8 Ways to Take Advantage of iOS9

Once you've downloaded iOS 9 , you would be surprised at how Siri has gotten smarter and the new app switcher. You will find that that the best features are included in the new software update, especially the first one designed to work with the new 3D Touch display available on iPhone 6s or 6s Plus.

Apple released an iPhone User Guide with all details of the iOS 9. It has tips and tricks everyone needs to know. The guide may be overwhelming, but it depends how familiar it is you are with an iPhone. Notifications are also smarter with the new software update. By pulling down on an alert when it appears at the top of the screen, you can now respond to an alert without leaving your current screen. You can respond to an alert when your iPhone is locked by swiping the alert right to left.

Apart from this, here are other features of iOS 9 you should take advantage of:

1. Switch Apps Easier

You can tap an app icon to open the app. Press the Home button to return to the home screen, and swipe left or right to see other screens. By double-tapping the Home button, you can switch between apps, and iOS 9 brings a new app switcher that you can swipe through to see all of the apps you have open.

2. Navigate Easily

Tap, drag, swipe, and pinch are still the basic actions you need to navigate your iPhone. You will get pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display to see previews and find shortcuts. 3D Touch introduces two basic gestures: In Photos, for instance, a light press will enable you to peek at an image, then swipe up to share or copy it. Or you can press the image deeper to pop the image to full screen. You can also press an app icon, an image, a contact, etc. to get a Quick Actions menu.

3. Maximize Battery Life

The new software update also brings a number of optimizations that help maximize your iPhone's battery life. You can monitor how you're using your phone's battery from the Settings app. When you don't have access to electrical power, you can put your phone on a Low Power Mode.

4. New Camera Features

Access the camera quickly by swiping up from the camera icon on the lock screen. For iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you can start shooting from the home screen by pressing the Camera icon and selecting an option. Just drag the screen if you want to take a time-lapse, slo-mo, video, photo, square or panorama. The new Retina Flash feature, which uses the display as a True Tone flash for pictures taken with the FaceTime camera on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

There's also a new feature for iPhone 6s where you can take a Live Photo. It lets you capture 1.5 seconds of motion before and after taking photo. To play it, just tap the thumbnail image and press the live photo.

5. Synchronization

You can use Handoff to begin a task — in Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, and even some third-party apps — on one device and continue it on another. You can switch devices by swiping up from the bottom-left edge of the lock screen, or going to the multitasking screen, and tapping the app. You can make a phone call on your iPad, iPod Touch, or Mac by tapping or clicking a phone number in Contacts, Calendar, FaceTime, Messages, Spotlight, or Safari.

6. Text Input

With iOS 9, the letters of the keyboard will change to show you if you're typing in lowercase or uppercase. If you hit the wrong letter, drag your finger to the correct one. It won't be entered until you release a key. You can also dictate text instead of typing and adding punctuation, as well as formatting commands. You can revise text by touching and holding to show the magnifying glass, then dragging it to position it where you need to make a change. You can add text shortcuts on Settings app. Click on Text Replacement and add a text shortcut.

7. Public Transit Information and Directions

This is one of the most important and much awaited addition to the Maps is the information for public transit and directions. You can ask Siri, zoom in our out. You can also search for places or find things nearby. When you get directions, you can choose an alternate route; switch among driving, walking, or transit modes.

8. Music

Apple redesigned the app for its new Apple Music streaming service. When you set up the app, you can tell Music about your preferences by choosing your favourite genres and artists. Save music for offline listening for times when you won't have a reliable cellular signal or WiFi connection. It's also integrated now with Siri or Voice Control, which you can use to play or pause music.