Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
8,585 Reviews & Articles | 67,040 News Posts

Apple announces iOS 9 at WWDC allowing an easy transition from Android

Apple unveils iOS 9, which will include the use of Metal versus OpenGL ES on supported devices

By Anthony Garreffa on Jun 9, 2015 01:14 am CDT - 1 min, 55 secs reading time

Apple has unveiled iOS 9 at its developer conference in San Francisco, but the Cupertino-based giant has also unveiled WatchOS 2 for the Apple Watch, and OS X El Capitan for Macs.

apple-announces-ios-9-wwdc-many-improvements-metal_07

First up, iOS 9 is set to deliver some big improvements to features found in iOS like Siri and Spotlight, as well as the usual performance improvements, and revamping the experience of iOS for iPad users. Apple has completely revamped Spotlight Search, with some Google Now-like features. A new screen will show users relevant information based on external factors such as your location or the time of your day, just how Google Now works.

apple-announces-ios-9-wwdc-many-improvements-metal_08

One of the areas that iOS users should be happy with improvements is Apple Maps, where maps of transit routes and public transportation maps now available on a city-by-city basis. This will expand as time goes on. Apple Maps in iOS 9 is lso capable of showing you information on nearby stores, where you can then search by category, as well as look at detailed information on businesses like their phone number, opening hours, and whether or not they support Apple Pay.

Another big change that iOS 9 includes is in the performance department, where on specific devices, Apple is using Metal instead of OpenGL ES. Apple says that Metal has lower CPU usage, which will increase the performance of the UI itself. The company has also made some improvements to overall power consumption, claiming that iPhone users will receive around an additional hour of usage.

Security is another area that Apple has improved, with iOS 9 offering Touch ID users a 6-character passcode, up from the 4-number requirement on iOS 8. There is also built-in support for their 2-factor authentication for Apple ID logins, too.

apple-announces-ios-9-wwdc-many-improvements-metal_09

Apple is making it easier than ever to switch from an Android-based smartphone to an iPhone with Move to iOS, which allows for wireless transfer of your data from your Android phone, to your new iPhone. Apple says that you'll be able to wirelessly transfer your contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free songs and books.

iOS 9 will be launching in the fall of this year, with it hitting every device that supports iOS 8, including the iPad 2 from 2011. A public beta will be released sometime next month.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

NEWS SOURCE:anandtech.com

Related Tags