Review: Apple iOS 9
Apple left significant aspects of iOS more or less unchanged when you compare iOS 8 to iOS 9. That's fine, and something most OS makers need to do.
Apps that are carried over from iOS 8 include messaging, the phone, the camera, contacts, Game Center, Health, compass, stocks, voice memos, iTunes/App Stores, videos, clock, and the weather app. I don't think Apple is trailing its competition much with these apps, and the versions we've been using the last year are decent enough.
There are a couple of exceptions. One is the phone app. The phone app hasn't been updated in forever and it feels like a relic. I'd like to see much more obvious and seamless controls for features such as HD Voice, WiFi Calling, and even FaceTime, which I've long believed needs to be part of the phone app.
The contact app goes hand-in-hand with the phone app. It's still not as socially aware as the contact apps in Android and Windows Phone, which means you can't see the recent social networking updates from your family and friends. The phone and contact apps need work, and need to work better together.
The video player app is incredibly limited in its feature set. You can essentially play iTunes purchases and that's it. I'd like to be able to more easily share videos and maybe even discover details about them via links to IMDb. The video player app offers none of these. Google Play Movies & TV can interact more with associated online content.
Jun 7, 2021
Apple today announced iOS 15, the next version of its core software that powers iPhones. Version 15 is not a major overhaul, but does add a long list of new features.
Feb 9, 2022
Samsung today announced its lineup of flagship phones for 2022: the Galaxy S22 series. The top-end S22 Ultra sees the biggest changes as it essentially absorbs Samsung's Note series with an integrated S Pen stylus and a more Note-like shape and design, instead of the Contour Cut design of the other models.
Sep 7, 2022
Apple has revealed the iPhone 14 series, with new features, improved specs, and new size options. In place of a Mini option, the iPhone 14 will come in the same 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch screen size options as the Pro models.
Sep 12, 2023
Apple has revealed the iPhone 15 series, which moves to a USB-C connector and brings several key features from last year's Pro models to the more-affordable standard models. These include the pill-shaped sensor cutout in the display that Apple calls Dynamic Island, a brighter display that can reach 2000 nits, a 48 megapixel main camera, and the A16 Bionic processor chip.
Feb 22, 2021
Clipper Card — the universal transit fare card for all 24 San Francisco Bay Area transit agencies — will be supported in Apple Pay and Google Pay digital wallets "this spring". Residents and visitors will be able to add a stored-value Clipper card to their digital wallet and tap their phones to ride transit, replacing a physical Clipper card.