iOS 9.0.2 Update Brings Fix for App Mobile Data and Other Bugs

Apple on Wednesday released iOS 9.0.2 with an aim to to fix quite a few bugs in Apple’s mobile operating system. This is the second bug squashing update the company has released in two weeks since the release of iOS 9.

The new update fixes a range of bugs including patching the glitch that caused issue while turning on and off app cellular data usage. Many users were unable to adjust their mobile data settings.

iOS 9.0.2 also addresses an issue that prevented users from activating their iMessage accounts. If your device’s screen was rotating incorrectly upon receiving notifications, Apple noted that glitches had been fixed too.

The iOS 9.0.2 update also resolves an issue where an iCloud Backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup. Finally, Podcast stability has also been improved.

The new update also comes with a security patch that fixes the bug that allowed users to bypass the lock-screen to access photos and contacts.

The update, which weighs north of 60MB, is available to download over the air from iOS Settings app, or alternatively, you can also snag it from iTunes on your Mac or PC computer. It is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices that support iOS 9.

Here’s the full changelog.

  • Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app mobile data usage
  • Resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users
  • Resolves an issue where an iCloud Backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup
  • Fixes an issue where the screen could incorrectly rotate when receiving notifications
  • Improves the stability of Podcasts

At the sidelines, Apple also released the third beta of iOS 9.1 for developers, as well as OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the latest iteration to its Mac operating system. Also worth knowing is that Apple has closed the signing window for iOS 8.4.1 and iOS 9.0. This means that you can no longer downgrade to the said versions from iOS 9.0.1 or iOS 9.02.

15 iOS 9 Features That Make Your iPhone and iPad Better Than Ever

There are several great features in iOS 9 that bridge the gap between the OS and its apps. This deeper integration is bound to please people who use the platform as everyday tasks are now much faster on iOS. Apart from that, Apple has also promised improved performance and battery life on older iOS devices. Here are the best new features of iOS 9.

1) Smoother performance on old iOS devices
This is our favourite feature as it breathes new life into old iOS devices. As we reported earlier, iOS 9 brings smoother switching between apps, quicker load times and less lag on devices such as iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iPad 3.

2. Faster app switcher
Switching between apps is much faster on iOS thanks to a new interface. You can double-tap the home button to pull up the new interface, in which each app takes up less space on screen. You can also swipe upwards with four fingers on the iPad to pull up the new app switcher.


3. Better, faster Siri
Apple’s virtual assistant Siri now does a much better job understanding Indian accents than ever before. We’ve also seen that it responds more quickly to queries. Siri can also respond to more contextual queries, such as: “Show me photos taken in Delhi”.


4. Proactive assistance
This is one of the most useful features of iOS 9. Based on your usage, the OS will try to provide helpful suggestions. For instance when you plug in headphones, iOS 9 will suggest that you resume the podcast you had paused. Or, if an unknown number calls, iOS 9 will check your emails, to try and show you the contact’s name. Proactive search also shows you nearby points of interest in some regions – such as places to visit for shopping, food, and more.

5. Better Spotlight search
Spotlight search can now search within apps as well. Type anything into the search bar and you will see results from within apps that have been updated to add support for this feature. iOS 9 will show apps you open or contacts you reach out to at any given time of the day. In some regions, people will also be shown interesting places to visit nearby and news based on what they’ve been reading on the Apple News app.


6. Battery optimisations
Apple’s iOS 9 comes with a new low-power mode that automatically cuts data use and triggers other settings to extend your device’s battery life. This can be found under Settings > Battery. With iOS 9, the iPhone’s screen won’t be switched on if the device is lying face down on any surface. Apple claims that these tweaks will improve your iOS device’s battery life by one hour, with low power mode extending it even further.

7. Better security
The four-digit passcode can now be replaced with a six-digit code that is much harder to crack. While a four-digit code means there are only around 10,000 possible combinations, the new six-digit code takes that number up to 1 million.

8. iPad-only features
Apple’s renewed focus on the iPad shows in the number of software tweaks exclusively available for the company’s tablet line. The Notification Centre on the iPad show up in a neat two-column view – one for Today view and the other for notifications. The iPad also gets new features such as SlideOver (check another app while using the current one), Picture-in-Picture mode (watch a video while using other apps) and split-screen multitasking. SlideOver and Picture-in-Picture are available on the iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro; split-view is only for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro.


