Along with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Apple also announced that its iOS 10 will be available for users starting September 13. Apple had showcased the latest iOS iteration at its WWDC 2016 conference a few months ago. The iOS was available to users in beta mode so far. At last night s event, Apple said that the iOS 10 was the biggest iOS release ever. While iOS 10 comes preloaded on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, it is also available for older iOS devices. Also Read - Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' job application sold for over Rs 2.5 croreAlso Read - Apple iOS 15, iPadOS 15 beta 4 released: What’s new, how to download
From a revamped iMessage, which is now more of a Messenger-like platform, to a more useful Siri voice assistant, the iOS 10 has comes with a number of new features and overall changes in the interface. Native apps like Apple Music, Maps and Photos have also been upgraded. The company is also giving users more choice with customizable widgets. If you are planning to upgrade to the latest iOS version, here s everything you need to know.
Which devices are compatible with iOS 10?
The software update is available for the iPhone 5 and above only. It will also be available for the iPad mini 2, iPad 4, iPad Air and above generations. Summing up, the devices which are compatible with iOS 10 are the Apple iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, and 7 Plus, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, both iPad Pros, iPad Mini 2 and the iPod Touch (sixth-generation).
When will iOS 10 be available?
Apple traditionally releases the latest version of iOS within a week after the announcement has been made. And this time it s no different, Apple iOS 10 will be available to users starting next week (September 13).
How to download iOS 10?
Users with compatible devices can upgrade to iOS 10 by heading to Settings > General > Software Update. Please note that not all the phones receive the update on day of release it might even take 24 hours for iOS 10 to actually show up on your device. If you are willing to download the beta version of iOS 10 ahead of the official roll out, here s how you can do it. You need to sign up with Apple’s Beta Software Program using your Apple ID. Apple will ask you to download a profile. Next you have to just follow the instructions. Don t forget to keep a backup of your content before downloading the beta software. The public beta version comes with a built-in Feedback Assistant app, which allows early testers to directly report to Apple about any issue they come across. For more in detail, read, How to install iOS 10 on supported iPhones and iPads.
Key features of iOS 10
You may be wondering why Apple is calling iOS its biggest iOS update ever. As said earlier, the latest iOS update brings loads of changes how you interact with the software. One of the best things that Apple has done is giving ability to remove pre-installed apps from the home screen. If you don t use Stocks or any other such native app, you can simply disable it to have the apps on your display that you extensively use. But perhaps the biggest change is the removal of iconic Swipe to unlock feature. This means you can unlock your phone via the home button using fingerprint scanner or enter the passcode on the screen.
The iMessage has seen a major overhaul. The app seems to be evolving as a standalone Messenger-like platform. From crafty GIFs to new stickers, the new features on the iMessage make it more fun to use. The iMessage now has its very own app store which means that you will be able to do things like order food, book flights and send money without having to leave the conversation. Another interesting feature is that you can send a message in your own handwriting. A new ‘invisible ink’ feature allows you to send a photo or video that remains hidden until you swipe over it.ALSO READ: Should you buy the Apple iPhone 7?
Another key feature of iOS 10 is the customizable widgets, which give extra information from an app on the lock screen. Users can peak at the information such as calendar, calculator, appointments and weather information without needing to unlocking the phone.
Apple has made some changes to its digital voice assistant Siri. The upgraded voice assistant is now open to third party developers, which means you can now ask Siri to book an Uber or order you some food. Not just that, Siri can also transcribe voicemail messages for you.
Apps like Apple Music, Maps, Photos and Health Kit have also received makeover. Apple Music has had a complete rework from the bottom-up and Photos has a new section called Memories that can automatically stitch together a video of a time and place, such as holidays. The tweaked app will let you search for things like petrol pumps and restaurants and will also notify users as to how much longer it will take to arrive at the destination. There are lots more to Apple s new iOS 10, DON T MISS: 10 big features of Apple s iOS 10