iOS 9: A Redefined User Interface. A Software Update for Doing.

As iOS 9 is finally available now to download via Software Update in Settings, I am delighted to give you all a run-down of all of the features that iOS 9 brings to the table. Gone are the days where you would need to free up countless amounts of space in order to download an all-important software update in order to get the full experience of a new operating system. Well, now those days are over, as iOS 9 weighs in at a small 1.3 GB, while the installation of iOS 8 was 4.58 GB.

For the first time, the ability of having a 4-digit passcode now expands to 6-digits, as it was felt by Apple that four just wasn’t enough to keep your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad secure, and it is much better this time around as you are given more of a chance to give your iDevice just that extra bit of security.

iCloud Drive, which allows you to store files that you may have been working on in applications, such as Keynote, Pages & Numbers, now has officially got its own standalone iCloud Drive app, which can be enabled by going to Settings –> iCloud –> iCloud Drive –> Show on Home Screen. This is beneficial for those of you who may be looking to reorganise or delete files that you feel you may no longer need or may possibly want to move.

For those of you who may be power-hungry users of the iPhone product line, a new feature is included that will allow you to extend your battery life by more than a few hours if your battery is running low on energy. Low Power Mode is a new feature for the iPhone, which, if you have it turned on, will turn the battery indicator yellow, indicating that the battery’s usage will be extended a few hours beyond the usage time, meaning that you will get to use your iPhone for a few hours longer, without the need of having to worry about charging your iPhone for longer.

iOS 9 also sees the introduction of the all-new News app, which was the most-talked about app shortly after it was introduced back in June during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference on the 8th June 2015. This news app is very useful for if you want to keep up-to-date on the news whilst on the go and even if you’re at home, all of the news articles you want will be right at your fingertips.

Throughout the whole of iOS 9, the font has been changed after a very long while from the Helvetica font to the newly-used San Francisco font, which is also a pre-installed system font for the Apple Watch.

A major change has been made in iOS 9, as Passbook has officially been renamed as “Wallet“, along with an all-new application icon.

Also, the Notes app has officially been redesigned, and is bundled with some new features as well that will make note-taking a whole lot easier.

The Photos application finally gets what we’ve all been waiting for. If you are familiar with taking selfies with your friends, they will automatically be sorted into a “Selfie” photo album, and if you’re screenshotting any apps, they will also automatically be sorted into a “Screenshots” photo album of their own. This is useful for if you don’t want to have to scroll through your whole photo album just for that one particular photo you want to set as your wallpaper, or if needs be, to share with your friends, your family, and even your relatives. This is a welcoming new feature for iOS 9 and is also a useful photo & video organiser.

For the first time in Apple history, Apple have given those who are not developers the opportunity to test a Public Beta of iOS 9, after announcing the developer and public betas back in June, and since the first public beta of iOS 9 went live in July, this was a massive opportunity, as this would give you all, including myself, the chance to test out a public version of the software while it’s in development, in order to make the future releases of iOS better than ever. iOS 9.1 was recently released to developers, shortly after the Apple Special Media Event that took place on Wednesday 9th September 2015, and was also released to Public Beta testing. If you want to take iOS 9.1 for a test drive, click here and then click on sign in, and enrol your device or devices for public beta deployment, then follow the instructions listed and download the profile they’ll provide you.

Below are some photos of iOS 9 in action, with notable new features, such as the all-new News app.

iOS 9 and iOS 9.1 are both compatible with the following devices:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 5C
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPod touch (5th Generation)
  • iPod touch (6th Generation)
  • iPad 2
  • iPad (3rd Generation)
  • iPad (4th Generation)
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini (1st Generation)
  • iPad mini (2nd Generation)
  • iPad mini (3rd Generation)
  • iPad mini (4th Generation)
  • iPad Pro

My final thoughts on iOS 9 and iOS 9.1? I must say, Apple have most certainly pulled out all of the stops on this update, the battery life has improved, and not only that, but the all-new News app works effortlessly without a problem, and I absolutely love it. It’s a lot quicker now to get around iOS than how it was before, and iOS 9 is working at full speed even though I own the iPod touch (5th Generation). I am absolutely pleased to say that I am 100% not at all disappointed with this new update, in fact, iOS 9 is perfect.

If you have already downloaded and installed iOS 9 or iOS 9.1, please feel free to comment below your thoughts on the update, and what you think about this update, and how you feel about iOS 9 overall.

Alex Smithson

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iOS 8.4 Available Now. Go & Get it!!!!!

