New Features Coming Tomorrow with Apple’s New Mobile OS — iOS 9

If you have a relatively new model iPhone, iPad or iPod, you'll soon be able to download what Apple is calling its most advanced mobile operating system yet: iOS 9. Available starting tomorrow as a free update, iOS 9 is being touted by Apple as more intelligent and more proactive than any previous version.

Among the changes users are most likely to notice are: new support for multitasking; a new (though not in all markets) News app; the addition of public transit information in Maps (again, only in some markets); and an updated Siri digital assistant that's quicker to offer both answers and suggestions.

Before upgrading to iOS 9, Apple users should be sure to take the usual precaution of backing up the content on their devices first. The new mobile operating system will work on the iPhone 4 and later generations, fifth-generation and later iPod Touches, and the iPad 2 and iPad mini and up.

3D Touch To Arrive with New iPhones

"With iOS 9 we focused on strengthening the foundation of iOS with a deep focus on quality," Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, said last week. He added that more than one million users participated in Apple's beta program, which enabled the company to develop "the best version of iOS yet."

In addition to the updates to Siri, Maps and News, iOS 9 will also offer a redesigned Notes app and greater support for multitasking. That last feature will be especially noticeable on the iPad, where users will now be able to more easily switch between simultaneously running apps with Slide Over, Split View and Picture-in-Picture.

Perhaps Apple's most daring change, though, will come with its new 3D Touch technology, which will arrive with the release of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus on September...

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