iOS 9: What Schools Need to Know

iOS 9: What Schools Need to Know

As details about iOS 9 were released by Apple, I realised I was thankful that everything looked the same and then intrigued by the new features. ‘Slide Over’, ‘Picture in Picture’ and ‘Split View’ are very welcome additions. I’d also note how the changes to the keyboard will improve the experience for heavier users of iPad and iPhone. Significant features for schools to consider include (Source:

NOTES

‘The Notes app has always been great for jotting down your thoughts. And now it’s great for so much more. Want an easy way to make a checklist of to-dos? Consider it done. Or add a photo, map, or URL to a note. You can even draw a sketch with your finger. And thanks to iCloud, changes to your notes will be updated across all your devices and on iCloud.com. So you’ll always have your latest notes in hand.’

SLIDE-OVER

‘Now you can open a second app without leaving the one you’re in. So you can quickly browse the web, respond to a text message, or jot something down in a note, then slide that app away and get back to the one you were using before.’

PICTURE IN PICTURE

‘While using FaceTime or watching a video, press the Home button and your video screen scales down to a corner of your display. Tap to open a second app, and your video continues to play — even while you use the other app. So keep watching your favourite TV show while you reply to the email that just came in.’

SPLIT VIEW

‘With Split View on iPad Air 2, you can go a step further and have two apps open and active at the same time. Work on a sketch with the reference photo beside it. Or write a paper while copying citations from a book in iBooks. When everything you need is right in front of you, it’s easier to focus.’

QUICKTYPE

‘Shape up your text in no time with an all-new Shortcut Bar, convenient editing tools, and a handy new way to select text with Multi-Touch gestures. And now when you use a wireless keyboard with your iPad, you can enjoy even more keyboard shortcuts.’

SMALLER MORE CONVENIENT UPDATES

‘iOS 9 does even more to efficiently stream new updates to your device without having to first download and unpack them — which means you don’t need as much free space to update. And when it’s time for an update, you’ll get new notification options that let your device update while you sleep or when you use it least.’

IMPROVED SECURITY

‘Keeping your devices and Apple ID secure is essential to protecting all the personal information you store with and access through Apple — like your photos, documents, messages, email, and so much more. iOS 9 advances security by strengthening the passcode that protects your devices, and by making it harder for others to get unauthorised access to your Apple ID account. These new security features are easy for you to use. But they make it much harder for anyone else to access your personal information.’

One word of caution: Split View is only available on iPad Air 2, perhaps signalling that device choice in the next 12 months is not as simple as it seems for schools.
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