To begin with, there is at least one new app to be aware of. Previous updates to the OS added new apps like the Health app, the Tips app and the Apple Watch app. This time Apple has added a news reader app. It's intended to be all of your favorite news sources combined into one app. You'll have articles from your favorite political news blog along side news of your favorite football team, and another article about an actor you follow. At first glances, it promises to be a powerful app as it puts all of your information sources together in one app. We like it!
Some old apps have received major upgrades as well. The old standby app, Notes, has received a huge facelift. The Share button in Safari, Maps and other apps will have Notes as an option to save attachments. You can save your attachment to a new note or an existing one. You can even search your notes for attachments in case you don't quite remember which note you put it in. You can turn your Notes lists into To-do lists with a couple of taps, draw directly on your note with your finger with a variety of tools, or even take a picture from within your note. Notes works with iCloud, so all of your notes will be sync'ed across all of your devices. Awesome!
Maps has added a new Transit view, which outlines new ways for you to get to your destination - train, subway, ferry and bus. There is also a Nearby feature that shows you what's around you at your destination. That helps to plan your travels, knowing what sights, restaurants or hotels are nearby.
There are some productivity enhancements for the iOS upgrade for the iPad as well, like Slide Over, Split Screen and Picture in a Picture. We're busy fiddling with the new features on our iPhone, but once we've inspected iOS 9 on our iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 Plus inside and out, we'll focus our attention on the iPad upgrades in our next blog post. There are also some features of iOS 9 that are only available on the new iPhone 6S. We'll cover those as well in another blog post.