Welcome to the last portion of my iOS 9 preview. Listed below are the last items with respect to iOS 9. As you will see, there are some welcomed additions for current, and future users of iOS devices. Lets start off with the iPhone companion I love to hate.
Siri gets smarter in IOS 9. Siri will be able to better understand you (lets hope so), deliver results faster, and offer suggestions before you ask it a question. What is it that you are able to ask Siri now? Well, according to Apple:
- You can “Ask Siri to search through your photos and videos based on dates, locations, and album titles. For example, say “Show me photos from my trip to Aspen in January” and you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for.” and,
- “Siri can remind you about things you’re looking at in your apps — like Safari, Mail, and Notes — and want to follow up on later. If you’re halfway through an email, you can say “Remind me about this tonight.” Or if you’re looking at a place in Maps where you want to stop later, you can ask for a reminder when you get to your car.”
Just like Google, Siri will now prepopulate results as you type in the search field. Nice. Lastly, Siri will also make suggestions based on your app usage, and times you use said apps.
Behind the Scenes Improvements
Apple promises better responsive performance, easier updates, better battery life, and tighter security.
Improvements to the OS allow it to save power whenever possible. An example of this is when your device is facedown on a table, iOS prevents the screen from turning on. This is putting those sensors to excellent use. Changes such as this equate to about an hour of additional battery life.
You will not need such a massive amount of free space to be able to update your iOS device. Currently, updates need about 4.58 GB to be able to update, but with IOS 9, you will only need 1.3 GB. Finally. This will be welcomed news for those people that make the mistake of buying a 16 GB iPhone.
Given the last year of security challenges Apple, and the industry have faced, Apple is stepping its game up in keeping its customers more secure. Enhancements to security include six-digit passcodes. Those prying eyes will have a harder time breaking in to your device. Two-factor authentication will also prompt (using a verification code) when signing to a browser, or unrecognized device. I am glad to see Apple make an effort in this important field.
This is the icing on the cake. According to Apple, iOS 9 will make it easier for Android users to make the jump by providing them with a migration tool that will transfer “…contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free songs and books. Additionally, it will help you rebuild your app library, too. Any free apps you used — like Facebook and Twitter — are suggested for download from the App Store. And your paid apps are added to your iTunes Wish List.” This would have been really handy for all those users that ditched their Android devices when the iPhone 6 launched.
Overall, these evolutionary updates to iOS and its apps will remind users why they made the right choice when they picked their iOS device over the competition. I hope you enjoyed my preview of iOS 9. Please leave your comments or questions in the blog post. Please follow me on Twitter @delrealest.