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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.

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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.

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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.

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Apple Pay is coming to the UK and we are now getting more of an idea of the stores that will accept it from day 1.

As electronic payments have now overtaken cash payments for the first time in the UK, Apple have arrived at the right time to push that number up.

One of the best additions to Apple Pay is Transport for London who will give you the ability to touch in and out on the tube or bus. But Apple will also be updating the Passbook app on your phone and renaming it Wallet, allowing you to store all your Credit, Debit and loyalty cards in one place.

The banks that have signed up in the UK;

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Weirdly Barclays Bank have been omitted from the initial list, but have commented on Twitter about the situation.

Thanks for your tweets this evening. We can assure you that we’ve been talking with Apple about how our customers (1/2)

— Barclays UK (@BarclaysUK) June 8, 2015

could use Apple Pay in addition to our existing mobile and payment services, and that these talks remain constructive. (2/2)

— Barclays UK (@BarclaysUK) June 8, 2015

Most people will be worried of how secure this will be, but Apple Pay requires authentication through Apple’s TouchID fingerprint scanner before it will authorise a payment. The Apple Watch is permanently unlocked and authenticated while on its owner’s wrist, but needs a passcode if it is taken off of your wrist before it can make a payment.

The transactions are secured using the new digital secure remote payment standard, which ensures that the actual credit card data is never transferred over to who you are paying.

Here is the more extensive list so far of retailers accepting Apple Pay;

  • Aeropostale
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Babies ‘R’ Us
  • Bi-Lo
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Champs Sports
  • Chevron and Texaco, including retail stores like ExtraMile
  • Disney Store
  • Duane Reade
  • ExtraMile
  • FoodMaxx
  • Foot Locker, including Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, House of Hoops, and Run by Foot Locker
  • Footaction
  • Harveys Supermarket
  • House of Hoops by Foot Locker
  • Jewel Osco
  • Kids Foot Locker
  • Lady Foot Locker [basically, all Foot Locker variants]
  • Lucky
  • Macy’s
  • McDonald’s
  • Meijer
  • Nike
  • Office Depot
  • Panera Bread
  • Petco and Unleashed by Petco
  • RadioShack
  • Run by Foot Locker
  • Save Mart Supermarkets
  • Sephora
  • Shaws
  • Six:02
  • Sports Authority
  • Sprouts Farmers Market
  • Staples
  • Star Market
  • Subway
  • Texaco
  • Toys ‘R’ Us
  • United Supermarkets
  • Unleashed!
  • Walgreens
  • Wegmans
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Winn-Dixie

The in-app payments also work on the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. Launch partners for this come in the form of the following; Addison Lee, Airbnb, Argos, Booking.com, British Airways, Domino’s, easyJet, Hailo, HotelTonight, hungryhouse, JD Sports, Just Eat, lastminute.com, Miss Selfridge, Ocado, Stubhub, thetrainline.com, Top10, Topshop, Uncover, Vueling, YPlan, Zalando and Zara.

Coming in July!

WWDC 2015

So WWDC 2015 happened and what a show as these are starting to look like worldwide events rather than just a tech company keynote.

Quite a bit happened last night as we followed it on TheTechSpy’s Live Twitter account as literally every minute there was something new to announce.

So here it goes, all the best bits for iOS9 in bitesize chunks for you lovely people to digest;

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1: With the new Proactive Assistant, Siri is starting to look a lot more like Google Now. As you speak to it, Siri will learn your habits, locations and when and where to open apps that you use. For example, if you pop your headphones in every day, it will just launch the music app or suggest directions when you jump in your car.
2: One of the interesting additions to iOS9 is the Caller ID suggestions for unknown calls. This is based in what it finds in your email, so I am not sure how much use this will actually be.

3: They are now bringing us Split displays, allowing you to have two apps open side by side and even adjust the sizing of the apps you are viewing and drag content either side. unfortunately this will only work on iPad Air 2 and of course anything coming out in the future.

4: The other cool new feature was the keyboard upgrades, allowing you to swipe on the keyboard acting like a trackpad. This feature is great for instantly highlighting words or moving the cursor to a new place.

5: Good old transit maps, or Tubes to us Londoners. This will overlay the tube map and stations into maps and will give you details of the stations and train/bus arrival times.

6: Passbook renamed Wallet – Our very own Mr Carroll got very excited at this addition as Apple Pay is finally being introduced to the UK. You will be able to have all of your credit cards and loyalty cards all in the same wallet making paying and earning seamless. The best part is from the start, London Tubes will be accepting Apple Pay as a way to pay your fare….Very nice indeed!

7: My personal favourite is News, it looks a lot like Flipboard and this is superb. This pulls in content from various publications and displays articles in a very smooth and cool way. It delivers newspaper and magazine type articles based on your habits and has beautiful hi-res galleries of photos and can even play video direct from the publication itself.

8: Along with this we particularly liked the idea of being able to have video content from an app while you are doing something else. Imagine writing an email while having YouTube up in a small screen in the top right of the screen.

Part two to follow