iOS 9 Beta 3 Tidbits: 4x4 Folders on iPad, Screenshot and Selfie Folders, News App, and More

Apple today released the third beta of iOS 9, which has turned out to be the biggest update to the operating system so far. It adds a revamped Music app with access to Apple Music, the News app that was first unveiled at WWDC, a new two-factor authentication system, and several other smaller tweaks, along with the traditional performance improvements and bug fixes.

With today's changes, the beta is feeling faster, more polished, and more full featured. For beta testers and those eager to know what's coming in the OS ahead of its official release, we've rounded up a complete list of all of the new changes introduced in iOS 9 beta 3 below.

News app - Today's beta is the first iOS 9 beta to include Apple's new News app, first announced at WWDC. The news app offers up a curated list of news stories based on each user's preferences and interests. The News app displays specific channels and topics and also supports the addition of RSS feeds from Safari. The News app appears to be available only to U.S. users for the time being.

applenewsapp
Two-Factor Authentication - iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan include an entirely revamped two-factor authentication system that Apple says is more streamlined.

App folders on iPad - App folders on the iPad now display apps in a 4x4 arrangement instead of a 3x3 arrangement, allowing users to see more apps in a folder at a glance.

ipad_4_4
Photo app folders - There are new folders for selfies and screenshots in the Photos app. The "Selfies" folder aggregates all photos captured with the front-facing camera, while the "Screenshots" folder houses all screenshots captured by holding down the power button and home button.

photosappalbums
Music app - The Music app in iOS 9 has been updated, giving beta testers access to Apple Music, Beats 1 radio, and Apple Music Connect.

ios9applemusic
Music settings - There's a new option in the Settings app under "Music" to stream music at the highest quality while using a cellular connection.

stream_hq_cellular
Search improvements - When swiping downwards to bring up search, Siri App Suggestions are now displayed.

siriappsuggestions
Camera - As mentioned in the release notes, in iOS 9 beta 3 the volume buttons cannot be used to snap a picture. Given that it's mentioned in the release notes under the "Known Issues" section, it's likely that the feature's removal is a bug that will be fixed in a future beta.

Restrictions - In General --> Settings --> Restrictions there's a new logo for Siri & Dictation. There's also a new setting to toggle on/off access to the News app, and the option to turn off Apple Music Connect is gone. People had been using this option to replace Connect with a Playlists tab, but doing so is no longer possible.

Battery Settings - The Battery section of the Settings app has an icon without rounded edges, which may be a mistake. In the app usage portion of the Battery section, there's a new clock icon to represent the list of apps that use the most battery instead of a hamburger icon.

batteryicons
Additional feature updates in iOS 9 beta 3 will be added here as they are discovered. Apple should continue to release regular updates to iOS 9 at two to three week intervals throughout the beta testing period to bring minor performance boosts and changes ahead of the operating system's official launch. iOS 9 is expected to be released to the public in the fall, but a public beta test will come first and is expected in the near future.

Top Rated Comments

1080p Avatar
74 months ago
Wow Fox News is included in the News app? I never thought Apple would have allowed that. :D
Good. At least I can avoid getting spoon fed all of the CNN liberal garbage.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GoneDrinkin Avatar
74 months ago
There should be a private photo album option. One that requires a password, so when you hand someone your phone to check out some photos... they won't accidentally scar themselves for life! :p
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AngerDanger Avatar
74 months ago
Finally, after two years, there are 4x4 iPad folders!
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WB2Colorado Avatar
74 months ago
There needs to be a "Saved Pictures" folder that separate from the Camera Roll for pictures saved from the Internet. I'm tired of pictures I've saved from Safari being saved in the CAMERA ROLL.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mook101 Avatar
74 months ago
Not gonna lie...Screenshot folder is a WIN for me...I take tons of screenshots but have always hated having them in with all my other photos!!!!
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
itsdomik Avatar
74 months ago
Just making my news feed and I see Android topic... Laughing Cook, well played Apple. I have also noticed when you're uploading a file you'll get new icons.

