Review: iOS 9

There’s lots of buzz right now about Apple and their new products. Especially iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. With the recent release of these new devices, Apple has also released the new iOS 9 software update to download on your existing iPhone. With the release of a new iOS system update, there’s an abundance of new features that are designed to enhance user experience. With iOS 9, Apple has done just that. I will be going over a few of the features that Apple has put into this operating system. Apple has made some changes to Notes, Maps, Wallet (originally Passbook), introduced a new app called News, and much more.

NOTES

Screen shot provided by: Antonietta Sollazzo 

Screen shot provided by: Antonietta Sollazzo 

I always use the Notes app when I am trying to quickly remember something or write a list, and with iOS 9, Notes has been revamped and improved to act more like a notepad.

Checklists have now been introduced, now you can make a grocery list or a to-do list by simply opening Notes. After you completed a task or finished your shopping you can now check off that you have gotten that item or done or finished a task. Usually the Reminders app is what I would use if I wanted to make checklists, but this feature is now integrated into Notes, which is much more convenient.

Another feature in Notes is the ability to draw or sketch on a note. For instance, you wanted to sketch an idea, you can draw it using different colors and add text and other information to your note as well if needed. It’s very sophisticated in terms that you can change the brush style and color, and there is also a ruler available for precision when it comes to straight lines.

I have always wanted to be able to put a picture in a note and it was never available to do until iOS 9. Now, in Notes, you can add a picture and/or a video from your camera roll or take a new one right from the app and place it right where it needs to be.

With new capabilities, you are able to add attachments, webpages, locations, and more into the Notes app. Notes has never been more sophisticated and useful than ever before. So, sketch away!

MAPS

Screen shot provided by: Antonietta Sollazzo 

Screen shot provided by: Antonietta Sollazzo 

With iOS 9, Maps has been given some additional and useful new features. You are now able to view public transportation routes and its navigation. This includes subways, buses, trains, and ferries. It will show up right on your map so you can navigate your way around based off of the choice of transportation.

Screen shot provided by: Antonietta Sollazzo 

Screen shot provided by: Antonietta Sollazzo 

Another feature is called Nearby. Nearby shows you places that are nearby your location based off categories like Food, Drinks, Shopping, Travel, and more.  When you click on a specific category, it narrows it down to more options then it will show places nearby that fit within that search.

Wallet

Tickets, cards, or passes can be added digitally onto your phone to use instead of the physical object. In iOS 9, they changed the name of Passbook to Wallet. With the name change of the app, they kept previous features like the ability to utilize Apple Pay, but will be soon be allowing store credit cards to be added to Wallet as well. In addition to store credit cards, the ability to add rewards cards will also be a feature within Wallet to redeem and use points from your card the same way you normally would.

NEWS

Screen shot provided by: Antonietta Sollazzo

Screen shot provided by: Antonietta Sollazzo

If you’re familiar with apps like Flipboard, then this News app is right up your alley. News collects stories that you want to read from top news sources based off of interests that you choose to see news articles about.

When you first open News, you are asked to choose from topics you are interested in or websites that you follow. From there, the app will choose articles from reputable news sources with information that it believes you would be interested in looking at. By using this app for quite some time now, I have found that most of the articles that they tell you to read are actually quite interesting. Instead of going from app to app or browsing Safari for your daily news, this one app puts all of what you read and are interested in into one location for easy access and browsing.  It’s so convenient, I even put it on my home screen so I can get to it more quickly.

Screen shot provided by Antonietta Sollazzo 

Screen shot provided by Antonietta Sollazzo 

The design of the app is gorgeous and creates a beautiful and engaging way to view your news and I would highly recommend checking this feature out.  You wont regret it!

OTHER FEATURES

There are loads of new features under the hood of iOS 9. With iOS 9, in my opinion, Apple has put together features that make your experience with iOS more user friendly and easier to use. While there wasn’t any “massive” feature that made this release something special, it is the whole entity of iOS 9 that makes it special. These new features are going to enhance your iPhone experience.

Apple has released an iCloud Drive app on your iPhone with iOS 9 that acts as services like Google Drive and Dropbox. If you’re an iPad owner, iOS 9 adds more multitasking functionalities allowing you to have multiple apps running simultaneously next to each other to see more information and use each app as a reference, if needed. Also there is a Picture in Picture function that allows you to keep a video playing in the corner of the iPad, similar to how the YouTube app works when you close out a video. Siri is now improved with iOS 9 and is now officially out of beta mode.  Another feature with iOS 9 that is a more secure feature, but may annoy some customers, is the addition of a six-digit passcode instead of four.  When you add a passcode now, it makes you choose a six-digit code for a more secure iPhone, however if you have Touch ID and utilize it to unlock your device, this feature may not bother you as much.

CONCLUSION

Every year, when the new iOS update is announced and released, Apple claims it’s the biggest and best iOS update ever created. Of course each new update is better than the last by adding new features that were never there to begin with and allow more functionality on your iPhone, but iOS 9 has some pretty great, but minor, features that will make your everyday use on your iPhone become more intensive and engaging. Make sure you download iOS 9 in your settings on your iPhone now!  New features await.