(Mirror Daily, United States) – No longer than a month ago has Apple released iOS 9 software for iPhones, and yet, here it is: the next version has already started rolling out for all users of iOS 9, accompanied by the much-awaited food emoji.
For those who were looking forward to have their emoji desires fulfilled, wait no more: the taco emoji, joined by one for champagne, hot dog and a unicorn are finally here. However, the first significant update to iOS 9 has fairly minor fixes, and it mostly deals with improving some of the tools.
Live Photos, for example, now knows to stop recording upon detecting the user has lowered the iPhone, and CarPlay and the app switcher have also been updated. But that’s basically it, which is rather insignificant compared with the iOS 7.1 and iOS 8.1 updates back in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
For instance, last year’s update improved Apple Pay support, launched the iCloud photo library, and revived the ol’ camera roll. When iOS 7.1 made it on our iPhones, iTunes and CarPlay made an appearance, accompanied by some changes in Siri, the digital voice assistant.
Apple’s practice of updating its iOS every year is necessary, if they want a fresh platform and maintain customers’ interest in its products. At the same time, keeping the pace with the tech times ensures that software developers are still interested in developing apps for its operating system.
The updates are also key in keeping Apple at the top of the game, as competitors like Google, also hold a significant share in the market with Google Now and other features designed to offer predictive capabilities for Google’s Android software.
According to Apple’s most recent report on its developer site, iOS 9 has been downloaded on 61 percent of the company’s mobile gadgets. Some 30 percent were still using the previous version iOS 8, while 9 percent hadn’t upgraded from iOS 7 or older Apple mobile software.
The new operating system released in September has included improvements designed to make iPhones and iPads much more capable of predicting and meeting the owner’s needs and desires. For example, iOS 9 can suggest which apps to automatically load or which people to contact based on the user’s patterns.
Siri, Apple’s voice assistant, has also been updated in iOS 9; she has received a new interface and she can now remind the owner of appointments and meetings without being specifically told to beforehand.
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