcodes, device names and wallpapers, or to disable AirDrop on managed devices

Third party app extension support for VPN, advanced content filtering, and captive Wi-Fi networks

Accessibility

Touch Accommodations provides additional touch control for those with physical motor limitations

Switch Control Recipes to customize features or create your own

Support for Siri Voices for VoiceOver users

Additional customization of AssistiveTouch

Hardware keyboard support for Key Repeat, Slow Keys and Sticky Keys

Improved MFi hearing aid audio routing to choose where audio is played

Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas, for more information visit: http://www.apple.com/ios/feature-availability and http://www.apple.com/ios/whats-new

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

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