Millions of iOS users were eagerly waiting for the day when iOS 10 will be released. During this year’s September Media Event, the company previewed the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but also revealed that on September 13 iOS users will be able to update the operating system on their devices.
In this article we are going to take a look at what iOS 10 brings to the table, as well as how much it will change the way we use our iOS device. Let’s jump right in.
Enhanced User Interface
Unlike the previous iOS version, you should immediately see some changes after you update to iOS 10. This is because of a new lock screen that is now more powerful, presents more information, and allows you to do more without actually unlocking the device.
A new feature called Rise to Wake actually mimics what numerous Android phones were capable of doing for a long time now, but it is still an important upgrade. Simply pick up your phone and its screen will power on, showing you notifications. You can interact with many of those, since apps can now stretch their functionality over to the lock screen as well.
In other words, you can reply to messages, read the latest news, or check up on your Uber drive as it gets tracked live. There is also a whole new pane that shows different kinds of widgets, similarly to how the upcoming OS X version will handle them.
Apple has been working hard on opening up Siri towards third party developers, which means that Siri would soon become much more capable. You will be able to book a ride via Uber of Lyft simply by issuing a command to Siri, or respond to Facebook messages, and even text your co-workers using Slack.
It is up to developers to make this happen, but we can expect this trend to rapidly rise. Some of the apps that already announced Siri integration soon after iOS 10 lands are Slack, WhatsApp, Uber, Lyft, Pinterest, RunKeeper, and several more.
Overhauled Apple Music
Apple Music subscribers will be happy to hear that an overhauled app is coming their way. This has been perhaps the most troubling part of iOS 9, as the current Apple Music app is overly bloated and hard to navigate.
The new Apple Music app brings a bold design with clear and easy-to-read typography, and it also allows you to easily switch between your locally stored music and online tracks that can be streamed.
We all know how texting is important, as well as how emojis have become essential. In a world where teens use emojis over words, it is important to highlight this aspect when it comes to any messaging app.
Apple’s Messages app will receive numerous bold enhancements, with new effects and resizable fonts. However, emojis are now three times the size, reactions are large and animated, and these graphic elements are a part of predictive text. Aside from handwritten messages, you can now also send your heartbeat to someone, which was initially available on the Apple Watch only.
The newest major iOS version is available to owners of the iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4 and later, iPad mini 2 and later, as well as to owners of the sixth generation iPod Touch. Even though you will be asked whether you want to upgrade, you can force the iOS 10 upgrade by visiting your Settings app.