Inside iOS 9: A More Intelligent OS With Proactive Suggestions and Siri Improvements

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    iOS 9 focuses on intelligence and proactivity, giving iOS devices the tools to learn user habits and act on that information. In iOS 9, our iPhones and iPads can open up apps right when we need them, make recommendations on places we might like, and guide us through our daily lives through improvements to search and Siri.

    Proactive Suggestions

    Through a set of Proactive features, iOS 9 is able to offer up app suggestions and other information based on the way you use your iPhone or iPad. For example, if you often listen to music in the morning, iOS 9 will offer up the Music app on the lock screen when you plug in your headphones. If you always open the weather app to check what's going on outside, it might be presented as a suggestion each morning.

    When heading home from work in the evening, iOS 9's Proactive features might bring up a map that includes traffic patterns, or tell you how long it will take to get home. When getting in the car, if you listen to a specific music app, it might open automatically when the car connects to Bluetooth.

    Proactive suggestions are also available within apps. When creating an email or composing a message to a friend, iOS 9 will suggest people you typically include, making it easy to get things done fast. If you get an email with a flight reservation or restaurant confirmation, iOS 9 can suggest and then create a calendar event. With calendar events that include location, iOS 9 is able to assess traffic conditions and send a reminder when it thinks you should leave to make it on time.


    Siri is also able to do a lot more in iOS 9 because the personal assistant has contextual awareness. For example, when asking Siri to "Remind me to do this" when looking at a request in the Messages app, Siri will understand what "This" refers to, providing the correct response. In the Reminders app, the Reminder created by Siri will link back to that original conversation, so the source is apparent.


    Siri is also more aware of location, so specific location-based reminders like "Call mom when I get in the car" are available. For photos and videos, Siri is able to perform time-based searches. Ask Siri to "Show my photos from Utah from last August" and images that fit the criteria will appear. Siri is able to search based on dates, location, and album titles.


    Siri Suggestions

    Swiping right on the Home screen brings up a new Spotlight search interface that includes "Siri Suggestions." Siri Suggestions includes a list of people you speak with often, apps you might want to use depending on the time of day, nearby venues like restaurants and gas stations, and relevant news.


    Suggestions offered through this interface will change based on the time of day and each user's iOS usage habits. If you open Yelp at lunchtime, it might display the Yelp app at noon. If you watch Netflix at night, it might display the Netflix app when you get home from work.


    Search in iOS 9 includes an expanded list of sources, which are available whenever a text-based search is made or a voice-based search through Siri. Sports scores and schedules, weather forecasts, and stock prices are all available, as are simple calculations and conversions. A search for 15% of $25, for example, will bring up the correct result.


    Search extends to content within apps in iOS 9. When looking for a recipe, for example, you might search for "apple pie" to find apple pie recipes across several different cooking apps. Developers need to build support for search into their apps, so not all apps will show up. In the Search section of the Settings app, you can customize which apps will show up in search results.

    With all of these new features, iOS 9 will learn more about usage habits over time to create a unique experience that's tailored towards the specific needs of each individual user. Proactive suggestions will improve as time goes on and the operating system gets used to the way you like to use your iPhone or iPad.

    Article Link: Inside iOS 9: A More Intelligent OS With Proactive Suggestions and Siri Improvements
  2. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
    Search from top and search from left is kinda pointless. Why not at least make them identical in functionality?
  3. BSben macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2012
    Nearby does not work in the UK anymore, nor can Siri find any cinemas in the UK
  4. garylapointe macrumors 65816


    Feb 19, 2006
    Dearborn (Detroit), MI, USA
    It prompts me with an alert when I get in the car with directions to go home.

    I'm not sure if it's sensing I left a building (better GPS coverage or left WiFi networks) or if it's after I plug in the car charger...

  5. KALLT, Sep 16, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2015

    KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Only available in US and China.

