For those of you missed it Apple announced iOS 10 on Monday(the newest operating system for iPhones and iPads). This was one of the four software announcements made at WWDC 2016.
First of all, iOS 10 is getting some improvements to the overall user experience. When you go to the lock screen you will be able to take action on notifications. Let’s say for example that you receive a message from someone in the messages app, you will be able to respond to a message right from the lock screen. Additionally, let’s say someone sends you a calendar invite for a party. You will be able to respond to that invite and then have that appointment added to your calendar on your iPhone or iPad.
The next thing that I will take a look at is the changes made to messages. Let’s say that you want to emphasize a message that you are sending someone. You can increase the size of the speech bubble being sent in the messages app. You will also be able to surprise someone using invisible ink. When the recipient gets your message they will swipe over the invisible ink to reveal the message being sent. Of course, there are some other convenient things happening. For example, if you send someone a YouTube video by way of a link then they will be able to play the video right in the messages app.
One of the newer additions to iOS is an app called Home. This is going to be Apple’s preferred method for controlling all your light bulbs, shutters, thermostats and other connected appliances around your house. One of the more interesting things about this is you can say something like “good night” and then just before you go to bed, the lights will dim and the shutters will come down.
Whilst this change is more for developers, it will mean a lot for you the user as well. Basically Apple is opening up Siri (the personal assistant on iOS that you control with your voice) to developers. One of the ways that it will effect you is that you will be able to take advantage of it in the apps that you use on your phone. For example let’s say you need to send a message to a friend of yours on WeChat. You can just simply launch Siri on your device and say “WeChat David to say I will be at the Airport at 3PM”. You could also say “start a Whatsapp audio call with Daniel”. Simply put we will see Siri integrated into a lot more apps.
Up next, let’s take a look at the new Apple Music app. Let’s say you are listening to a song, you will be able to view this lyrics to it so that you can learn them and sing along to it. Another interesting thing is the ability to listen to previous broadcasts from Apple’s Beats1 radio station. If you missed a show and you want to listen to it, there will be an on-demand section where you can listen back to previous broadcasts on demand.
Apple’s Photos app on iOS is also getting a revamp. You will be able to create albums based on People’s faces.
Next in Photos is Memories where Photos will automatically create albums based on places, holidays that you went on, people and a whole lot more. You don’t need to do a thing to create a “memory”, it does all the work for your. It even creates slideshows so that you can enjoy them later.
Photos can also create albums based on places that you have been to. If you do a lot of holidays to places and give those holiday albums names like “Singapore 2015” then this will be the tool that you will most likely need.
Apple is also making some changes to the phone app. As most mobile phone networks provide voicemail, your iPhone will be able to provide you with a transcript of your voicemail. Let’s say someone leaves you a phone number. Sometimes you have to listen to the voicemail message a few times to get the entire phone number. Even then you can get it wrong. With voicemail transcription this will be a thing of the past. Additionally, if someone is calling you and it might be spam call, then your iPhone will flag it as possible spam. That way you can avoid those unsolicited sales calls.
If you are a user of Apple’s Maps app then there are some interesting changes coming your way. For example, if you have booked a ride with Uber then it will put a little pin showing you where your ride is and how far it is from you. If you like going on long drives then Maps will show you different fuel pumps, restaurants and other stops along the way, along with information on how long it will take to get there.
So there you have it, a quick look at some of the many features coming to iOS 10. You can check out the full preview on the Apple website. Overall there is nothing to write home about in terms of new features. I suppose the so-called “good night”/”good morning” modes are pretty neat. On a side note I don’t listen to Beats 1 (other than the one time when it first went live to see what it was about) so I don’t really care about the on-demand thing. With that being said my first impressions are that there is nothing that good that gets me excited about iOS 10 coming out.
iOS 10 will be releasing to everyone in the Autumn of 2016. If you are a developer you can download the developer preview right now! Otherwise, if you are eager to check it out there will be a public beta in July 2016, but you can sign up/reserve your spot right now. Here is an extensive list of all the devices that will support iOS 10:
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch
- iPad Pro 9.7-inch
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad 4th generation
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPod touch 6th generation
What are your thoughts on iOS 10? Let me know in the comments.