10 Best Features in iOS 9, OS X El Capitan Beta Test Releases

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-07-24
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Best Features in iOS 9, OS X El Capitan Beta Test Releases

    With iOS 9 and El Capitan both in beta testing and due for release in the fall, it's a good time to look at the important features built into Apple's latest OSes.
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    iOS 9 Includes News Update, Music Apps
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    iOS 9 Includes News Update, Music Apps

    Apple has announced some new applications for iOS 9 that beta users will want to get acquainted with. For one, the company has added a News app that will make it easier to access content people like and get the latest updates as they become available. In addition, iOS 9 comes bundled with Apple Music, the company's new streaming-music service. Both look to be promising additions to Apple's current slate of apps.
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    The New Split View in El Capitan Will Come in Handy
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    The New Split View in El Capitan Will Come in Handy

    Apple has found a way to vastly improve the way OS X handles viewing two applications at once with Split View. Once users open two windows, El Capitan automatically partitions them on the screen so users can look at them at the same time without fiddling with their placement. Split View is a major win for productivity-seekers.
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    iOS 9 Provides a Better Take on Multitasking
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    iOS 9 Provides a Better Take on Multitasking

    Multitasking is handled a bit better in iOS 9. The operating system now makes it easier for users to see all of the applications that are open and running in the background and quickly switch to them from the platform. Apple's multitasking has been a bit stale over the last few years, but it's getting a much-needed facelift this time around.
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    OS X El Capitan Includes a More Usable Mission Control
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    OS X El Capitan Includes a More Usable Mission Control

    Mission Control has received a much-needed facelift in El Capitan. Now, when users go to their Mission Control, they'll see windows with content aligned in a grid and approximately where they could expect to find them on the screen. Mission Control has previously been a mess of windows that left users searching for content. El Capitan fixes that issue.
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    iOS 9 Will Perform Better Across the Board
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    iOS 9 Will Perform Better Across the Board

    Apple has said that iOS 9 will deliver better performance on several fronts. For one, the operating system will boost battery life by an hour on current devices and, according to Apple, will also be far smaller in size, allowing users to store more of their own content on built-in storage. Apple has also improved its developer framework so apps can more effectively take advantage of the processing power under the hood of its iOS devices.
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    Mail Boosts Productivity in El Capitan
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    Mail Boosts Productivity in El Capitan

    Mail isn't the most enterprise-friendly application in the world, but in El Capitan, it's getting closer to being useful for businesses. The application now has improved full-screen support and support for swipe gestures, so users can easily delete messages, keep them for later and more. In addition, it has full integration with Contacts and Calendar, so users can quickly add content from their emails directly to those apps.
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    iOS 9 Will Have a New Transit Mapping Feature for Big Cities
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    iOS 9 Will Have a New Transit Mapping Feature for Big Cities

    Apple Maps in iOS 9 will add a new transit feature that will allow users to get real-time information on everything from buses to subways. In big cities, especially, this feature will come in handy when folks are looking to find the right subway option to get uptown or need to hitch a ride on a bus to get to an important destination. Look for transit to be heavily used in big cities.
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    Safari Is Easier to Use and Faster in El Capitan
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    Safari Is Easier to Use and Faster in El Capitan

    Apple has touted the speed with which Safari can load pages, saying that it uses the operating system's resources more effectively. Better yet, the Safari browser now works with AirPlay, and sites that a user visits often can be "pinned" to the tabs bar for easy access. The new features aren't major, but they're useful.
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    The iPad Experience Is Much Improved in iOS 9
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    The iPad Experience Is Much Improved in iOS 9

    Apple has made significant inroads in making iOS 9 more appealing to iPad owners. The company's chief addition is better handling of the available screen real estate, enabling iPad users to have two windows open at the same time. The operating system also adapts its keyboard with the iPad, expanding it to include more buttons. iPad users should be quite happy with what they find in iOS 9.
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    There Is an Improved Notes App in OS X El Capitan
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    There Is an Improved Notes App in OS X El Capitan

    The Notes app hasn't always received much attention, but it's been considerably improved in El Capitan. Users can now turn a list into a checklist and add everything from photos to videos to map locations to a note. With help from iCloud, all of the notes—and everything attached to them—are saved across all devices. The Notes update may come in handy for those who don't typically use third-party apps to stay on track.
 

Beta testing time is moving forward steadily in the Apple user community. People around the globe have the opportunity to try out iOS 9 and El Capitan—Apple's latest operating systems—to see how close they are to being ready for distribution and use, as their official release will be in the fall. Apple on July 22 released the second public beta of iOS 9, which includes several major enhancements and bug fixes. Apple cautioned that the operating system is still in beta and it doesn't recommend actively using the platform full time, but those who are more intrepid or are building new apps for the operating system will undoubtedly download it and try it out. The same can be said for Apple's upcoming OS X build, El Capitan, which is also available for download through Apple's developer and beta testing platforms. Apple is being far more open handed with information about its latest operating systems. And this will enable people thinking about adopting platforms to learn quite a bit more before they take the plunge. So read on through the following slides to learn about some of the important features built into iOS 9 and El Capitan.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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