One of the main announcements to come out of Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference this week was the latest updates to Apple’s operating system which will be known as iOS9.
So what’s new? Read on to find out:
Coming to the UK in July will be Apple’s new contactless mobile payment service Apple Pay. Using similar technology to existing contactless card payments, anyone with an iPhone 6, 6 Plus or Apple Watch will be able to make payments with their smartphones or smartwatches for goods and services who are set up to take Apple Pay payments. As well as storing your credit or debit card details in the Wallet app, iOS9 will allow you to store details of your reward and store loyalty cards to make it easier to collect your points and use your discounts.
With more than 1 billion requests for assistance per week, Siri in iOS9 will be forty per cent faster and even more accurate. Siri will be more intuitive than ever – if you play music from your iPhone when you go out running then she will launch the music app when you plug in your headphones. If you listen to audio books when you’re driving, she will open up the audio book for you. Other new features will include Siri being able to add meetings and social events automatically into your calendar which have come through via messages or emails and the ability to find photos from certain places or dates.
A new Notes App
The old notes app wasn’t very popular so Apple have revamped it for iOS9. You will now be able to create your own headings, design your own checklists with boxes you can tick off and add your own drawings. To find notes stored on your phone, you can now search by date, thumbnail or attachments.
When a call comes through without a caller ID, iOS9 will search through messages and emails on your iPhone to see if it can find out who is calling you.
Passbook becomes Wallet
The Passbook feature will be called Wallet on iOS9. Wallet will be where your debit and credit cards are stored for Apple Pay as well as your store and loyalty cards, boarding passes and tickets for sports events and concerts.
The new News app will feature content from the New York times as well as popular magazine’s Vogue and GQ. You can choose what type of news topics you are interested in and there’s the option to bookmark features to read later on.
Longer Battery Life
iOS9 comes with some great new battery optimising technology which will give about an hour of extra battery life. There’s also a low battery mode which can apparently give an additional 3 hours of use per charge. New software updates will now take up less space when installed and you can also choose to ‘install later’ so updates can be done when you’re not using your iPhone.