The Apple Maps function may have been available since iOS 6, but it has not quite yet managed to set imaginations alight. In fact, the iO6 mapping feature was woefully underdeveloped compared to the functions offered by Google, and a raft of very minor alterations have done little to change this until now. With the release of iOS 9 will come the first serious improvements to Maps since its inception.
The biggest change is reported to be the addition of public travel data. In other words, the updated version of Maps will incorporate multimodal routing frameworks, which provide information about not just public transit routes, but also how much walking time is required in between journeys on buses, trains, and subway cars. We’ll see if Apple maps can finally be decent enough to consider over Google.
There is plenty of good news on the horizon for iPad users too, because Apple has announced that it will usher in a variety of new multitasking features for iOS 9. The one change which has most excited fans is the new ability to operate two apps at one time. The multiple apps will be managed and controlled via a central app switching tool, which allows for quick changes to be made.
It is also true that lots of users are eagerly anticipating the inclusion of a multitasking shrink feature. This is a tool which enables operators to start watching a streamed video on their phones or tablets, and then shrink it down to a smaller window, so that work can be continued on emails, messages, and other tasks. This is multitasking at its finest, and the iOS 9 promises a reliable and fast service.
How to Get Your Hands on iOS 9
There is currently an early beta version of iOS 9 doing the rounds, so developers are able to get their hands on these new features before the rest of us. If you are worried about having to wait until the autumn to play around with the new system, however, you are in for a pleasant surprise. For the first time, Apple is allowing the Public to text as well. iOS 9 Public Beta
The full and official launch of iOS 9 will not occur until the autumn, as per usual, but Apple has confirmed that upgrades will come at no cost to the user. It is compatible with all of the same devices that the iOS functions alongside – namely, the iPad 2 and upwards, the iPhone 4S and upwards, and the fifth generation iPod Touch.