Apple Reveals IOS9 FeaturesBy Ella Downing
The Worldwide Developers Conference is the highlight of every techies calendar. This year's did not disappoint as Apple unveiled the new IOS9 update features. Alongside all the geeky stuff, viewers praised Apple for including two female presenters. VP of worldwide online Apple stores Jessica Bailey announced the new Apple Pay features and Apple VP Susan Prescott introduced the new Apple News app- go girls! Here's our run through of the most exciting new features- without all the complicated stuff!
Siri and Proactive
First of all word recognition on Siri has been improved so that it reportedly only misses words 5% of the time. But more importantly the new proactive feature, similar to Google Now, learns your habits and makes recommendations before you’ve even started typing for contacts and apps. It also remembers what you like to listen to and when and will suggest songs at certain times of day AND notifies you of appointments. A bit like a built in mum- ideal for us students!
Notes and Maps
As well as road directions the maps app now provides directions for public transport including buses, trains and the metro.The new Notes app allows you to draw sketches and add images and links to your notes. It also incorporates a new toolbar for formatting headings and creating numbered lists. So now when you do your weekly shop you can be super organised with your killer list and speedy directions!
The unpopular newsstand feature has been replaced by a brand new news app. Similar to Flipboard, the visually advanced app enables you to select your favourite news sources and creates your own personalized magazine-like feed complete with images and video where applicable. Who said reading the news had to be boring?!
Apple Pay is not yet available in the UK but is set to be from July. Currently, Apple Pay is used in the passbook app where you can store your credit and debit card details through your apple account. You can then use your phone to make payments using the touchID feature. IOS9 will improve this feature by incorporating store rewards and loyalty cards will also be used in Apple Pay and Passbook will be renamed the Wallet.
Finally, battery life is set to be greatly improved under IOS9. A new power saving mode has been introduced to extend battery life for up to three hours. Apple have configured the update so that your phone can tell when it's face down and, therefore, turns its lights off, even if you get a notification. This feature along with increased app efficiency is expected to increase regular battery life by an hour.
IOS9 will be available on iPhone 4s and above and iPad 2 and above in autumn, ready for all your freshers posts!