Apple Has Released The IOS 9 Public Beta: Here Are The Cool New Features

The new Notes upgrade will change lives, people.

The public beta for Apple's iOS 9 is here, and so far it's looking good, with a host of new features making the iPad and iPhone even more awesome. It's worth noting that the software isn't final, so it could have a couple of lurking bugs, but if you're feeling brave enough to try it out, here's what you can expect...

1. A Maps upgrade that public transport users will love

One huge thing Apple's Maps was missing - that often had us opening Google Maps - is transit directions for those of us who don't rely on cars for everything.

At last, the app can give you directions for walking, catching the tube and hopping on a bus, and it even throws in tips on entrances and exits at train stations.

2. Improved note-taking (with doodles, no less)

From jotting down details of a new beauty launch to listing all the snacks we need to buy for the weekend, Notes is one of our most-used apps - and that's not about to change.

Now that they've added a toolbar that allows you to make checklists, drop photos in and draw doodles, our Notes app is about to look much like our Year 7 English book. Read: covered in stars and hearts.

3. Extra juice for your battery

If your battery is often dying at the most inopportune moments (always mid-Facebook stalking, am I right?), you'll be pleased to hear that the update can give you a little more juice.

Not only does the software optimise battery life so you get an extra hour to play with, but a new low-power mode can also give you an extended three hours of use.

4. A super-smart, all-new News app

Why spend time looking for news when the new News app can do that for you? It's a personalised reader that serves your stories from your favourite sources (oh, HEY), in a custom layout with inline videos and galleries.

Based on what you're already reading, it can also suggest similar topics and channels, and you can favourite articles you like if you fancy going back to them later on.

5. Some marvellous multi-tasking

We never claimed not to be really lazy, and flipping through apps can be such a bore, so we already know we'll hooked on the brand new multi-tasking option for the iPad Air 2. You can pin apps to the side of the screen, there's a split ratio that's adjustable, and both screens are fully active so you could be mapping out a route while writing a text.

6. A smarter Siri

Siri is growing up and becoming even more intelligent. In fact, she can now remind you of things based on the time of day, or even your location. Cue less forgetting milk every time you nip into Sainsbury's, fewer missed birthday greetings and - let's face it - happier friends, now that you're ever so slightly less flaky.

7. Better searching with Spotlight

Spotlight - you know, the bit of your phone that you've never actually tried - is about to become your most-used feature thanks to its brand new searching options. As well as searching your iPhone, it's able to show results from the Internet, your contacts, apps and nearby locations. Pretty handy, no?

If you're ready to take the risk and try iOS9 before it's been finalised, head to the Beta Software Program page and express interest by signing in with your Apple ID. From there they'll tell you what to do, you crazy daredevil, you.

By Zara Kenyon

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