We’re just hours away from the public launch of iOS 10. Apple is expected to release the software update for iOS devices tomorrow, Sept. 13.
Lots to love
Much has changed with iOS 10, including a redesigned lock screen and rich notifications that show you more information without needing to unlock your device.
Messages is adding a plethora of new features including rich links, a better way to insert Photos, and emoji improvements. With bubble effects, you can change the size of your text to better fit what you’re trying to get across. It also supports handwritten messages along with Digital Touch from the Apple Watch. Developers will also get the chance to access Messages for use in third-party apps.
Siri is also smarter as the virtual assistant now works with third-party apps. Quick Type has been improved with intelligent suggestions on what to respond with and more.
The Photos app is taking a big step forward with automatic facial recognition. The deep learning technology automatically creates albums with particular people, all on the iPhone with your privacy settings intact. It also provides Memories about your previous photos with topics, people, or dates.
Maps sportings a new look and now includes traffic incidents on your route and intelligent suggestions. Apple is also opening up Maps for use to developers.
News has also gotten a fresh coat of paint with a clearer design. It also automatically creates topics based on what you’ve previously read. Two other additions include subscriptions and breaking news notifications on your lock screen.
Interacting with HomeKit has also gotten easier with Apple’s new Home app. This app allows anyone with a HomeKit accessory to interact with it. The feature also shows up on Control Center.
Even the Phone app is getting better with voicemail transcription.
The Apple Music app now features easier navigation and lyrics. The “For You” section has also been updated making it simpler to discover tracks.
We expect iOS 10 to launch around 10 a.m. PDT on Tuesday.
To download iOS 10 on your compatible device, go into the Settings app under General > Software Update, and then follow the directions. To upgrade OTA, you must be connected to a Wi-Fi network.
To upgrade using a computer, be sure that your iOS device is connected. From there, go into the iTunes application, and select iTunes > Check for Updates.
The update is compatible with the following iOS devices:
- 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
The update comes preinstalled on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.