iOS9 is here and it is fabulous. Though we are still eagerly awaiting the arrival of the taco emoji in iOS 9.1, for now we’ll settle with all of the totally rad features iOS9 has to offer. Naturally, that means there are also plenty of apps that will help you make the most of iOS9 — because features multitasking, 3D touch, picture-in-picture, and Spotlight Search are all super-powered now, so you may as well boost them as far as they can go, right?
Though iOS9 was just released earlier this month, some of your favorite apps are already finding ways to incorporate the new features into their products (three cheers for app developers!). Even a few apps you may not have heard of before are suddenly worth a download due to the new features. Sure, downloading and installing a whole new operating system can take a few minutes — but when you've got all this stuff waiting for you on the other end, it's definitely worth the wait.
More and more apps are releasing iOS9-friendly updates daily, so keep your eyes on the App Store for new and exciting things that will make us all feel like Zenon: Girl Of The 21st Century. For now, here are some of the best iOS9-compatible updates that you can download this very second and start living like it’s 2049.
Hulu was one of the first apps to try out some of the newly-released iOS9 features. Most notably, you can now utilize the picture-in-picture feature to catch up on Empire while you sort through work emails or check Twitter.
Dropbox is now fully integrated with iOS9's 3D-touch capabilities. From the home screen, you can use the Dropbox icon to view your most recent files and folders, quickly upload a file, and search.
Like Dropbox, Pinterest is now 3D-touch equipped. From the home screen you are able to search through your pins, "peek" into trending pins, or create a whole new board. Multitasking is also enabled for the iPad.
This app for "women who want to take control of their sex lives" is joining forces with Apple's Health app. You can now track your reproductive health along with all of your other health info. Sweet!
Flipboard, aka "your personal magazine," is officially iOS9 friendly. Your saved stories are searchable through Spotlight Search, making content super easy to find and share. Furthermore, links will open inside the app instead of defaulting to Safari, making for a much more streamlined experience.
One of the most exciting features of iOS9 is the capability to block ads. Not only will this cut down on your daily annoyed eye-roll quota, it will also save you mobile data and webpage loading time. Due to its unprecedented levels of customization, 1blocker quickly skyrocketed to the top of the App Store charts. You can block everything from ads to trackers to a certain font that rubs you the wrong way.
7. Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office has been available to iOS users for a while, but the updated version includes multitasking — meaning you can check your Notes while working on a PowerPoint, or play Angry Birds while you're supposedly checking that Excel sheet.
Filmmakers, rejoice: iOS9 has some serious updates for you. iMovie can now support 4K video and multitasking. There are also added 3D-touch features that let you start a new project right from your home screen. How long before the Best Picture winner is created on an iPad?
9. The Night Sky
Once you're finished checking e-mails, watching New Girl, or tracking your cycle, download The Night Sky for a Neil deGrasse Tyson-approved experience. The Night Sky pinpoints your location and helps you identify celestial objects overhead. With iOS9, you can multitask (perfect for finding a related Wikipedia article), or search for a constellation directly in Spotlight Search. Happy star gazing!