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iOS 9 release date rumours: iOS 9 'already being publicly tested'

David Price | Jan. 30, 2015
iOS 8 has been with us for a couple of months, but we're already thinking about iOS 9. When will it come out, what features will it offer and which iPads, iPhones and iPod touch devices will it run on?

Wouldn't it be nice for us to be able to leave them a video message? I always find it odd that you can't. Perhaps someone has worried that they would use up too much storage, but you could always make it an optional feature that's enabled at the recipient's end - and you could cap the messages at 30 seconds, which at 720p shouldn't take up all that much space.

iOS 9 features wishlist: 4. Group FaceTime calls

And another thing about FaceTime...

Skype allows group conversations between up to 10 people, and it feels like Apple is handing an advantage to its rival by limiting FaceTime calls to just two.

iOS 9 features wishlist: 5. Split-screen multitasking

This was heavily rumoured in the run-up to iOS 8's launch, and is again doing the rounds in reference to Apple's semi-mythical iPad Pro. There's a reason for that: it's an incredibly appealing idea.

iOS 8 allows a degree of app multitasking, but rather than just previewing screens in multitasking we'd love to be able to interact with two screens in tandem: comparing a web page with a Pages document while making notes, for example, or checking a text of suggested dates against your availability in Calendar. They wouldn't even need to be related: many of us would like to be able to view an entertaining video while putting together a piece of work, even if it might affect productivity somewhat.

iOS 9 rumours: iPad Pro splitscreen multitasking concept by Ramotion

This of course makes more sense visually on the iPad, because of its larger screen, but the iPhones are getting so big now that it's not an impossibility in the smartphone format.

iOS 9 features wishlist: 6. The ability to change default apps...

Apple is a brilliant company that leads the world in multiple fields but (say this quietly) it isn't automatically the best at everything. Building browsers, for instance: you've got to be a reasonably hardcore Apple fan to reckon that Safari is indisputably the finest mobile web browser available to humanity, even if most of us think it's okay.

Nope: a lot of iOS users would like to use Chrome, or Dolphin, or another rival web browser on our iPads and iPhones - but while that option is available, you can't make anything other than Safari the default browser, so Mail links, Twitter links and so on will always default back to Safari when you tap them. The same applies to mail apps, calendar apps and various other areas where Apple has a horse in the race but wouldn't beat all-comers if it hadn't hobbled the competition.

We'd love to see the option to pick your own default apps so you don't have to use Apple's if you don't want to.


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