Apple took advantage of the keynote opening WWDC 2015 which is being held right now to unveil OS X El Capitan, but also iOS 9. The next major update to its operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch will arrive with many new features and improvements.
In iOS 9, Apple will complete Siri including Proactive. An assistant who will be able to offer content taking into account the habits of the user. By plugging in your headphones, for example, music can start automatically if you are used to running at a certain time of day.
When you receive a call from someone who is not in your contacts, Proactive is able to show you a suggestion from someone based on the exchanged emails. An API will allow developers to integrate the service into their applications, and the Spotlight will then be able to display information from these applications.
Regarding Apple Pay now, a large number of new businesses will be offering payment in the United States in the coming weeks, and store loyalty cards can be added to the iPhone. In addition, the Passbook application changes its name and becomes Wallet.
The native application Notes will allow in iOS 9 to add memos with photos, to-do or drawings. Regarding Plans, itineraries for public transport will finally appear, as will the search for nearby POIs. Apple also presented “News”, A content aggregator that will be available in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia initially.
Good news: a new mode to save battery and similar to that present on the Apple Watch will be offered on iOS 9. According to Apple, it will be possible to save up to 3 hours!
Regarding iOS 9 on iPad now, Quicktype will be offered and will improve the keyboard with shortcuts (copy / paste / cut, bold / italic / underlined, addition of attachments). With a swipe of your finger on the keyboard, it will be possible to move the cursor!
In addition, multitasking will be available. It will thus be possible to display two applications on the screen. Unfortunately, this feature will only be offered on the iPad Air 2. Finally, you can watch a video while using another application.
The iOS 9 firmware will be available this evening in beta for developers, in July in public beta and in the fall in final version for the general public. It will only weigh 1.8 GB, compared to 4.6 GB for iOS 8.