At the WWDC 2016, Apple announced the latest version of its mobile operating system, the iOS 10 that will make its way into the iPhone and iPad this fall. The platform will be made available to the iOS developers in the beta version next month.
The iOS 10 will be compatible with all the models of iPhone starting with the iPhone 5, iPads from the 4th gen iPad and iPad Mini 2, and the 6th gen iPod Touch.
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Of course, Siri is the big star of the latest Apple mobile operating system, but there are many other features as well that we need to look forward to. Here are all the tricks that the iOS 10 will bring to your iPhone and iPad in a few months.
Siri plays a significant role in the iOS experience, so makes sense for Apple to make the virtual assistant even more functional. For this reason, iOS 10 opens up Siri to the third-party developers. Well, this means that Siri can respond to the queries that are related to the third-party applications.
For instance, users of WeChat app can instruct Siri to "Send a WeChat to Nancy" and it will send your message via the third-party app without actually going to the app. It can also book a cab via Uber or Lyft.
The apps such as WhatsApp, Pinterest, Uber, Square Cash, Runtastic, Slack, and many more have been confirmed to get integrated to Siri. Once the third-party developers get to know the potential of Siri, there will be more apps with its integration.
Apple's iOS 10 comes with deep learning ability that will let it give more relevant suggestions and be more accurate when typing suggestions by taking your current coordinates or how busy your calendar into account.
Well, the Messages app in iOS 10 has got refreshed to a great extent. It includes new features such as the option to make text and emojis big or small giving the right impact to your messages. Also, there is an option to hide the personal messages with invisible link.
The recipients have to just swipe their finger across the message in order to clear it up. The same works well for images too. You can highlight the words in the message to replace them with an emoticon.
Messages will also support stickers letting you turn a normal chat into a personal conversation. You can also get access to your most favorite third-party applications. So, you can enjoy responding to a GIF without leaving the Messages app.
The Messages also supports rich links that will be useful to pull artwork from websites and let you play videos from YouTube in a conversation automatically. The bubble effects will let you send small or large text by just holding the send button. You can also add handwritten messages over photos and videos.
Apple Photos app gets facial recognition as in the Mac app. It also gets scene recognition to identify animals, things, landmarks, etc. that are found in nature.
Memories is an all new feature that has made its way into Photos. This one will automatically recognize the photos that were taken in a specific location over a few days in order to make a short slideshow of photos or videos along with music in the background.
The built-in QuickType keyboard has got smarter in iOS 10. QuickType will let you transition to different languages without switching between them manually as it can do the same by recognizing the language you are typing in. It can also come up with more relevant predictions and suggestions.
We knew that Apple Music will be upgraded, but the unexpected one is that song lyrics were added to the app. The app gets a new design and it been simplified in several ways letting users get the music they actually want easily.
In addition to the regular ways of organizing such as artist, album, or song name, there is a convenient section to add the recently added music and one with the songs that are downloaded on the device. The app can learn the type of music you like and generate daily playlists that are to suit your taste.
There is a dedicated page for the music that is played in the Control Center. You can swipe up to open the panel and follow it with a left swipe.
Apple News gets some UI and functional optimizations. The stories are segregated into top news and trending and followed by the topics that you follow. The app can create new categories depending on the content you read.
News supports subscriptions to keep you updated on your preferred premium publications. You will have National Geographic and Wall Street Journal content accessible to you and there will be support for more.
The app will keep you updated with the hottest news with breaking news notifications. These will be displayed on your home screen whenever it is appropriate.
The Notifications is also improved in iOS 10. These will show up automatically as you lift your phone. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users will get to preview a notification with a long press on it without even unlocking your phone.
The Apple Maps app will suggest the shortest route in iOS 10. It will make suggestions on the nearby gas stations and restaurants you can actually visit.
For the very first time, Maps will also be open to the developers. You can make a restaurant reservation via OpenTable and book a ride using Uber all from the Maps app itself.
For the very first time, Apple's HomeKit smart home system will have an app called Home that will let you control the internet-connected thermometers, door locks, doorbells, and security cameras from one app on your iPhone or iPad.
Earlier, you had to control third-party HomeKit compatible hardware only with the specific app or with complicated Siri commands.
With the iOS 10, you can get rid of the stock apps that you actually don't use. There is a help page that Apple has published to remove the in-built apps. However, it warns that there could be some minor issues in doing so.