Just as it was pretty much expected and as we have reported so many times before, Apple has announced during its WWDC conference the next version of its mobile operating system - iOS 9. The software gets updated with a smarter digital assistant and split-screen multitasking. Here's a breakdown of some of the most important new features that it brings:
- Major upgrade to the Siri virtual assistant - Siri now has a feature called Proactive that can offer app suggestions and more based on context such as time of day or location
- Deep linking within Spotlight searches, allowing users to access content within apps whenever they perform a system-wide search
- Apple Pay gains support for store credit cards and loyalty cards.
- The Passbook app gets rebranded into Wallet, which integrates credit cards, debit cards, store cards, and loyalty cards in one place
- Notes app is getting some new features, such as image insertion, checklists, and sketches
- Maps app is getting support for transit directions
- Apple introduces new Flipboard-like News app
- New power-user features designed specifically for the iPad - on-screen keyboard with shortcuts for cut, copy, paste, and more, as well as a new mode that turns the keyboard into a trackpad. There's also a new multitasking mode for the iPad and you can also run two apps side-by-side at the same time
- iOS 9 is more efficient and smaller than ever, requiring only 1.8GB of free space to install, much less than the 4.6GB iOS 8 needed.
- iOS 9 comes with a new "low power mode" that can squeeze another three hours of battery life out of a single charge
- Upgrades to Apple's HomeKit and CarPlay services, with more devices and cars gaining support