Apple present its next-generation mobile OS, iOS 10 at WWDC 2016 and describes it as the “biggest iOS release ever.” Some of the best new features that will make their way to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in the fall. While there are tons of new features in each OS, Apple spent most of the event showing off iOS 10, highlighting its strong commitment and focus on enhancing the user experience and of course adding new features.
iOS 10 took up the lion’s share of the WWDC event with Apple spending a lot of time on the new Messages features, as well as the Siri SDK, Apple Music and News app revamps, Apple Pay on the web, and updated Photos capabilities.
Here are top 5 iOS 10 features that all you need to know.
iMessage isn’t the first chat app to integrate stickers and reactions, but taken as a whole, the new features look like a lot of fun. Users can send heartbeats and haptic signals, text or images write by hand, and of course stickers. Emojis are larger and easier to insert. Apps let you do things like gather group orders and submit them to a restaurant, or even send money through third-party transaction services.
2. New Maps
Maps have gotten much better with this upgrade. It looks sharper and easier to use. You can slide upwards from the bottom of Maps and you get suggested destinations. If you normally go to work at this time, then your workplace will be recorded. Another location may be drawn from a calendar appointment for this time. You can even sub-filter destinations and locations. Like Google Maps, Apple is going to take into account traffic.
Photos gets an upgrade in iOS 10 to become smarter and help people find photos from forgotten occasions. Memories as Apple calls it, will scan photos and videos and finds forgotten events, trips and people, and puts them in all in one collection. Sort of what Google is doing with it’s own Photos app. There’s also the Memory Movie, which is an automatically edited movie with theme music, titles and cinematic transitions.
4. Siri Availability
Siri, the most popular voice control system is now not only limited to system applications but now onwards, it can control almost all 3rd party applications. Now you can control different 3rd party apps with the help of Siri and can communicate and handle those applications. Also Siri is getting intelligent just like Google’s “Ok Google”. It gives more suggestions based on people’s contacts, address, nearby locations etc.
5. Apple Music
Apple Music also received a major update, with a new interface that looks far easier to navigate with big, bold text. The Now Playing screen is much more attractive and less bland and now includes lyrics. Spotify also includes lyrics, but only on the desktop version. That said, it’s hard to say whether consumers will want to give Apple Music a try after its rocky start. And pulling people away from Spotify could prove a difficult proposition for Apple Music. Unless, that is, it continues to get songs and albums from the likes of Taylor Swift whose offerings aren’t available on Spotify.
Apple’s new iOS 10 software for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is a huge step forward for iOS devices and for mobile platforms in general.
Other new features with the Mac storage optimisation option, iOS 10 also has the feature, which automatically removes files from your device that haven’t been used in a long time. In this respect iOS 10 will offer to remove songs from your device.
The iOS Game Center is no longer, with it being completely removed from the default stock apps this comes from less than 1% of people actually using it.
iOS 10 will be available as a free update this fall 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. Which also includes the 5th generation iPod touch and original iPad mini.
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