Codenamed Monarch, iOS 9 is Apple’s next generation mobile operating system, which was announced last June 8, 2015 at WWDC 2015 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Monarch includes a more intelligent Spotlight, more proactive Siri, a new News app, an updated Notes app, transit directions in Maps, a renamed Wallet app with store and loyalty cards, tether-less CarPlay, and slide-over and split-screen modes for iPad.

As the rumor mills keep rolling as to what the final features of iOS 9 would be, let’s take a look at some of the most awaited features people are really looking forward in the upcoming iOS version.

Split-screen Multitasking

Split-screen multitasking had been rumored to arrive even with iOS 8. However, due to some reasons, it did not materialize. That’s why you can really expect it to happen in iOS 9. Split-screen multitasking enables you to interact with two apps at the same time, which will take switching to a whole new level. You don’t need to jump from one app to another using the old way. For example, you can surf the net with Safari on the left side of the screen, while checking your emails on the right. You can also swipe from the right for a quick, smaller view of another app via Slide Over. It will also support picture-in-picture, so you can look up something online while chatting with someone on FaceTime.

The drawback of this feature is that this will only be available on newer iPads. Split View will work on iPad Air 2, while Slide Over will be supported on iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2.

Night Mode

Though it’s not really that difficult to use an iPhone during nights, but it would be nice if it has a night mode. The night mode feature makes it convenient to use iPhones in low-light areas. And since night mode is already existing in OS X Yosemite, there’s a big chance that Apple may also integrate it in the upcoming iOS.

Button in App Switcher

App Switcher would have been more awesome if it has a button. Rather than swiping all the running apps in order to close them, it would be more convenient if Apple would make a button that will kill all of them at once.

Transit Directions in Apple Maps

With iOS 9, Apple Maps will now be getting transit directions, which will be rolling out in Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay area, Toronto, and Washington D.C., including over 300 cities in China like Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai.

Security

Apple was highly-praised because of its Activation Lock Security Feature in iOS 7, which helped in minimizing iPhone thefts across the country. iOS 9 will now require a six-digit passcode on its devices that utilize Touch ID instead of four.

Those with two-factor authentication, will be prompted for a verification code when signing in from a new browser or on a new device. This code is displayed automatically on your other Apple devices or sent to your phone, and you will then need to sign it in.

Wallet

The Apple Passbook will be re-branded as Wallet, and Apple Pay on iOS 9 will support credit cards issued by stores like Kohl’s or JCPenney, not to mention Discover. You also have the option to add loyalty cards, so store discounts will be automatically applied at checkout when you use Apple Pay.

CarPlay

Users will now be able to connect their iPhones to their cars wirelessly in vehicles that support wireless connections in the new iOS 9. CarPlay will also support auto maker’s apps, which means you don’t have to switch back and forth between CarPlay and your car’s interface.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 10:20:57 PM and is filed under Sweet Tech.

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