Apple’s Operating System iOS 9 is here with Interesting New Features

iOS 9 is Apple’s latest operating system for iOS devices like the iPhone and the iPad. iOS 9 officially launched on Wednesday, September 16, can be downloaded to your Apple device through the software update menu within “Settings”, which has that all-important over-the-air updated.

iOS 9 is full of enhancements you’ll acknowledge every day. New multitasking features on iPad helps in doing important tasks in a better way. Improvements at the foundation of the operating system enhance performance, battery life, and security.


Apple’s Operating System iOS 9 is here with Interesting New Features

New Features of iOS 9:

iOS 9 introduces many new features to make the OS on handsets more powerful and usable. New iOS 9 features consist of redesigned built-in apps and a few new ones. Many multitasking functions are there for iPads, while 3D Touch and motion wallpaper are coming for new iPhones. The perfect thing is that, though the iPhone 6S will be expensive as always, the iOS 9 update will cost nothing to download or install.

Smarter Siri:

According to Apple, Siri already takes over one billion requests a week. iOS 9 claims to make Siri 40% faster and 40% more accurate. Apple’s personal assistant understands the word “it” and brings proactivity to the operating system. For example, if you’re talking about a topic with someone in iMessages and ask Siri to “Remind me about ‘this’ later today,” it’ll scan the open app and try to get to know what “this” means.

iOS 9 proactivity suggests appointments to add to Calendar, and shows photos based on location and time with the sound of your voice. However, this iOS 9 feature has only been announced for the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

Apple Pay:

Apple Pay is simple to use and works with the cards you already have on the devices you use every day, because your card details are never shared when you use Apple Pay. Its more safe to pay with Apple Pay.

Apple Pay has been considered as a success over the last 11 months in the US, and now the iPhone-backed mobile payment platform has made its way to the UK. The official Apple Pay UK launch of July 14 was backed by nearly 70% of credit and debit cards there, including Bank of Scotland, HSBC and, most recently, Lloyds Bank and Halifax.

Considering these new iOS 9 capabilities, Apple is renaming Passbook (the app where Apple Pay resides) to Wallet. It has also made the Apple Pay-required Touch ID fingerprint sensor twice as fast as before on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple Maps:

iOS 9 is going to make Apple Maps better, and maybe even more acceptable. The app now includes long-awaited public transit directions. Routes for buses, trains, subways are part of Apple Maps. This is now live in Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York City, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Toronto and Washington D.C. Apple Map will help get directions for 300 cities in China, a huge emerging market for the iPhone, including hotspots like Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai.

Apple News app:

Apple is substituting Newsstand with News. Apple News for iOS 9 is Flipboard, HTC BlinkFeed and wrapped into one app. With the Apple News Format, News allows publishers to create different and impressive editorial layouts with custom typography and rich multimedia, and to place that content in front of millions of readers. News delivers news and magazine stories to millions of users. With the Apple News Format, publishers will be able to create beautiful crafted layouts.

Multitasking for iPad:

iOS 9 brings true iPad multitasking to Apple iPad tablets. iPads will finally be able to handle large productivity tasks.

3 Ways to View Multitasking on an iPad:

There are three ways to view multitasking windows on an iPad.

  1. Slide Over: It brings a second app from the side so you can answer a text or write something in Notes. It’s just as easy to slide away.
  2. Picture-in-Picture: Picture-in-Picture is a special mode that puts videos and FaceTime calls in the corner of the display when the home button is pressed. From there, you can use any other app while watching the video.
  3. Split View: It is the mode that everyone imagines when they hear the word “multitasking.” It enables two apps to be open side-by-side and they’re both active at the same time, with multitouch support.

Both Slide Over and Picture-in-Picture are compatible with new iPads: iPad Air,iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3. The last mode, Split View, is compatible with iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 only.

New iOS 9 keyboard:

iPad’s on-screen keyboard now features a built-in shortcut bar, which shows the next-word suggestions above the QWERTY letter keys. Cursor control is now easier with a handy slide when using two fingers. It basically turns the iPad QuickType keyboard into a trackpad.

At last, shortcuts are coming to wireless keyboards so that users can interact with apps using their own built-in shortcut keys. Pressing and holding the Command, Option or Control key brings up the shortcut list.

iOS 9 Wi-Fi problems solved:

Apple has introduced Wi-Fi Assist, that automatically drops the Wi-Fi connection and connects to the mobile network whenever there is any problem. Users can switch it off if they are on a limited data package but it’s a great idea for those who have weak Wi-Fi connections and get irritated by manually controlling it.

iCloud Drive:

The new iCloud Drive app built into iOS 9 lets users access any file saved to iCloud from just one place right on the Home screen. Browse all your files by date, name, or any tags that have been added. You can also see and organize your files without leaving the app.

Android Migration:

Download the Move to iOS app to wirelessly switch from your Android device to your new iOS device. It securely transfers your contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, and calendars. With just a few easy steps, android users can migrate automatically and securely from Android phone with the Move to iOS app.

Improved security:

Keeping your devices and Apple ID secure is important and protecting your personal information including photos, documents, messages and emails. iOS 9 improved security by making the pass-code strong that protects the device, and makes it harder for others to access your Apple ID account.

Improved version of security include:

  • Six-digit passcodes
  • Two-factor authentication


The Notes app has always been great for keeping things together. Users can even draw a sketch with their finger. With the help of iCloud, changes to your notes will be updated across all your devices and on So the latest notes will always be available.

iOS 9 compatibility:

iOS 9 will be compatible with the following apple devices:

  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4th generation
  • iPad 3rd generation
  • iPad 2
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini
  • iPod touch 6th generation
  • iPod touch 5th generation

How to download iOS 9:

You can get iOS 9 through an over-the-air update, this means you don’t need to connect the phone with the computer and download it with the help of iTunes. Some users faced iOS 9 software update failure error message when connecting to Apple’s servers in order to get the update. Making a physical USB lightning connection to iTunes can help in updating the operating system. iOS 9.1 public bet is also available to testers and developers, but like iOS 9, it doesn’t include the yet-to-launch Apple Pay store rewards cards program.

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