Key features of the coming iOS 9 — In yesterday’s WWDC 2015 Keynote, Apple senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi introduced the upcoming version of Apple’s mobile operating system iOS 9. Key features of iOS 9 will include Slide Over, Split View, Picture-in-Picture and more. Possibly best of all is an hour’s more battery from a new Low Power Mode. Six ‘Headaches of iOS 8 will also be fixed.
Goodbye to Newstand — An app called News for iOS 9 replaces Newsstand as the place Apple wants mainstream periodicals — plus websites and every other kind of publisher — to place stories and articles. Apple showed off a sneak peek during Monday’s WWDC keynote. According to messages from developers who have installed iOS 9, the Newsstand quasi-folder turns into a regular folder, and Newsstand apps now have a standard, static iOS icon rather than a custom issue-cover one.
Apple steps up security with native two-factor and 6-digit passcodes in iOS 9 — Nestled in the middle of iOS 9 announcements were two security-related bumps: Tighter still security you set a six-digit passcode instead of a four-digit one; and two-factor authentication becomes a built-in part of iOS (and OS X) rather than an afterthought.
Android migration assistant — Apple wants to make it easier for Android smartphone users to switch to iPhone, so when iOS 9 ships this fall it’s going to include a new app designed to help move your data over for you. The app transfers everything from contacts and email accounts, to music and photos, and then lets you know you can take your old Android phone to an Apple Store for free recycling.
Reproductive and other Tracking — Reproductive tracking will be added to the Health app as part of the upcoming iOS 9 update. The lack of women’s health-related monitoring in iOS has been a sore point since iOS 8 shipped last fall. Soon you’ll be able to glance at where you are in your reproductive cycle — alongside how many steps you’ve taken that day, and how many calories you’ve eaten — using Apple’s built-in Health app. The reproductive-tracking addition is joined by other new metrics, such as UV tracking, water-intake tracking, and your time spent not moving.