Apple on Thursday launched the first public beta of its iOS operating system. The iOS 9 Beta is now live for anyone with an iPhone or iPad to download.
The latest iteration of iOS brings a number of small tweaks to the iPhone, as well as a new native ‘News’ app that is similar to Flipboard in that it aggregates news and other content from a variety of sources. The ‘Notes’ app has undergone a complete revamp and now allows users to add photos, maps and URLs, as well as sketch and syncs those things across devices.
Apple’s Siri-powered virtual assistant is more proactive in iOS 9. The iPhone now tries to offer relevant suggestions and apps given the contextual information it gathers.
Siri herself has improved as well. Users can now ask her more things and she/he can also more easily understand what users are saying.
The iPad version of iOS 9 will now allow for users to have more than one window open simultaneously, and a number of typing shortcuts have been added.
Apple on Thursday also launched the public beta of its desktop OS X operating system.
The new operating system comes ahead of an expected fall rollout of new iPhones, likely the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus.