The highs and lows in Apple’s iOS 9


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Apple releases the latest version of its iOS mobile operating system on Wednesday.

Here are nine new Apple iOS 9 features

Leave the charger at home(but don’t go far)

It’s a big, bold claim: Apple says iOS 9 will give devices (even older ones) up to one hour more battery life. Apple has made system apps more energy efficient and implemented smaller tweaks, like not lighting up the screen for notifications when a phone is face down.

Additionally, a new Low Power option makes it possible to get another three hours of life. When your battery drops down to 20% and 10%, you’re given the option to switch to Low Power mode. It pauses background processes, lowers the screen brightness, doesn’t check for mail as often and goes to sleep faster. I quickly forget about the mode once I’m in it, except when nobody emails me and I wonder why.

Hit the back button

This is by far the new feature I use most. Apple has added a back button to the top left hand corner of apps. For instance, if you open a link in Safari from Facebook, then hop to your calendar from an event notification, now you can follow the breadcrumbs back to the first app you opened.

Get to work

Slide Over lets you preview another app on the side of your screen. If you’re reading a movie review in the new News app, now you can look up movie times in Safari simultaneously.

For full multitasking, Split View puts two apps side-by-side, which you can copy and paste between. It’s a step closer to capturing the work capabilities of a PC, but it’s not quite enough to win me over yet. As I write this, I have at least four different windows of notes, web pages and screenshots crammed into my 11-inch laptop screen.

Keep one eye on video

My favorite iPad addition is the screen-in-screen feature. If you’re in a FaceTime call or watching a video on an Apple video app, tap the home button and the video will shrink into a smaller floating window. No matter what other apps you use, the video will continue playing.

See if Apple gets you

The operating system is taking the time to get to know you — your habits, likes and locations — to predict what information you need before you ask. The “proactive” assistance features show up in a variety of apps, including Mail, where it suggests recipients. It’s most visible in Siri and the new cluttered Search screen.

Make Siri do new tricks

Siri now understands context. If you’re looking at Halloween costumes in Safari, you can say, “Siri, remind me to buy this tonight,” and it will remember the web page. It only works in Apple apps like Mail, Safari and Messages.

Give Notes another chance

Apple’s Notes has always been a utilitarian, bland built-in app. In iOS 9, it’s trying to catch up to third party options like Evernote and OneNote. There are more formatting options and drawing and photo tools. If you’re in another app, you can save links and images directly to a note. It’s like making a Pinterest board that just lives in the Notes app.

Test out Apple Maps (but don’t forget about the bus)

In iOS 9, it finally adds transit directions. Interestingly, I noticed that Google Maps and Apple Maps offer different routes and even departure times from my home to work — and that Apple ignores the bus closest to my house.

Proceed with caution, but less than usual

always recommend waiting until Apple releases its first update before installing a new iOS on your device. It gives the company time to iron out any early bugs.

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