June 23, 2016 | Lucy Tozer
Earlier this month Apple announced details about the upcoming iOS 10 software update. What we know now is that the release will be staggered as with iOS 9. Firstly, developers will have access to the beta version, this version will then be available to the public in July and then the final release is expected to be alongside the release of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September.
We also know that new system will not be supporting iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iPod touch 5th generation.
So, what’s included in the new release?
• There’s a re-designed lock screen
• ‘Raise to Wake’ – simply raise your iPhone to wake it. This will save you from missing home screen notifications
• ‘Rich lockscreen notifications’ mean that notifications will be broken up into bubbles now. They also use 3D touch which means you can ‘hard press’ on a calendar invite alert to accept or decline it
• 3D touch also means that you’ll be able to immediately respond to messages as soon as you pick up your phone without having to leave the lockscreen
• Clear all notifications – You will be able to clear all notifications with 3D Touch – simply tap the ‘x’ icon and they’ll all disappear
• Tidy Control Center – The display you see when you swipe up from the bottom of your phone has been tidied up. You’ll now see four app shortcuts (flashlight, stopwatch, calculator and camera) making it easy to navigate. Music controls have been moved to their own dedicated ‘pane’ when you swipe right on the control center
• There’s a quicker way to access your camera from the lockscreen
• There will be enhancements to Siri
• Changes to Apple Maps – users can now scroll ahead and pan and zoom around the map. Traffic will be added and the ‘nearby’ functionality will also be improved.
• Voicemail Transcription – this means that you won’t have to actually listen to your voicemails as they’ll be converted into text
• Rich links will be added to messages so that you can easily include emojis. Talking about emojis, Apple will also be introducing bigger emojis that are three times the size. The keyboard will also be able to identify words you use and replace them with emojis upon a single tap
There’s much more included in this release and we’ll be exploring all of the new features to ensure that our apps function smoothly upon launch.