I just got around to upgrading my phone to iOS 9 today and there were some surprises in store for me! First was the new font, which is a bit… cuter, I’d say. It’s hard to describe but I feel like it’s a bit thinner, more rounded, and seems slightly more spaced out. Most people probably won’t even notice it.
The biggest shock was when the keyboard popped up and *gasp* there were lowercase letters! This seemed like such a basic thing, yet it took years to finally get it. In fact, I’ve already converted to Swiftkey as my default keyboard because the Apple one just doesn’t cut it.
Other nice updates allow you to zoom on videos to get a better view, quickly select a bunch of photos by swiping across them (no more individual taps!), and swipe down on a photo to go back to the thumbnail view of an album.
Notes can also be put into folders, making it easier to organize.
And then of course there are plenty of other changes that you probably heard about as well:
-directions for public transit in select cities
-smarter prompts from Siri: swiping right from the home screen pulls up suggestions for contacts, calendar events, apps, and more
-“Back to [previous app]” option in the top left now lets you quickly return to the app you just came from
-Low power setting to conserve your phone’s power usage
-Improvements to performance so battery life is extended
-Passbook is now Wallet and you’ll be able to add loyalty cards in addition to other forms of digital cards/tickets
-A News app for aggregating news that you might want to read
-“Remind me of this” prompts Siri to set up a reminder about whatever you are looking at
-Add attachments in Mail – not just for photos anymore!
So far I’m really liking the changes and I look forward to stumbling upon others that make the experience better in subtle ways. I’m not upgrading my iPad mini just yet because a coworkers told us that the version of Reflector we use isn’t compatible with it. I need to be able to show my tablet screen for demos and webinars and I’m not keen on paying for the newer version of the software just so I can have iOS 9 on my tablet. Have you upgraded to this new operating system? What do you think so far?« Prev：Homegrown Collective August 2015 review Yogi Surprise September 2015 review：Next »