Apple’s latest mobile software is chock full of new features, from the long-awaited public transit direction in Apple Maps to a refined Notes app. Here’s what you need to know.
New in News
Apple’s new News app, which will install its own icon on your display (that you can’t remove), is a Flipboard-like news aggregator. It automatically builds a personalized list of content based on the sources that you choose and the articles you read.
Transit directions in Apple Maps
Since the rocky start of Apple Maps three years ago, you’ve had to jump to a rival service (like Google Maps) to get transit directions. With iOS 9 though, your bus, train or subway (or the Tube if you prefer) has finally arrived.
Another Back button
After opening a Notification from an unrelated app (like Facebook, for instance) you can go directly back to the app by clicking the “Back to…” link at the top left of your screen.
Keep watching that video
A new iPad-only feature lets you keep watching a video or conduct a FaceTime call while you’re using another app.
A new look for Multitasking
When multitasking (switching between apps) the app thumbnails are now displayed in a stack rather than side-by-side. The core experience is the same, but the arrangement saves space.
Previously, selecting multiple photos was a tedious pick-them-one-by-one process. Now you can grab a whole swath of photos just by sliding your finger across the screen.
Sliding over on the iPad
Swipe in from the right side on the iPad and you’ll see a new way to multitask.
Customize your Safari Reader
Safari Reader has always been a great feature for reading overly busy websites. Now you can change the font size and type and select a background color.
Sort Notifications as you please
Choose how you’d like to see your Notifications. Recent will group notifications in a unified list. Group will let you manually define the order as you see fit.
Low Power mode
The new Low Power setting reduces the strain on your battery when it drops below 20 percent by (among other things) suspending background app refresh.
You can be Siri’s only friend
The “Hey Siri!” feature has been around since iOS 8, but now you can teach Siri to recognize only your voice.
A new iPad keyboard
Press and hold two fingers on the iPad’s keyboard to turn it into a trackpad for quickly navigating and editing text.
Search your Settings
Are you trying to remember where to find that obscure setting? Just search the Settings app.
Track your accessory’s battery
If you have an accessory connected through Bluetooth you can check its battery level on the Today panel of the Notifications menu.
Wi-Fi Assist will tell your iPhone to switch over to a cellular connection when it deems Wi-Fi connectivity to be poor. Activate it under the Cellular menu in the Settings app.
Disconnect in an instant
Drop a Bluetooth-connect device quickly right from the Bluetooth menu.
A six-digit passcode
If remembering them won’t be a problem, you can expand your numeric passcode from four to six digits.
More Search options
The Spotlight Search feature now returns options in three categories: Siri suggestions, Nearby and News. If it’s all too much you can pare down the results as you like.
Edit your docs
Now you can mark up your attached docs, such as PDFs, without leaving the Mail app.
New in Notes
A refined Notes app delivers several new features, such as letting you draw with your finger and add photos and maps.
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