9. Improved keyboard
The default QuickType keyboard app on iOS 9 comes with a shortcut bar that lets you add attachments, copy or paste quickly, and even has undo and redo buttons. iPad users can swipe on the keyboard with two fingers to access the trackpad mode. This makes selecting and editing text a lot easier. If you connect a physical keyboard to the iPad, you can use several keyboard shortcuts such as command-tab to switch between apps, making the experience more laptop-like.


10. App thinning
This feature saves a lot of space on your iOS device. Your device will only download the resources needed for the app to run on your device, as opposed to downloading those needed for the app to run on all iOS devices. Game developers can let users download certain levels when players reach them rather than downloading all levels during installation.

11. Improved Notes app
You can now save attachments directly to the Notes app, via an extension. This is useful if you need to save links, maps, or documents. The Notes app also has an attachments browser that organises everything you save to the app. It also automatically turns lists into checklists and lets you add photos or even doodle.


12. Content blockers
Apple’s Safari browser on iOS 9 supports content blocker extensions. These let you block ads and other elements on webpages. This will significantly reduce load times for websites, thereby reducing data usage and improving your device’s battery life. This is restricted to iOS devices running 64-bit chips, which means it’ll work only on iPhone 5s or newer, iPad Air or newer, and iPod touch 6th generation.

13. Quick replies
If you get a text notification, you can pull it down and reply without opening the Messages app. This has been possible since iOS 8. With iOS 9, third-party app developers can implement this feature. So, for example, when a notification pops up that someone has left a comment on your photo, you could quickly ‘like’ their comment or reply to it without interrupting your work – should Facebook decide to implement this feature.

14. iCloud Drive
There’s a new iCloud Drive app on iOS 9. This will let you browse the contents of your iCloud Drive, while earlier you were limited to seeing your iCloud documents from within the apps where you had created them.


15. Return to apps quickly
When you open a Twitter link from the Mail app, you can now quickly return to Mail by tapping theBack to Mail link on the top left. This feature works with many other apps too, making switching between them a lot faster and simpler. This also eliminates the need for many iOS apps to design an in-built browser. You could click a link in the show notes in your podcast app, read it in Safari and return to the podcast app quickly by tapping the Back to Podcasts link.


Bonus: Apple News
Apple’s own Flipboard-like News app lets you read articles from various news sources in a beautiful interface. Unfortunately this feature will initially be available only in the US, UK and Australia. Another change is that the old Newsstand app has been removed. All the magazines you subscribe to will now show up just like apps on your home screen instead of inside the Newsstand app.

(Also see: How You Can Get the iOS 9 Apple News App Outside the US)



20 Awesome Hidden Features of iOS 9

There are several hidden features in iOS 9 that are very useful. There are nifty features to improve battery life, and tweaks that improve the security of you iOS device, along with small tweaks like the Bluetooth battery widget and reorganised folders on iPads that make the experience of using your device that little bit better. Here is a list of features that you may not have spotted on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

1) Swipe right to invoke Spotlight
Spotlight has been reinstated to a screen of its own in iOS 9. Before iOS 7, Spotlight could be invoked by swiping right from (moving to the left of) the main home screen, but this hasn’t been the case with recent iOS versions. Here you will also see Siri’s suggestions for apps and contacts based on what apps you use and who you contact at any given time of the day. Note that you can also use Spotlight search by swiping downwards on the home screen, as in iOS 7 and iOS 8.

2) Settings search
The settings app is one of the more crowded and confusing parts of your iPhone or iPad – but now, you don’t need to know where every setting is. The search bar at the top of the Settings app lets you quickly find whatever options you were looking for, to easily make the changes you want.


3) Low power mode
Running out of charge? Go to Settings > Battery and enable Low Power Mode. This disables certain visual effects, automatic downloads (apps, songs, etc), mail fetch, and background app refresh to improve battery life.


4) App screen time
Go to Settings > Battery and tap the clock icon under Battery Usage. This will give you detailed app usage information, and shows you how much time an app has been active, or running in the background. If an app is using a lot of battery while in the background, removing it could solve some battery woes.


5) Batteries widget
Open the Notification Centre and add the Battery widget. You will see the battery level of your iPhone, and also all paired devices like Apple Watch or Bluetooth headphones. It also has a tiny icon there to let you know if the device is charging.

6) Photo folders
The photo album on your iPhone or iPad has always been a slightly cluttered mess, but iOS 9 has brought some changes that could help. Open the Photos app and tap Albums. You’ll see that all your photos are now neatly categorised into folders, such as Selfies, Panoramas, Screenshots, and more.

