Apple iOS 9 New Features: Multi-Tasking, Apple's News App, Split View, Proactive and Apple Maps Transit


Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC 2015) will take place between June 8 - June 12 in San Francisco and  Apple fans are eagerly waiting to see the first look of Apple's new operating system, iOS 9.


Apple WWDC 2015

Apple will release iOS 9 this year, but it seems Apple is right now working on iOS 10.9.4 and 10.9.5 according to the Google Analytics data collected from popular Apple websites.

At this moment, Apple fans mind will be full of curious questions like, "When will iOS 9 release?", "What new features will iOS 9 have?", "Can we install iOS 9 on iPhone 4S or iPad 2?", "Will iOS 9 have split-screen and mutli-tasking feature?", "Will iOS 9 be Bug-Free?", "When will iOS 9 be available publicly for download and installation?"

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New features of Apple iOS 9 (What We Thought):

  • Apple's iOS 9 will not just cater to the new generation of iPhone and iPad, but will also cater to the older generation of iPhone and iPad. Apple iOS 9 can be installed on iPhone 4S or later and iPad 2 or later. It means iOS 9 can be installed on iPhone, iPad and 5th generation of iPod Touch that use Apple's A5 processor.

  • Apple's iOS 9 will have a 'Rootless' security system which will make it impossible to jailbreak your iPhone and iPad. Apple's 'Rootless' security system is aimed at preventing even administrator-level users from gaining access to certain file systems on an iPhone, iPad or Mac. Sad news for those who jailbreak their iPhone and iPad.

  •  iOS 9 will have a new feature called 'Pro-Active' which aims to offer a range of additional information and features based on user habits and intelligent contextual prediction. The Proactive interface will be accessible from the left of the Home screen as well as in the form of a pulldown and will present information that is selected on the basis of apps used recently, imminent events from the Calendar app, nearby locations pulled from Maps and so on. 

  • Proactive will learn your habits and try to anticipate your needs before you're aware of them. If you frequently open a particular app everyday, suppose Passbook - then Proactive will show a little bubble to open the app with one tap. If you call a person frequently at a particular time, you'll get a button for calling that person at that time.So, Proactive feature is sort of a shortcut and reminder feature.


  • iOS 9 will make your iPhone and iPad run faster as it will focus on speed and reliability and will make use of available processing power.


  • iOS 9 will have 'Trusted Wifi' feature which will use more heavily encrypted connections when attempting to join unknown routers, while connecting to authorized networks without the need for additional security measures.

  • Apple will showcase iOS 9 at WWDC this June, but iOS 9 will release publicly in the month of September to be downloaded and installed on iPhone, iPad and 5th generation iPod Touch.

  • Apple's HomeKit Hub will be only called 'Home' and is based on the Internet of Things (IOT) concept. 'Home' will allow you to control home appliances and other non-traditional connected devices from your iPhone or Mac, which will be yet another feature of Apple's iOS 9.

  •  iOS 9 will have improved Apple Maps which will include transit directions and trip planning.

  •  iOS 9 may have a 'Contact Availability Status' feature which will enable iPhone users to view at a glance whether their contacts are available for a conversation along with their location.

  •  iOS 9 to Feature Force Touch With Haptic Feedback, New Keyboard and Group Read Receipts.

  • Apple will use 'San Francisco' Apple Watch Font in iOS 9 and OS X 10.11

Apple iOS 9 Wishlist (What we wished):

Here is what we wish iOS 9 should have:

  • Powerful parental controls to control the timing of using a certain app or game for kids or restricting your child to use only those apps which you want them to use.
  • iOS 9 should have support for Group Facetime calls. At this moment, Skype provides group skype calls,so it's time for Apple to introduce this useful feature in iOS 9.

  • iOS 9 should allow users to use 2 apps on one screen at the same time like copying text from Notes app and pasting it on your own (if you are a Blogger or Writer) or other website opened in Safari or compare one image that is present in the Photos app with the one that is available online.

  • Factime Video messages would be a nice feature, if present on iOS 9, even if it is available for 15-30 seconds. That way, it will not consume much storage and will also be helpful to busy people.

  • iOS 9 should have a 'Battery Saving Mode' which will be the most useful feature for Apple fans and users.
  • iOS 9 or future iOS should have an in-built technology to transfer apps to other Apple devices. If not paid apps, then simply transferring free apps to other Apple devices would be an awesome feature.

  • iOS 9 or future iOS should have support for an Apple made Oculus VR like device which would be an awesome way of playing iOS games on future Virtual Reality devices made by Apple.

  • iOS 9 should allow users to share their photos and videos to more social media accounts than what is currently available on iOS 8.

  • iOS 9 should have a Photos app where we could name or rename an image and also search for an image by it's name instead of the usual marathon scrolling up and down for images.

