Updated 04:51 PM EST, Sun, Jan 23, 2022

Apple iOS 9 & OS X El Capitan Download Update: What You Need to Know About This New Feature

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Apple is bringing updated airline flight information to iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan operating systems.

Aside from the flight tracking support, Apple Insider reported that the upcoming feature will also showcase a preview of projected flight paths with the help of specially crafted data detectors.

The feature was highlighted by a Reddit user on Wednesday, Apple Insider wrote. The flight tracker already functions in the latest versions of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan beta builds. However, data detectors are still limited to Mail, Messages, and Notes. 9to5Mac noted that the feature was not emphasized during Apple's WWDC keynote last June.

According to Apple Insider, the flight tracker functions when IOS 9 detects a flight number and then transforms its text info into "an actionable link connected to data pulled from an offsite server." A long press on the link shows options to preview flight information or copy the text.

The flight tracker contains data that consists of flight numbers, current flight status, departure and arrival times, relevant airport terminals, and an animated presentation of the flight's path shown in Apple Maps, the news outlet listed. The top-right corner displays the status, with "Early," "Delayed," and "Landed" options indicated. The bottom part features the departure and arrival times with to-the-minute accuracy.

OS X El Capitan's flight tracker also has the same features, Apple Insider added. But instead of a long press, flight information can be accessed by right clicking. Force Touching can activate the Preview Flight feature in OS X El Capitan as well, 9to5Mac noted.

The activated flight data detector also shows the airport's city as well as its official abbreviation, such as JFK or SAN, 9to5Mac further wrote. In addition, a mapped view of the flight's path and how far the airline journey is will also be displayed.

"The new flight status lookup feature matches Apple's focus on Proactive search across iOS and both platforms' new transit maps support. The flights data detector feature may not be as fully featured as ones found in popular apps such as FlightBoard for iOS, but it will likely be popular with frequent travelers when iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan are released this fall," the news outlet explained.

OS X El Capitan & iOS 9 Features

OS X El Capitan, the successor to OS X Yosemite, boasts impressive new features such as Split View on the desktop screen, fresh gestures, tabbed email composition, the capability to pin tabs in Safari, Metal API for gaming, Force Touch APIs for Safari, and App Extensions for Photos, Softpedia listed.

Apple's iOS 9's new features include a Wi-Fi calling option, keyboard tweaks, and an upgraded Siri.

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