At the annual WWDC 2016 developer conference keynote in San Francisco, Apple announced the iOS 10 for iPhone and iPad with a few major upgrades. Claimed to be the biggest iOS release ever, there are 10 major new features in the new OS including redesigned lock screen with rich notifications, quick interaction with apps, and ability for Siri to do more by working with apps and more.
Here are some of the key features introduced:
Raise to Wake
Raise to Wake automatically wakes the screen as you raise your iPhone, making it easier to view all your notifications at a glance, right from the Lock screen. Notifications, Today view and Control Center are accessible with just a swipe or a press, and 3D Touch on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus can be used to interact with notifications on the lock screen itself.
Siri Opens to Developers
As Apple has opened Siri to developers, they will be able to build on the intelligence Siri offers and let users interact directly with apps using just their voice. It will help developers easily design their apps to work with Siri for messaging, phone calls, photo search, ride booking, personal payments and workouts, or use Siri to control CarPlay apps, access climate controls or adjust radio settings within automakers' apps. Siri intelligence brings new QuickType features, including contextual predictions to surface relevant information based on location, calendar availability or contacts; and predictive typing supports multiple languages without switching keyboards.
As Messages is the most frequently used app on iOS, it now gets support of playing videos right inside the message. Apple Music is also integrated into Messages. Even more Emojis have been added, and Apple is going to highlight "emojifiable" words, which you'll be able to just tap and automatically turn into emoji. It will allow you to say things using larger or smaller type. It is also getting bubble effects. iMessage has also been opened to developers.
With iOS 10, the Photo app has become smarter. There is a new button called 'Memories' that scans all your photos and videos and finds favourite and forgotten events, trips and people, and presents them in a beautiful collection. It also contains Memory Movie, an automatically edited movie with theme music, titles and cinematic transitions. Memories uses advanced computer vision to group the people, places and things inside your images into albums with on-device facial, object and scene recognition.
Maps have received a redesign, which the company claims are now simple and intuitive to use. Even Maps have been opened to developers with new extensions. With the new intelligence, Maps will deliver directions to where you most likely want to go next, based on your routine or appointments on your calendar.
Apple is focusing on Home Automation to0. The Cupertino giant has integrated the Home app in iOS 10, delivering a simple and secure way to set up, manage and control your home in one place. Accessories can be managed individually or grouped into scenes so they work together with a single command and can be controlled by using Siri. They can be managed remotely or set up for home automation with Apple TV, and can respond with automatic triggers set by time of day, location or action.
The UI of Apple Music has been completely overhauled, making it a clear and simple experience. The tabs - Library, For You, Browse and Radio - have been completely redesigned to provide an even greater sense of place, and a Search tab has been added to make finding music even easier.
Redesigned News App
There is a new redesigned News app with a new For You, organised into distinct sections that make it easier to find stories, support for breaking news notifications and paid subscriptions. Apple will also be introducing a subscription option on Apple News.
Privacy in iOS 10
Apple claims that iMessage, FaceTime and HomeKit use end-to-end encryption to protect users data by making it unreadable by Apple and others. Starting with iOS 10, Apple is using technology called Differential Privacy to help discover the usage patterns of a large number of users without compromising individual privacy.
Other Features Include:
Phone adds integration for third-party VoIP calls, voicemail transcription and a new caller ID extension for spam alerts. Built-in app updates include Safari split-view for iPad, Notes collaboration and Live Photos™ editing.
Apple Pay can now be used to make easy, secure and private purchases on participating websites using Safari, in addition to paying in-stores and within apps.
Bedtime Alarm in the Clock app lets you set a regular sleep schedule and receive bedtime reminders.
Availability and compatibility: The developer preview of iOS 10 is available for iOS Developer Program members and the public beta will be available to iOS users in July. It will be available for upgrade on iPhone 5 and later models, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini 2 and later models and iPod touch 6th generation later this year.