iOS 10

14.06.2016

Update: iOS 10 was just announced during Apple's WWDC keynote. Here are the new features coming to your iPhone and iPad, and information on the staggered iOS 10 release date.

Apple's iOS 10 update for iPhone and iPad lives up to its milestone software version number, with the first official details announced at WWDC 2016 today.

It's filled with major changes for your daily phone and tablet routine, but don't worry, all of the new iOS 10 features are for the best - and best of all, it'll free to download. 

 

 

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The Cupertino company laid out all of its mobile operating system specs in an all-too-appropriate ten segments. Here's what we learned today.

iOS 10 lockscreen and notifications

Apple has redesigned the iPhone and iPad lockscreen, giving us the biggest lockscreen revision since the first iPhone nine years ago. Don't worry, slide to unlock is still here.

 

 

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What's been added is the ability to raise your iPhone to wake it, fixing the all-too-common issue of blowing past lockscreen notifications when you hit the fast TouchID home button. This is a great solution.

From there, you'll see that notifications are broken up into bubbles now and use 3D Touch to show hidden menu actions - hard press on a calendar invite notification and you'll be able to accept or decline it.

3D Touch-enabled notifications work on iOS 10 even better for Messages, where you can respond to messages right right when you pick up your phone, without ever leaving the lockscreen. It's all done inline.

 

 

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This "peeking at apps" capability via the lockscreen isn't limited to Apple's first-party apps. Uber is a third-party apps that allows you to press on notifications and get live updates on where your driver is on a map.

What may be the best change to notifications is the ability to clear all of your old notifications with 3D Touch. Just hard press over the little "x" icon in any group within the notifications pulldown menu and a "clear all" box pops up. Super easy.

Control Center redesign

The swipe-up-from-the-bottom Control Center overlay menu has a brand new look that helps declutters the layout in iOS 10, and it's something Apple users have been asking for.

 

 

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It once again features four app shortcuts along the bottom (flashlight, stopwatch, calculator and camera app) and moves the fifth Beatle, Night Shift, to a new, bigger spot above the quartet. 

That fixes an issue where people said having five app shortcuts in that bottom row, a short-lived idea that came about when Night Shift debuted in iOS 9.3, made the buttons a tad too small.

 

 

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Bigger AirPlay and AirDrop buttons appear above Night Shift, too, while toggles for Airplane mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb and Orientation lock are unchanged (except for their new blue hue when on). 

But what happened to the music controls? Slide right on the Control Center, and there's a dedicated pane for the volume and playback controls, and even music album cover art.

Lockscreen camera and 'widgets'

It's easier than ever to flip on the camera with iOS 10 because sliding the lockscreen right (when Control Center isn't open) automatically transitions to the camera app. 

This is a camera app shortcut we've seen on several Android phones before and beats reaching for the bottom right corner, where the camera shortcut remains in iOS 9.

What happens when you swipe to the left on the lockscreen? Glad you asked. It reveals a new spot for Apple's Today menu "widgets." It's not as customizable as Android widgets, but it's a big improvement. 

Within the home screen, 3D Touching app tiles like Activity gives you a more graphical account of your fitness goals, while ESPN runs scores, drawn play-by-play interfaces and live video of in-progress games.

All of this peeking at apps can be done without leaving either the lockscreen or homescreen, and it means that 3D Touch is becoming a little more relevant in iOS 10.

New Siri smarts

Two billion requests a week go through Siri, and it's now going to do so much more, according to Apple. With that, they announced that iOS 10 will open up Siri to third-party developers.

Now you'll be able to ask Siri things like, "Send a WeChat to Nancy saying I'll be five minutes late'" and it can be said variety of ways and still understood.

Siri also works just fine if you say it like "Tell Nancy I'll be five minutes late with WeChat," and even "Siri, can you shoot a message on WeChat and say I'll be five minutes late?" 

All of a sudden, Siri for iOS 10 is going to be a whole lot less "Sorry..." This is thanks to what Apple calls an "intense API," which even functions in this new way in its multiple languages.

