10 Reasons We Can't Freakin' Wait to Use iOS 9
Apple unveiled iOS 9 at its Worldwide Developer Conference back in June, and it's finally available to download today. Check out all the exciting features you can expect.
- Extended battery life: Apple introducing a "low power" switch mode that will provide up to three extra hours of battery life.
- Siri will get much better: You can now get more specific with Siri, giving commands like, "Show me photos from last June in San Francisco." You can also tell her to remind you of something when you get in the car — and she will recognize when you physically get in the car. Or when you're reading a link, you can say, "Remind me about this when I get home," and she knows what link you were talking about.
- Your phone is now a proactive assistant: Your phone will now remember your daily routines and make it easier for you to do the things you like to do. For instance, it will recognize that you like to listen to music when go running, so when you plug in your headphones, it will pull up the music app. It will also put invitations you get via email in your calendar app and when get a call from a number you don't recognize, it will search your emails and suggest who it might be. Search bar also now supports video search and you can play directly from the results.
- Maps will offer directions for public transportation: That's right — the Apple Maps app will help help you get anywhere using public transit — including buses, trains, ferries, and subways.
- There's a photo roll addition: There will be a scrubber bar at the bottom of your photos so you can easily look through all your snaps.
- More reason to use Apple Pay: Apple Pay will now work with more stores like Trader Joe's and JC Penney, and you can add your favorite store cards to Apple Pay. It will also work with Pinterest's new buyable pins.
- Improved Notes app: You can now put photos directly in notes and can draw notes with your finger; you can also add content from Safari, Maps, and other apps. Notes will also be available across all your Apple devices thanks to iCloud.
- News app: You will see a new native Apple app called news that offers articles from trusted sources like The New York Times, ESPN, and The Atlantic. It's tailored to your interests.
- Better iPad user experience: New shortcut bar and new features in the QuickType keyboard make it easier to type and navigate; new multitasking features so you can easily switch between apps and pull the apps up side by side.
- Improved HealthKit app, HomeKit app, and CarPlay: The HealthKit app will now track reproductive health, if you sit too long, and your UV exposure; the HomeKit app will support new features like home security systems. When it comes to CarPlay — the iPhone built into a vehicle's dashboard — you will be soon be able to connect wirelessly.
iOS 9 is compatible with all the devices currently supported by iOS 8. Perhaps the best news? Apple reduced the amount of free space you need to download iOS 9 from 4.6 gigabytes to 1.8 gigabytes.
Ahead, see more photos of iOS 9 in action with captions written by Apple.