Apple announces iOS 10 with major features and redesigns

Apple has announced the release of iOS 10, its latest software for the iPhone and iPad operating system at its Worldwide Developers Conference 2016 (WWDC) which was held at the historic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California.

According to Craig Federghi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, “this is the biggest iOS release ever for our users. He also noted that there are 10 major new features in the new OS. The highlights include a redesigned lock screen with rich notifications, quick interactions with apps, and expanded use of 3D Touch. The full list is highlighted below :

  • Raise to Wake feature as the name suggests will wake the phone’s locks screen when it’s lifted to give you an overview of notifications and updates. This is very much in line with what Google’s been doing with Android.
  • Expansion of 3D Touch on the home screen includes widgets for apps that don’t require you launching the app at all.
  • Apple is opening up Siri to Developers. You can now ask Siri things like “send a WeChat to Nancy saying I’ll be five minutes late”. Supported apps includes Slack, WeChat, WhatsApp, Uber, Did, Skype, among others. Siri now has more contextual awareness. It makes intelligent suggestions based on your current location, calendar availability, contact information, recent addresses, and more.
  • Photos app adds new object and scene detection for powerful search and sorting on your device.
  • Apple Maps is getting an all-new design in iOS. Eddy Cue Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services says the new Maps is “a lot more proactive.” Maps will offer nearby restaurant suggestions and its redesigned look is extending to navigation: the UI is cleaner and includes traffic information.
  • Apple Music is also getting in on the refresh fun with “a redesign from the ground up.”
  • Apple News, like Music, launched last year and is getting a big update in iOS 10. The all-new News interface design has some visual affinities with the new Music, showing that Apple is working on a cohesive look across its new apps,
  • Apple Home is the first major all-new app that builds on Apple’s HomeKit infrastructure to let you manage and control all your connected and compatible accessories around the home. HomeKit is now also built right into Apple’s swipe-up Control Center, so it can be accessed even from your iPhone’s lock screen.
  • The Phone app on the iPhone is also evolving. In iOS 10, it will have voicemail transcriptions so that you can see what messages have been received without having to listen to them. Additionally, the app can now detect when an unknown caller is potentially phone spam and will label those calls as such.
  • Messages is the most frequently used app on iOS. It’s getting rich links in the new iOS version, allowing things like videos to play right in line inside the message. Emoji have been made three times bigger and, much to the crowd’s delight, Apple is going to highlight “emojifiable” words, which you’ll be able to just tap and automatically turn into emoji. Just like Google’s Allo, iOS 10 will allow you to say things using larger or smaller type. Messages is also getting bubble effects, which are just cute animations when displaying messages. Apple Music is integrated into Messages — can play a track right in line. And just like Maps and Siri, Messages are being opened up to developers with iMessage apps.

iOS 10 will be available as a free update starting from September for the following devices: iPhone 5 and higher, iPod touch 6th gen, iPad mini 2 and higher, and iPad 4th generation and the subsequent iPad Air and iPad Pro models.

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