Siri is also ready to go are other messaging apps like WhatsApp and Slack, riding booking apps like Uber, Lyft and Didi in China (which Apple invested in) and photo sharing apps like IM, Shutterfly and Pinterest. 

Siri is able to help you start tracking your fitness goals with MapMyRun, Runtastic and RunKeeper, send money to friends with Number26, Square and Alipay, and start VoIP calls with Cisco Spark, Vonage and Spike.

Siri-influenced QuickType keyboard

Apple's on-screen QuickType keyboard can intelligently tell the difference between what you're saying and what computers usually think you're saying (but not) thanks to Siri intelligence.

Using deep learning, it's able to understand the wider context of what you're typing, influencing the words in the suggestion bar above the keyboard.

 

 

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QuickType is also adding a handy button for your current location whenever someone asks "Where are you?" and for forking over someone's contact information when a chatter asks for that info. 

Locally, Siri uses deep learning to analyze a conversation and is able to pick up on you and a friend talking about food, a proposed time and resturant address, and then suggesting to add it to Calendar. 

It's Apple new "easy button" for iOS 10, and it's all about shortcuts to everyday activities.

Photos

iOS 10 is going to make use of deep learning so that it'll be easier to relive trip photos with a map feature and face recognition. Despite the deep search capabilities, Apple promises privacy protection.

AI is also going to work across your photo library to cluster together photos - location, people involved and scenes - to find the photos you'd like to see at "just the right time." No more "hold on, let me find it" when you go to show a series of photos to someone.

Lastly, for Photos in iOS 10, Apple showed off a new user interface with a new album tab called "Memories." It illustrated how a grid of photos as well as a layout with photos where some are bigger than the others, trying to determine key highlights. 

Apple Maps and Apple Music tweaks

iOS 10 is going to fix my biggest complaint about Apple Maps - its previous inability to scroll ahead of the route. Before the forthcoming software update, it'd also spring you back when looking at the route ahead.

 

 

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Apple Maps will include more Points of Interest, automatic zooming in and out before and after straightaways.

Apple Music with iOS 10 is being redesigned for its 15 million paid subscribers, and "the music will be the hero," according to Apple. It looks to be a much cleaner design, highlighting cover art properly and suggesting music that you'll like in a more logical fashion.

Community features aren't going away in the Apple Music update. New Stations and Artists to follow is a way to discover new music and follow through on seeing them in concert.

Apple News

Apple News is reaching 60 million people and in its redesign, it'll introduce subscriptions so that you can see every issue of National Geographic or read the Wall Street Journal, usually behind a paywall.

 

 

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Breaking news notifications have been added and intelligently sections break up the news to make everything easier to read.

HomeKit becomes Home

Apple's developer-focused HomeKit is coming to end-users with iOS 10 (and also Apple Watch) a new app on the homescreen called "Home." It'll tie all of your home-based IoT gadgets together in a simple app.

Siri will allow you shortcuts to interact with your home accessories, and so will Control Center. The lockscreen can let you peek at home notifications if you get a doorbell alert. What pops up in a video feed or who's at the door if you have a doorbell camera like Ring.

Phone 

Voicemail transcription is indeed coming to iOS 10, so you'll know what a message is about before ever loading up the visual voicemail text.

Contact cards have been enhanced to know how you prefer to contact people.

Messages

Messages is introducing rich links and a live camera view as soon as you press the camera button. Like emoji's? You're going to love iOS 10.

Apple is making bigger emojis that are now three times large, and the keyboard can now identify words you can easily replace with emojis with a single tap on each word.

There'll be bubble effects so you can "say it loud" or say something "gently" with slow to exist texts. You can also use "invisible ink" that requires the message receiver to slide their finger over a text or photo. It'll be a nice surprise, or horrific shock from friends.

With club lights, big emoji and full-screen fireworks for iOS 10, Messages is one crazy app. But it'll get even more insane in the future because Apple is opening up Messages to developers with an SDK.

