After an unusually long wait, Apple has unveiled the second beta version of iOS 10 to registered developers.
While the software is generally snappier and runs much faster on iOS devices, Apple has also made a few notable tweaks and feature additions. Here’s a quick rundown.
The iMessage App Store is here
The App Store specifically for iMessage is here. The store currently features four Apple produced sticker packs – Classic Mac, Hearts, Hands, and Smileys. When the software officially lands in the fall, users should also be able to download a wide range of apps from other developers.
Encouraging organ donation
First reported earlier this morning, Apple is helping to encourage organ donation via the Health app. In the new software, along with being able to create a Medical ID, users can sign up with Donate Life America’s organ donation registry.
The required information will be provided to the non-profit organization and not sent to Apple.
Other smaller changes
There are also some smaller changes throughout the software.
- The 3D Touch shortcut for the flashlight option in control center now produces three different selections named bright light, medium light, or low light. In the previous software version, the choices were high intensity, medium intensity, or low intensity. It also shows icons for each choice.
- The Filter icon in the stock Mail app has changed and is now a circle with three lines.
- Also, in the Messages section of Settings, there is a new feature that allows users to send images in a lower quality mode.
The public beta will arrive soon
The software was originally unveiled last month at WWDC in San Francisco. While currently only avaialble to registered developers, Apple has promised a public beta sometime this month
Other new features include redesigned Maps, Apple Music and News apps, automatic facial recognition in the Photos app, and a smarter Siri.
The software will be supported on most modern devices including the iPhone 5 and later and the fourth-generation iPad and later.