So iOS 9 has now been released and is out in the wild, some bugs have been reported and even some serious enough for a security firm to offer a bounty to find them…..But for most of us we just want to know what has changed.
So here are the updates you need to know about;
Public Transport Directions – Along with the iOS update, Apple have also updated the Maps app which now allows you to see buses, trains and tubes (subways) for your journey. This is very clever, as not only will it show you the times of your nearest public transport, but it will also factor this in to any journey planning you try to do.
Split Screen – For all you iPad owners out there, you can swipe in from the right to reveal a new menu which allows you to open up another app alongside. So if you are on the web in Safari and hear your notification that an email has arrived, you can swipe in and read it without even exiting the Safari app.
Auto Events into Calendar – You now will be automatically prompted to add a date that was found within your email to your calendar.
iCloud App – When upgrading you would have been asked if you wanted the iCloud App on your home screen. This places an app on your home screen which gives you full access to all the documents that you have saved on your cloud taking on the likes of Google Drive and Dropbox directly. You can remove this app after via settings if you no longer need it.
“Back to” Feature – This has proved very useful already for me. Simply, if you for example click on a link in an email which then takes you to Safari to view, you will see a “Back to Mail” in the top left of the screen which when you have finished will conveniently take your back to where you were in Mail.
Markup – Ever wished you could write on an email attachment you have just received and then send it back? Well, now you can with Markup. If iOS 9 allows it, when you open an attachment you will see a small “Markup” button appear which will allow you to annotate on the file…or if you are like most of us, suitably deface the attachment and then send it back.
Improved Notes – This is one we have been waiting for! Notes is used by many and yet has stayed relatively the same since its inception. Now you can take notes, add web links, attachments and pics to your heart’s content.
Ad Blocking – We now have the choice to block ads in Safari. If you go into the Safari section in Settings, you’ll see a new Content Blockers option which you will have to install first.
Low Power Mode – I think Apple are finally starting to listen to their clients….The battery life is shocking, but has been improved in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus dramatically. Now they offer “Low Power Mode” which gives you over an hour more battery life but of course sacrifices a few processes in the process. Think of it as your saviour when you are coming home from your night out with only a few percent of battery life left, this could be just what you need.
Track Pad – When a keyboard is not enough, Apple have allowed you to turn the keyboard into a trackpad by simply placing two fingers on the touch screen.
Attachments in Mail – Apple have spoken and you can now attach other documents to emails within Mail where prior to this you could only attach a photo. On clicking “Add Attachment” you will be ushered to the iCloud Drive to add a file, but you should know that the likes of Dropbox and Google Drive are supported so you will pretty much be able to send any file via Mail.
Fast Photo Selection – You no longer need to tap individual photos when you want to choose multiple. Just keep your finger on the screen after selecting the first photo and drag it to select as many as you want in a single action.
Quick Calculator and Currency Conversions – Spotlight in iOS 9 now gives you answers to calculations and currency questions as you type into the text box.
As you can see a lot of features have been added to an already cool line up. Let us know if you find any neat tricks you want to share with the rest of the world and we will post them with your name for credit.