7) iPad folders

If you’ve created folders on the home screen of you iPad, you will notice that there are four apps per row in each folder, and four rows, as opposed to the three by three grid in iOS 8. That means that each page of a folder can now show 16 apps at a time, which is handy as you won’t have to keep hunting for apps hidden away behind pages now. This is just one of the many iPad-specific tweaks in iOS 9.

8) Keyboard shortcuts

QuickType keyboard on the iPad has several nifty features in iOS 9. An entire shortcut bar at the top lets you quickly add attachments, formatting, and has nice undo and redo buttons too. Swiping on the keyboard with two fingers unveils a trackpad mode. This trackpad feature comes to iPads, and the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus (via 3D Touch). If you plug in a Bluetooth keyboard accessory, you can use quite a few shortcuts such as command-N to create a new document in certain apps such as Pages. Third-party apps like Microsoft Outlook have also been updated to make use of this feature.

9) Return to app
Moving between apps is a lot easier on iOS 9. If an app opens a link in another app, you’ll be able to get back to the first app without needing the app switcher. For example, if you open a link in the Messages app, it will open in Safari. To return to the app, just tap the Back to Messages link on the top-left.

10) Custom numeric passcode

If you don’t want to set a six-digit passcode or a regular password comprising alphabets and numbers, you can create a custom numeric passcode in iOS 9. Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Change Passcode. Tap Passcode Options and select Custom Numeric Code.


11) Spotlight calculator
Spotlight search can now search within third-party apps, and doubles up as your calculator and currency converter. Just type $600 in the search bar and Spotlight will show the equivalent rupee amount right there. You can also perform basic calculations using the search bar.


12) Quickly select photos
Open the Photos app, go to the album of your choice and tap Select on the top-right. Now just slide your finger over a bunch of photos and you will see that they’re all getting selected. This is much faster than manually tapping each photo to select it.


13) Contextual Siri search
You can ask Siri to remind you about something tomorrow or to show you photos taken in Mumbai. Siri has now become a lot better at processing natural language.

(Also see: iOS 9 Search Showing Too Many Results? Here’s a Simple Fix)

14) Who’s calling?
Getting a call from an unknown number? Siri will check your emails to try and show you the name of the contact.

15) Better Reader mode
Safari’s inbuilt reader mode makes it easier to read articles. Once you enable it you can tap and hold the AA icon on the top-right to see several new iBooks-like options such as changing the fonts and night mode.

16) Safari share sheet
In Safari tap the share icon and you will see several new options. For example, you can now save webpages to pdf via iBooks in two taps. Also new in the share sheet are extensions that let you request the desktop version of any site and find words on the webpage. You can also save links to the new and improved Notes app or add them to the Reminders app directly.


17) Paste and go
Copy a URL and tap and hold the address bar in Safari. This will reveal a Paste and Go button. If you copy any other search term, this button changes to Paste and Search.

18) Grouped notifications

You still can’t dismiss all notifications at once, but you can now dismiss all notifications from any one day at once. This is because iOS 9 groups notifications by date rather than by app. You can toggle this via Settings > Notifications > Group By App.

19) Mail improvements
The Mail app now lets you add markup to any photo. Select any photo you’ve attached, tap and hold, press the > button and tap Markup. Here you can annotate the picture and even add a digital signature.

20) Safari reload
Safari’s reload page button on the top-right hides a couple of interesting features. Open any webpage and tap and hold the reload button. Now you will see two options slide up – Request Desktop Site and Reload Without Content Blockers. The second one will appear only if you are using a content blocker app.



iOS 9 Search Showing Too Many Results? Here’s a Simple Fix

One of the best new features of iOS 9 is Spotlight search. It has been a key feature of iOS for long, but this time it has received new features, such as the ability to show search results from third-party apps. While this is a great feature, if you have a lot of apps installed, it can clutter your Spotlight search results, making it hard to actually find what you were looking for.

If every single app on your iOS device tries to show its search results in the same feed, then Spotlight can become unusable. There is an easy way to keep some apps out of Spotlight search results. Here’s how to remove the clutter from Spotlight search.

  1. Open Settings > General > Spotlight Search on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 9.
  2. Now scroll down and you will see a list of apps that support Spotlight search.
  3. If there’s an app whose results won’t be necessary for Spotlight search results, toggle its button to the off position. This could be useful for removing results from something like Notes, for example, if you only use it as a scratchpad, with no useful information.

This will keep results from unwanted apps away from Spotlight search on iOS 9. Did this work for you? Let us know via the comments. For more tutorials, head to our How To section.