Hands On with iOS 9
WHAT WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT—AND WHAT WE’RE NOT
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.
WHAT 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.
"APPLE IS FOCUSED ON ENHANCING ITS USERS' PRODUCTIVITY IN IOS 9."