How to make Siri fetch your photos in iOS 9

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Siri has a few new tricks up her digital sleeves.
Siri has a few new tricks up her digital sleeves.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

I wanted to find photos from my vacation a couple of weeks ago, so I figured I’d try out Siri’s new iOS 9 functionality.

“Siri,” I said, “show me photos from Hawaii.”

Dutifully, Apple’s updated digital assistant pulled up photos from my trip to Oahu a couple of years ago. They’re lovely, but I wanted more recent pictures.

“Siri, show me photos from Hawaii last week,” I said, reasonably.

As soon as I finished speaking, there they were. Siri had launched my Photos app on my iPhone and brought up the photos I’d taken while in Kona. Great stuff.

Here are some other ways you can get Siri to find the photos you want in the huge pile you have sitting on your iPhone.

Whip out iOS 9’s Wallet app from your lock screen

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Never unlock your iPhone to choose a different credit card again.
Never unlock your iPhone to choose a different credit card again.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple’s new Wallet app replaces Passbook in iOS 9, currently in public beta. Just like Passbook, when you wave your iPhone at an Apple Pay kiosk, it will only let you choose your default credit card and pay for the goods or services you bought.

In iOS 9 beta, you’ll also be able to choose any of your other provisioned credit cards from your Apple Pay account without even unlocking your iPhone or accessing the Wallet app.

Here’s how.

Save your battery with iOS 9’s Low Power Mode

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Keep your iPhone humming for up to three hours until your next charge.
Keep your iPhone humming for up to three hours until your next charge.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

iOS 9 brings a bunch of battery-boosting features, most of which work right out of the box. But there’s one battery-saving feature you’ll have to enable yourself.

Called Low Power Mode, this new feature should prove super-useful when you need to eke out just a bit more time with your device — provided you’re not doing anything intense.

How to enable iCloud Drive in iOS 9

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iCloud Drive just got useful in iOS 9
iCloud Drive just got useful in iOS 9
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

iCloud Drive is a Dropbox and Google Drive-type service from Apple that lets you store documents in the cloud, making it super easy to synchronize them between your iOS and OS X devices.

You can access it on your Mac with an icon that shows all the documents you’ve stored in iCloud in a folder-like structure.

Prior to iOS 9, in order to access these documents on your iPhone or iPad, you’d need to open an app that supported iCloud Drive on your device.

Not anymore. iOS 9 comes with its own iCloud Drive app, and here’s how to enable it.