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Getting Things Done in iOS 9

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Meeting Notes |

Here are the slides and transcript from the Apple iClub meeting of October 12, 2015.

Getting Things Done in iOS 9

Notes  Multitasking  Siri as a proactive assistant

iOS 9

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Tonight we will cover 3 of the new features in iOS 9 that will make it easier to get things done on your iOS device:

They are

The redesigned Notes App.

Multitasking on the iPad

and Siri as a Proactive assistant.

Notes app

Let’s start with the new features in the Notes App

There are now 3 new features that can be inserted into your notes


Making sketches using you finger or a stylus

and the ability to add photos into your notes.

iPad Multitasking

allows you to have two apps on-screen at the same time

There are 3 ways to do this. The first is

Slide Over which can be done on iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, and iPad mini 2 or later.

Slide Over lets you quickly access a second app as an overlay so you can respond to messages or mail, add to notes or check the web, or do some other, brief task while still keeping the primary app visible but not active.

Second is Split View which is available on iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4.

Split View doesn’t confine the second app to a side bar or a brief interaction, and doesn’t make the primary app inactive. It lets two apps run at the same time, persistently, and gives you full access to both of them for the duration.

The final multitasking feature is Picture in Picture.

Picture in Picture is available on iPad Pro, iPad Air or later, and iPad mini 2 or later.

With PiP on the iPad, the idea is that you can watch a video while doing something else at the same time

Siri as a Proactive Assistant

Siri now can answer more types of questions

Can do searches more intelligently and can give you a head start on every search.

Transcript from the live demo

Now lets demonstrate some of these new features and how they work starting with the Notes app.

When you first open Notes after upgrading to iOS 9 the Welcome Screen appears showing the new features.

The next screen asks if you want to upgrade Notes Now or Later. If you want to synchronize Notes between all your devices, you will need El Capitan on your Macs and iOS 9 on your other iOS devices.

If you choose upgrade later the new notes app will only be on the device you are now using.

Now lets look at the app.

When the Notes app is opened any notes that were previously made will be converted and will appear on the left hand side.

On the right is the last note that was worked on and is the work area for the note.

Along the top  of the work area there is

A full page icon that when tapped takes the note to full page

A trash can to delete the note. Any note that is deleted is placed in a recently deleted folder and will be retained for 30 days so you can retrieve it if you wish.

Next is the share icon

And finally the New Note Icon.

To start a New Note

Just tap the New Note icon and a Blank page and a new redesigned keyboard appears with some new icons across the top bar.

The first one on the left is for undo, redo and paste.

Next is the new check list feature which gives you checkable boxes that can be turned on and off.

The next icon controls different text styles.

then some suggestions for words

And on the right hand side are the two icons to insert a photo and to insert a sketch.

Lets add a photo.

Tap on the photo icon and you get a choice to either use the photo library or take a photo or video using your camera.

We’ll use the photo library.

Find the picture you want

Choose Use

The photo is now inserted into your note

Now lets add a sketch

Tap on the sketch icon and a sketch screen appears with several tools at the bottom.

The tools available are

A pen

A marker



and an eraser

To choose a tool just tap on it, choose a color and then start to draw.

When you are finished with your sketch tap done in the left hand corner and it  is inserted into your note

Other new features in notes include

The ability to add web links to your notes

And an attachment icon on the bottom left of the main note screen

To add a web link go to Safari

Find the website you want to add and then use the share icon to add it to your notes, either a new note or append it to an existing note.

When you tap on the attachment icon you see all your pictures, sketches and web links that are in all your notes.

And that’s Notes.


We will first show slide over

To use this feature: open an app as normal

Now slide your finger from the right edge towards the center and the slide over panel appears

You now select from the available apps that are multitasking compatible, that you want to use a second app.

In this mode only one app is active at a time, but you can switch back and forth between them

as an example lets use Safari and notes

Next is Split Screen for iPad air 2 and above and iPad Mini 4

For split screen both apps have to be multitasking capable.

This works basically the same as slide over except you drag the second screen further to the left and both apps are now active

The last multitasking feature is Picture in Picture.

To start Picture in Picture, find a video that is supported (Apple, Hulu and HTML 5 videos in safari for now.)

and start the video and tap the picture in picture icon on the bottom of the screen.

once it is started you are now able to use any other app while having your video continuing to play.


Lets look at the new Search features that are now incorporated into Siri

The search feature can be accessed as before by swiping down from the center of the screen or it can be accessed by swiping to the right from your home screen where you will get a new enhanced search screen.

The new screen has the standard search bar at the top where you can now search for files and documents that are stored on your device that have supported applications.

Next comes Siri Suggestions which includes

Recent Contacts

and recently used apps which will change as you use your device suggesting the apps that you use at the time of day that you use them.

The next section is Nearby which gives you categories of places nearby, like Food, Drink, Shopping, Fun, and more.

And the last section is a news section.

And finally Siri can now answer more questions than ever before. Just ask Siri and see what you get.

In keeping with the season, here is a video on other things an iPad can be used for.

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