iOS 9 may revamp iMessage, Keyboard, Apple Pay, and add Force Touch
Many of the rumors we’ve heard about iOS 9 have really just focused on telling us that Apple will relax its push of features to the next-generation OS. Apple has a ton of bugs to iron in iOS, and some experts even called iOS 9 as being for iOS what Snow Leopard was for OS X. That said, we don’t expect Apple to make this a basic launch either, and today we hear what we should expect.
Truste sources claim that even though Apple will announce iOS 9 at WWDC in a few weeks, some of the improvements won’t become official until Apple launches new hardware this fall. One of these is Apple’s inclusion of its Force Touch technology to the next iPhone, and even the next iPad lineup. New hardware is required for this to work, but rumors claim that Force Touch will allow the OS to have less navigation menus, even if it won’t be essential to the iOS 9 experience, mainly because older devices won’t support the feature. So far, those of us who have tested the feature in the Apple Watch would mostly agree in that this feature is nice to have, but confusing as it doesn’t always work on every app or service.
Other enhancements mentioned come to iMessage, as Apple will reportedly improve group chat features, read receipt options, among other things. We even hear that you’ll be able to selectively decide who you want to get read receipts from. Apple Pay is also rumored to reach Canada as part of the features, in addition to China, but that this is stalled in bank negotiations. Another feature that will receive some major fixes is the company’s keyboard, but these will mainly focus on the user experience.
WWDC is just around the corner, and we should hear more by then.