What we’re looking forward to seeing from iOS 10
As the gadget world waits with bated breath for the release of the iPhone 7 and possibly the iPhone 7 Plus, there’s also something else on our watch list – iOS 10.
However, as Tech Radar discusses, iOS 10 is technically out now. Apple launched a developer preview of iOS 10 in beta form on the same day as WWDC and a public beta was launched in July.
While the tech company has said the free upgrade will come in the autumn, many believe it will happen alongside the launch of its new phones.
So, here are some features of what we’re looking forward to seeing from iOS 10…
Unless you have an iPhone or iPad that still uses the 30-pin dock connecter or an older iPod touch, then you can look forward to iOS 10.
If you have an iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or iPod touch 5th gen and want iOS 10 then you might want to think about upgrading.
As well as their non-lightning connections, these devices have 512MB of RAM and were somehow able to support iOS 9, despite what everyone thought.
2. Rise to wake
Apple redesigned the iPhone and iPad lock screen by replacing the slide to unlock with Press Home To Open.
The latest addition is to wake your iPhone by raising it. This fixes the issue of going past lock screen notifications if, like many of us, you hit the fast TouchID home button.
This feature will bring iPhones in line with a few Android phones and is similar to lighting the Apple Watch by flicking your wrist.
This seemingly small feature could have the biggest impact on your daily iPhone routine.
3. Clear all notifications
We’ve all been there… You look at your phone and see a sea of notifications just waiting to be deleted. iOS 10 has a quick answer to this problem by providing the ability to clear all of your old notification with 3D Touch.
Instead of having to swipe them all away, you’ll just need to hard press the X icon in the notifications pull-down menu and tap the Clear All box.
4. Water detection
While there is some speculation that the iPhone 7 could be waterproof, your current iPhone certainly is not. But the iOS 10 update is allegedly making it easier for users to avoid potential water damage.
Reports have been circulating that the iOS beta 2 includes a warning message to unplug the lightning cable if the phone and new software detect the wet stuff.
5. Siri and third-party apps
Apple has announced that iOS 10 will open up Siri to third-party developers, making Siri a lot more useful.
Users will now be able to ask Siri to send messages to a contact on WeChat, WhatsApp, Slack and even cab hailing services such as Uber, Lyft and Didi in China.
You’ll be able to use your voice to search through photo apps like Shutterfly and Pinterest and fitness fans can start, pause and stop workouts with MapMyRun, Runtastic and RunKeeper.
It seems like iOS 10 is going make life a whole lot easier – we can’t wait!