iOS 9 changes at a glance
Stability and update size
- iOS 9 is more stable with less crashes. Not exactly exciting but important none the less
- Download size is 1.4GB instead of the massive 4.7GB of iOS 8
- Passcode is now 6 digits long instead of 4
Search, Siri & notifications
- Search has been improved with recent contacts and apps appearing for quick access. It also shows news snippets and stuff that’s nearby such as Parking or Restaurants
- Siri is faster and more accurate than before
- Notifications are now sorted chronologically instead of illogically grouped by app
- The multitasking screen has changed to a cover-flow style instead of zoomed out view of iOS 8
- True multitasking on retina based iPad and iPad mini – although it only works with some apps.
- Keyboard improvements including making it easier to see if you are in UPPER or lower case
Photos and Maps
- Photos have a mini slideshow at the bottom to make it easier to flip through images and select the correct one
- Apple Maps gets public transport directions. If you live in a major city so it is still some way behind Google Maps.
- Apple News has been upgraded and is now a slick looking new aggregator
- Apple Pay has been improved to allow loyalty cards to be added. It now also works in the UK
Wondering if you will be able to install iOS 9 on your iPhone, iPad or iPad mini?
The good new is that iOS 9 works on all the devices that work with iOS 8. So if you already have iOS 8 installed you are good to go!
The latest iPad’s get the most benefit of the upgrade with the new multi-tasking functionality.
iOS 9 verdict
iOS 9 is an incremental improvement over iOS 8 so it isn’t very exciting.
There aren’t any brilliant new features except for true multi-tasking. However this is only available on some iPad’s and it is limited to what can be muti-tasked.
The biggest benefit is that it is more stable and a little easier to use thanks to it’s improved keyboards, better search features and upgraded Siri.
Overall, it’s Meh.
Get iOS 9 now!
- iOS 9 release date is expected September 2015 after the Apple iPhone 6s, and 6s Plus announcement.
- You can download and install the beta version of iOS 9 now.
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