Inside iOS 9: Notes Gains Checklists, Photos, Sketches and More

Apple has made the Notes app a lot more useful on iOS 9 by integrating it with several other stock apps, including Photos, Mail, Maps and Safari. In addition to traditional note-taking, users can now create checklists, draw sketches and insert photos, videos, links, maps, Pages documents and other attachments into notes.


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Checklists


You can now create a checklist in the Notes app by selecting lines of text and tapping on the checkmark button above the keyboard. Each list item will then have a circular bullet next to that can be marked as completed, which is convenient for grocery lists, wish lists, to-do lists and so forth.

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Apple has also added formatting options in Notes for adjusting the size and weight of text, including Heading, Body, Checklist, Bulleted List and Dashed Line. Anyone that has ever used text formatting in Pages, Microsoft Word or virtually any other word processing program should be familiar with this feature.

Attachments


You can now insert photos, videos, links, maps, Pages documents and other attachments directly into the Notes app on iOS 9 by pulling up the iOS share sheet from other apps such as Photos, Mail, Maps and Safari.

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You can take a photo from within the Notes app, or tap to access your photo library and add an existing photo or video to a note. Items attached to your notes can be organized from the new Attachment Browser.

Sketches


You can now draw sketches in your notes using your finger or a stylus, with a selection of drawing tools available that have different brush styles, thicknesses and colors.

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The available drawing tools include a pen, pencil, marker, eraser and a ruler for keeping your lines straight.

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45 months ago
merge voice memos into Notes and ditch the separate app
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45 months ago
I really love how easy it is to copy a sketch, paste it again and then add to it.
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45 months ago
I would love if they found a way to integrate "Notes" and "Reminders" into one app. I'd love to make a grocery list for my wife and be able to attach a photo to one of the things in the list that I specifically needed.
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45 months ago
Am I missing something or is the sketch feature not available on the iPad mini 1st gen? If so that's really unfortunate.
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45 months ago
Notes in iOS 9 is nice, but it needs Evernote's organizational features to really compete. Notebooks and tags, please!
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45 months ago
Checklist item #1: Fix watchOS 2 bug.
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45 months ago
Bye Evernote!
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45 months ago

you're able to sort notes into folders in iOS 9 and EL Capitan. As far as tags go, I find that searching within Notes Finds everything I need. For further context I have 1,048 notes and I've been wearing out the new notes and the share sheet to notes functionality for months and I honestly couldn't go back to the system prior to now.

Yeah I do know about the folders, and I appreciate the fact that you use the search feature to find your notes. I'm just used to opening the app, and quickly scrolling to where I know the note is located. I'll give the search option a try, but my OCD just wants my notes to show up in the same place every time I open the app, and not change order based on when I opened a note last.

Edit: okay you're totally right, the search option makes it a lot less annoying. I do prefer apple notes to Evernote because of the offline access. Thanks for the suggestion.
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45 months ago
UPDATE

As I was upgrading my fiancee's Notes app after her iOS upgrade, I noticed in the "Learn More" section right before you select upgrade that they list compatible devices for the sketching tools. I don't remember them all offhand, but I do know my iPad 3rd Gen was not listed there.

Another case of Apple Fragmentation and them unnecessarily limiting a device for no reason other than to push to an upgrade. It's also exactly why I've chosen NOT to upgrade my iPad because I refuse to get caught in Apple's obsolescence cycle.

That said, the update has made my iPad much snappier. It was super sluggish on 8, and now has sprung back to life. Sucks that I'm being denied features that could make it more useful, but I'll get what I can out of it and when it dies I'll be done with iPads.
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