iOS 10 has finally been announced, with Apple appropriately choosing to highlight 10 major new features at its WWDC 2016 event. The brand claims it’s the biggest release of the software ever, encompassing changes to everything from Messages to Siri.
Starting off with Messages in iOS 10, Apple has made a ton of improvements to the app in its efforts to mark it as a standalone platform. It can now support GIF and videos right within the conversation thread. Cool additions include invisible ink to send a text which can only be viewed when the receiver swipes over it and the ability to send handwritten notes.
You can also share rich links to preview content inline and animations such as fireworks which take up the entire display. Moving on to UI revamps, Apple has completely redone the lockscreen so your notifications appear within bubble-like enclosures. It’s also added a new Raise to Wake feature which automatically wakes your iPhone’s display when picked up.
Moreover, swiping left on the lockscreen brings up the camera, while swiping right showcases widgets, an interesting new addition previously absent from iOS. As for the AI side of things, Siri has gotten smarter in the new OS. Apple now lets the digital assistant have access to third-party apps. This means it could do useful things like book an Uber or send a message through WhatsApp.
Speaking of WhatsApp, Apple has made it easier to conduct third-party VoIP calls. You’ll now have multiple app options to call someone directly from the Phone app. Voicemails can now be automatically transcribed and further be scanned to see if its spam or not. Even the keyboard has gotten better, enhanced by Siri’s intelligence and the ability to support multilingual typing.
Other changes in iOS 10 comprise of things like a redesigned Apple Music to make seeking music easier, an overhauled Photos app to organize snaps into Moments and video reels, improved Maps, and Live Photos editing. The software is now open for developers and will be released as a public beta in July before hitting the general population this fall.
iOS 10 will be compatible with the iPhone 5 and later, all iPad Air and Pro models, iPad 4th gen, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod Touch 6th gen.