For lovers of quick, clean, eminently usable technology, Apple’s computers, smartphones and software packages are the gold standard. For mobile users though, iOS, lacking the nitty-gritty of Windows and the advert-enabled leanings of Android, is fast becoming one of the most respectable operating systems developed by the richest company in the world, an operating system that looks set to become even more lofty with the upcoming release of iOS 9.
So what can we expect from the new iteration of the best-selling operating system? Firstly, changes are afoot in the way that users will be able to use Apple’s cloud computing service, iCloud Drive. Up until the new OS is released later this year in autumn, users have only been able to manage their cloud drives from their mobile devices using a third party app – otherwise having to rely on the functions of their other Apple products – but will be able to use a dedicated iCloud Drive app within iOS 9, saving heaps of time and advancing the cloud computing innovation a little further.
New developer tools have also supposedly been integrated into iOS 9, potentially boosting and improving the services, applications and experiences that users will be able to enjoy via the operating system. This could mean that entertaining mobile games of the ilk provided by Royal Vegas Casino may be faster, more complex and more responsive, and developers may be able to get more out of the nascent virtual reality field, creating whole new experiences that no mobile user has yet to enjoy.
Those new experiences will also be able to be enjoyed by the largest population of Apple users ever too, thanks to the new operating system’s approach to compatibility. iOS 9 will allow users of every iPad since the iPad 2, and every iPhone since the iPhone 4, to download and install it on their devices, meaning very few current users will be left in the dark.
But what about Siri, Apple’s artificial intelligence helper? Well, apparently it’s about to get a whole lot more complex, so much so it may rival Google’s Now helper. According to tech sources, Siri will be able to understand the word ‘it’ and will be able to scan through apps to find what a user is referring to if they were to say something like “Siri, find out the date this is taking place”. Location-based knowledge will also be a hallmark of iOS 9’s Siri; if you’re in the car and plug it in, music suggestions based upon your previous journeys will appear. Finally, Siri will actively suggest things for you to pop in your calendar, and will generally be able to understand a lot more of the queries thrown at it. Let’s hold our breath and see whether or not this feature will be useful, or downright annoying!