iOS 9, which will be released sometime during September, is going to expand on the security of Apple devices in lieu of a recent malware spread amongst them which hit against one of their main selling points – the lack of Android-like vulnerability.
One of the major changes refers to driving the minimum digit requirements up from 4 to 6 digits. While this may seem as minimal change on the user’s side, it makes a world of difference for hackers – as the number of password possibilities they have to try during the cracking the process increases dramatically (granted you don’t just use your birthday, which is most likely the first thing they would try out with this new format).
Besides the improved security, another focal point of the new iOS is going to be multitasking on iPads. The new version of the operating system will implement the Slider Over and Split View functionalities which let users access multiple apps in the same time – just as you would do with multiple programs on a computer.
This is not foreign territory for the iOS, as multitasking for its devices was included as far ago as 2007; but the launch and overwhelming popularity of its subsequent App Store overshadowed the feature, as third party apps weren’t really happy with it because app developers never really optimized them for multitasking.
iOS devices nowadays normally just apply a limited version of multitasking – letting the Application Program Interface to keep some of the device’s default capabilities in the background. An example of this is when you’re listening to music from your iPhone and someone calls you – the streaming is paused, but as you end the call, it continues exactly from where you left off. However, this does not apply to third party applications.
But the new features will now accommodate for multitasking while giving users two options about going for it. The Slide Over functionality allows two apps to run at the same time – but one of them will be deemed as a primary app and occupy the screen first hand, while the other will just run in the background, giving the ability to switch to it just by a swipe of the screen. The Split View one does exactly what it say – splits the screen between the apps to display both of them at once.
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