Apple's latest update, iOS 10, has been available to download since the 13th of September. Billed as their “biggest ever update”, it provided a brand new, redesigned and comprehensive OS for iPhone and iPad devices.
Take a look below to see what the new features consist of.
Redesigned Lock Screen
The lock screen is looking pretty stylish in this latest update. Slide to the left, and you’ll be presented (by default) with the time, a search bar, your latest events in your calendar, Siri App suggestions, Apple News, map destinations (which link to your calendar, if you provide any addresses), a battery tab to keep an eye on all of your Apple gadgets that are currently connected to the phone, Reminders, and Stocks.
However…the Lock Screen is actually pretty customisable. Scroll down to the bottom and you’ll notice there’s a section to add or remove Widgets as you please. So now you’re not completely stuck with that Stocks app!
Notifications now have 3D Touch support on the lock screen, allowing users to do more with it without even having to leave this screen. Reply to messages, check our videos and photos, or simply swipe away.
Slide to the right on the lock screen, and you’ll be presented with the camera, without having to completely unlock your phone. You’ll also notice a tweaked lock sound, too.
The messages screen has been completely redesigned. Once updated, users can send drawings to their friends (which work in the same way as Scribble on the Apple Watch), animated gifs, photos, videos and more. Digital Touch allows users to send “invisible ink” style messages, their heartbeat and more, whilst bigger emoji and a new predictive emoji feature is included. This suggests words that can be replaced with emoji. The Messages tab now has App Store support, so developers can start to create add-ons to enhance text conversations. The earliest to get on board is Nintendo, who are offering Super Mario stickers!
The Home screen hasn’t changed too much, other than slight tweaks. If you 3D Touch on an app, it’ll open up any accompanying widgets, if it has any. This will sit alongside any of the Quick Action choices for that app.
Home, Apps & Photos
There’s a brand new “Home” app in iOS 10. This is available for linking and controlling any HomeKit devices you might have, remotely.
Good news! You’ll be able to delete almost all pre-installed apps now, if you so wish. So no need for that buried folder on your phone full of unwanted apps anymore.
The Photo tab has also had a bit of a nice redesign. Albums are split up into square photo albums, with the opportunity to add more if you so wish. It’s slightly reminiscent of Instagram, and looks pretty clean and uniform. Photos also features facial and object recognition, which works alongside Memories, a feature that helps you to rediscover any forgotten moments. Perfect for the snap-happy people who might have hundreds of photos stored on their phones.
Whilst it looks a lot cleaner and brighter, Apple News also now includes the choice for email or push notifications, such as Breaking News. It’s also a lot more organised, and offers more accurate recommendations, based on what news you’re currently following and reading. Subscription offers are now available through the app for publications.
Maps & Apple Music
Both Maps and Apple Music have been redesigned. Like the overall look of iOS 10, they’re both enabled with cleaner inferfaces that as a result, are much easier to use. Apple Music now includes a Lyrics function, whilst Maps allows third-party support.
For the first time since it’s introduction, Apple has allowed Siri to be integrated into third-party apps. E.g. ask Siri to call someone in Skype, or call you an Uber. It’s available for these six functions currently: messaging, photo search, payments, calls, workouts, booking rides. Siri also works in CarPlay, adding the function for accessing climate controls and adjusting radio settings, too. As this progresses, we’re sure that more third-party apps will get on board with Siri functionality.
As well as it being a faster, smoother and cleaner experience, iOS 10 also includes an update to the QuickType keyboard. The predictive text is much more precise, and it’s a lot more responsive.