A new version of Apple’s iOS 9 mobile operating system arrives today. The official launch is tonight at 7 pm, so don’t be surprised if you see one red dot on your iPhone or iPad under the “Settings” icon warning that it’s time for an update. Before you decide if you want to upgrade to a new version of iOS, read what new iOS 9 and everything else you should know before the upgrade.
General impressions of iOS 9
The world media agrees that iOS 9 is stable, proactive, and better than iOS 8. Its general features are that it speeds up the phone, saves battery, and brings much better built-in applications. Some of the applications that come with the operating system have been significantly improved, some have been completely changed, while some have remained the same.
However, despite the fact that the iPhone itself brought several significant innovations in the field of smartphones, iOS 9 did not particularly surprise us. All the options it brings have already been seen on Android (some even on Windows) so there is no room for claiming that this is the most advanced and best operating system ever. Is the best iOS so far, that’s for sure.
As Apple claims, Siri is now smarter and more proactive. It constantly learns and monitors your actions that you perform on the phone, and based on that, it will suggest what you can do next. For example, if you first check your email every morning and look at the weather forecast, Siri will put two apps in your “favorites” on the home screen. It can also sort out your list of favorite contacts, fill out a calendar based on correspondence from your messages and emails, and even suggest when it’s time to go to the hairdresser.
Unfortunately, Siri is optimized for the American market, so it is unlikely that you will be able to use its full potential. But even so, proactivity is part of the system itself, so your phone will learn a lot about you and help you get organized, even if you don’t use Siri.
Do you use applications that are built into the operating system? If you use them this is great news Apple has upgraded Apple Maps, Notes, Newsstand (which is now just News), and Passbook (now Wallet).
Again, unfortunately, we can’t take full advantage of some of the apps. Apple Maps is optimized for the markets of America, Western Europe, and China, and in addition to serving as a navigator, it also offers a display of routes and departures of public transport. Also, Wallet and Apple Pay are reserved only for these markets (with an emphasis on the US), so paying over the phone (or iPhone) for us will still remain a distant future.
Let’s turn to applications that we will be able to enjoy. These are News and Notes. The unsightly old Notes have been completely redesigned. It now offers the ability to create your own “ToDo” lists and tick things you’ve already done, draw with your finger, make notes related to other apps, add pictures. It looks like it can completely replace the pads that most of us still carry with us. News has also been modernized and is a mix of Flipboard and Feedly. In any case, it makes reading the news much more pleasant and beautiful.
iOS 9 and iPad
This operating system brings us a whole set of options reserved only for large iPad screens. Here’s what it’s all about:
- Split-screen – yes, you will finally be able to use two applications next to each other and both will be fully functional.
- Keyboard as a trackpad – by clicking on the button your keyboard can become a trackpad with which you control gestures. A nice thing, and we believe it will be especially useful for gamers.
- The slider on the side – appears when you swipe right and gives you the ability to switch from one app to another or just take a look at what’s going on elsewhere.
- Picture in picture – watch a video or chat while another gadget is open.
With the introduction of these improvements, we finally have the opportunity to get to know real multitasking on iPads. We hope that these options will soon be available on iPhones as well.
Does my device support an iOS 9 update?
All devices that could use the previous version of iOS 8 can also use the new operating system. This practically means that you can update even if you use iPhone 4S, iPad 3, and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.
How do I update?
The iPhone update is very simple. Here’s how to do it in three easy steps:
- Back up content from your phone – you can do this on one of the “cloud services” or on your computer via iTunes.
- Make some space if your phone memory is full. The new update requires only 1.3 GB of space.
- Go to Settings> General> Software Update> Download and Install and run the update. The device will first download the new version of the operating system from the Internet, and only then will it start the installation. Note that you will not be able to use your phone while the installation (or update) is in progress.
And that is all. You will be able to enjoy a new, yet well-known environment very quickly.
We wish you an easy and fast update and we hope you enjoy the new iOS 9 operating system!