Apple have unveiled iOS 9.
The newest version of the tech company’s mobile operating system was shown off at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference, and focuses on improving battery life, performance and security.
The main improvements come to Siri, which will now be 40% more accurate and 40% faster in responding to user queries. The service will also be able to answer a broader range of questions, including locating specific photos and videos.
There will also be greater integration with the search function, so the assistant will locate images that are stored both locally and on a social network, and looking at services such as Netflix for movie queries.
Other improvements comes into the day-to-use of the phone, with the user now being recommended what applications should be opened first in the morning, based off their scheduled plans for the day. Further integration with the Calendar app will see the user being advised what time they should start their journey to their destination for a planned appointment that has been added to the calendar.
To the satisfaction of many iPhone users, there will also be a much-welcome improvement in battery life. A new ‘low power’ mode will boost usage by a further three hours, with the phone’s runtime extended by up to an hour of general use.
There are also some big changes coming to iPad. A new multitasking half-and-half split view will be available on iPad Air 2, while picture-in-picture is compatible on iPad Air 1 and 2, and iPad Mini 2 and 3.
Apple have also responded to criticism over the amount of storage space needed for iOS 8, significantly reducing the required storage space to 1.3GB
A public beta for iOS 9 will be available in July – a first for iOS. The full upgrade, for no charge, will be available to all users in the autumn. All devices currently running iOS 8 will be supported.