Amid its other announcements about the iPhone 6S, Apple TV and iPad Pro, Apple yesterday also revealed that the latest version of its mobile operating system -- iOS 9 -- will be released on September 16. Meanwhile, OS X El Capitan, the updated operating system for Mac desktops, is scheduled to come out at the end of this month.
Whether intentionally or not, a presentation during yesterday's launch event in San Francisco featured an on-stage screenshot of an e-mail from senior vice president of marketing Phil Schiller to senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi in which Schiller noted, "El Capitan ship date is September 30."
The e-mail carried a postscript stating "Apple Confidential and Super Secret." However, as an Apple spokesperson told us today, the company's updated preview page for the new OS now also announces September 30 as the release date.
More 'Proactive' Devices
Available as a free update to all iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users, iOS 9 will feature new capabilities to make devices more intelligent while protecting users' privacy, Apple said. Among the changes users will notice are new capabilities for Siri, Apple's digital personal assistant.
"Siri can do more than ever and new proactive assistance helps you get more done before you ask, all while protecting users' privacy," Federighi said. The newly designed Siri will be able to provide contextual reminders based on a user's time and location and deliver more relevant results for searches, according to Apple.
Working behind the scenes of the new mobile operating system, that improved intelligence will enable a continually better experience for iPhone users, Apple said.
iOS 9 will also feature new support for iPad multitasking that will allow users to simultaneously work on and switch between two apps. A new shortcut bar and multi-touch gesture control are designed to make typing and text editing faster and easier.
Federighi said feedback from the million-plus users who have been trying out Apple's first-ever public beta will make the new release "the best version of iOS yet."
'Golden Master' of OS X El Capitan
Meanwhile, OS X El Capitan, the latest update to Apple's desktop operating system, is expected to build upon many of the features introduced in the last version, OS X Yosemite. Like iOS 9, the new desktop OS has been available in public beta and is designed to support more multi-tasking and more intuitive usage.
Changes to the Spotlight search feature, for instance, will allow users to find better results by typing in natural-language and complex search terms like, "presentation I worked on yesterday that contains budget." Users will also be able to resize the Spotlight window and move it anywhere on their desktops.
Apple says OS X El Capitan will also come with improvements to make desktop systems "snappier and more efficient." After yesterday's launch event, Apple e-mailed public beta participants to let them know a GM (for "golden master," or final version before public release) version of OS X El Capitan was now available for download and testing.