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Top 10 iOS Tips & Tricks

iOS 9, brings some fantastic new features including a lower-power mode and a Back button. Our guide to iOS 9’s 10 most interesting and useful new functions will help you get the most out of your iPhone/iPad and change the way you experience it.


1. Smarter Siri

Maths: Siri can now do basic math functions, including converting units (ex: “How many pounds is 34 KGs”)

Set Contextual Reminders: Siri can now set reminders for you based on your location.

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2. Low Power Mode (iPhone Only)

Whenever your iPhone drops below 20 percent power, a message will pop up to warn you of this fact and to offer Low Power Mode. It will reduce animations & decrease the time before the screen darkens. It also optimized your phone for low power opration

You can also activate Low Power Mode  in the new Battery section of Settings. (It’s in the same grouping as the General section, and has a green icon.)


3. 6 Digit Passcode


As part of Apple’s enhanced focus on Security, you can now have a 6 digit passcode (previously 4 digits). If you aren’t too fond of using 6 Digits, you can still revert back to the 4 Digit Passcode. It is under Settings -> Touch ID & Passcode.



4. Multitasking (iPad Only)

The much awaited Multitasking is a welcome addition to iOS. It involves opening any app and then simply swiping from the right which allows you to pick any app. This way you can use two apps simultaneously without having to change your App screens! iOS_9_new_features_multitasking_1000d_thumb800

5. Smaller Install

Instead of the massive 4.5GB Update of iOS 8, iOS9 only requires a little under 1.5GB for the initial download. It then downloads (streams) the other files as needed.

If even then it finds the space too less, if offers to temporarily delete Apps and then re-installs them back onto your Device.


6. Shortcuts on Keyboard

Depending on the app you’re in, the shortcuts will vary, but you’ll always get Cut (scissors), Copy (a square and dotted square) and Paste (a solid square and clipboard). If space is tight, however (such as in Notes), these three may be hidden together under a single icon: the scissors. iOS_9_shortcut_bar_thumb800

7. Notes

One of iOS 9’s best features is the completely updated and improved Notes app. It’s clearly built for the new iPad Pro – just look at those drawing tools – but the iPhone and regular iPad also get some welcome new features. Our favourite is the to-do list creator which lets you whip up quick list of reminders. ios9notes

8. Android Migration

A new app called Android Migration Assistant helps move all of a user’s data over from their old phone to the new one. It transfers contacts, email accounts, music, photos, web history, wallpaper and any DRM-free songs and books.

It also goes through the apps on a user’s old Android phone and suggests equivalents on the App Store. Apps you’ve paid for on Android are added to the iTunes Wish List.



9. Flash

You can now chose to switch On and switch Off the Flash during Video Recordings.



10. Back Button

If you navigate from one app to another using the Notification pull-down or other direct jump, you’ll notice a new Back to… icon in the top-left of the screen. This new button takes you back to the previous app. (The option doesn’t appear if you went back to the Home screen between apps.)

Similarly, if you go to the search page (swipe right from the starting Home screen) and select an option from there, you’ll be given the option to go back to the search you ran.



iOS 9 is Compatible with the following Models:


  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6S+
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6+
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5S


  • iPod 6th Generation
  • iPod 5th Generation

  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4
  • iPad 3
  • iPad 2
  • iPad Mini 4
  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Mini 2
  • iPad Mini

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