    Sadly, no way to disable useless results like Twitter or News from Spotlight Suggestions. Siri Suggestions seems to be an utter disappointment at the moment, it only shows me those apps I have been using in the last couple of minutes, but never apps I use at particular times of the day or locations. Siri also gives me a list of news articles from websites I would never read. I’ve turned both features off and now my Spotlight is completely empty. Hopefully integrated apps will fill that void. :(

    Proactive only seems to work with Music when I plug in headphones or connect to my Bluetooth radio in the car. For the rest I haven’t noticed it at all throughout the beta.

    Never had that during the beta. Could it dependent upon regional settings as well?
  6. seamer macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    Can this be configured manually? Every time I get in to my car and sync the Automatic dongle with my phone, the Automatic application launches automatically. I don't want it to do that, as the car and phone can sync without user intervention.
  7. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Seriously, applications even launch? Man, why don’t I have this? :(
  8. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    Give it a minute! That feature came out today. It hasn't had time to figure you out yet.
  9. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    I’ve been a beta tester. I even restored my device twice throughout the beta. :/
  10. cariacou macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    just tried it, the 18% of $56.32 doesn't work on my iPhone 6 iOS on either search (top or left) screens
  11. akaPeach macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2011
    It will be interesting to see what happens as I'm on a rotating shift at work. Is it going to get used to what I do one week, then flip out and get all confused the next week, and then again the week after?
  12. xlost6 macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011
    Bing is used for all searches also (correct me if I'm wrong). It looks like Apple is letting Bing take control of searches within the Searching feature.
  13. prowlmedia Suspended

    Jan 26, 2010
    Hmm despite being one of the help suggestion in Siri...

    What's on at the cinema?
    Show me films playing in Leicester Square tomorrow?

    Fails to show anything in the uk...
  14. prowlmedia Suspended

    Jan 26, 2010
    Worked in the uk...well with 'the'
  15. ipedro macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    I'm really enjoying some features of iOS9. Contextual Siri is really useful! I had forgotten about it and I've been on iOS 9.1 for a week.

    My battery is low so my iPhone went into low battery mode. I've been at 13% for about half an hour now. I saw a video on this page that I wanted to watch when I get home so I just asked Siri to "remind me to watch this when I get home" and she created a contextual reminder with a geo gate. Amazing!


    There's a weird bug there though. What's with the Huff Post icon instead of MacRumors?
  16. garylapointe macrumors 65816


    Feb 19, 2006
    Dearborn (Detroit), MI, USA
    I want it smarter. I've got some news reading apps that update in the background. I'd like them to automagically launch and update when plugged into power (or in the case of my iPad when on WiFi).

    This goes for other apps like my Kindle reader and a few others that escape my mind at the moment.

  17. miknos Suspended


    Mar 14, 2008
    I would prefer to have only Siri/spotlight on the top (swipe down) instead of the left.
  18. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Anyone have a definitive description of the differences between swiping left for search and swiping down for search?
  19. eyeseeyou macrumors 68030

    Feb 4, 2011
    on 9.1 proactive siri has never suggested apps other than the most recent I've used
  20. dysamoria macrumors 6502a


    Dec 8, 2011
    All I want to know is if all that "proactive" crap can be turned OFF.
  21. ke-iron macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2014
    Just do it and see. Clearly swiping from the left shows a wealth more information. It's not just for search, it's also more suggestions.
  22. mccltd macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2008
    Just tried the Siri 'Remind me when I get into the car' on my Apple watch and got the Sorry i cannot do this.
    Tried it on the phone and it setup a reminder. Weird.
  23. ke-iron macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2014
    Um it's to be used on your iPhone when you're in the middle of something. This is not s feature to be used on your watch. Also if it's setting up a reminder when you do it on your phone that means you're saying an incorrect phrase.
  24. dgruhn macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2015
    Do sports scores, suggested websites, wikipedia or anything else show up when you search? For example, I type in red sox or red sox score and nothing shows. Typing weather also does not show any results.
  25. CaTOAGU macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2008
    Manchester, UK
    Both weather and Red Sox queries work for me.

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