Interapt’s Favorite Features of iOS 9

It has been about a week since the iOS 9 release was available to download. The newest Apple iOS update isn’t a revolutionary change, but the subtle changes are enough that we keep talking about it in the office. Engineering apps for iOS, this update affects our design and development processes, but we appreciate the disruption.

Keep reading to check out what we think of the features we value most with the latest iOS 9 update.

Proactive Siri

Now, getting Siri’s attention by saying “Hey Siri,” is easier and the concierge provides more suggestions catered to the user. Also, Apple bragged about a “Proactive “ interface with this update. By swiping down from the top, the spotlight search now gives suggestions to quickly maneuver to apps that the user uses and likes the most, nearby locations, and trending news articles. Siri quietly keeps tabs on what you do on your phone, who you talk to, where you are, and habitual use of your phone.

Subtle Design Changes

Whether it’s the more colorful Siri or the new San Francisco font, the iOS 9 update brings a great deal of small design changes. Subtle design changes include the keyboard, app icon shape, and the in-app back button, and colorful interface when interacting with Siri.  The keyboard update incorporated the lowercase letters and it has led to the increase in typos among staff members in our office. As far as app icon buttons, our developers and operations interact with  phone screens for a long period of time. After downloading the iOS 9 update, they had to stop and have a discussion about whether or not they were going crazy. But the app icon did in fact change; the edges are rounder and have a more flat design. However, the most welcomed change was the in-app back button. Now the interruption of a message during phone use isn’t so unwelcomed. It’s easy with the back to [previous] app button in the top left corner.


With the announcement of the 12.9 inch iPad Pro, multitasking has finally been introduced to the iOS family. This feature is only available on iPads, but it’s been needed for what seems like forever now. iOS 9’s multitasking feature allows users to view two apps at once side by side. One app takes over one-third of the screen, sliced vertically to the right side. This is called Slide Over. Activate Slide Over from any app by swiping inwards from the right-hand side of the screen, triggering a menu sidebar that offers a range of apps (both first and third party, though third-party apps must be updated to support the feature) and then runs your selection in a sidebar view. This feature isn’t supported on old iPads that don’t have Retina display.

Then, there’s Split View. Unfortunately this is only applicable to those who have the iPad Air 2. With both apps are active – users can interact with them at the same time, even scrolling them in opposite directions thanks to multi-touch. This allows iPad Air 2 owners to view a journey in Maps while jotting down directions in an email or Notes. The amount of space each app takes up is also adjustable, between 50/50 and two thirds/one third. The best part of Split View is that you can drag elements between apps, allowing users to drag a photo from Safari into Notes, for example.

Finally, there is picture in picture viewing. Thankfully, this functionality applies to all iPads with the iOS 9 update. It’s simple but highly appealing: if you’re watching video (online, in BBC iPlayer or another video app, or in FaceTime) you can tap the Home button and you’ll be taken back to the Home screen – yet the video will shrink down and carry on playing. Pretty stinkin’ cool and welcomed.


All in all, the update is subtle but it’s making waves. At Interapt, staying up to date with operating systems is crucial. We want to develop the best app to continue to make your company better. These updates help more of the user which translates to helping your customer. Interested in connecting with your customers through a mobile app? Email us at

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