iOS 9 will be available to download on iPhones and iPads from September 16th, with Apple finally giving a firm date for the release of software it first detailed in June.
The latest update to iOS features a wholly rejigged version of Siri, designed to take on the ‘proactive’ smarts of Google Now. That means that as well as acting as a voice assistant, Siri will serve up context aware details such as appointments, boarding cards and the latest sports scores.
Unlike Google Now, however, Apple is making it clear that it will not be storing users’ data indefinitely and that search information will be encrypted.
Apple has canned its Newsstand app and replaced it with News, essentially an amped up RSS feed which can learn you favourite topics and publications before suggesting what else you want to read.
The Notes app has been given a complete overhaul, with the ability to draw pictures and save images directly into a note. Apple is clearly gunning for Evernote with this rejigged feature.
Perhaps most importantly, Maps finally has transit directions, a feature which has been sorely lacking since the much maligned service first launched back in 2011.
Users with iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or higher will be able to download iOS 9.