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Apple Unveils Promising New Updates with iOS 10

Apple Unveils Promising New Updates with iOS 10

New iOS creates anticipation for impressive new features — and a more active Siri to help you utilize them all

June 15, 2016

In recent years, Apple has been criticized for losing the simplicity that set it apart since the beginning.

Notably, the once-innovative look and feel of iOS has been increasingly populated with more and more apps — but lacking any new ways to navigate this crowded landscape, users have understandably become overwhelmed.

Now, it seems that Apple is finally beginning to address those concerns, trying to rediscover the simplicity that was once its signature quality.

With the unveiling of iOS 10 yesterday at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced a host of new features to come — along with an updated, more fully-loaded Siri to help users navigate this expanding landscape.

 

What to Expect from iOS 10

Here’s a basic overview of some exciting updates to expect in the fall…

Updated Messaging Features

  • Send handwritten messages using the touchscreen
  • Automatically substitute words for emojis
  • See previews for media links sent via iMessage
  • Quick-tap to like or give a thumbs up to messages
  • Experience Digital Touch, previously only available on the Apple Watch
  • Add fullscreen effects for messages, like lasers and confetti
  • Enjoy third-party messaging integration (e.g. purchasing food, for example, can take place within the messaging window)*

More Accessibility from the Lock Screen

  • Use 3D Touch for more control to preview notifications
  • Interact with notifications using raise to wake, which means users won’t need to touch a button
  • Control your music more easily with an updated music widget in the control center
  • Access the camera by swiping to the left from anywhere

A More Helpful Siri

  • Utilize third-party apps through Siri (e.g. Uber, WhatsApp, MapMyRun)
  • Have a more active Siri experience, as she will suggest things based on your past activity (e.g. message responses, share your location)

Apple Music

  • Access all of the music on your phone in Apple Music
  • View the lyrics to songs that you’re listening to
  • Choose from an updated database of on-demand shows

More Phone Features

  • Within the phone app, receive a written transcript of your voicemails along with traditional playback audio
  • Make calls with third-party calling apps as easily as making traditional calls
  • Filter calls by receiving warning messages for potential spam calls in real-time as the call comes in

Other

  • Use widgets by force touching an app icon, adding a widget to the Today view all the way to the left
  • Access more than 2,000 publications through the updated News app, and get breaking news alerts
  • Utilize Apple Homekit through a new app called “Home” to control all smart-home products
  • Integrate Apple Maps with your calendar to scan for appointments, and even use third-party apps like Uber to book you a ride in advance
  • Organize pictures in the photo app by using tags based on objects, known locations or faces of loved ones in the pictures

For a more in-depth rundown of these updates and more, click here.

 

What Does This Mean for You?

Until iOS 10 is released in the fall of 2016, there’s nothing much that users can do but wait.

With the promise of a more advanced and active Siri, anticipation grows for a much-improved user experience and perhaps a turnaround for Apple in terms of simplicity and innovation.

The list of devices that will support the iOS 10 upgrade include: iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPod touch (6th generation), iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.*


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* Harding, Xavier. Apple announces iOS 10 updates at WWDC 2016Popular Science. Bonnier Corporation. † Chowdhry, Amit. iOS 10 Features: 10 Exciting Changes Coming To Apple's Mobile Software Update, Forbes.com. Forbes, Inc.