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Apple iOS 9 launching tonight: Here's what's new

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Last week, Apple launched the new iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, iPad mini 4, and the Apple TV, at its special event in San Francisco. Apple also announced that it will be releasing iOS 9 on September 16. The day is finally here and iOS 9 will be rolled out at 10:30PM IST. With a few hours to the release, let s take a look at the new features that are coming with OS update. Also Read - Beware! This new iOS bug breaks WiFi on iPhones: Here's a quick fix for it

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Proactive Assistant: It is one of the big features being introduced with the iOS 9. The feature seems to have taken inspiration from Google Now, and will similarly give you a heads up about your calendar entries and appointments. It will also try and anticipate what you want based on location, time, the app you have opened, and so on. Also Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal 

Truecaller-like: Additionally, it also gets a feature that is fairly similar to Truecaller. So, if you get a call from an unknown number, it will search for phone numbers in your emails and try to identify the caller. For those worried about their data, Apple said, all the information being accessed by Proactive Assistant is anonymously stored on the device and is not associated with the Apple ID.

Siri: With iOS 9, Siri is being deeply integrated into the operating system. Additionally, Siri will always be listening and saying Hey Siri will wake up the digital assistant. Unlike on iOS 8, the smartphone needn t be connected to any power source for Hey Siri to work.

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iPad Multitasking: iPad users will get the advantage of multitasking modes such as Slide Over, Split View, and Picture in Picture. Slide Over lets users open a second app without leaving the first. This can be done by swiping from the right edge of the screen, which will show you a list of apps that can be opened on the side. Choosing one will open it on a narrow window along the side. This feature will be available on the iPad Air and up, Mini 2 and up.

Split View will only be available for iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro users. It takes the Slide Over feature a step further by letting users have two apps running side by side. Users can also resize the split screens between 50:50 or 70:30 ratio.

As for picture-in-picture mode, when using FaceTime or watching a video, pressing the Home button will shrink the video to a small window on one of the corners of your tablet. You can use another app, while the video keeps playing in the corner.

QuickType keyboard with Hindi transliteration: The keyboard on the iPad too has been improved quite a bit, and makes it easier for users to access various formatting options. After introducing word suggestions on a bar on top of the keyboard, iOS 9 brings shortcuts to cut-paste, and the ability to select text by simply moving two fingers anywhere on the screen.

Apple has also added some of the popular Hinglish words in its dictionary, and most important of all, added support for Hindi via transliteration. This means, instead of typing on a Hindi keyboard, you can simply type on an English keyboard, and the words on screen will be automatically be transliterated to Hindi.

Revamped Notes app: While there are plenty of note taking apps such as Pages, Evernote and Microsoft Word among others, many users end up using the simple Notes app. Apple has decided to update this app with new features like the ability to make checklists, add photos to any notes or even doodle with your finger. Your notes will now be stored on iCloud, so your lists are updated across all your iOS devices.

Longer Battery Life: Along with new features, Apple has also focused on the user experience and one such improvement to boost your phone s battery life. While Android smartphones have had this feature for quite some time now, iOS devices finally get low power mode. Apple claims that enabling this feature will boost your device s battery life by up to an hour before it needs to be charged.

Smaller update size: One of the major issues users had with iOS 8 was the sheer size of the update, which was also one of the primary reasons behind the slow uptake. This was specially a hindrance for people with 16GB variants. Apple seems to have heard all the feedback, and is trimming the size of the latest update. Where iOS 8 weighed somewhere close to 4.58GB, the forthcoming iOS 9 will only need about 1.3GB.

News: At WWDC in June, Apple announced that it is killing the Newsstand app, and replace it with a new app called News. This Flipboard-like service curates news from different sources including ESPN, New York Times, and Conde Nast, to name a few. Depending upon the publications and topics, the app will curate a list of news stories for the user. The stories are laid out in a format akin to the print medium, alongside interactive photo galleries, videos and animation. The app is optimized to work on both iPhones and the iPads, and will initially start rolling out in the US, UK and Australia.

Apple Maps: Apple claims its Maps are used nearly 3.5 times more than the next leading mapping app, and is giving it a massive new feature to help it better compete with rivals. This new feature on Maps is called transit direction , which essentially lets users navigate bus, subways, or train routes. Apple says, When you plan a route, every step of your trip is laid out from point A to point B. And with the Nearby feature, it s easier to see what s around you and decide on places to shop, eat, and more.

The feature will only be available in select cities, with initial roll out in Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington DC among others.

Improved security: Apple is also beefing up its security, making it even more difficult for hackers. It is making two-factor authentication more mainstream, and every time you sign in from a new browser or on a new device, you ll be prompted for a verification code. This code is automatically displayed on your other Apple devices or sent to your phone.

Additionally, it is replacing the four-digit passcodes with six-digits. It claims this will make it even more difficult for hackers to break your code, since they will have to choose one from among a million combinations, up from 10,000.

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  • Published Date: September 16, 2015 6:40 PM IST
  • Updated Date: September 18, 2015 11:34 AM IST



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