Apple keeps is promise as ever of constant upgrades and surprises. So, it was no surprise when I get a notification today morning on my iPhone, letting me know that I have a software upgrade ready to be installed on my phone – iOS 9.2
And it all really started September this year when we saw the much discussed iOS 9 upgrading our phones after being announced at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2015.
iOS 9 Fresh and New in September 2015
The enviable Apples, iPhones, iPad and the iPod Touch became more proactive and cool with iOS 9. A variety of innovative changes caught the enthusiasts unaware increasing the excitement many fold!
The all new multitasking features introduced working on two apps simultaneously with Slide Over, Split View and Picture in Picture on iPad.
Amongst the built in apps, what caught my eye, simply because I use it the most, was surely the Notes, which started allowing me to include pictures, checklists and scribble to add my very own personal touch to the Notes! Transit information included in the maps now came with public transport information to the aid of strangers in the city!
Coming to the improved Siri, honestly I refrain for commenting, because I feel, across the devices and their operating systems we have a long way to go as regards Text to Speech apps. I am still figuring out when Siri would really understand me. Are you listening Apple?
The technical betterments are always there with Apple releases and so with this one, to enhance system performance, improve security with the six digit passcode and of course the extra battery life using intelligent features like ambient light and proximity features. But, the one that took the cake and is really a savior has to be smaller and more convenient updates to the operating system.
And of course then came iOS 9.1 in October 2015
iOS 9.1 followed very soon in October with a lot of fixes and of course more than a hundred new emoji characters with full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 emojis. Now, that was really something and so was Live Photos intelligently sensing when the iPhone is lowered or raised, so that those movements would not be captured.
And of course many more were included
- Improved stability including CarPlay, Music, Photos, Safari, and Search
- Improved performance while in Multitasking UI
- Fixed an issue that could cause Calendar to become unresponsive in Month view
- Fixes Game Center from launching for some users
- Resolved an issue that zoomed the content of some apps
- Incorrect unread mail count for POP mail accounts was fixed
And December 2015 Brings iOS 9.2
The best ones are Apple Music improvements which allows me to create new playlists from the songs selected, even the playlists changed recently would be displayed at the top of the list. iCloud Music library download and play is also much better now. The Classical music section has been updated to browse works, composers and performers within the Apple Music catalog.
The Mail Drop facility for sending large attachments is soon to be a boon for a person like me working anytime anywhere.
The word is that News will now display Top Stories section to get a hang of the most important ones. iBooks has been a boon for an avid reader like me, and is now all set to support 3D Touch to peek and pop pages from the table of contents, notes and bookmarks, or even from search results inside a book. Audio book support while doing other stuff on the phone is an exciting feature for a multitasker like me.
And it is endless. These cover almost every part of the operating system including Camera, Contacts, Mail, Podcasts, Safari, iCloud, Find My iPhone, Health, Activity, Wallet, VoiceOver, Guided Access and the Apple keyboard
In a nutshell, it is a long list. Best is for each one of us to decide which means what to us.
iOS 9.2 Improvements
- Apple Music changes
- Top Stories section in News
- Mail Drop in Mail for sending large attachments
- iBooks now supports 3D Touch and Audiobook
- iPhone now supports USB Camera Adapter
- Better stability for Safari and Podcast
- Mail attachments inaccessibility and overlap with POP email accounts fixed
- Live Photos malfunction after restoring from a previous iCloud backup
- Calendar seven days display problem fixed
- Fixing an issue where Camera screen on iPad could be black when attempting to capture video
- Correct data display in Health, Wallet updates and Lock screen alerts
- Preventing iOS updates from triggering alarms malfunctions
- Resolving login issues with Find my iPhone
- Improved keyboard responsiveness when using Quick Reply
- Offers keyboards with new expanded view of punctuation symbols and better predictions
- Accessibility improvements and Voiceover improvements
The moral of the story is that iOS 9.2 is expected to have fixed all the problems and obviously would be better than iOS 9 and iOS 9.1.
And it is good to warn everyone that iOS 9.2 has no jailbreak just as its predecessor and jailbreakers wishing to update need to start thinking hard.
In a nutshell
All in all, 2015 was a great year for Apple fans. Right from the dandy iPhones to the smart new iPads and of course the top on the wish list Apple Watch; Apple had a lot in store. All complemented with the suitable iOS 9 in its latest avatar iOS 9.2 today
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