So far, Apple has shown off integration for food ordering services and more fun feature with JibJab.

Round up iOS 10, Apple quickly mentioned Notes with multiple users editing a document and SplitView support for Safari, finally letting you open up two Safari windows at once on an iPad.

Apple said that despite the deep learning capabilities of iOS 10, it'll keep that to the silicon on your device and not invade your privacy. It's been working on something called differential privacy.

Previous report

Apple's iOS 10 update for iPhone and iPad is the milestone upgrade that's almost certainly going to launch today at WWDC 2016.

Downloading the iOS 10 beta on June 13 and the final release three months later is now so routine, it's no longer a big scheduling surprise. But where Apple takes the mobile operating system is still a mystery.

We're just now reporting on the first iOS 10 update rumors, including new interface and app features that haven't been pushed out to your iPhone 6S and iPad Pro 12.9 as part of iOS 9.3.

Apple is preparing the redesigned iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, according to the latest leaks, and that means the interface may take on a few surprises. Here's what we've heard in the news.

iOS 10 release date

Apple is testing iOS 10 right now, meaning it's on track for another June release date at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference event, WWDC 2016.

Siri let us know that the keynote date is today, Monday, June 13. It's when official iOS 10 announcement will happen with an introduction by Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering.

 

 

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Think no different. Think June, July and September again

 

 

The iOS 10 beta should be available to developers immediately, while a public beta is likely to launch in July, just as it did with iOS 9. After all, last year's public beta was a big success for Apple judging from the smoother sailing of iOS 9, and it continues to be a surprise with new iOS 9.3 features.

If you decide to wait for the final version of iOS 10, it'll take a while longer due to additional bug testing by developers and faithful Apple fans trying out the beta. A stable version of iOS 10 should launch alongside the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September.

iOS 10 beta

The iOS 10 beta should be back given the initial rousing success of the iOS 9 beta to squash software glitches. That means you can anticipate three ways to download the operating system update once iOS 10 becomes available.

 

 

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Expect another beta program for bug-proofing

 

 

Apple Developer Program members will be the first to install iOS 10, likely in mid-June. That requires enrolling in the official developer program and paying a fee of $100 (about £69, AU$140).

Since everyone wants everything for free these days, you can wait a few weeks, typically in July, to test out iOS 10 early via the public beta. It requires jumping through some hoops on Apple's website, but registration takes no more than a few minutes of your time.

The iOS 9 beta program was more unfinished than it was buggy. I counted just a few missing features, not glitches, so it wasn't a hassle to download a year ago. And it was free and an over-the-air update, so it's a friendly middle ground if you want to try iOS 10 before almost most everyone else. 

iOS 10 compatibility

Amazingly, iOS 9 didn't cut anyone out of the mix when the update rolled out to devices in September. The iPhone 4S and iPad 2 still work with the latest operating system update.

That may not happen again given the simple fact that iOS 10 may require more than 512MB of RAM. 

 

 

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At least, this is what we expect right now

 

 

We really thought both of these devices would be axed when the iOS 9 update became available. Because these Apple gadgets are going to be five years old by the time iOS 10 comes out, we think it's time to put the still-clinging-to-life 30-pin dock-equipped phone and tablet to rest.

Expect the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6iPhone 5S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, and the bigger iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6 Plus to handle iOS 10 without a hitch. Add the newer iPhone SE to the phone roster, too.

Same goes for the iPad Pro 9.7 and 12.9, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2 and maybe even the original iPad mini. Also, not to be forgotten, the iPod Touch 6th gen should be fine.

Siri and voicemails

When it comes to iOS 10 features, we fully expect Apple to improve Siri simply because this happens every year. This time, Siri may become your true personal assistant by handling your voicemails.

 

 

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Siri, hold my calls! Thank you, Siri!

 

 

The became the first big iOS 10 rumor: Siri can tell a caller why you can't pick up the phone and even transcribe voicemail messages so you can read them on the go or in loud venues.

The Siri voicemail service is reportedly part of something called iCloud Voicemail, and it's supposed to be an enhancement of the standard digital audio recorder.

