Last December, Microsoft announced Cortana 2.0 for iOS and Android, with the Android version rolling out that week and the iPhone version said to be rolling out within “weeks”. While Microsoft has technically kept to its timetable of “weeks” much in the same way that 3 months is technically 12 weeks, Cortana 2.0 for iPhone is finally here.
The main thing users of Cortana on iOS will notice is the new design. The old design which aped elements from Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 PCs is gone, replaced by a more mobile friendly purple themed interface with a bottom aligned “waffle” menu in lieu of the previous top aligned hamburger menu.
Microsoft also improves support for iOS and implements widget support so iPhone users can now view their reminders in the today view, notification center and by force touching the Cortana icon.
Here’s the changelog below
- A fresh new look with an improved user experience
- Redesigned calling, texting, and reminders
- More immersive full-page answers
- Faster page transitions and improved app responsiveness
Cortana for iOS looks and feels better than the Android app, but appears to be less functional due to Apple’s platform limitations. This means you get no notification syncing or SMS syncing like you would on Android and Windows phone.
You can snag the app update from the store link below if you’re a supported region.