Apple’s long awaited upgrade for iPhones and iPads, iOS 9, will have stability, security, and performance improvements by the hundreds. Here are five from Dan Frommer:
It is a free update, and anyone with an iPhone 4S or newer will be able to upgrade.
Plenty, but everything remains familiar. Here are five you’ll notice right away.
- A new search experience – When you swipe right from the iPhone home screen, you’ll find a new universal search dashboard, where searches will scan your iPhone, email, inside apps, maps, the web, sports scores, your photo library, and more, and will even be able to perform simple math calculations.
- Big upgrades for messaging apps – “Quick replies,” which let you reply directly from a drop-down notification, will be supported for all apps. Previously, only Apple’s Messages app could do these.
- The end of Newsstand – Apple is launching (and pre-installing) its own News app in iOS 9, where you’ll be able to subscribe to and read free stories from a variety of publications
- New look and new system font – iOS 9 isn’t a dramatic visual change from iOS 8. But Apple has changed the system font to a custom typeface called San Francisco, instead of Helvetica, which it had used since the beginning of iOS. People seem to like it so far. (It’s the same font as the Apple Watch.)
- Better battery life – Apple said in June that its under-the-hood improvements can add about an extra hour of real-world use per charge. It’s also adding something called “Low Power Mode,” which it said can extend battery life an additional three hours.