new iOS 9 dev features

During Apple’s WWDC keynote this morning, it offered up a preview of iOS 9. It discussed a number of major new features in the upcoming OS update, including a smarter Siri, improved Maps and better battery life.

But as usual, there are a number of new features in iOS 9 that Apple didn’t really talk about today. The slide you see above gives you an idea of what some of those features might be.

  • OCR accessory setup
  • Search extensibility
  • Audio unit extension
  • VPN plug-in extension
  • Swift 2
  • Map customization
  • Direct document
  • UI testing in Xcode
  • Notification actions
  • Third-party notifications
  • Sensor profile
  • App thinning
  • Motorized windows profile
  • Flyover and Walkthrough
  • New Health data types
  • Code coverage
  • Gaming APIs
  • Automated shades profile
  • Layout guide
  • Shortcut Bar
  • Object-oriented Contacts
  • New multitasking APIs
  • New HomeKit profiles
  • iCloud open in place
  • Home security profile
  • Storyboard references
  • App transport security API
  • Stack view
  • Wireless CarPlay
  • HomeKit iCloud remote access

Sure they briefly talked about some of these things on stage, such as Wireless CarPlay and Swift 2, but a lot of them went unmentioned. Most of these additions are aimed at developers, but they will still have an impact on users through third party apps and games.

Stay tuned to iDB for more iOS 9 coverage.

  • derp

    They actually did mention UI testing in xCode, Gaming APIs and Multitasking APIs…

  • avd98

    I’ve made some notes while using iOS 9, i think you guys will be very happy to know some of them:

    • Kevin Chen

      Also there’s no pop-ups on the keyboard

      • Rayon

        You can turn that on in settings

    • aussieg1

      here’s the best part about siri tho….hey siri is now hands free, no body mentioned it 😛

      • ericesque

        Even when not plugged in?

      • aussieg1

        yup, i said it out loud while not plugged in and it worked

      • Alborz

        it’s not working for me. in settings, it says it has to be plugged into the power…

      • Cal J

        If you were jailbroken and had UntetheredHeySiri installed, its still there.

      • aussieg1

        i never jailbroke my 6+ lol, it came with 8.3 which killed it

    • Sofakingstepwit

      Great info! Thanks!

    • Babou

      waw i’m so happy while im so readying your notes

    • Elias

      thanks for the notes! Could you screenshot the multitasking view?

      • avd98

        Sure, here you go:

      • ravinigga

        WoW i like this new UI.
        Too bad no split screen on iPhone but, is also good is not very handy even on 5,5 screen. Yea mayby landscape but alot of scrolling

    • avd98

      Oh and there’s also this nice battery info at notification center:

      • Hi

        How did you get that?

  • Kevin Chen

    I noticed that the new keyboard doesn’t have the pop-ups anymore

    • luis

      You can change that on settings

  • M.

    What’s that about notification actions?

    • ✯Mike✯


    • Andrew

      Every app can implement the quick reply feature.

  • ready1take1

    it’s always amazing to me how many new features were jailbreak tweaks. if jailbreaking didn’t exist, how many of the now ios features would not have ever been released??

    • Dhoklastellar Fafda®™

      Nope, jailbreaking has zero effect on Apple’s strategy of introducing features as and when they feel fit.

      • Rave Farid

        You speak as an apple administrative, with your comment how do you know about zero effect, “ibet” that all apple dev’s has at least one jailbroken device to keep an eye on and to inspire them they are a house worker for a salaries they need passionate people for the brightest idea

      • John

        You bet….?
        Sure. That carries as much weight as zero effect, but thanks for trying though.

        Keep up the great effort.

  • Chris Tangler

    they mentioned wireless carplay in the keynote

  • Are there any new notification sounds ?

  • Gerardo Castro

    Still can’t hide stock apps… smh.

  • Greg S

    But what about the Jailbreak??!!

