- 1 7 Cool iOS 9 Features You Probably Don’t Know
- 1.1 1. Get Back to Your App with One Tap
- 1.2 2. Search is a Lot Handier for Small Tasks
- 1.3 3. The iPad Keyboard Now Doubles as a Trackpad
- 1.4 4. Better Designed and More Functional Pop-overs
- 1.5 5. Enable the Hidden iCloud Drive App
- 1.6 6. Improved Visibility of Scroll Bars
- 1.7 7. More Intuitive Bookmark Thumbnails
7 Cool iOS 9 Features You Probably Don’t Know
iOS 9 beta is now available for users and brings many new features to enhance the iPhone and iPad experience. In addition to the features highlighted by Apple, there are several smaller details that greatly improve the overall user experience. Here are some of the noteworthy features that you might have overlooked.
1. Get Back to Your App with One Tap
In previous versions of iOS, when browsing an app and opening a connecting link in Safari, the only way to return to your app was to exit Safari and tap your icon or use the multitasking view.
In iOS 9, when you’re taken out of an app to Safari, a small button will appear in the top left of the screen for you to return to your previous engagement.
2. Search is a Lot Handier for Small Tasks
On iOS 9, the search feature has improved with Siri integration. Now, you can use it to search within apps and complete smaller tasks. For instance, you can perform calculations and unit conversions. Additionally, you can get weather forecasts and, in the future, access sports results.
3. The iPad Keyboard Now Doubles as a Trackpad
This is a helpful change for iPad users. Whenever you use the keyboard, place two fingers over it and it will transform into a trackpad, allowing you to move the cursor.
To select text, you no longer need to long press a word and drag selection points around. Instead, double tap and hold on the keyboard using two fingers. This will trigger text selection and all you have to do is move your fingers to make your selection.
4. Better Designed and More Functional Pop-overs
There was nothing wrong with pop-overs in iOS 8, but they often only served as reminders.
In iOS 9, pop-overs are better designed to resemble the Apple Watch interface. iOS 9 also uses the San Francisco font of the Watch. The new design features slightly rounded corners and an elongated presentation.
This provides a natural way of displaying options and makes them easier to tap by also providing larger touch targets.
Pop-overs are prominent in providing additional options and functionality without the need to open other apps.
5. Enable the Hidden iCloud Drive App
In previous versions of iOS, iCloud Drive stored files and documents. Access to the interface was limited and not very intuitive.
With iOS 9, Apple now offers full access to the iCloud Drive app. However, the app is hidden by default. Fortunately, you can easily add it to your home screen by going to “iCloud” in your device’s Settings.
To activate iCloud Drive, go to Settings, tap on iCloud Drive, and turn on the iCloud Drive switch. This will add the iCloud Drive app to your home screen.
Now, you have access to this useful app.
6. Improved Visibility of Scroll Bars
In iOS 8, navigating through a black or dark background made it difficult to see the scroll bar. However, Apple resolved this issue in iOS 9 by making the scroll bars easily visible, as they adapt to the color of the background.
7. More Intuitive Bookmark Thumbnails
Safari in iOS 8 does a decent job of capturing websites’ icons for thumbnails when you bookmark them. However, in some cases, the thumbnails are empty. Fortunately, this issue has been resolved in iOS 9. Now, if a bookmark doesn’t have its own image, it will display the first letter of the website’s name against a colored background. This enhancement makes it much easier to locate sites quickly.
If you have iOS 9 installed on your devices, please share any new details you find.
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