Apple isn't launching a mobile network of its own like Google's Project Fi, at least not yet. However, this feature, if it's a part of iOS 10, means that the company is one step closer to doing just that.

Siri third-party apps

That's not everything we may see from Siri. Apple's personal assistant for iOS users is likely to become entrenched in your home as a competitor to Amazon Echo and forthcoming Google Home speakers.

 

 

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To do this, however, the normally-closed-off company needs to open up Siri so that more third-party apps will be able to use the capabilities. Amazon's Alexa assistant can easily call up an Uber, for example.

The latest rumors indicate that there's a Siri SDK that will debut at Apple's WWDC keynote on June 13, and there's a chance it could come with new speaker hardware (though that's less certain).

That's certainly going to impact iOS 10, as an enhanced Siri used by third-party apps will jumpstart the amount of things Apple users can do after saying "Hey Siri." 

Peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments

Apple Pay is continuing to expand to new countries, but what's missing from your iPhone's digital wallet is the ability to directly send people payments. So far it's just between you and an NFC cash registers.

 

 

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You can't treat Apple Pay as if it were PayPal just yet, but that may change with the new iOS 10 update, according to the longest-running rumors about the operating system.

Apple is said to be challenging the popular Venmo mobile payments app with the same ability: to send money between iOS devices. You may have to pay your Android friends back with real money, though.

That's still good news for iOS users who want Apple Pay to become more useful. Samsung Pay is poised to encroach on the Cupertino company's territory, and new features is the best way counteract that.

Apple HomeKit

Your home is about to become smarter thanks to all of your household tech coming together to live under one roof: your iOS 10 device.

 

 

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Apple's Home app will transform for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV into remotes for smart bulbs, door locks, thermostats, door bells and all sorts of gadgets that fall into the Internet of Things classification. 

Right now, this smart home technology is extremely scattered. It's going to take a company like Apple to bring it together. 

You may recall that the developer-focused HomeKit is a year-and-a-half old, but iOS 10 is expected to make it into a front-facing feature for users with a new Apple Home app.

Apple Music redesign

Apple Music will celebrate its one-year anniversary at WWDC 2016 with a sudden aging-rockstar facelift. Yes, the new streaming service is already in for a retooling of its user interface.

 

 

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It's no surprise. There's a confusing rift between Apple Music streaming and iTunes music downloading, and that clunky design was cited as the main issue in our review.

Expect to see black-and-white menus and bigger artwork that stands out among the muted colors. Also, we're happy to hear rumors of song lyrics becoming a new iOS 10 feature.

Just don't anticipate Apple Music Connect to play a prominent role. The underutilized tab, meant to let artists share photos, videos and demo tracks with fans, didn't live up to its "connect" label, is in for a demotion.

Make 3D touch relevant

3D Touch made its debut with the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, and at first it was a little underwhelming. More apps now use it, but it could still stand to have a better reason to exist.

 

 

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Apple needs to make 3D touch more than a one-dimensional trick

 

 

Control Center is exactly where this Force Touch-like technology should head next. Pressing the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth on-screen button should pop up the respective settings menus in a overlay window.

Apple has done such a good job over the years by sliding opaque menus into view without requiring you to exit apps. These Control Center buttons should follow the very same principle.

There are also rumors that Apple may get rid of the home button with an on-screen button (sort of like on some Androids) that uses 3D Touch. It's not a popular theory among all, but it may happen one day. 

Customizable Control Center

While 3D Touch would go nicely with Control Center, it'd also be clever to have the entire menu overlay become customizable. Right now, everything's set in stone by Apple.

Instead of forcing everyone to have the Clock icon be a shortcut to the time, why can't I make that go to the stopwatch? Why can't the calculator icon be swapped out for a Photos shortcut?

These are some of the requests we've been hearing from Apple users since Control Center made its debut in iOS 7 back in 2013. It's about time Apple put them into action.