    • Dhoklastellar Fafda®™

      yeah Tim Cook, should’ve said, ‘and one more thing…..iOS 9 is fully jailbreakable’

      • Sohail Wahab

        Lol, you killed me

      • Greg S

        Love it. Thanks for the best laugh I’ve had this week.

  • Carlos B

    I just wish the News app was included…

    • James G

      There wouldn’t be any content as publishers aren’t publishing for it yet.

  • Cal J

    I hope that “Notification actions” and “Third-party notifications” means that I can have quick reply for apps other than messages. Can someone explain what these mean?

    • Eni

      I want to know that to

  • enifome

    This info are all interesting, is apple allowing it users transfer files from it OS to other OS? Please somebody make me understand

    • Senith Deelaka Ranchagoda

      From where did you get that?

    • 5723alex .

      Apple has an app to transfer all data from Android to iOS including links to compatible iOS apps.

  • molo23

    A couple of more features I’ve noticed is that now Apple gives us the option to use the side switch to either Lock the rotation or Mute the phone. Also, notifications doesn’t separate based on Apps now, it lists all notifications based on time. And you can also delete all notifications from one day, so for example if you’ve received 59 notifications yesterday, you can now scroll ’til you see “Yesterday”, press the X next to it and clear all notifications received that day. Will keep you posted on anything else I may find.

  • iBarsoom

    I woke up this morning on 26 present only in my iPhone and it was almost 85 percent when i went to sleep. Low Power Mode “sucks”

    Tow finger swipe selection is Not working with copy & paste.

    • Kr00

      Umm, you do understand it is beta software, right?

      • iBarsoom

        I do know it is beta release. But do think it’s promising ?!

    • Senith Deelaka Ranchagoda

      You know that copy paste thing is an iPad feature… and 85 to 26.. there’s something else wrong there..

      • Senith Deelaka Ranchagoda

        How long did you sleep? 12 hours?

      • iBarsoom

        6 hours

    • Rayon

      It does work for me… iPhone 6+

    • Hi

      In IOS 9 beta 1 my battery life has improved a lot with or without “low power mode” on my iPhone 5. Maybe something wrong with your phone?

  • czbird

    Audio unit extension — maybe they finally add Apt-X…

  • Fardeen Beharry

    interactive notification for third poarty works now??? like quick reply for 3rd party apps etc

  • Generalissimo Pantalones

    When are we going to be able to download something to a common file store (like a My Documents), and access it from all apps?

    You know, like a grown up operating system.

  • singhay559

    If they added the ability to remove or disable native apps that would be nice

  • Chang in Charge

    I saw that the Health App now has support for Water Intake!!! This might sound so dumb but I actually requested this a few times through the site! Can’t wait to see what else has been added to the Health App.

    • Rafael

      Yeeeees! I thought I was the only one who cared about water logs.

    • John

      Yup. I sent a feature request in too.

      See–they do work 😉

  • Yunik

    Can anybody tell me what do they meant by 3rd patry notification and notification action. Isnt that already in ios 8. And what is OCR accesory setup

    • Senith Deelaka Ranchagoda

      OCR = Optical Character Recognion..
      So there might be MFi scanner accessories..

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    I guess no Force Touch support? I remember that was gonna be big potentially for the next iphones but no mention of it. Maybe they will save it for September.

    • John

      Why would they mention something that isn’t supported yet?

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        True true

    • ravinigga

      Mayby in september when they show THE new iPhone with iOS 9 for THE new iPhone optimized

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        lol yeah true I dont know what I was thinking

  • 5723alex .

    Where is the “rootless” feature ?

  • zoLa siWisa

    how is the battery life? I am also aware it’s still beta…I would like to try it out


      Battery life sucks to be honest. I know it’s still in beta but it drains a lot faster than normal and I have an iPhone 6 Plus, I know with future beta updates, I know it will get better. Hope that helps


        I used the phone for two hours and it drained 40% of the battery. It was at 100% when I started messing around with it. : ((