iOS 10: Its Features Explained

The iOS 10 is the upcoming installment to Apple’s mobile operating system. Since it was announced last month, it has been touted as a huge step forward for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Apple CEO Tim Cook even dubbed it as “the biggest release” ever and yes, him hyping it up is justified. This is because iOS 10 contains updates to a number of apps, from Messages, Maps, to Siri.

Should you be looking forward to it? Well, judging by what we dug up, you should be. Personally, we can’t wait to get our hands on an iPhone running an iOS 10.

Siri now works with other apps

ios 10 - siri

Siri now works with other apps, given that Apple will open it up to third-party developers. This in turn will allow you to make app-related requests like:

  • Siri, tell Myrna “I’m coming” on WeChat.
  • Get me an Uber.
  • Siri, book me a ride on Lyft.

You’ll hear fewer messages starting with “Sorry…” from our favorite virtual assistant and overall, this increases the iPhone’s overall functionality a great deal.

We’re also hoping to hear more jokes from her, such as

A better Maps

ios 10 - maps

Maps is now far from its laughable pixelated version released years ago. Although Google Maps is still the unbridled leader, iOS 10 kind of evened out the playing field. It has a number of new features, including:

  • It will be more proactive. For example, your iPhone will learn the routes you take to get to work. The next time you open Maps, it will guide you through traffic.
  • Maps now give you access to nearby restaurants and diners.
  • Maps is now open to third-party developers. For example, you can book a ride on Uber on Maps without having ever to leave it.

Pick up your iPhone to wake it

ios 10 - wake

It’s quite a chore to pick up your iPhone and press the Home button to disable Sleep mode. This will no longer be a problem in iOS 10: just pick up your phone, and it’ll “wake up”.

Better notifications

ios 10 - rich notifications

Today, the notifications screen does not show much: only a short overview of what it is and that’s it. On iOS 10 however, you will be able to view photos and videos straight from the notification itself. Moreover, you can also respond to messages as well, all without having to unlock your screen.

Apple Music upgrade

ios 10 - apple music

Nobody can deny this: Apple Music is playing second fiddle to Spotify. This is not surprising considering that its release was marred with numerous flaws and complaints. Fortunately, the upcoming iOS 10 is set to change things with a completely redesigned user interface which is way better than the old and confusing version.

Feature-rich Messages

ios 10 - messages

The built-in messages app is now way better than before with a slew of new features.

  • Having the ability to send handwritten messages.
  • You will be able to change how message bubbles look. If you want to say it loud, the bubbles will expand.
  • If you say things like “Happy Birthday” and “Congratulations”, celebratory animations will take over the entire screen. We’re assuming this applies to holidays as well.
  • You can send drawings and sketches. You can even draw them over videos.
  • You can access your apps through Messages without leaving it. This comes in handy particularly if you’re making payments.

The new Home app

ios 10 - home app

iOS 10 introduces a new built-in app, called Home. This is for all of your HomeKit accessories, and they can be controlled through the app. You can turn off the lights and draw all of your blinds just by issuing a single command.

It seems like Apple is set to surprise us with the new iOS 10, and we can’t help but look forward to what it brings, along with the new iPhone 7.

Which of the new features are you looking forward to the most? Please tell us in the comments!

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