Get up to speed on all the new features and find out if your device is compatible.
Apple has announced iOS 9, and to get you up to speed, here is a run down of all the new features, as well information on whether it will support your current iPhone or iPad.
Better battery life
One of the most exciting new features of iOS 9 is an improvement on the device’s battery life, giving each device approximately one hour extra before you need to recharge it. While it’s not a huge extension, it’s still handy. Those looking for more battery life will be also be able to activate a new Low Power mode, which adds around three more hours to your battery life by disabling some features.
Multitasking for iPad
Real multitasking for iPad is finally coming, after years of fruitless rumours. Users will be able to run two apps side by side at the same time. Another feature will allow you to run ‘Picture in Picture’ videos so you can watch videos or use FaceTime while browsing the web or using other apps at the same time.
As of 30 June, Apple will be launching its music streaming app, starting with a free three-month trial, after which a subscription will cost $9.99 per month, or $14.99 for a family plan, allowing four users to use the service. Subscribers will be able to stream from the 30 million songs available on iTunes, as well as listen to a 24-hour radio program.
Other features include:
- a huge upgrade to Siri’s intelligence and functionality, particularly when it comes to an awareness of context
- significant security upgrades
- a health app with features aiming to help women keep track of their cycles and help couples with pregnancy, as well as a certain-to-be-misused ‘sex tracker’ feature.
And, lastly, perhaps one of the most important details of the new iOS9 is on which devices it can run. Surprisingly it is compatible with all devices that were compatible with iOS 8.
- iPhone 4s
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPod Touch 5th generation
- iPad 2
- iPad 3
- iPad 4
- iPad Air
- iPad Air 2
- iPad mini
- iPad mini 2
- iPad mini 3
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