The latest version of Apple's dedicated mobile operating system – iOS 9 – launched on September 16th, and it brings with it a wide range of improvements and innovations for users of the company's perennially popular range of devices.
It is a free upgrade for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users and is described by the company as making the mobile products more intelligent by tailoring the home screen to the requirements of the individual user.
The software works behind the scenes to present the person with the right information they require at the right time. This is based on what apps and functions are accessed most frequently and at what time of day. Proactive assistance then presents the relevant icons on the home screen at that time.
Siri has been redesigned in line with this enhanced functionality to offer contextual reminders based on time and location, as well as new ways to search photos and videos. More relevant search results will be offered from a wider range of categories, including the likes of sports scores and schedules or weather conditions.
A raft of new multitasking features have been added for the iPad in particular, including Slide Over. This makes it possible to work in a second app simultaneously to another and easily switch between the two. Split View complements this function, as it enables the iPad to have two apps open at the same time, side by side. The window can be resized by the user according to their individual requirements.
Picture-in-Picture means users can use their favourite apps or play games while keeping a FaceTime call open in another window. An all new shortcut bar displays convenient editing tools to make typing easier than ever before.
Senior vice-president of software engineering at Apple Craig Federighi said this will streamline the user experience and make using iPhones and iPads more efficient.
“iOS 9 is packed with intelligence that makes every experience with iPhone and iPad even more powerful – Siri can do more than ever and new proactive assistance helps you get more done before you ask, all while protecting users' privacy,” he commented.
“With iOS 9 we focused on strengthening the foundation of iOS with a deep focus on quality and with the help of more than one million users who participated in our first ever public beta program, we’re excited to release the best version of iOS yet.”