This fall is an exceptional time to be an Apple-using attorney or an Apple-using anybody. So many new time-saving and productivity-enhancing features have been built into the new versions of all of Apple's operating systems. And with the release of the iPhone 6s and 6s+, Apple has upped its game on truly mobile photography as well. In this post, I'll share a couple great new features on the wrist and on the desktop. I'll touch on iOS 9 more once I receive my new iPhone 6s, soon.
So far, on the Apple Watch, I'm loving the Time Travel feature. With a quick turn of the digital crown, I can see my calendar events, the weather, and other dynamic elements on my watch face change to match whatever time I am scrolling to. It's a super fast and super convenient way to take a quick look at the day ahead.
In El Capitan, Apple's newest desktop OS for Macs, two standout features have increased my productivity: new Spotlight search and Split View. Split view takes two windows and makes them exactly half the size of your screen, and places them right next to each other. This has always been possible, of course, by manually resizing windows, but this new feature just makes it quicker and easier without fiddling with resizing window borders individually.
Spotlight search now shows many more results, including from the Web, Wikipedia, weather forecasts, as well as responding to natural language search terms, such as "Emails from Harold". A system-wide (and beyond) search means less time spent thinking of where would be the best place to search for something: in your email folders, on the web, in documents you've already created or downloaded, or so forth.
watchOS 2 is now available for updating via your iPhone's Apple Watch app. El Capitan is presently only in beta form, but will "soon" be available on the Mac App Store (likely in the next few weeks at most).
Ronald C. Schoedel III is an attorney, former broadcaster, student of Welsh, and Sinophile. He has lived in Alaska, Wales, and China (Hong Kong specifically), and presently calls Utah home. He has been teaching and training Mac users for nearly a decade, and started blogging as a software reviewer in 2004.