I recently updated my iPhone 6 to iOS 9. Here are some of the changes and features that I have encountered.
Apple has released an update for their latest operating system, iOS 9, that has everyone buzzing. Including this iPhone owner! I recently upgraded my iPhone 6 to iOS 9 (and then needed to upgrade it again for bug fixes) and have been familiarizing myself with the new features.
This blog will be taking a look at some of the new features of iOS 9 that I encountered after the multiple upgrades.
News and Suggestions Page
iOS 9 has a new feature on the home screen (just swipe to the left) that displays a list of contacts, apps, and news feeds. This feature shows how the software is capable of adapting and anticipating the user’s needs and preferences by laying out the options in a simple and easy fashion so that users will have easy access to their favourite content.
For instance, the contacts and apps displayed on this page reflect the main places that the user has recently visited. They change frequently based on what contacts and apps the user has been to on their device. By clicking on one of the apps the user is automatically transferred into the app and when clicking on one of the contacts, 4 small icons appear (see below) that present the user with the option to either call, text, FaceTime, or visit the Contact’s profile on their device.
There is also a “Nearby” menu which shows a variety of services such as Gas, Coffee, Restaurants, etc. By clicking on one of the icons, Coffee for example, Google Maps kicks in and shows you the coffee shops closest to your location.
Finally, this page also features a selection of news articles pulled from various newsfeeds that the user is interested in. By clicking on one of the articles you are taken to the article and also given the option to download the news app in which the article came from.
New and Improved Siri
One of Apple’s most well-known and defining applications, Siri, has also received an upgrade. The software is now “smarter” and is able to recognize a larger variety of topics, understand your questions better, and provide answers faster.
iCloud now has its own app when you upgrade to iOS 9 that can be added to the user’s home screen. While previous iOS systems required you to open other apps, such as Apple Pages, in order to access iCloud documents, the app allows you to skip this step and go directly into iCloud. To activate go to Settings on the home page and select iCloud.
Once selected the iCloud screen will pop up. Select Cloud Drive to turn on the feature:
After you have selected iCloud Drive, toggle the switch in order to activate iCloud and have access to your documents.
Public Transit for Maps
Perhaps one of the most useful new features, in my opinion, when upgrading to iOS 9. The “Maps” application now features a new “Transit view” feature which overlays a diagram of subway lines, buses, trains, ferries, etc. right on the map. This way, travelers and commuters can see where the nearest public transportation facilities and lines are in their location. They also have the ability to plot out their route and destination and look up what is around them (ex. Entertainment, Dining, etc.) using the new “Nearby” feature.
Note: The red lines represent transit lines and facilities closest to your location.
Looking at some of the new features of iOS 9, Apple is looking to continue to improve upon and make changes to their current operating system. Such as making it more accessible to everyone, fixing problems from earlier versions, and taking the user’s needs and wants into consideration. While saying iOS 9 is a good and reliable system might be a bit premature at this time, it’s easy to see that Apple is striving to keep their customers happy and satisfied.
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Courtney Rosebush is a Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Triella, a technology consulting firm specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Courtney can be reached at 647.426.1004 x 227. For additional articles, go to www.triella.com/publications. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.
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