On Monday 13th June, Apple finally unveiled iOS 10 at their WWDC 2016 keynote speech, announcing a large number of new features to the operating system. The first beta release was needed to developers straight after the speech, starting off a summer of testing, and the public beta program will be opened next month. For those who prefer to wait, iOS 10 download will be released to the public in September.
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iOS 10 Compatibility :
As we thought, there are a couple of devices that will not be supported by iOS 10, namely those that are still running on the lightning connector – the iPad 2, iPod Touch 5 and iPhone 4S. These devices also only have 512 MB RAM and are no longer capable of running the firmware. Everything else will be supported :
- iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE
- iPad 3, 4
- iPad Air, iPad Air 2
- iPad Pro
- iPod Touch 6
- All new device released this year
iOS 10 Features :
iOS 10 looks to include quite a few exciting new features this time around, including:
- Raise to Wake – Simply pick your iPhone up to wake up the screen and see all your notifications without having to unlock it.
- Lock screen Notifications – notifications are in bubbles and 3D Touch is used to show menu actions and interact with the notifications. This is not limited to stock iOS apps with many third-party apps, such as Uber, being included as well
- Clear All Notifications –Using 3D Touch, you can clear all of your old notifications on one go instead of having to swipe them off one at a time.
- A Cleaner Control Center – A new look to the swipe up Control Center. There are now only four shortcuts instead of five and some of the toggles have been made larger and easier to see. Music controls have moved; simply swipe right and they will appear on their own pane.
- Lock screen Widgets and Camera – Sliding right on the lock screen, when you haven’t got Control Center open, will bring up the camera, much easier than having to tap to open. Swiping left on the lock screen brings up the widgets for the Today Menu.
- 3D Touch Shortcuts – touching specific app tiles brings up a more graphical look to an app and some apps also allow you to add a widget.
- Siri – Siri get a number of new features this time around, the first being that the Siri SDK has finally been opened up to third-party developers. You will be able to talk more normally to Siri now, rather than having to use a set way and set phrases. Siri also works well on third party apps now, like Uber, WhatsApp, Lyft, Pinterest, Shutterfly and VoIP apps such as Skype.The QuickType keyboard becomes better with Siri, giving you better suggestions based on an entire sentence rather than just one word. There’s also a button for location for when you need to let someone know where you are.
- Photos – your photos will be organized using facial, object and scene recognition, making them easier to find. You will also be able to see your photos on a map so you now where they were taken. A new feature called Memories is designed to let you see certain events in life by grouping together photos and you can also use videos and have them automatically cut into a movie.
- Apple Maps – You will now be able to scroll ahead on a route, seeing what you want to see. Traffic on route is being added for a better user experience and showing you better suggestions for nearby points of interest. CarPlay users will be offered alternative routes in heavy traffic, and turn by turn driving directions. And the Maps App is also being opened up to third-party developers.
- Apple Music – gets a new makeover, a complete new design that allows cover art to be shown off properly and adding lyrics.
- Apple News – Around 60 million people a month use Apple News and there are more than 2000 publications. The app is getting a new design, giving you more personalized stories and topics, with subscriptions being introduced. Breaking News notifications are being added to show news on your Lock screen
- Home App – a dedicated app for allowing users to have all their IoT gadgets on one interface and able to control them from their iPhone or iPad. It includes Siri and Control Center integration and the ability to see your Home notifications on your lock screen
- Phone App – voicemails usually go unblistered to but now, with iOS 10 voicemails will be transcribed into text, allowing you to see them easier. Also, a partnership with Tencent in China will allow Spam call to be identified. VoIP calls can be answered from the lock screen and will feature on Recent and Favorites lists
- Messages – rich links are being introduced in conversations with live camera views becoming available. Emoji’s are growing bigger and your keyboard will be able to pick out words that can be replaced with an emoji. Invisible Ink is a feature that means the receiver has to slide their finger over a photo or text to reveal the message and bubble effects will let you talk gently or loud. Messages is also being opened to third party developers.
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So that rounds up the most prominent features on iOS 10. There are bound to be more snippets of information come out over the next few months , so follow us on Facebook and Subscribe below to our newsletter to make sure you are fully up to date with all the latest developments.