One of the best aspects of owning Apple mobile products is that the corporation continually updates iOS, and such an update has recently been announced in the shape of iOS 9.1. This latest version of the Apple mobile operating system introduces several new features that were not included in the previous versions of the software, while building on the excellent functionality of iOS 9.
iOS 9.1 – Emojis
The first notable new feature that Apple has included in iOS 9.1 is 150 new emojis. This will improve both the Live Photos and Messages applications, and will provide a lot of entertainment for the social media generation in particular. It seems that the ‘middle finger’ emoji is already proving popular!
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Apple has also updated the News app that it launched in the US recently, and also announced that this will now go live in numerous other territories. One weakness of the software that has been noted by critics is the relative lack of publications included in this music filtering service. But Apple has vowed to address this in the future.
This is a brand new feature included with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, notable for recording video every time users take a photograph. An innovation in iOS 9.1 is that Apple smartphones can now detect when images are moving, ensuring that this particular portion of the video is not recorded. This cuts down issues related to blurry videos due to smartphones moving in and out of position, and can be considered a significant improvement on the earlier versions of this software.
This is effectively Apple’s version of the Google Now application that is included in Android. In iOS 9.1, Proactive includes a new search screen that can be accessed by swiping left from the first home screen on the iPhone. It also displays Siri suggestions, and the extra functionality generally works quite well.
The new version of iOS also deals with suggestions intelligently. iOS 9.1 will monitor when certain apps are utilized, and then make suggestions related to them at appropriate times of the day. People suggestions are also able to encompass both the most popular and recent contacts, as well as people you are scheduled to meet.
Proactive is accessible throughout every aspect of iOS 9.1, and has been implemented in such a way as to be intuitive and genuinely helpful.
Digital assistants are being strongly pushed by technology companies nowadays, and Siri is no exception to this phenomenon. This software has steadily improved over time, but it is perhaps only in iOS 9 that it has really begun to fulfil its potential.
iOS 9.1 provides a voice assistant on a contextual basis, with the software assessing what activities are being carried out at any given time. It also plays an active role in searching, and has the capability to pull information from the Internet. This enables the software to provide useful information such as sports results and stock prices. Apple has also now opened up the search API in order for third-party apps to be searched, as part of an overall more flexible mobile operating system policy.
Notes has been significantly revamped for the release of iOS 9.1. In addition to entering standard text, it is also possible to utilize the sketch button in order to insert drawings. Photographs and bullet points are now also active in the software, and Notes can be shared from any application. These relatively simple changes in fact transform Notes into a much more powerful performer.
Apple Maps is a notoriously weak piece of software, and has perpetually been considered miles behind its Google Maps rival. There are certainly comparatively few people in the world that are utilizing the Apple Maps program to locate places compared to Google maps, and Apple is definitely playing catchup in this department.
But iOS 9.1 improves Apple Maps improved significantly, mainly based on superior data and better search results. Public transport is also included in the iOS 9.1 version of Apple Maps, and this latest version of the software is a major step forward which suggests that Apple could even rival Google eventually.
‘Back to’ button
A minor addition to the iOS 9.1 software is nonetheless one of the most useful. The so-called ‘Back to’ button appears at the top of the screen enabling users to switch back to the original application when new software is opened up from inside another program. This could previously be carried out via the Task Switcher, but most users have found the direct link to be considerably more convenient.
Apple has promised that iOS 9.1 will deliver battery life improvements via extra efficiencies. The proof will be in the pudding with this particular aspect of the operating system, but if it is achieved then it is certainly something that would be welcomed by iPhone users in particular.
Apple has long since been lauded for the quality of security in its devices, but the corporation is determined not to stand still with the iOS 9.1 release. Passcodes have been set to 6-digits as the default in the iOS 9 package, ensuring that this is now a one-in-one-million code. Apple has also promised to introduce two-factor authentication at some point in the near future, another innovation that will dramatically increase the security included in the iPhone range.
Apple has placed more of an emphasis on music in recent months, and it is not surprising therefore that iOS 9.1 offers new Apple Music features. The operating system has Apple Music pre-installed, and this effectively replaces the existing Music app icon with a simpler and more intuitive user interface.
Finally, iOS 9 was notable for introducing the San Francisco System font, ensuring that the iPhone series is in line with the Apple Watch smartwatch. Although this may sound like a fairly dull aspect of the mobile package, the changes in the iOS 9.1 font can have a significant impact on the user-friendliness of the software.