iOS 10 is the biggest iOS update ever: greatly improved user experience coming to iPhones and iPads


Oh, what a day it has been! The tech community is rattling with announcements, and the latest one on the list comes straight from WWDC. Right on cue, Apple announced the newest version of iOS, the software powering the millions of iPhones and iPads worldwide. It is called iOS 10.

Focusing on user experience


Naturally, the iOS 10 announcement brought us a lot to be excited about. The presentation begun with a focus on user experience and highlighted several new features, including the enhanced lock screen. In particular, iPhone users surely know how unlocking the phone with a fingerprint happens so fast that they can't read their notifications on the lock screen. This should be a thing of the past with iOS 10's release, as the iPhone's screen will turn on automatically as soon as the device is picked up. Neat! 

Speaking of lock screen improvements, iOS 10 makes it easier to get into the camera app. Swiping in from the right edge of the screen is to become the new camera shortcut. The feature was demoed on screen and it was fast indeed. Swiping in from the left will display the user's widgets, many of which should be able to provide further information with a Force Touch hard press. 

Another enhancement brought by iOS 10 is one we actually wished for. Force touch is going to be a lot more useful, as it now integrates widgets with every actionable home screen icon. Hard pressing on your activity app, for example, will show details of your progress. This works for third-party apps as well. The ESPN app was demoed on stage, showing scores from a live game.

Siri just leveled up


Serving 2 billion requests every week, Siri plays a key role in the whole iOS experience. Therefore, it makes sense for Apple to make her even more functional, which is why in iOS 10, developers will have open access to the virtual assistant. In other words, Siri will be able to respond to queries related to third-party applications – a feature we actually expected to get. For example, users of the WeChat app can simply instruct her to "Send a WeChat to Nancy". Siri will send your message via the third-party messaging app without the need to leave the Siri environment. Another demo shown on stage was calling a cab via Lyft. Apps like Slack, WhatsApp, Uber, Pinterest, Runtastic, Square Cash, and many more have been confirmed to get Siri integration. There's surely a lot more to come once developers learn how to tap into Siri's potential.


Chats are to get a lot more fun


On the topic of messaging, Apple has implemented deep learning into iOS 10. This allows for more accurate, more relevant suggestions to be presented when typing – suggestions taking into account your current coordinates, who you're chatting with, or how busy your calendar is. If you're asked for your location, for example, a suggestion to share your whereabouts via Apple maps will pop up. What's more, multilingual typing will be enabled, letting you get suggestions in different languages.

The Messages app in iOS 10 is getting a welcome refresh as well. New features have been added, including the option to make text and emojis bigger or smaller – you know, for those times when you want your message to have the right impact. Furthermore, messages that are extra personal can be hidden with "invisible ink". Then the recipient can swipe their finger across the message to clear it up. This works for images as well, by the way. Folks who are into emoji will love the app's ability to highlight words in their message that are replaceable with an emoticon.

But that's not all. Stickers are to be added to Messages as well, letting users turn an ordinary chat into a personal conversation. And with the new iMessage apps, users will get access to favorite third-party apps. Imagine responding with a GIF without having to leave Messages at all.

But you know, some folks still make actual phone calls. The Phone app in iOS 10 can now tell the difference between some spammers and actual people, which is a feature that is going to be super useful in China, we're told.

Photos are turning into memories


Advanced Computer Vision has paved the way for Photos to get face recognition. Images of your favorite people will be automatically grouped together for convenience. All of the processing is done locally on your device, minimizing the chance of your privacy being compromised. Object and scene recognition have been added as well to make searching for a particular image much easier. Photos can also be grouped by location and displayed on a map.

No less exciting is the new Memories feature found in the photos app. Situated in a new tab, it aggregates images from recent or relevant events – compiled intelligently, without the need for user intervention. This can be a view of your last weekend getaway, or a highlight reel with the past year's best moments. Memories come in the form of a series of images, but iOS also builds a beautiful video showing off those special moments. 


Apple Music, now with lyrics


Another iOS 10 feature predicted by the rumor mill was the upcoming upgrade to Apple Music. What wasn't expected, however, was for song lyrics to be added. We're also welcoming the new design. The app has been simplified in many ways, allowing users to get to the music they want to listen to more easily. For example, the Library is now the first tab being shown. Music is organized by album, artist, or song name, as it should be. There's the convenient section where all your recently added music resides, as well as a section containing every song downloaded onto the device. And no less importantly, Apple Music will learn what kind of music you enjoy and generate daily playlists, made especially to suit your taste. 

We should also mention that Control Center now contains a dedicated page for the music being played. It is accessed by opening the panel with a swipe up, as usual, followed by a swipe to the left. This is where you access playback controls, as well as information about the music being played.

