Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) has come and gone but the tech world is still abuzz with all the announcements. Perhaps the biggest news was about Apple’s ninth installment for its mobile operating system, iOS 9. Although iOS 9 isn’t as groundbreaking as iOS 8, it still boasts intelligent features and functionality. Here at Plastic Mobile we’ve watched the keynote (admittedly more than once), sorted through the barrage of tech blogs, and spent our fair share of time with the iOS 9 Beta 1 to bring you this list of the top 5 features.
Proactive is a new Siri feature that aims to predict behaviour and serve up relevant information. It’s always accessible with a quick swipe left on the homescreen that brings you to a completely new experience engulfed in contextual suggestions. Proactive features trending news articles, app suggestions, contact suggestions and nearby attractions. Proactive also features a handy search API.
It’s fair to say that iTunes launched the digital music revolution and now Apple Music looks to power the streaming music revolution. Apple Music is a digital streaming service that gives you unlimited access to the complete iTunes music catalogue anytime, anywhere. The service will offer recommendations based on your listening habits and provide curated playlists. Apple Music offers a 3-month trial for new users, after which it will become $9.99/month.
The iPad has become even more productive with the announcement of a tablet only feature on iOS 9. The multitasking features will allow iPad Air 2 owners to run 2 apps side by side, simultaneously via “Split View.” For those who love streaming videos, iOS 9 will also allow for picture-in-picture view. For example users will also be able to watch their favorite TV show while reading emails. Owners of older iPads will be able to pin apps to a sidebar, that they can “slide over” to access quickly without leaving their current app.
Low Power Mode
We have all had that sinking feeling when our phone battery is about to die. Well, iOS 9 is looking to alleviate this with Low Power Mode. Designed to give up to 3 extra hours of battery life, Low Power Mode can really be a life saver. Users have the option to manually enable it or have it automatically start at a certain battery percentage.
Keeping in mind that mobile users turn to their devices to keep up to date with the latest news, Apple has created News app. News is a native app built into iOS 9 that aggregates news in a digestible, mobile friendly format. The app curates the news with articles specifically built for the app combined with 3rd party content. This replaces the previous Newstand app.