Apple News in the forefront

There's nothing necessarily wrong with Apple News. The Flipboard-like app works well and has some of my favorite publications, but the app is too far removed. I hardly ever tap into it.

 

 

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Apple News needs to be in the leftmost menu, not just siloed in an app

 

 

A better move would be to expand its presence in the leftmost menu. Yes, this is something that Samsung has done with its phone and tablets with Flipboard, but I've come to appreciate it.

Otherwise, tucking the entire Apple News interface into its own app silos it from the rest of the operating system without the pizzaz it really deserves. 

Volume controls

There's nothing more annoying than turning down the volume, tapping on a YouTube video during the middle of the night and hearing it still blare out my iPhone's mono speaker.

Media controls are different from notification controls, it turns out, and there's no easy way to turn down the volume on a video without starting it up first. That's annoying.

Many Android phone manufacturers have cleverly split up the volume control into two or three groups, and it doesn't look messy with a dropdown for more options beyond the main volume.

With iOS 10, Apple needs to catch up with the times on volume controls, as the iPhone and iPad rocker doesn't exactly rock with limited and often confusing options.

Cache and orientation bugs

There are bugs and limitations to the iPhone and iPad that could be resolved with the iOS 10 update. Namely, caching and orientation flaws trip me up on a daily basis.

 

 

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Landscape is great, except when I never asked for it, like every time I unlock the Plus phone

 

 

I'd like to be able to minimize an app without having it reset (read: Instagram) when I open it back up later on after having opened a couple of other apps in the interm. Memory seems to be the issue.

I'd also like iOS 10 to address the flaw in which screen orientation flips too easily into landscape mode when unlocking the phone. It seems to be a bigger problem on my iPhone 6S. Its size is already unwieldy enough, and oddly, this doesn't happen on the smaller iPhone 6.

Multi-user support

Apple did a really nice job upgrading iOS 9 for its iPad line. Split Screen multitasking and better Bluetooth keyboard support made a big difference.

 

 

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Multiple profiles, especially for the enterprise-focused iPad, is a must

 

 

However, Apple still hasn't given its fanbase multi-user support. This is something that Android tablets have had for a while and it's sorely missing on Apple devices. iOS 10 could be the time to do it.

In fact, the infrastructure for multi-user login support has launched ahead of iOS 10. It turns out that iOS 9.3 includes new education features for multiple student-logins for classrooms. That's a good sign.

Given that iPad Pro just came out in the last few months, and it's way more than a personal device, a lot of businesses and artist-filled studios might buy into the supersized idea if this could happen.

Apple did introduce multi-user support for students in iOS 9.3 thanks to a new set of education features. It could easily expand the idea with iOS 10 at WWDC.

iOS 10 Touch ID

Touch ID works really well. It's faster than ever on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, and it's really accurate. Maybe not as fast at the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, but is it still too quick for its own good?

 

 

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Please don't touch the home button, but add a double tap to wake option

 

 

That's what I've been hearing from users of Apple's new smartphones. They habitually light up their phones with the home button, only to have their notifications vanish.

iOS 9 made notifications easier to view in the pulldown menu by sorting them in chronological order (not by group), but an easier way to wake the phone may be in order. 

LG and HTC use an ingenious double tap the screen to wake method that makes the entire display a big button. That would solve this problem for Apple, and we're looking for hints of that in iOS 10 in advance of the iPhone 7 launch.

More iOS 10 updates to come

This isn't the last word on the iOS 10 update. Apple's still until Monday to unveil the software, and three months after that to finalize everything. What we've heard so far is just rumors.

 

 

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Stay tuned for more iOS 10 coverage

 

 

That gives us a little more time to hunt down official news and slightly less official leaks about the iPhone and iPad mobile operating system update.

The iOS 10 release date seems like the easy part: likely today, June 13 for the developer beta, July for the public beta and September with the iPhone 7 for the final launch.

iOS 10 features, on the other hand, remain a mystery with the exception of the solid-sounding Siri voicemail lead. There's definitely more to come during today's WWDC 2016 keynote at 10:00am Pacific time.

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