Features of iOS 10

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Apple fans could barely sustain their excitement when iOS 10 got launched at the WWDC on 13th of June. And it comes with a bunch of exciting features. From the iMessage platform to Apple Music.

iOS 10, Apple's latest mobile operating system software for iPad & iPhone, was announced at WWDC 2016 in San Francisco on 13 June 2016. Since then Apple has released a series of beta versions of iOS 10, and the final public version was released on 13 September to iPhone 5 and later and the iPad mini 2, iPad 4, iPad Air and later generations.


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SYSTEM FEATURES

1. Lock screen

The "slide to unlock" mechanism on the lock screen has been removed in favor of pressing the home button. Similar to the feature on the Apple Watch, "Raise to Wake" wakes up the device when the user lifts it. This function requires a device with an M9 motion coprocessor, such as iPhone 6S and iPhone SE. The "Today" view of Notification Center has been relocated to the left side, which is accessible by swiping from the left to right. Swiping from right to left opens the camera app.

2. Home screen

Certain default applications included with iOS devices can be hidden from the home screen and 're-downloaded' from the App Store. This feature was first hinted at during an interview in September 2015 in which Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that Apple was "looking at" allowing customers to remove unused stock apps. Supported applications can show a widget when interacting with their icon using 3D Touch.

3. Notification Center

Notifications can expand to display more information and all unread notifications can be cleared at once, using 3D Touch. The "Today" view widgets are shown on the leftmost page of the home screen as well as in Notification Center.

4. Control Center

Control Center has been split into three pages: one for general settings, such as quick toggles for airplane mode and orientation lock, one for audio controls and one for controlling HomeKit (internet of things) appliances. 3D Touch capabilities have been added to several toggles.

5. Other changes

Several sound effects have been replaced. For instance, for locking and unlocking the device and for individual key presses of the keyboard. QuickType virtual keyboards, which provide word-completion capabilities, can predict answers to questions and suggests relevant information based on location, calendar availability or contacts.

APPLICATION FEATURES

6. QuickType

Apple is "bringing Siri intelligence to the keyboard". Which mainly manifests itself in the use of artificial intelligence and context cues to offer more suitable and relevant suggestions when typing. QuickType is pretty handy and a genuine time-saver at the moment, but remains unsophisticated. If it's half as good in iOS 9 as the demos suggested, it's about to get a lot better at predicting what you want to say.

What's more, QuickType is going to become more proactive at bringing in data from other apps and offering it as part of your responses. If someone asks where you are, it will offer your location as a suggested response; if someone asks for a person's email address and iOS thinks it knows who that is, it will suggest the relevant contact details.

There will be support for multilingual typing - in other words, not in just one language or another, but in a blend of the two. You won't have to switch keyboards to do this, Apple said, although they didn't offer details. Will you have to tell iOS that you want it to make suggestions in English and Spanish, say, but not French or Italian? Or will it learn your preferences on the fly? We really hope it's the latter.

7. Siri

The biggest change to Siri (other than the fact that it's launching on Mac! See our macOS Sierra update for that) seems to be that Apple is opening it up to 3rd-party developers. This means that you'll be able to activate non-Apple apps and functions via voice control.
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As an example, Craig Federighi explained that you can now ask Siri things like "Send a WeChat to X" (or, using natural language, "WeChat Nancy that I'll be five minutes late" and so on). There will be Siri support in Slack, WhatsApp, Uber, Lyft, Shutterfly, Pinterest, Map My Run, RunKeeper and lots more apps.

On 19 July Apple added 'App Support' within Siri's settings.

8. Messages

The Messages app incorporates its own App Store, which lets users download third-party iMessage apps that can be accessed within iMessage conversations. Users can use them to send stickers, play games or send rich content, such as media previews, to recipients.
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The application has been enhanced with many visual effects. Chat bubbles, for example, can be sent with a "loud" or "gentle" animation that the recipient sees upon receiving. "Invisible ink" effect obscures the message until the recipient swipes across it. Full-screen effects like balloons, confetti or fireworks can be sent. There is also support for interactions similar to the Apple Watch, such as sending quick sketches and recording and sending the user's heartbeat.

9. Maps

Maps has been redesigned and updated with additional features, including scanning calendar events for locations, learning from a user's typical actions, and a redesigned driving view. A marker can be automatically placed to indicate the user's parked car.
Image result for maps in ios 10Users can add third-party extensions to the Maps app, which enables additional functionality, such as a restaurant-booking extension can help the user reserve a table from inside the Maps application.

10. Photos

Photos can now shoot RAW using third-party apps, allowing greater control over detail. In addition, the app gains deep learning capabilities for sorting and search, with a new "Memories" feature that automatically recognizes and compiles related photos and creates short, musical videos that are easily shareable. Local facial recognition is also used to group pictures by people.

11. Home

Home is a new application that allows users to manage appliances compatible with HomeKit, Apple's API for home automation. In the app, a user can turn on lights, unlock doors, and perform several other actions. A "Scenes" panel allows many devices to be controlled at once to fit a mood or setting. Geo-fencing activates scheduled sequences following the user's location.

12. News

News, taking cues from the Music layout, has been redesigned to incorporate bold headings and a newspaper-esque layout in the redesigned "For You" tab, making it easier to find and read stories. News also features support for subscriptions and provides notifications for breaking news.

13. Music

The Music application has been redesigned, with an emphasis placed on usability. The "For You" section has been reorganized, with a playlist offering daily music recommendations. The "New" tab has been renamed "Browse". A new tab for music that has been downloaded called "Downloaded Music" has been added. Lyrics will also be viewable for songs in-app in iOS 10. The "Search" tab will include recent and trending searches.

14. Phone

The Phone application can transcribe received visual voicemails. Siri can announce the name and phone number of incoming calls. The system can mark suspected spam callers on the call screen upon incoming calls. VoIP calls provided by third-party applications can be integrated with the system-wide call screen, similar to regular phone calls.

15. Supported devices

With this release, Apple dropped support for devices with an A5 or an A5X chip: iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Mini (1st generation) and iPod Touch (5th generation).

iPhone

iPhone 5
iPhone 5C
iPhone 5S
iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6S
iPhone 6S Plus
iPhone SE
iPhone 7

iPad
iPad (4th generation)
iPad Air
iPad Air 2
iPad Mini 2
iPad Mini 3
iPad Mini 4
iPad Pro (12.9-inch)
iPad Pro (9.7-inch)
iPod Touch
iPod Touch (6th generation)

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