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  • It's All About the 'Foundation': Apple Introduces iOS 9


    Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, did the honors today in unveiling to the vast iOS developer community the new features and attributes of the forthcoming major update to Apple's mobile operating system -- iOS 9.

    Succinctly getting to what the update is all about, Federighi aptly described where the biggest changes can be found, in the very "foundation" of the operating system, including a simple yet sophisticated array of fresh convenience, privacy, and security capabilities that ultimately define iOS 9.

    While there's much to absorb about iOS 9, here's the heart of it. The updated mobile OS hones in heavily on what Federighi calls "enhanced intelligence," beginning with Siri, which is getting a new UI in iOS 9.

    "Siri has quietly become incredibly popular," the exec noted in his keynote presentation, adding that over a billion requests are now received per week. Thanks to continual improvements, there's been a 40 percent drop in word comprehension error rate to just 5 percent.

    And more changes are ahead, including the fact that Siri will now be more contextual than ever. If you want a reminder to make a phone call when you get into the car (Siri now knows when you're in the car), you can get that reminder you want. Siri can also access photos with general commands like: "Show my photos from last Christmas in Hawaii."

    "Siri Suggestions" was another standout capability today, as the offering can now serve up a host of recommendations (for apps, contacts on more) cased on contextual user info derived from multiple sources of data and user activity. iOS 9 can even intelligently assess who may be calling you when an incoming and unfamiliar number pops up on your screen screen.

    Then there's search, which is dramatically overhauled to now offer up everything from video search (via leading video sharing platforms) to live sports scores. What's more, Apple is rolling out a dedicated API for search (which drew quite a raucous positive reaction from developers in attendance). Highly attractive as well is the fact that search results will be deep-linked into an app, giving users powerful and expeditious access to the information they may want or need on short notice.



    In addition to discussing updates to Maps, Apple Pay, News and more, Federighi made it clear that privacy and security remain exceedingly important to Apple. The company doesn't tap into user information, doesn't share it with third parties, and when personal details are needed to perform certain functions, all the data is anonymous.

    Please stay with MMi for more insight and reaction from the kickoff to WWDC 2015.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: It's All About the 'Foundation': Apple Introduces iOS 9 started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Nothing interesting except for iPad.
    1. Nuff Said's Avatar
      Nuff Said -
      It's a really good update for the iPad. It sucks for us iPhone users but there needs to be separation between the two devices, which is why I don't own an iPad. I feel there's no need for me to have one with my iPhone. I may start thinking twice about that now.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nuff Said View Post
      It's a really good update for the iPad. It sucks for us iPhone users but there needs to be separation between the two devices, which is why I don't own an iPad. I feel there's no need for me to have one with my iPhone. I may start thinking twice about that now.
      While I don't "need" an iPad, the extra real estate can be very convenient at times.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      All the iPad specific features will be released for iPhone 6 plus soon after iOS 9 is jailbroken.
    1. Nuff Said's Avatar
      Nuff Said -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      All the iPad specific features will be released for iPhone 6 plus soon after iOS 9 is jailbroken.
      They're already available via jailbreak
    1. Al226's Avatar
      Al226 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      All the iPad specific features will be released for iPhone 6 plus soon after iOS 9 is jailbroken.
      Amen to that
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nuff Said View Post
      It's a really good update for the iPad. It sucks for us iPhone users but there needs to be separation between the two devices, which is why I don't own an iPad. I feel there's no need for me to have one with my iPhone. I may start thinking twice about that now.
      I've had an iPad. It's nice to come home. Charge my phone and pick up my iPad mini. I'm gonna love the split windows.