What to expect at the September Apple event: iOS 9 and watchOS 2 release date
Alongside a brand spanking new iPhone, we should see an additional announcement of iOS 9 and its official release date, which judging by past events is usually around a week after the event itself, just before the release of the next-gen iPhone. What will iOS 9 bring to the table? The main addition in iOS 9 is Proactive, which aims to make your iPhone experience a little easier by learning your habits and suggesting apps and actions based upon these habits.
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A prime example is listening to music on the way to work - if you listen to music on your way to work in the mornings, your iPhone will notice this. Once it's learned this habit, when you go to plug your headphones in for your morning commute, your iPhone should provide you with a lock screen shortcut to the Music app.
As well as Proactive, iOS 9 concentrates heavily on performance and battery enhancement, which should translate to a speedier iPhone with a better battery life - and that's without buying an upgrade. We've gone hands on with the iOS 9 public beta, and even though it is a beta, the enhancements are already visible - especially with regards to battery life. (For more information on iOS 9, see our iOS 9 release date & features article)
Alongside iOS 9 will hopefully sit a watchOS 2 announcement, which brings much-awaited features to Apple's latest product, the Apple Watch. The key features of watchOS 2 include the ability for third-party apps to run natively on the Apple Watch, a feature that will hopefully speed up interaction with the Watch and will mean less time staring at a black screen with a loading icon.
Third-party apps will also be able to make use of the variety of sensors and hardware available on the Apple Watch, which should mean a wave of more helpful and intuitive Apple Watch apps.
watchOS 2 also brings a flurry of new watch faces for Apple Watch users, which includes a variety of time-lapse photos from popular locations all over the world, including London’s iconic Big Ben (or the Queen Elizabeth tower, as it’s officially known).
watchOS 2 also brings a flurry of new watch faces for Apple Watch users, which includes a variety of time-lapse photos from popular locations all over the world, including London's iconic Big Ben (or the Queen Elizabeth tower, as it's officially known). It also brings a new watch face that will display a different photo from a specified album on your iPhone each time your Apple Watch display activates, which should provide a nice personal touch for users.
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