As most of you most likely already know, the iOS 10 release date will get announced this week at Apple’s iPhone 7 launch event. What we already know is that Apple always launches its latest iOS two days before a new iPhone comes out which, for the iPhone 7, will be the 16th of September. If Apple sticks to its trusted pattern of hardware and software releases this means that we can expect iOS 10 to be available to the general public on the 14th of September.
Luckily for us and all developers out there, Apple has already launched the iOS 10 Beta version a while back, giving us at Chinavasion the chance to get a sneak-peak into its new features and user interface. Please join us below as we take you through a general overview of the things you can expect from Apple’s new Operating system.
iOS 10 and its prime features
iOS 10 and its prime featuresTesting the new iOS 10 certainly has been a most jolting and refreshing experience. As soon as you open iOS 10 you notice the changes straight away. Overall Apple’s new Operating System stays familiar yet it enjoys a better layout, user interface, and tons of new features.
Raise to Wake:
One of the most apparent changes becomes visible as soon as you pick up your iPhone. Thanks to its new ‘’Raise to Wake’’ feature iPhones that have iOS 10 installed will lit up automatically as soon as the phone is being moved. This is an incredibly useful feature allowing you to glance at your lock-screen notifications without the need to press a single button.
New Lock-Screen and Fingerprint Press:
No longer will there be the fear and annoyance of losing your notifications when opening your iPhone. With the new iOS 10 you will now be required to actually press the home button in order for the fingerprint scanner to unlock your phone.
While being in the lock screen the traditional and trusted ‘’Slide to Unlock’’ feature has also been removed. Your lock screen will now display your notifications and allow you to access a newly designed Widgets panel by swiping to the right. This allows you to quick-access certain phone features and applications, or to quick answer messages, without the need to unlock your phone. Additionally Apple has developed its 3D touch technology a lot further, allowing you to firmly press your finger on a pop-up notification in order to be navigated to the represented App immediately without personally having to navigate there.
While using iOS 10 simply swipe up from the bottom and you will be greeted by one of the best iOS 10 updates, a renewed and less chaotic looking Control Center that is a lot easier to use. This new control panel will display all the trusted features and additionally allows you to add multiple shortcuts and features of your choice by simply swiping to the right.
With the new iOS 10 nearly every Apply App underwent some drastically changes. Additionally, there is a new Apple app that you have not seen before, ‘’Apple Home’’. This Apple App offers you the perfect platform to configure your smart home gadgets with your iPhone, allowing you to control all your smart home appliances through one single App.
One of the most dramatic changes in the new iOS 10 can be seen within its messaging features, making messaging with your friends and family a whole lot more fun. Send music clips, stickers, GIFs, and more thanks to a separate iMessages store. At the moment all fun message features are for free, however, there are not yet that many available. We do, however, expect to see a lot more on launching day.
Another fun little feature is the one that highlights ever word in orange that can be replaced by an emoticon. From now on you can use emojis rather than true text to communicate.
Additional screen effects and ways to deliver your messages can be added as well with the new iOS 10. Add bubble effects, slam sounds, or invisible ink – by holding down the send button you are allowed to pick among tens of different options to make the way you deliver your message more personalized and fun.
A smarter Siri:
On average more than two billion requests go through Siri every week. With iOS 10 the Siri function has improved significantly allowing you to talk in a more informal way. Instead of saying “Siri, Send a message to Nancy saying I’ll be ten minutes late.'” You can now simply say: “Tell Nancy I’ll be ten minutes late,” or even “Siri, can you shoot a message on Nancy and say I’ll be late?’’
All together the new iOS 10 brings along some interesting and promising features that will significantly increase the user experience of all Apple users out there. Although the BETA version merely shows us the tip of the iceberg we can state that we already are impressed by the new iOS 10 features that were represented in this BETA version. As both Apple with its iOS 10 and Google with its Android 7.0 Nougat are about to launch their newest smartphone software the main question that remains now is which one of the two is shaping up to become the more exciting and forward-thinking Operating System. For a closer comparison on both Apple’s and Google’s new Operating system stay tuned and keep an eye on our upcoming Blog posts later this week.