Hands On with iOS 9


iPhone Life Magazine - - Front Page - BY SARAH KINGS­BURY

SSpoiler alert: iOS 9 is more about func­tion than flash. While the beta and devel­oper’s ver­sions of Ap­ple’s mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tem are sub­ject to change un­til its of­fi­cial re­lease this fall, so far, the changes to the OS re­fine and im­prove upon past ad­vance­ments.

The re­lease of iOS 7 brought a ma­jor re­design to the look and feel of iOS and the in­tro­duc­tion of Con­trol Cen­ter, Air­Drop, CarPlay, iTunes Ra­dio, and Touch ID sup­port. Last year, iOS 8 in­tro­duced an ar­ray of new fea­tures, from Ap­ple Pay to iCloud Photo Li­brary, but soft­ware bugs and bat­tery life prob­lems plagued many up­dated de­vices. Ap­ple is show­ing it’s se­ri­ous about ad­dress­ing these is­sues with iOS 9. But that’s not all the tech gi­ant is do­ing. When users in­stall iOS 9, they will find some new fea­tures on their iPhones and iPads—the News app, a re­designed Notes app, and some in­trigu­ing new ca­pa­bil­i­ties, many of which fall un­der the um­brella of what Ap­ple calls Proac­tive. Those who own an iPad es­pe­cially lucked out with this iOS up­date. Of the many new fea­tures in iOS 9, here are the ones that Ap­ple got right.


The Notes App Is Fi­nally Use­ful

Ap­ple is fo­cused on en­hanc­ing its users’ pro­duc­tiv­ity in iOS 9. Case in point, the Notes app has gone from an app that many peo­ple hid in a folder to a pow­er­ful or­ga­ni­za­tional tool. Now users can or­ga­nize notes in dif­fer­ent fold­ers, even though they still can’t sort them. And they can make sketches us­ing a va­ri­ety of dig­i­tal draw­ing im­ple­ments and col­ors. It is also now pos­si­ble to take photos and videos from the app or di­rectly ac­cess the Photos app. There are new for­mat­ting op­tions for cre­at­ing ti­tles and head­ings, check­lists, and other kinds of lists. And Notes is now an op­tion in the share menu, which means it’s pos­si­ble to share a web­site from Sa­fari or an ad­dress in Maps to a list in Notes. One less use­less app on peo­ple’s iPhones and iPads is def­i­nitely a win.

It’s About Time: the iPad Gets Split-Screen Mode

Ap­ple is giv­ing the iPad three new mul­ti­task­ing func­tions. The new Side by Side mode lets iPad Air 2 users open and use two apps at once. An­droid tablets have had this ca­pa­bil­ity for a while and it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore the fea­ture came to iOS. But Ap­ple put its own spin on it with mul­ti­task­ing fea­tures for the iPad Air and Air 2 and iPad mini 2 and 3. Slide Over makes it pos­si­ble to open win­dows of two dif­fer­ent sizes and slide the smaller win­dow away when fin­ished. This means a per­son can ac­com­plish a task in one app in the larger win­dow while re­fer­ring to Notes or Sa­fari in a smaller win­dow. The third mul­ti­task­ing func­tion for the iPad is Pic­ture in Pic­ture, which makes it pos­si­ble to re­size a video win­dow and move it around on top of another win­dow. This al­lows you to watch the news while you an­swer emails or con­sult with a co­worker via FaceTime while you work in Notes.


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