Get Apple's iOS9 - and what's new?

13 July 2015

appleApple are getting set to drop their latest operating system - the iOS 9 - which will be available some time in Autumn... but you can get it now. Apple have released the public beta version (which means it might have some things in it that need ironing out), which means you can get stuck into it while Apple put the finishing touches to it.

What's new? Well, iOS 9 has a bunch of new things, including the much welcomed addition of highlighting when you've put the capslock on, when composing text on your iPhone or iPad. There's also a souped-up version of the Notes app, where you can doodle things with your finger and an improved in-built Maps app, which shows you public transport maps and the like.

Nothing revolutionary, but it looks like the additions will be useful enough.

On the iPad, iOS9 will allow you to multitask, by allowing you to use multiple programs and apps at the same time.Video playback will sits in the corner of other opened apps, and there'll be a shortcut bar for other applications.

The whole thing looks a little tidier too, which means a new font and new logos for all the apps.

So how to do get the beta version? Well, the first thing you should do, is back up your iPhone or iPad. Seeing as this is a work-in-progress version of the operating system, it means that it could be a little temperamental; that means you should have a back-up to revert to, should it end up doing your head in.

It should be very stable, but don't take any chances.

Sign yourself up for Apple's testing programme at beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram and click the blue sign up button. Put your Apple ID in there and you're nearly on your way. Make sure you are using the same ID you use on the iOS device you will be installing the new software on.

Then, on your chosen device, go to beta.apple.com and, using Safari, sign-in. Then, you can scroll to the 'step two' bit of the page and hit 'download profile'. There, you'll be redirected to your device's Settings app, where you can tap the 'install' button. Stick in the pin for your device, agree to the T&Cs, and then restart your device.

Once it has restarted, launch the Settings app, hit 'general' then 'software update' and iOS 9 will waiting there, to install once you press 'update'.

TOPICS:   Mobile   Gadgets

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