  • iOS 9 or future iOS should have a Camera functionality that would allow it's users to take both front and back camera pics at the same time.

  • iOS 9 or future iOS should allow support for screen recording apps which record the user's reaction from the front facing camera and at the same time record the screen which will be very useful for iOS Gamers and which will create a new generation of advanced iOS Youtube Gamers. But, we are sure this won't happen, that's why it's in the wishlist.

  • iOS 9 or future iOS or future Apple device should have infrared support which would enable Apple Devices to have IR Blaster like functionality.

iOS 9 Actual Features (What Apple Showcased):

  • Siri takes over 1 billion requests a week. And on iOS 9, Siri is up to 40% faster and 40% more accurate. Now there are even more topics you can ask Siri about.

  • Like a great assistant, your device can now anticipate what you want to do next based on your location, the time, what app you have open, or what you’re connected to. Plug in your headphones or connect to your car, and iPhone can suggest a recent playlist or audiobook. If you add a location to an event in Calendar, iPhone will suggest when you should leave. When you grab your iPhone in the morning, it can suggest apps to open based on your daily routines.
 
  •  If you want to be reminded of something you saw in Safari, your device can remind you to read that page. When you start adding people to an email, your device suggests the people you usually include with them. Your device lets you create a Calendar event and add invitees, all without using the keyboard. In Spotlight, your device will suggest recent contacts, apps, or places you may be interested in. If you search for how to make a chocolate cake, your device can open your favorite cooking app to the recipe. You’re in control of your data. Searches are not associated with your Apple ID and not shared with third parties.

iOS 9 Spotlight

  • With iOS 9, you can add your favorite retail store cards to Apple Pay.

  • The Notes app has always been great for jotting things down. And with iOS 9, it’s been completely redesigned to do much more. Add a checklist of to-do items in Notes with just a tap. Access your camera from Notes to add a photo. And even use your finger to add a sketch. You can add content from Safari, Maps, and other apps directly to your notes. Notes will be available on Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

iOS 9 Notes App

  • People use Maps every day. And with iOS 9, it comes with new features. A new Transit view in Maps includes directions for public transportation like buses, trains, subways, and ferries. Transit in Maps will launch with support for many of the world’s most traveled cities. Maps will also support Transit in 300 cities across China. Maps lets you find nearby restaurants, bars, shops, and activities.

Apple Maps Transit

  • People use the built-in apps in iOS every day. Now a new app is coming to iOS 9. Introducing News. All the news you want. Right where you want it. News includes a curated selection of articles based on your interests. Articles in News combine interactive stories with beautiful editorial layouts, photo galleries, animations, and video. News has the latest stories, articles, and posts, with over a million topics to choose from.  The more you read, the better News is at showing the stories you care about most. News keeps all your favorite publishers, topics, and genres in one place. News keeps your data private. And Apple never shares what you’re reading with third parties. News brings you the stories you love, beautifully designed, all in one place. Personalized for you.

Apple News App

  • New features of the QuickType keyboard in iOS 9 make typing and editing faster and easier. The new Shortcut Bar makes writing on iPhone and iPad even simpler. When using a physical keyboard with your iPad, you can now use new shortcuts — such as for switching between apps.

  • In iOS 9, switching between apps has been redesigned. Slide Over lets you open a second app without leaving the one you’re in.

Apple iOS 9 Slide Over

  • Split View allows two apps to be open and active at the same time on the same screen. Picture in Picture scales a video down in size so you can keep watching a TV show while you reply to an email. Developer APIs will be available for Picture in Picture, Slide Over, and Split View.

Apple iOS 9 Split View

  • iOS 9 enhances the apps and features you use every day.  iOS 9 improves essential apps and multitasking features, search, performance, battery life, and security. The built-in apps in iOS 9 now take advantage of Metal, delivering faster scrolling, smoother animation, and better overall performance.

  • With average use, the iPhone 6 battery will last an additional hour with iOS 9.

  • Two-factor authentication protects your Apple ID account and helps ensure only you have access. iOS 9 takes less free space than iOS 8 to install. So it’s easier than ever for you to update.

  • With GameplayKit, Model I/O, and ReplayKit, new APIs will make iOS games even more awesome. iOS 9 features lots of new developer APIs.
Apple iOS 9 Game Kit

  • The Health app can help you track everything from your workouts to how much water you drink. It can now also track reproductive health, how often you’re seated, and UV exposure.

  • HomeKit supports new accessories like home security systems and mechanical blinds. And with iCloud Remote Access, you can control them no matter where you are.
iOS 9 Home Kit

  • CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in your car. And now it lets you connect wirelessly.
iOS 9 Car Play


  • iOS 9 will be available to everyone this fall.