iOS 9 beta 5 sports new tools, including interesting new “Wi-Fi Assist” feature

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Date: Friday, August 7th, 2015, 06:40
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software


The iOS 9 betas continue to roll out for registered developers, but some interesting new features appear to be surfacing.

Over the past few weeks, the betas have included tweaked icons, the return of Home Sharing support, a new Handoff UI, a cleaner Apple Music experience, and changes to how Apple Pay can be activated on the lock screen. Main features in iOS 9 include an overhauled Notes app, transit directions in Maps, multitasking features on iPad, a News app, and others.

Some interesting new features include the following:

– CarPlay now better supports Beats 1 and Apple Music features including ‘liking’ tracks.

– WiFi Calling support built-in for AT&T subscribers (appears not yet functional), previously only supported by T-Mobile.

– Shuffle All button now prominently placed in My Music, previously required several steps to enable
Shuffle All.

– App Store and iTunes Store section in Settings now labeled “App and iTunes Stores”.

– New Wi-Fi Assist toggle in Cellular settings for switching to cellular data when experiencing weak Wi-Fi.

– Text shortcuts are now labeled “Text Replacement”.

– Picture in Picture can now be pushed off screen, an arrow is available to bring it back into frame.

– Refreshed settings options for News app.

– Apple’s Podcasts app now supports Handoff between devices.

Granted, everything’s still in beta, but there’s some interesting stuff in the works here for iOS 9.

If you’ve had a chance to play with the new iOS 9 betas and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

Via 9to5Mac

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