Apple has announced that iOS 9 will be released on 16 September and will bring a swathe of updates to the operating system that powers iPhones and iPads.
The beta version of iOS 9 has been available for a few months, having been made available to developers and enthusiasts back in July. It will ship on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which will launch on 25 September.
iOS 9 is more of an evolution of iOS 8 and the flat, parallax-infused design language established with iOS 7 back in 2013.
However, iOS 9 does add a raft of new features to Apple’s mobile operating system.
These include improved battery life, bolstered security, context-aware search, and a reduced file size to make installing the operating system an easier process for devices upgrading from iOS 8.
Key features include a smarter version of Apple’s virtual assistant Siri, which gains a new user interface and the ability to be more of a proactive assistant when handling the one billion requests it handles per week.
Siri is able to deal with requests in a more contextual fashion, making suggestions based on a user’s location or what is currently on the screen of an iPhone or iPad.
One example of this would be asking Siri to remind a user of a website when they get home, for which it would use location data to carry out the request.
The new iOS also gives the native Maps app an overhaul, adding a new subset feature called Transit that provides specific information on public transport.
Enterprise users of iPads can also rejoice at the addition of split-screen multitasking for iPads, which as one would expect, allows users to have two applications squeezed on a single screen.
To make installing iOS 9 more practical, it has been given the ability to delete apps then reinstall them automatically to make updating from iOS 8 a smoother process.