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iOS 9 vs iOS 8: What’s new?

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With WWDC 2015 announcing iOS 9 with a flurry of new features and improvements, there should be a review about iOS 8 vs. iOS 9.  It seems that Apple has opted to use a new system font named “San Francisco” for iphone’s, iPads and Macs running iOS 9. If the new font sounds familiar to you, it may be because it’s the system font used on the Apple Watch OS. Developers are already redesigning their apps for San Francisco, which has already spread from the Apple Watch to the printed keyboard characters of the new 12in MacBook.

iOS 9 vs iOS 8: What’s new?

iOS 8’s Search feature is one that we find ourselves using quite often, and has come a long way since the pre-iOS 7 days. In iOS 8, you can use Search to search Wikipedia, find the latest news, nearby places, apps from the App Store, songs from the iTunes Store and suggested websites, as well as your contacts, messages, emails and notes. Siri and Search are about to get a lot better in iOS 9.

The company apparently wants to offer a range of additional information and features based on the users habits and an understanding of context, making your iPhone a “proactive assistant”. Search will also display categories of nearby places including food, drink, shopping and fun. You’ll also be served with trending news story based on your current location so you’re always in the loop.

In iOS 8, a smart device can only be controlled via its own dedicated app and is unable to communicate with other apps/devices.  Home Kit is Apple’s answer to an Internet of Things platform, which enables users to control a manner of smart connected devices from their iPhone’s using either a “Home” app or Siri.

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