Apple News - something to read about


Apple knew that its news aggregator was still a bit rough around the edges, so in iOS 10, we – and the 60 million users of the service – are treated to some UI and functional optimizations. Stories picked for you are separated into trending and top news, followed by all of the topics that you follow. The app should be smart enough to create new categories based on content that you read. 

To keep you up to date on your favorite premium publications, News will add support for subscriptions. Content from The Wall Street Journal and National Geographic will be accessible this way, with support for more to follow. And to keep you right on top with the hottest news, the app is getting breaking news notifications. These will be displayed straight at your home screen when appropriate.

Pushing IoT forward with Home


Home will be a new app you'll see on your iPhone when you get the iOS 10 update. It will bring your handset closer to the future by allowing it to communicate with the Internet of Things. Intelligent lights, air conditioners, door locks and many more devices can be controlled remotely, from wherever you are. Imagine being able to see who's at the door without even being home – that's just one of the many functions Home will enable.

iOS 10 release and beta testing


While the launch of iOS 10 got us super excited today, it will be a while until we actually get to try it. The software will become available to developers first, and a public beta version will be released in July. Then the finalized iOS 10 release will most likely come in the fall, along with the launch of the next-generation iPhone.

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51 Comments

1. applesnapple93

Posts: 304; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

Screen will turn on as soon as you pickup your phone.... Android has had that since the Moto X 2013... Just saying cant wait to hear people talk about their innovation!

8. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Haha I agree. It seems more like iOS Lollipop and I'm sure it will have more bugs,10.0.1 10.0.2 10.1 10.1.1 10.1.2 an so on and on. Already I have a device at 9.3.2 which still is buggy and each update has made it worse.

12. cherry.dev

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

haha, where do you think Lollipop lockscreen notification and colorful status bar come from?

53. drkuthan

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

all androids are still laggy with 1000gb ram ios is the best experience ever go get a life fag

26. Unordinary unregistered

Had it on my iPhone before 2011.

3. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

So basically lolipop'so lock screen, with shortcuts that Android implemented years ago?

7. cherry.dev

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

*facepalm

31. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It looks like a skinned version of an Android lock screen.

49. Nopers unregistered

It looks like a skinned version of an iOS lock screen... Agree that the card like notifications look very similar to googles implementation but having used both they definitely feel different.

4. MrMiyagi

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

They're about to list all the features they've stolen from android this year, Yaay!

5. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

What about imessage coming to android

35. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Definitely apple had it first

9. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

"You village is being raided by Phill Schiller" ROFL The one with the missed mom's phone call is nice too.

10. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

.......... Meh!

11. adsg48

Posts: 79; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Apple perhaps forgot to add a number row in the keyboard this time too!!!

39. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Is that an android feature as well? Oh lord!

14. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

Working in a phone accessories shop, we apply tempered glass and i can tell you there is nothing more embarrassing then cleaning the screen and seeing notifications like "Galway_w***e sent you xyz message".

15. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I am android user and fully support android but! This time iOS 10 just simply Awesome! This time iOS 10 is cool! - new lock-screen with lots function and beauty (thought it look more Android look and feature now), new music player, extreme awesome new iMessage, Live Photo Editor, Siri in 3rd party apps for example WeChat & WhatsApp, my dream Home Kit (off course I no money to build a Home Kit Feature Home which I can control everything using phone!). The iOS 10 simply awesome!

45. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

awesome from which side? they still have long way to go to catch up with current android

50. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

yeah it is really awsome, cause u dont even have end call option on locked screen....... isnt it awasome future.......... This time Android N nailed it... need to see what nexus devices will pack

16. whatev

Posts: 2260; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

as usual fandroids butthurted and jealous because iOS 10 is greater than lagdroid N, and because we are getting it by fall while most of them get lagdroid N by december 2018 at best... :)

17. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Lagdroid N? Did you really know the changelog of Android N? Had you tried the Android N? Had you known that Android N update haven't announced yet? Nice speech iSheep.

20. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I've had it on my Nexus 6 since April. It's not all that great tbh.

22. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

The Android N you using is only just a developer preview...

51. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Android N is leaps and bounds ahead of iOS... Apple lost its charm with Stev.. this gay cook is screwing it all now..

18. AndroidBoy21

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

iOS 7 was the biggest Update

48. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Agreed, iOS 10 just only few UI changes. Not big differences compare with iOS 7, but I still missed iOS 6 or lower UI design.

24. kopkiwi

Posts: 102; Member since: May 31, 2013

The verbal masturbation in this article is embarrassing.

44. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

the writer cum several times while writing this

47. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Google translated confirmed?

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