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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?

iOS 9 features wishlist: 7. ...and to delete or at least hide the defaults

For that matter, it's annoying that you can't delete any of the pre-installed Apple apps that are waiting on your device when you first power it up, for reasons of space and tidiness. Some are hard to object to, such as Messages (even though some prefer to use WhatsApp, at least on iPhone). Others, such as Stocks and Newsstand would get the bum's rush the second Apple allowed it.

And if we can't delete them, Apple, at least let us hide them properly - the days of a forlorn folder on the last screen labelled 'Apple crap' should be past. A simple toggle in the Settings app to show or display each app is the least we ought to expect.

iOS 9 features wishlist: 8. Battery-saving mode

Ask someone what they want from the next generation of iOS devices and they will nearly always mention one thing: "Better battery life!" Of course we agree, but we also recognise that battery life is a question of compromises, and just asking it to be better carries the implication that something else - price tag, weight, size - will get worse, or fail to get better when it could have done.

So instead let's get specific about what we'd do to improve matters. We think everyone would benefit from an optional, platform-wide battery-saving mode that would reduce brightness and volume, switch off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, shut down unused apps and switch off location data and notifications. Competitors such as Samsung and Sony have introduced similar features to help prolong that vital last 10 per cent of a smartphone's power, and there's no reason why Apple can't do likewise.

iPhones are notorious for fast-draining battery life so the option to disable all power-hungry functions with a single toggle in Control Centre, or to tell iOS 9 to automatically enter this mode when it reaches a certain point of battery life, would be extremely welcome, and could save a few iPhones from dying at crucial moments.

iOS 9 features wishlist: 9. Ability to add apps and settings to Control Centre

We mentioned Control Centre just now. We adore the convenience of this little bundle of regularly used toggles and sliders, but we think it could be even better with a tiny bit of customisability.

iOS 9 wishlist: Control Centre

Say you never use Do Not Disturb mode, or prefer to access the Camera from the lock screen rather than from Control Centre (don't we all?). Wouldn't it be great if you could swap those controls out of the Control Centre and replace them with other settings you use more often - such as switching vibrate on or off, or activating a preset range of Restrictions so you can hand the device straight to your child (this would require some tweaking of the parental controls, as mentioned in request number 1, since at the moment switching off Restrictions makes iOS forget everything you selected).

 

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