Apple unveils iOS 9 for iPhones, iPads
San Francisco: Apple yesterday unveiled iOS 9, giving a preview of new iPhone, iPad and iPod touch software that will be available this fall.
iOS 9 will support iPhone 4S and above, iPad 2 and above, all iPad mini models, and iPod touch fifth-generation.
New multitasking features designed specifically for iPad will allow users to work with two apps simultaneously, side-by-side or with the new Picture-in-Picture feature, to keep watching a video while browsing the web, composing email or using any other app.
“iOS 9 is packed with more intelligence throughout, and delivers big updates to the apps customers use most — Maps supports public transit, a redesigned Notes app provides great new ways to capture ideas, and a beautiful News app delivers content that's personalized to your interests,” said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering.
“With our new iPad features, users can take advantage of the power of iPad, working in two apps at the same time with Split View, Slide Over or Picture-in-Picture,” said Federighi.
In the new iOS, the company has added support for metropolitan transit systems and schedules in the new Apple Maps.
Maps can offer a combination of trains, subways, buses and walking, and with the new Nearby feature, quickly see what's around by searching for food, drinks, shopping and more.
New features of the completely redesigned Notes app include the ability to draw a quick sketch using your finger, easily create checklists to keep track of your to-dos, or snap a photo directly in a note. Easily save important items to your notes directly from other apps, and keep them in sync across all your enabled devices with iCloud.
Apple has introduced a News app which support a digital publishing format supporting custom typography, galleries, audio, video and interactive animations, allowing publishers like Condé Nast, ESPN and The New York Times.