Apple unveiled its next-generation mobile OS, iOS 10 at World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2016 and describes it as the “biggest iOS release ever.”
According to the tech company the new operating system includes major updates for a wide variety of apps, services and features, including Messages, Siri, Photos, Maps, Apple Music, News, Apple Pay, Control Centre and more.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]With the iOS 10, accessing needed information is easier and quicker than ever. The “Raise to Wake” feature automatically wakes the screen as users raise their iPhone, making it easier to view all their notifications at a glance, right from the lock screen.[/quote]iOS 10 also features a redesigned lock screen with 3D-touch enabled notifications that offer up more information, a more easily accessible camera, and a new widgets screen that houses widgets formerly located in the Today section of the Notification Centre.
According to Apple, ‘the iOS 10 opens up incredible opportunities to developers with Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages and with the iOS 10, messages now deliver more expressive and animated ways to message friends and family, like stickers and full-screen effects.
“iOS 10 introduces the ability for Siri to do more by working with apps, beautifully redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music and News apps, as well as the Home app, delivering a simple and secure way to manage home automation products in one place”, it adds.
With the iOS 10, accessing needed information is easier and quicker than ever. The “Raise to Wake” feature automatically wakes the screen as users raise their iPhone, making it easier to view all their notifications at a glance, right from the lock screen.
In addition, Notifications, Today view and Control Center are accessible with just a swipe or a press, and also, deeper 3D Touch integration with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus makes interacting with apps even easier, Apple says.
In iOS 10, Apple says iMessage, FaceTime and HomeKit use end-to-end encryption to protect users’ data by making it unreadable by Apple and others
iOS 10 also uses on-device intelligence to identify the people, objects and scenes in photos, and power QuickType suggestions and services like Siri, Maps and News send data to Apple’s servers, but this data is not used to build user profiles.
Starting with iOS 10, Apple says it is using technology called “Differential Privacy” to help discover the usage patterns of a large number of users without compromising individual privacy and in iOS 10, this technology will help improve QuickType and emoji suggestions, Spotlight deep link suggestions and Lookup Hints in Notes.
Additional features of the iOS 10, as stated by Apple include the following:
-Siri intelligence brings new QuickType features, including contextual predictions to surface relevant information based on location, calendar availability or contacts; and predictive typing supports multiple languages without switching keyboards.
-Phone adds integration for third-party VoIP calls, voicemail transcription and a new caller ID extension for spam alerts.
-Built-in app updates include Safari split-view for iPad, Notes collaboration and Live Photos editing.
-Apple Pay can now be used to make easy, secure, and private purchases on participating websites using Safari, in addition to paying in-stores and within apps.
-Bedtime Alarm in the Clock app lets you set a regular sleep schedule and receive bedtime reminders.
The developer preview of iOS 10 is available to iOS Developer Program members, a public beta program will be available to iOS users in July and iOS 10 will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 5 and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod touch 6th generation, Apple says.