With June already in full swing, the Apple world is gearing up for arguably the most exciting and important part of the year - WWDC. Though Apple doesn't typically announce major new hardware announcements at WWDC anymore, the company's annual developers conference is still compelling because it's where we get our first glimpse into upcoming versions of iOS and OS X, the software that powers Apple's beloved hardware.
Of course, because the iPhone remains Apple's primary moneymaker, the most interesting thing to keep an eye on at WWDC this year will be iOS 9. While we already covered a few items we can expect to see in Apple's next-iteration of iOS, we're back with a second round of iOS 9 rumors to keep you in-the-know ahead of what are bound to be some exciting Apple announcements come Monday.
Transit directions will be limited
As we mentioned in the first installment, one of the more interesting things we can expect to see in iOS 9 will be mass transit directions, a mapping feature Apple has lacked ever since it put out its own Maps app.
With a few transit-based app acquisitions under its belt, Apple is reportedly ready to implement bus, train, and subway directions right into iOS 9. While that is great news, the downside is that the rollout will be somewhat slow and measured.
According to 9to5Mac, transit directions in iOS 9, when it debuts, will only be available in a few cities worldwide, including San Francisco, New York City, London, Paris, and Berlin. While it's nice to see transit directions get off the ground, this is still somewhat disappointing given that Google Maps has had built-in transit directions for years now.
Dual-App viewing mode
The ability to view two separate apps side by side on the iPad has been rumored for quite some time. And in iOS 9, it will finally become a reality. According to Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac, the feature was originally slated to debut with iOS 8 before being pushed back due to some kinks Apple wanted to work on before releasing out into the wild.
The latest plans suggest that the split-screen mode will support 1/2, 1/3, and 2/3 views depending on the apps. When split, the screen can either display two different apps side-by-side, or multiple views of the same app. This would enable iPad users to see two separate Safari tabs, or compare a pair of Pages documents at the same time.
Apple TV Subscription is a no-go
One of the bigger rumors leading up to WWDC was that Apple was going to take the wraps off of a TV subscription service. While it's widely believed that such a service would be accessible via the Apple TV, there were also some rumblings that it might be available on iOS via the iPhone and iPad.
Well, as it turns out, such plans have temporarily been scrapped. According to a recent report in Re/Code, Apple has pushed back its release of a TV subscription service due to licensing issues.
Better Security and safer Wi-Fi
Even though iOS is already rather robust, the rumor mill suggests that Apple is hoping to roll out some enhanced security features in iOS 9 that would more securely keep sensitive files outside of the prying eyes of malware.
As part of Apple's overall aim to polish up iOS, iOS 9 will also reportedly feature something called Trusted Wi-Fi. As the name implies, the feature would allow iOS devices to easily connect to trusted routers but would employ more stricter encryption when less trusted routers are accessed.