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Apple’s iOS 9 Brings New Features to iPhone 6s?

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It’s hard to believe that Apple’s next-gen iPhone (“iPhone 6s”) and its next-gen iOS software (“iOS 9”) are just around the corner. Thanks to some newly leaked iOS 9 features, we have a good idea of what we can expect with the iPhone 6s, including a new keyboard layout, new iMessage enhancements, and even Force Touch.

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Apple’s Force Touch

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Apple’s latest Macbook as well as the Apple Watch include a new technology called Force Touch. Force Touch brings news “gesture control” to the user interface by knowing the difference between a tap and a press. Thanks to added support in Apple’s upcoming iOS 9 software, it appears the next iPhone (iPhone 6s) will use Force Touch too. “Force Touch uses tiny electrodes around the flexible Retina display to distinguish between a light tap and a deep press, and trigger instant access to a range of contextually specific controls. With Force Touch, pressing firmly on the screen brings up additional controls in apps like Messages, Music, and Calendar,” claims Apple.

It’s expected the iPhone 6s will use Force Touch in its Maps app, Music app, Video player app, Calendar app, and even third-party apps. 9to5Mac reports Apple may add Force Touch to its next-gen iPad, too.

What else can we expect with iOS 9?

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Apple is currently working on a new keyboard layout in iOS 9. This new keyboard will be longer than its predecessor and will add more editing controls when the keyboard is in portrait mode. Reports also claim Apple will make its Shift key and Caps key more prominent in the new keyboard.

iOS 9 is expected to bring Apple Pay to Canadian users (the first country to get Apple Pay outside of the US) and new enhancements to the iTunes Radio and Music app.

We’re also expecting new developments in Apple’s Home app in iOS 9. Using Apple’s iOS HomeKit (a framework for app developers), we will soon be able to remotely control devices in our home using our iPhone, Apple Watch, or iPad (example: control your Nest Thermostat, turn on or off your lights, and even lock or unlock your door all by using your iOS devices).

Finally, Apple’s extremely popular iMessage app is expected to receive some new enhancements too. If you’re like me, you probably do not use the “read receipt” feature in your iMessage app. Why let someone know if you’ve read their text messages? In iOS 9, you will get the ability to use “read receipts” on a contact-by-contact basis which could prove useful for family, friends, or even your boss. The support of “read receipts” for group chats is expected too.

We can expect more updates on Apple’s iOS 9 in the next few weeks at Apple’s WWDC 2015 conference and the next-gen iPhone 6s is expected to be released in the fall.

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