A few weeks ago I installed the iOS 9 Public Beta on my iPhone 6 Plus. If you didn’t know, Apple made the next version of it’s mobile operating system available to the public prior to it’s official launch date this year. Normally this is a privilege reserved for app developers so that they can make sure their apps will run as smoothly as possible when people begin using the next version of iOS.
Of course I couldn’t wait to test drive iOS 9 (not only as a tech reviewer, but as a salivating Apple fan). Yes, I was eager to test the new intelligent search/Siri functionality and experience the new built-in apps (like the News and Notes apps) and to see if the whole shebang was truly faster/better as Apple claimed. But in testing out iOS 9, there were a few new things I noticed that, while relatively small updates, have really put a smile on my face as an iPhone user.
Since I haven’t seen a couple of these features mentioned elsewhere around the web, I thought I’d include them here!
I use Siri to create reminders all the time. All day long. It’s more convenient than using a to-do list app like Wunderlist (which I love and use frequently by the way) simply because it’s so fast thanks to Siri. But in iOS 8 these reminders only appeared on my lock screen one time and then disappeared. So if I didn’t act on that item right then — the entire thing I was wanted to take care of might have slipped past me forever. But not so in iOS 9! Now reminders are sticky meaning they stay on the lock screen until you mark them as complete. So now reminders nag you a bit more which I actually think is pretty awesome. I also appreciate that reminders are now easier to edit as they are being created using Siri. Much better than having to delete them and start all over.
Longer Battery Life
I’m a heavy iPhone user. With iOS 8 it was rare to not see my phone get under 10% during a typical business day. But thanks to the new Low Power mode in iOS 9 I’m getting a much more usable amount of battery life (out of the exact same iPhone 6 Plus!). The first time I encountered this was the day ...