Apple iOS 9 arrives: Laptop-Like Control


Apple iOS 9 arrives: Top 9 features


Apple’s latest mobile operating system iOS9 is here. The new mobile operating system offers several new features including battery improvements and a smarter virtual assistant.

Here are the top features of iOS 9…

1: Battery life enhancements

Besides under-the-hood improvements, a new low-power mode will reduce or turn off non-essential tasks such as visual effects and automatic downloads. The phone also won’t check for new mail or update content for apps in the background as often in that mode.


2: Siri suggestions and improved app navigation

From the main home screen, swipe left to right for a new search screen. The Siri virtual assistant suggests frequently used contacts and apps and nearby businesses, taking into account whether it’s evening or lunch time.

As you jump around from app to app, some apps show a new back button on the top left corner to get you back to what you were doing.

3: Better notifications

Swipe down from the top edge for missed notifications, with the most recent on top. Before, they were grouped by app, so you had to sift through weeks-old notifications from little-used apps to find the new ones.

You can restore grouping by app in the settings.


4: Musical alarms play longer

If you choose a particular song as your alarm sound, the song will keep playing until you turn off the alarm or hit snooze.

Earlier, the alarm used to automatically stop once the song ended, even if you didn’t hear it. Now, you’ll hear it over and over — though that might just encourage you to stay in bed.

5: More secure

If you have a new device with fingerprint ID, you’ll be asked to create a longer passcode as a backup, with six digits instead of four.

Because you’ll need to enter your passcode less often, it might as well be stronger. The four-digit passcode won’t change if you’re simply upgrading rather than setting up a new device.


6: Apple Maps get transit directions

Apple Maps gets transit directions in major cities, addressing a major omission. In some cities, including New York and London, Apple sent teams to map out subway entrances for more precise directions to and from stations — helpful when stations stretch for blocks underground.


7: Goodbye Newsstand

The Newsstand icon disappears, replaced by an unrelated News service. Go directly to the publication’s app for your subscriptions.

You can recreate Newsstand by putting all the apps into the same folder. Passbook gets replaced by Wallet, now that the Apple Pay payment service is becoming a bigger part of Apple’s ambitions.

Apple Pay will now work with store-branded credit cards and loyalty cards, though it’ll be up to merchants to decide when they’ll start accepting them.


8: Multitasking (For iPad)

Swipe left from the right edge to run a second app, such as Maps to look up directions or Notes to jot down reminders.

The choices are limited for now, but expect more developers to support that function. You can also run video in a small window while another app uses the rest of the screen.

Do this by tapping an icon on the lower right of the video. You can move the video window to any corner or resize it by pinching in and out. It works only with a few video apps for now, but more are coming.


9: Laptop-like controls (For iPad)

Place two fingers on the on-screen keyboard and start sliding around the screen to move the cursor around.

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