If you haven’t given it a try, iOS 9 is available for download with lots of best features of Apple Inc. that came so far. You can access the software update via Settings > General> Software Update > Download and Install. The update is 1.3 GB, lightweight compared to its predecessor iOS 8 (weighing in at 4.58GB). If you are still unsure to move on to iOS 9, no need to worry, we have played around with iOS 9 and marked out some noticeable changes and marvelous features that would definitely convince you to put more faith in iOS 9 than all the predecessors iOS.
We would discuss some features of iOS 9 like enhancements in Siri, optimized spotlight search, upgrades to keyboard that was awaited for a long time, better Note-taking mechanism, minor enhancements to Mail, improved Battery-life that lasts long, improved Map features and much other exciting features that would surely make your mind to upgrade.
1. Smarter Siri
Context based searches (photos and videos) – Siri gives context to your searches and understands your instructions like “Show me all photos of new year party”. Searches can be done based on Locations, Dates, Album names.
Ask Siri to Remind You – Siri can be used as your favorite app that reminds you of your events and tasks you want to do. While you are on an app say like email or in Maps ask Siri to remind you about your task and it will set reminder for you .
Get Directions via Public Transport – You want to know about directions for spots via public transport just ask Siri to draw all directions for that Smarter Siri, would bring out all directions from Map for you.
Using your device with iOS 9. Wonder is going to happen, go to your home screen, swipe to right and here it, one of the best feature of iOS 9, Spotlight. You can get scores and schedules, stock prices, weather forecasts, solve simple math questions, call someone and can search deeply in the apps with just one amazing feature.
You can do multitasking smartly in iPads using iOS 9. iPads now have split views that will help doing multitasking more efficiently now. You can browse and reply to someone at the same time by running two apps simultaneously.
4. Keyboard Features Enhancements
Select Text Easily – Finally, a more intuitive way to select text on a touchscreen. With iOS 9, two fingers are all we need to control the position of the cursor on the iPad. Works anywhere on the screen also with the plenty of new emojis.
Format with Built-in Shortcut Bar – Another feature that’s been a long time coming. We can now format those emails the way we need them to be. A Shortcut Bar (above the soft keyboard) lets us bold, italicize, underline, copy and paste text in just a glimpse of eye.
Smarter Keyboard Shortcuts (iPad) – iOS 9 lets you perform keyboard shortcuts like you would on desktop. Works with app-specific custom shortcuts too. Just hold down the Command, Option or Control keys to pull up the shortcuts.
With latest mail upgrading, you can search mails faster with better filters, can attach images and PDFs locally as well as with iCloud Drive and add your signatures without leaving the email.
6. Battery Management
Low Power Mode – iOS 9 keeps your battery life usage optimized under Low Power mode, giving the battery an extended 3 hours of extra time on this mode.
Extended Battery Life – iOS 9 can now extend your battery life for up to 1 extra hour before the next charge.
Facedown Detection – Place the iPhone face down to stop the screen from turning on. iOS 9 uses the ambient light and proximity sensors to do this, helping to save battery life.
Get Battery Usage Details – Now we can tell which app or process is taking most of the battery life on your device. Just go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage to see the usage details.
Easier Travel via Public Transit – Apple Maps now gives you details on public transit lines, station entrances and exits, schedules and directions.
Lists Nearby Places of Interest – Nearby Places is probably handy for tourists or visitors who are looking for recommendations of where to eat, get a drink, shop or check out when visiting some place new.
Locate Apple Pay Support – Maps now comes with info on where you can use Apple Pay. If the payment service is available, it turns up in Maps.
Knows Where Home, Work Is – For better directions on Maps, you can add the address for your home, workplace and favorite haunts into your Contacts. This way, you can select Home or Work on Maps, without punching in the full address.
Add Photos or Videos to a Note – iOS 9 lets you add photos and videos into your Notes straight from the camera or the photo library.
Create Checklists – Notes can now become checklists; tap to tick off what has been completed.
Sketch your Thoughts – Maybe we don’t need that Pencil after all. Sketch on Notes with your finger and pull up the drawing tools to change the brush style or colors. A handy ruler keeps things straight.
Save Items to Notes Instantly – The Share menu now lets you store away interesting things you encounter on any app, straight into Notes.
9. iOS 9 is More Intelligent
Knows Your Caller – If you get an incoming call from an unknown number but which is associated with an email you already have, iOS 9 connects the dots and lets you know who the caller is. Contact info found in emails will also be automatically added to Contacts.
Plays the Music You Want – Proactive assistance learns what you listen to at a specific location or time then automatically displays playback controls for your favorite music and/or audio apps.
Suggest Your Favorite People – When adding names to an email message, calendar invite or event, iOS 9 will suggest the names of recipients you would most likely add based on your previous interactions.
Adds Events into Calendar for you – When you receive an email with a flight or restaurant reservation, an event addition will be suggested automatically for you.
Tracks Flights and Packages – iOS 9 also helps you track flight statuses and package deliveries. Any text referencing relevant info automatically prompts an interactive interface, which allows you track the latest status.
Reminds You When To Make A Move – Calendar will tell you when to leave based on traffic conditions and what time your event is. It even prepares the directions to your destination.
10. Bonus feature
Move from Android Easily – It’s the first Android app Apple makes, so it’s only strategic to make it an app to make the transition from Android to iOS smoother. It securely transfers contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, and in the future, your app library too.
Additional Customization for Assistive Touch – You can customize the top-level menu in Assistive Touch and add two more icons to the Assistive Touch menu.
iCloud Drive App – A new cloud storage app available with iOS 9, iCloud Drive App is an organized approach to file and folder storage. To toggle app visibility on the Home Screen by going to Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive and select “Show on Home Screen”.
More Options in Reader Mode (Safari) – In Safari’s Reader Mode, you now have the options to change the font, font size and background color for more comfortable reading.
Smaller Software Updates – Space-hogging software updates may be a thing of the past. iOS users will need to give up less space for new updates, or get the option to install later.
News App – Read your favorite newspaper, magazine and blogs, share the articles that jive with you with the News app, or save them for offline reading later.
Phone Calls with WiFi – Make phone calls from your iPad, iPod Touch and Mac, via Wi-Fi. Nope, you don’t need the iPhone nearby to do this.
WiFi Assist – A great feature to have, iOS 9 detects when connectivity is poor via WiFi and switches to cellular data for you.
Six Digit Passcodes – This might now be much of a change for those who use Touch ID to lock their phones, but 6 digits is a step up from only 4, especially when it comes to password combinations.
Scrubber in Photo app – A scrubber is a minimized gallery, which you can scroll through easily to get to the photo or video you want, quickly. It’s now available for the Photo app.
Slide to Select Multiple Photos – Selecting multiple photos is now super easy. After tapping on Select in the Camera Roll, slide your finger over photos you want to select.
Hide Multiple Photos – In iOS 9, you can now hide multiple photos at once. To do that, go to Moments, select Share > Share this moment and then select Hide from the options below.
Searching in Settings App – A great timesaver, now you can search for the setting you need rather than go through every window to locate the function.
Side Switch – The Side Switch now can be set to lock the screen or to mute the device.
Leave a Message on Facetime – If you called someone on Facetime but they are not there, you can now leave them a message.
Disable Shake to Undo – If shaking to undo isn’t a feature you want to keep, here’s how you can disable it. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Shake to Undo and disable it.
Share Voicemails – Here’s a new one: with iOS 9 you can share voicemails.