Apple announced their latest mobile operating system at WWDC 2016.

Apple announced its latest mobile operating system at WWDC 2016 – iOS 10.

Have Apple decided to pack its newest version of iOS with features, or have they gone with the stability side of things?

iOS 10 features a new, redesigned lock screen with 3D Touch-enabled notifications, a different way to access the camera, and a new Raise to Wake feature, that wakes up the screen by picking up the phone. Also, iOS 10 features a new Control Center, and a new widgets screen.

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Say goodbye to Slide to Unlock – slide from left to right and you’re going to find yourself in the Camera app, or you could slide from right to left, but that’s just going to get you to the new widgets screen. Slide to Unlock has been replaced with Press home to unlock – I guess it’s the end of an era.

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Apple’s new lock screen with 3D touch notifications.

I guess you can also say goodbye to your third-party apps that control your smart home, as Apple announced a brand new app called Home, available for HomeKit devices.

Also, as Apple have opened Siri and Maps to developers, you can now ask Siri to send a message in WhatsApp, and you will be able to use third-party apps in Maps.

Apple Maps and Apple Music have both been redesigned, looking more fresh and clean, and easier to use. Apple Music now focuses on lyrics, too. Many other apps such as Notes, Clock, with the new Bedtime feature, Photos, with new facial and objection recognition, News, and Phone have all been updated, too.

The QuickType keyboard, released in iOS 9, is now smarter, pulling information from your messages to give you predictions with what you want to say, and no need to change the keyboard language to Français when you start speaking to your French pen pal – it will do it automatically. Oh, and Apple Pay is available on the internet, allowing you to make a purchase on your computer easier, with the confirmation occurring on your iPhone as you use Touch ID to prove it’s you.

Found alternative apps to the stock ones Apple provide you, which you then find yourself making a folder to put these stock apps in? You no longer have to do that. Apple have allowed you to “delete” stock apps. Yeah, I said “delete” in quotation marks because all it does is delete user preferences and necessary hooks, and the apps themselves are part of the OS. You are able to delete Calendar, Compass, Contacts, FaceTime, Find My Friends, Home, iBooks, iCloud Drive, iTunes Store, Mail, Maps, Music, News, Notes, Podcasts, Reminders, Stocks, Tips, Videos, Voice Memos, Watch app and Weather. By deleting all of these applications, you will save a whopping 150MB! Yeah, not really worth doing, is it?

Apple definitely focuses on the Messages app this year. Apple show off Messages in iOS 10 with a demonstration – showing consumers all around the world what it is capable of. Messages has been overhauled with new features, such as background animations, different bubble effects to get your point across, Digital Touch, handwritten notes, ‘invisible ink’ messages, Tapback – a way to react to a message quickly, rich links, and enlarged emoji. Also, if you’re an emoji savvy, Apple created predictive emoji, meaning that you can replace words with emoji. As well as Maps and Siri, Apple also opened up Messages to developers, allowing them to create apps to be used in Messages. Users can download apps from the new App Store purely for Messages. ­

To be honest, I guess we can say Apple have focused on features in iOS this year, but not as many WOW features as I thought there’d be – especially for the tenth major release of their mobile operating system.

iOS 10 will be available for the following devices in autumn to the public: iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Pro (12.9-inch and 9.7-inch), iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, and finally, the iPod touch 6th generation.

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