Initial Thoughts on iOS 9

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I don’t do the public betas of iOS or OS X, as I prefer the guarantee of a better level of stability (although, it has to be said that Photos and iTunes under Yosemite are really good at causing a kernel panic through the NVIDIA graphics chip and taking my iMac out). As a result, I’ve been watching news and comments articles on iOS 9 with interest.

I finally got to try it today, as – surprisingly – I was able to download the installers on all on our iOS devices from about 90 minutes after the update went live. This is fantastic compared to previous launches when the servers have been so busy that it has taken me the best part of 24 hours to get the download.

Installation was smooth on our iPad 2, iPad mini, iPhone 5s and iPhone 6. The old iPad 1 is long past updates but fine for movies and some internet.

First impressions - the new system font, San Francisco, feels more rounded than Helvetica Nueue, but I like the style. In honesty, three hours in it feels the norm. The introduction of a ‘Back to App’ option when you drop to another app is great. The introduction of Ad Blockers seems great, but unfortunately can’t be used on the iPads as they aren’t 64 bit CPUs which the architecture is built around. The backlight adjustments for ambient light seem more aggressive. I’m not certain in the new app switcher screen, but I’m glad it lost the contacts material. It feels quicker, but this could be psychological.

Be interesting to see how this develops.

16 September 2015
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