Apple Launches iOS 10
Apple recently launched it’s much awaited iOS 10 for iPhone, iPod and iPad. The update offers plenty of new features as Apple focused primarily on user experience. It will be available to the users by the end of the year. However, public beta has been made available to those who have registered themselves as developers. Here are some of the top features of iOS 10, which, the company claims to be the biggest update in Apple’s history.
The popular voice assistant has received major update as it has been made available for third party developers. This feature was highly anticipated as its Google’s counterpart, Google Now, can access third-party apps and provide you relevant results. Opening up Siri to developers will certainly increase its accessibility and functionality. Users will now be able to place orders online, call for a cab, send messages via different apps or even play games with Siri providing it’s AI-input.
Giving competition to Windows, Apple has integrated Siri to Mac OS as well. It is still in beta, but it can still search for files in your desktop or web, reply to emails, access social media and perform other such functions.
It seems like the trends of emojis has caught up to Apple as well. The messages app has been revamped and a lot of new interactive emojis are introduced in the messaging app. You can now send handwritten notes using Digital Touch handwriting.
The receiver will get animated messages according to the message. Imagine sending someone a flying balloon on their birthday, or crooked texts to twist your friends’ neck, iMessage has everything covered. One can also replace the written text with an emoji. This feature is similar to the one on Hike messaging app which provides emoji suggestions while you are typing. As with Siri, iMessage has also been opened up for developers to integrate payment, sharing and other such features to its chat application.
The lockscreen on iOS 10 is the first thing you notice when you update your phone. The phone automatically wakes up when you lift it up and you get to see missed messages and notifications on the lockscreen itself. Once you swipe left, you have weather information, upcoming events, news and stories of your preference and other such information.
Using 3D touch, you can navigate into the app without actually opening it. Swiping right lets you open camera. In order to unlock the phone, you now have to click the home button and then authenticate your fingerprint of passcode. The lockscreen now has become hub of information on iOS 10.
Besides the above upgrades, iOS 10 also has improved maps, photos, privacy, widgets and many such tweaks. If you want to try them out, you can register your Apple ID at beta.apple.com/profile and follow instructions after downloading the beta profile. Make sure to back-up your device before upgrading. Let us know what you love the most about iOS 10 in comments below.
Picture courtesy – apple.com
by techtalks @TechTalks July 20, 2016 5:17 AM UTC