Apple introduced iOS 9 during its WWDC keynote today, and we’ve got a hands-on look at all of the new stuff you can expect to see when it comes out later this year.
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iCloud Drive App – Your iCloud files are now accessible through a bundled app, though it’s hidden by default.
New Shift Key – It’s now easier to tell when your shift key is on or off. Check out the video to see how.
Design Tweaks – Several changes have been made to the design of key iOS elements. The two-factor login screen now has icons, while popups and action sheets have a decidedly rounder look.
New Notes App – You can now make lists, insert images, format text, and doodle on a blank canvas in the Notes app. A Recently Deleted list allows you to recover notes you accidentally got rid of.
Photos in Messages – The iPhone 6 Plus gained support for showing contact photos in the Messages app. iOS 9 brings that feature to more devices (the screenshot above is from an iPhone 6).
Updated Podcasts App – The Podcasts app is now more in-line with the podcasts section of iTunes, allowing you to create a separate list of unplayed podcasts beside your collection of subscriptions.
New Settings – Here’s a list of the new options you’ll find in the Settings app.
- Search Settings – a search bar at the top of the main screen lets you quickly find what you’re looking for
- Group notifications by app – by default notifications are now grouped by the time and date recieved. This setting brings back the old display style that groups them by app instead.
- Touch Accommodations – a new accessibility setting allows for some leeway in determing where or how long a user touched the screen
- Vibration – an accessiblity setting that eliminates all vibration system-wide, including those for amber alerts and weather alerts
- Shake to Undo – a new accessibility setting allows users to disable the shake to undo feature completely
- Side switch setting – iPad users have been able to determine whether the switch on the side of the device should mute it or toggle rotation lock; that setting is now available on all devices. Setting this option to rotation lock removes the rotation lock button from Control Center, leaving you with only four buttons across the top. It’s likely this will change to include a mute button in Control Center in future updates.
- Battery – a whole new section in the Settings app now houses battery life details, including the new toggle for low power mode; activating low power mode turns your battery icon yellow
- Show Contacts Found in Mail – this preference will allow your phone to search through your email for phone numbers to determine the identity of unknown callers
- Notes – A new setting allo you to determine your default text format when you create a new note
- Calls on Other Devices – the phone call Continuity setting is no longer located in the FaceTime settings pane; it has moved to the Phone settings instead
- Content Blockers – this new Safari setting doesn’t seem to do much of anything just yet
- Default video options – you can now set whether your iPhone will shoot video at 720p or 1080p by default; you can also set the frame rate. There are separate settings for regular video and slow-mo videos.
- Siri Audio Feedback – Siri can be set to stop playing sounds when you mute your phone
- Six-Digit Passcodes – Touch ID users are now required to use a 6-digit passcode instead of the old 4-digit code; an option to revert to a 4-digit code is present when changing your passcode
- Wireless CarPlay – you won’t be able to use it just yet, but the ability to pair a car with your iPhone wirelessly has been added
New Siri Design – the Siri UI has been tweaked to resemble that of the Apple Watch; Siri also employs short vibrations to signal when it is listening. Dictation has also seen a small visual overhaul.
Photos Scrubber – You can quickly page through photos using a new scrubber at the bottom of the screen
Find My Friends and Find My iPhone baked in – Find My Friends and Find My iPhone are both now bundled with the operating system. Additionally, Find My Friends now has a Notification Center widget.
Two Kinds of Search – For now there are two different ways to search your iOS device. You can swipe to the left of the home screen to get to the new Siri/Proactive Assistant features, or you can pull down from the middle of the home screen (the same gesture as on iOS 7) to get to a widget-free search bar just like the old one.
All-New App Switcher – the new app switcher is very different from the old one: the home screen is now on the right side instead of the left, and double-clicking the home button puts your current app in a different location than the previous switcher, making it a little more difficult to quickly force quit the app you’re in by muscle memory.
Go Back – when tapping a notification that takes you into a new app, you’ll now have a button right on the status bar that lets you get back to wherever you were earlier. This feature is also triggered if you are pulled out of your current app for other reasons, like when an app opens a link in Safari.
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Battery Widget – you can track the battery life on your phone and Apple Watch with a new Notification Center widget
Apple Pay on the Lock Screen – depending on your security settings, you can now double-click the Home button while your phone is locked to bring up the Apple Pay interface