Apple will officially release iOS 10 on September 13 and it’s said to be the biggest overhaul of the OS yet. Not only does it come with a range of redesigns, but there are plenty of new features to enjoy too.
Provided you have an iPhone 5 or newer, or an iPad 4th generation, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, or newer, you’ll be able to download iOS 10. Meanwhile, those splashing out on an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus will be able to enjoy it right out of the box.
Messages is one of the main areas that Apple has made sweeping changes. You’ll be able to handwrite messages or alter how text bubbles appear. When you write Happy Birthday or Congratulations, animations will take over the screen. And you can even write a message in “invisible ink,” meaning the person on the other end will have to swipe on the message to read it.
Messages will save you time in iOS 10. For starters, there’s a tapback feature that gives you six quick responses. Then there’s also contextual predictions, which make it easier to arrange a time to meet or to send a number onto someone, and a feature that lets you tap to replace emoji.
Our smartphone is what many of us use to capture precious memories. iOS 10 makes it easier to rediscover these memories, even going so far as to enable users to create movies from their saved photos, while it will also be possible to search photos by the people or things they feature.
Maps has also been overhauled substantially. The updated app will be capable of making reservations, making suggestions as to where you may want to go and the fastest way of getting there, and taking pitstops into account just in case you need to refuel your car or yourself.
Finally, you’ll be able to wake your device by lifting it, giving you instant access to your notifications. Possibly the most convenient feature of iOS 10 is that you’ll be able to view photos and videos, or reply to a message from your notifications.
There’s plenty to enjoy in iOS 10, which is available from September 13. Just make sure you back up your data in case something goes wrong.