Attachment Image

Attachment Image
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

imac pro featured black

Apple Confirms iMac Pro Will Be Discontinued When Supplies Run Out, Recommends 27-Inch iMac

Saturday March 6, 2021 7:33 am PST by
Apple on late Friday evening added a "while supplies last" notice to its iMac Pro product page worldwide, and removed all upgrade options for the computer, leaving only the standard configuration available to order for now. We've since confirmed with Apple that when supplies run out, the iMac Pro will no longer be available whatsoever. Apple says the latest 27-inch iMac introduced in August...
bloodoxygenapplewatch

Apple Watch Series 7 to Gain Breakthrough New Health Feature

Friday March 5, 2021 5:34 am PST by
Apple is reportedly planning to bring a new, first-of-its-kind health technology to the Apple Watch Series 7, in what could be a breakthrough for managing conditions such as diabetes more easily. According to a recent report from ETNews, the Apple Watch Series 7 will feature blood glucose monitoring via a non-invasive optical sensor. Measuring blood glucose levels, also known as blood...
Top Stories 48

Top Stories: iPhone 13 Leaks, OLED iPads and Macs, New AirTags Evidence

Saturday March 6, 2021 6:00 am PST by
iPhone rumors are heating up, with noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo this week releasing a wide-ranging report outlining his expectations for the iPhone lineup over the next three years. This week also saw rumors about OLED displays potentially coming to iPad and Mac starting next year, increasing signs of AirTags functionality in iOS 14.5 betas, and more, so check out all of the details below! i...
apple products refurbished store banner

Class Action Lawsuit Over Apple Providing Refurbished Replacement Devices Proceeding to Trial in August

Friday March 5, 2021 9:53 am PST by
Initially filed in 2016, a class action lawsuit that accuses Apple of violating the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act, Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, and other U.S. laws by providing customers with refurbished replacement devices is set to proceed to trial August 16, according to a notice this week from law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP. Apple's repair terms and conditions state that,...
Oled iPads and MackBook Pro

OLED 10.9-Inch iPad Rumored for Early 2022, 12.9-Inch iPad Pro and 16-Inch MacBook Pro Could Follow

Thursday March 4, 2021 8:37 pm PST by
Earlier today, DigiTimes shared a preview of an upcoming report claiming that Apple is working on both iPad and Mac notebook models with OLED displays that could launch starting in 2022. The full report from DigiTimes is now available, and it includes several new alleged details about Apple's plans. According to the report, the first of these devices to adopt an OLED display is likely to be...
iPhone 13 Notch Feature2

iPhone 13 Rumor Recap: Smaller Notch, Larger Batteries, 120Hz for Pro Models, Improved 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, and More

Friday March 5, 2021 8:20 am PST by
While we are likely at least six months away from Apple unveiling the so-called iPhone 13 lineup, rumors about the devices are starting to accumulate, so we've put together this recap of everything that is expected so far. The upcoming iPhone 13 lineup will consist of the same four models and the same screen sizes as the iPhone 12 lineup, according to reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo,...
imac pro while supplies last

iMac Pro No Longer Custom Configurable, Available 'While Supplies Last'

Friday March 5, 2021 10:14 pm PST by
Apple appears to be on the verge of discontinuing the iMac Pro, with the store page for the high-end all-in-one Mac including a "While supplies last" tagline and only the base model with no custom configurations available for purchase. The iMac Pro launched in December 2017, and while there have been a few tweaks to the available configurations over the years, it has received no substantial...
hlh030121feafutureoffitness012 1614286673

A Look Inside Apple's 23,000 Square-Foot Fitness+ Studio

Friday March 5, 2021 10:59 am PST by
Apple Fitness+, the latest service to join the Apple family, integrates tightly with the Apple Watch to offer a comprehensive and growing selection of workout and exercise videos made by a team of professional trainers. Apple Fitness+ Studio (via Men's Health) Apple curates and records all of the videos at a location in Santa Monica, California, and each video features a similar background...
maxresdefault

What's on Your iPhone Home Screen?

Thursday March 4, 2021 10:31 am PST by
Over on our YouTube channel, MacRumors videographer Dan has a new video up where he shares his Home Screen, wallpaper, and all of his current favorite widgets. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Check out Dan's video to see his setup, and then comment below and show us your own Home Screens. It's always fun to see other peoples' Home Screens, and with widgets and...
microsoft edge vertical tabs

Microsoft Edge 89 Brings Vertical Tabs and New History View

Friday March 5, 2021 4:06 am PST by
Microsoft has officially released version 89 of its popular Chromium-based Edge browser, bringing its long-trialed vertical tabs feature to Mac for the first time. Vertical tabs are intended to make more efficient use of screen space, and should prove a welcome addition for users browsing on 16:9 ratio displays in particular. Users can click vertical tabs to switch between them and...