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Apple unveils iOS 9 update with improvements to Siri, iPad multitasking and more

Blair Hanley Frank | June 9, 2015
Apple is refreshing its mobile devices with a new update to iOS that was shown off at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday.

The New York Times will be delivering 30 free news articles to users of the app every day, along with other content providers like Conde Nast and The Verge. The app will first roll out to customers in the U.S., U.K. and Australia when iOS 9 launches later this year.

Apple also focused on improving the experience of using the iPad by adding the ability to multitask on the tablet. On the iPad Air 2, you can now run two applications side-by-side, so it's possible to compose email and reference the calendar at the same time. Users of the iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2 will be able to pull in content from other third-party apps alongside the app that they're currently using to quickly reference outside content. Apple also included support for picture-in-picture video, so people can keep up with what they're watching while taking care of business.

iOS device owners will see performance improvements with the update, including serious improvements to an iOS device's battery life. Apple's testing showed that iOS 9 adds an average of one hour to an iPhone's battery life. In addition there's a new battery-saving mode that senior VP of software engineering Craig Federighi said "pulls levers you didn't even know existed" to add an additional 3 hours of battery life by shutting off power-draining features.

When the update arrives later this year, users will only need 1.3 GB of free space on their devices in order to install it over the air. That's a major difference compared to iOS 8, which required that users have 4.6 GB of free space on their devices before they could update.

The update will support all of the devices that ran iOS 8, including the aging iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. In addition to a developer beta that's available Monday, Apple will launch a public beta for the operating system in July of next year.


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