Apple's latest iPhone, iPad and iPod touch firmware – iOS 9 – is set to introduce a raft of new features for the firm's popular smart devices.
While the operating system will not be fully launched until the third quarter of the year, a public beta is already available, giving keen users the opportunity to take an early look at the new inclusions.
All that is required is for users to register for the public beta using their Apple ID. After this, a feedback Assistant app will allow users to give feedback about the new OSes from their device.
Pictures and videos
One of the highlights of iOS 9 is that it can automatically detect whether a picture is a selfie or a screenshot and groups them into separate folders.
A related feature for iPads is Picture-in-Picture, which makes it possible continue a FaceTime call or video while using apps. This multitasking facility is designed specifically for the iPad – and allows two apps to be used side-by-side or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature.
As a result, videos can still be watched while browsing the web, composing email or using any other app.
Intelligent hardware refinements
This intelligent design is also extended to certain hardware benefits. The foundation of iOS has been improved with battery optimisation.
An additional hour of battery life can be provided – depending on usage and settings – as well as a low power mode that can extend the battery life further when there's no opportunity to recharge the device.
Support and schedules for public transport systems has been added to the Maps app, allowing the feature to offer a combination of trains, subways, buses and walking for directions. The new Nearby feature makes it possible to quickly see what's around by searching for food, drinks and shopping.
An improved reading experience is offered by the News app, as it can intuitively learn the user's interests and suggest relevant content that's easily shareable on social media, or can be saved for later.