Download links for iOS 9 beta 1 are now live! Announced at the Apple’s WWDC 2015 in San Fransisco. For iPhone 6 Plus, 6, 5s, 5c, 5, 4s, iPad 2 and over and iPod touch 5 on iOS Dev Center. iOS 9 debuts and now here’s the chance to experience it on the oft-mentioned iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices. Release date of the official iOS 9 can be found right here.
In iOS 9, search is taking a big part and which Apple has finally gotten search right on iOS, after a long, long time. With Proactive Assistant on your iOS 9 powered device, fron now can suggest you a plethora of actions based on your location. Like, you can connect your iPhone to a pair of headphones or your car, and Proactive Assistant will recommend you a playlist or audiobook accordingly.
If you pick up your iPhone in the morning, iOS 9 will suggest you which app you should launch, and all this is done based on your daily routine. Furthermore, you can even create calendar events without even touching your keyboard.
If you are an email buff, then you’re going to love this one; once you start adding in contacts to a new mail message, the OS will automatically suggests your contacts which you usually add with someone. Great!
With iOS 9, Apple is boosting the capabilities of Siri in the speed and features department both. Now that Apple’s personal assistant is 40% faster and the same more accurate than before.
Siri in iOS 9 also works with photos and videos stored on your device. You can indeed ask Siri to show you all photos you’ve taken in Australia, and boom, all your results will be front and center. Either, you can even ask Siri to set a reminder about an article you need to finish which you started off on the Web.
According to Apple, Siri now integrates much better with location: “Like a great assistant, your device can now anticipate what you want to do next based on your location, the time, what app you have open, or what you’re connected to.”
Which is also getting a slight boost from Apple’s development team. With the new search hub which will suggest you “recent contacts, apps, or places you may be interested in.” Perfect way to skip across the hassle of launching multiple apps and swiping through home screens.
Security on the other hand is also implemented at the forefront in Apple’s book, and its new method of search and its APIs aren’t any different. Promising that the company doesn’t associate your searches with your Apple ID, nor they shared with third-parties either.
With iOS 9, Apple is taking things up a notch with new features to the Maps app. Apple says: “A new Transit view in Maps includes directions for public transportation like buses, trains, subways, and ferries.”
Brand New Notes App
The Notes app is getting even more productive and with a complete makeover in iOS 9 as well. Are you a fan of to-do lists then you’re certainly gonna love this. “Add a checklist of to-do items in Notes with just a tap.”
You can add photos from your camera right from the Notes app, but that’s not all, you can even add content to your notes from other apps, Maps, Safari etc. as well.
New QuickType Keyboard
iPad owners have a good news, and will be plaesed to learn that iOS 9 comes with a new QuickTime keyboard with new editing tools, making things more accurate, faster than before. With an unique new shortcut bar on top, where all your editing features sit and it’s fully customizable for third-party apps.
With a brand new app for News, iOS 9 displays news, which has curated section of ““articles based on your interests.” The News app explained: Articles in News combine interactive stories with beautiful editorial layouts, photo galleries, animations, and video.”
The News app is available on both the iPhone and iPad, and is typical Apple fashion, your data is kept personal and nothing will be shared with any third-parties by means. In the start, News app will work in the US, UK and Australia.
Multitasking and More Metal
What iOS 9 multitasking features include can be checked in another seperate post. But there’s a teaser: it now supports split-screen multitasking. Metal is ment for games to deliver performance at its peak, introduced with the announcement of Mac OS X El Capitan. In iOS 9, Apple is using the very simple engine for apps as well, to deliver faster performance and smoother scrolling.
in iOS 9 is more easier on resources when compared to iOS 8. An iPhone 6 users will get an additional one hour of usage. On iPad, it will get an extra four hours of usage. Mind. Blown.
iOS 9 Takes Lesser Space
Unlike iOS 8, iOS 9 requires very little free space to update, hence 16GB devices users can rejoice!
It’s Apple’s home automation platform and according to the company: “HomeKit supports new accessories like home security systems and mechanical blinds. And with iCloud Remote Access, you can control them no matter where you are.”
CarPlay Goes Wireless
Starting iOS 9, CarPlay has gone wireless, retracting the need to physically hook up your iPhone to your car’s in-dash infotainment system.
Is a new iOS 9 complete hub for everything related to your health and fitness. With iOS 9, Apple taking things up a notch. The Health app can track “reproductive health, how often you’re seated, and UV exposure.”
iOS 9 final release will take place this fall, expected in October. iOS 9 beta 1 is now available to boot already. Here’s the guide on how to install it.
However, Apple will have a separate program for public testing which will be available in July. Right now iOS 9 beta 1 for registered and enrolled members of Apple Developer Program is outed. Enrollment to the program costs $99 per year.
As being a part of this program, you will get fully early access tothe pre-release beta preview builds of latest Apple software, be it iOS, OS X or watchOS, before theiy are rolled out for public. iOS 9 beta is now available for select models of iPhone, Ipad and iPod touch. Of course compatible with same list of devices as iOS 8. Like as follows:
“iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 1, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 1, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPod touch 5.”
This is the guide which help you download and install iOS 9 bta 1 on your supported device. For more details on iOS 9 compatibility, check out aft-mentioned post.
How to download and install iOS 9 beta 1:
Before installing iOS 9 beta 1, make sure to create a complete backup of your device to either iCloud or using iTunes. Once done, follow the instructions below to install iOS 8 beta:
Step 1: Before you haed over to the download iOS 9 beta section, you need to sign up for Apple Developer Program: https://developer.apple.com/programs/
Cost you $99 USD per year and will give you full access to early beta software releases from Apple. Registered already, then, skip to next step.
Step 2: Signed up? Login into Member Center – https://developer.apple.com/membercenter/ using your registered Apple ID.
Step 3: Now you will need to enter your registered UDID with Apple for the iOS device you want to install the beta on. You can find the UDID of your device by simply plugging your gadget into iTunes, select it, and then click on the serial number for it to show the UDID. Now copy it using CTRL+C on Windows, or command+C on Mac.
Step 4: From the main Member Center page, Click on Certificates, Identifiers & Profiles. Under iOS Apps click on Devices and here click on “+” to register your UDID.
Step 5: Go back to the Member Center page, again. From here, navigate to SDK > iOS > iOS 9 beta and then click on ‘Download’. Now from here select your device from drop down menu to begin downloading the required IPSW firmware file.
Step 6: Once downloaded, extract the downloaded .zip file to get the .ipsw file for installation.
Step 7: Updae to latest version of iTunes on your Windows PC or OS X Mac if you haven’t already and launch it. Also connect your iOS device to the computer.
Step 8: Now its time to install the beta. Mac users need to hold Alt key, and for Windows users, will need to grip Shift key, and then click on the Restore iPhone…button. iTunes will now prompt you to select the ipsw firmware file. Select iOS 9 beta 1 downloaded file.
Step 9: Now sit back and have a coffee as iTunes installs iOS 9 beta on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Takes some time, and once it is installed, your device will boot directly into Hello screen of iOS 9. Happy testing!
Final version of iOS 9 will be released sometime in September alongside the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Stay tuned!