Apple has released a public beta version of the iOS 9 to let users check what they can expect from the new update to the operating system.

The beta version was previously only available for the developers, but now everyday Joes can also check the beta. Keep in mind, this is a beta version; so it is not as stable as the iOS 9 will be. It is not ideal for daily usage, but if you are eager to check the future, go and test it. Here is what is new.

Better Security

The first thing you will notice once you install the iOS 9 beta version is the passcode needed to unlock your device. Apple has pushed the passcode to six digits, which according to the company should provide better security for users. Previously, the passcode contained only four digits. Bonus: the iOS 9 brings two factor authentication to your device.


Once you unlock your phone, you are greeted by a new and different home screen. Don’t be surprised if the homescreen doesn’t look like the one you are used to. Starting from the basic, Apple has changed the Helvetica font with new and better looking San Francisco font that was first seen on the Apple Watch. The text look fresher and with time you will get used to it.

Home Button

Apple has also improved the functionality of the home button. A double tap on the home button will now bring a new and revamped application switcher. The app switcher now layers cards on top of each other. This will give you a better view and you can see more of the apps. It is not a major change, but it improves the functionality and the speed of your phone.

Smarter Operating System

Apple is finally embracing the “adjustable” operating system that Android uses for quite some time. For years, Apple refused to use cookies and users’ behavior and make the system adjustable. But the iOS is a lot smarter operating system than any previous version. From the get-go, swipe to the left on your home screen and you will get a search screen with suggestions for almost everything. The awareness of the OS is vastly improved and Siri benefits from it as well. And as with any other “adjustable” OS, the more you use it, the better it is.

New Maps App

The Maps application by Apple is no longer a laughingstock, but a worthy option. Apple has vastly improved the app in recent years and this time, the company has added another feature to it. The iOS 9 beta version has transit directions in the Maps application. Maps can now be used to get routes for everything, including public transport.

Low Power Mode

For the past few years, Apple users have been begging for a low power mode, something that the Android users have. Low Power mode helps users to get more juice out of the battery when the phone is in critical condition. The Low Power Mode is finally making its appearance on the iPhone, but not on the iPad.

Selfie Frenzy

The Selfie Frenzy has been here for the past two years. Apple is regarded as one of the companies that provide the best selfie snappers, as evidenced by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Even though both phones have low power sensors on the front, they have delivered great selfies. Apple looks to improve the mess that selfie photos create in the Photos app. To do so, Apple has added a designated folder in the Photos App just for selfies.

Technology Look at iOS 9 Public Beta, What is New?