Coming just weeks after iOS 9 was unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (also known as WWDC), iOS 8.4 has just officially been released to the masses. With this update comes the official Apple Music service, as well as many of the other new features that are now available in this update. This update came two hours early ahead of the usual release time that Apple have normally stuck to since the first ever iPhone, iPod touch and iPad were released.

Also, the Music app has officially been redesigned and includes new features, such as Recently Added, which is seen most commonly in iTunes. As well as that, the music player has finally got a mini player as you would most commonly see in iTunes as well, and to top it all off, Up Next and other further features in the Music app have finally been added.

Upon opening the Music application, you’ll be greeted with the Apple Music logo and background, with two options that will come up, giving you the chance to choose whether you want to start your 3-month free trial with Apple Music today, or if you don’t, you get the chance to just go to your music library.

Here is the full changelog for iOS 8.4, covering the features that are new to the software, as well as the music application’s icon being given a redesign, ready for the iOS 9 update coming in the Autumn:

This update introduces Apple Music — a revolutionary music service, 24/7 global radio, and a way for fans to connect with their favourite artists — all included in the redesigned Music app. iOS 8.4 also includes improvements for iBooks and bug fixes.

Apple Music

  • Become an Apple Music member to play from millions of songs in the Apple Music catalogue, or keep them offline for playback later.
  • For You: Members can see playlist and album recommendations, hand-picked by music experts.
  • New: Members can find the latest, greatest new music available — direct from our editors.
  • Radio: Tune in to music, interviews and exclusive radio shows on Beats 1, play radio stations created by our editors, or create your own from any artist or song.
  • Connect: See shared thoughts, photos, music and videos from artists you follow, then join the conversation.
  • My Music: Play from all your iTunes purchases, songs from Apple Music, and playlists in one place.
  • Completely redesigned music player that includes new features such as Recently Added, Mini Player, Up Next and more.
  • iTunes Store: Still the best place to buy your favourite music — one song or album at a time
  • Availability and features may vary by country.

iBooks improvements and fixes

  • Browse, listen and download audiobooks from inside iBooks.
  • Enjoy the all-new Now Playing feature, designed specifically for audiobooks.
  • Books that are Made for iBooks now work on iPhone in addition to iPad.
  • Find and pre-order books in a series straight from your library.
  • Improves accessibility of widgets, glossary and navigation in books made with iBooks Author.
  • New default Chinese font.
  • New setting to turn off Auto-Night theme in your library.
  • Resolves an issue that may have prevented Hide Purchases from working.
  • Resolves an issue that may have prevented downloading books from iCloud.

Other improvements and bug fixes

  • Fixes an issue where receiving a specific series of Unicode characters causes device to reboot.
  • Fixes an issue that prevented GPS accessories from providing location data.
  • Fixes an issue where deleted Apple Watch apps could re-install.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

http://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT1222

After an extremely long wait, iTunes Radio has officially arrived in the United Kingdom, and can now be found next to the playlist icon. Also, Beats 1 and many other various radio stations are now available within the Music app. Apple Music Connect is also a welcome of open arms, meaning that after some time, you can now follow your favourite musicians, either through tapping on the “Follow” button, or by tapping on the “Automatically Follow Artists” button when you add the music from your iTunes Library to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad device.

At last, after a long wait, landscape mode for music videos has officially returned to the Music app, a commonly used feature that was in iOS 6.

The Music application has had a major design overhaul and has also been more of a focus for Apple, considering that the Apple Music service has just officially been launched today.

Below are the screenshots that show iOS 8.4, and the redesigned Music application all in action (including iTunes Radio UK & Beats 1 Radio).

I have checked in the Music app, and it’s a luck of the draw, if you feel that you don’t want to subscribe to Apple Music, there is an option to say no, as Apple have put an option below the “Start 3 Month Free Trial” button, saying “Go to My Music”. This is a wise move from Apple, as this means that you don’t have to worry about it, you can still use the Music app for free, and making purchases in the iTunes Store and the App Store, including the desktop version of the iTunes Store mean that you can still use iTunes and the Music app for free without having to pay, unless you’ve already started the 3-month free trial with Apple Music today.

If you haven’t already, please make sure to go ahead and upgrade your iPhone, iPod touch (5th Generation) or iPad to the latest software. This iOS update is much better now and is worth the upgrade. It is also the most stable software update that Apple have released before the final version of iOS 9 arrives in the Autumn.

To update your iOS Device, go to the Settings app, then to General, and then to Software Update, where the update will be available to download and install.

Until then, enjoy the update!!!

Alex Smithson

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