Apple introduced several new features to iOS 10 in the Messages app to create a more social and creative experience. Users communicating over iMessage can now send each other screen effects, bubble effects, hidden pictures, stickers, handwritten messages, and drawings. In this post, I will show you how to use bubble and screen effects for better text messaging experience.
Just a couple of notes before getting started. These effects only work between Apple devices and requires iOS 10 for mobile devices and macOS Sierra for computers. All other devices, including Android, will not experience the effect or they will simply read “(Sent with [effect name]). If the chat bubbles are blue then you are messaging something with another Apple device. Also, if Reduce Motion is enabled in the Settings app for devices running iOS 10.0.2, iMessage effects are automatically turned off. The next update, iOS 10.1, allows Reduce Motion to be turned on and iMessage effects will not be affected. (more…)
With iOS 10, Apple completely changed the lock screen to be less “slide to unlock” and more “press home to unlock.” Basically, they removed a gesture we have used for nearly ten years on the iPhone. The iPhone now unlocks with a press of the Home button. This works well on the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with a tactile Home button, but not so well on their older Touch ID phones. In the settings app, you can now restore part of the function of the lock screen to the old method.
Today Apple will be releasing the tenth generation operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The update comes with many new features like design refreshes in apps (Music, News, and more), a more social experience in Messages with stickers and full-screen effects, a better and friendly layout of Control Center and widgets, and many 3D Touch effects. The update should be arriving some time this afternoon.
Apple’s highly anticipated fall special event is set to start tomorrow around 10am. They will be taking the stage in San Francisco to reveal many new products. While many of the designs for their products will look familiar, they are expected to set themselves up for entire product line refreshes. Here are our expectations for their event.
Fully functional iPhone 7 rear shell design, credit: Sina
The iPhone 7 is practically guaranteed to be announced at the event on Wednesday. Rumors, leaked pictures, and specs have led us to this very moment where we know most everything about the phone. It will come in two sizes (4.7″ and 5.5″) and look similar to the iPhone 6s. The smaller 4.7″ iPhone 7 will have a single and larger rear facing camera, while the larger 5.5″ iPhone 7 Plus will have a two rear cameras. All the camera sensors will remain at 12MP, though. Both phones will have a tactile Home button that uses Force Touch to simulate the physical mechanism of a moving button. Additionally, the phones will not have the headphone jack but instead rely on Bluetooth and Lightning for audio. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will start at 32GB, be powered by the A10 processor, and have better battery capacities. In place of the headphone jack, there will be a second speaker grill which will be house an amplifier. Pre-orders are expected to begin on Friday, September 9th and the phone will either be released on Friday, September 16th or Friday, September 23rd.
Apple Watch 2
Apple Watch, credit: Apple
Leaked images and inside rumors suggest the second-generation Apple Watch will be coming at Apple’s event this week. The watch will look relatively similar to the current generation Apple Watch, except the internals will be highly upgraded. The new processor (or SoC) will be much faster and provide better battery life, the battery capacity will increase due to a thinner display, and the watch will be less dependent on the iPhone. Instead of relying on the phone to track location and speed, the watch will use the new GPS chip. It will still be dependent upon the iPhone for full functionality, though. The current Apple Watch will also be updated with the new processor and continue to be available for sale. The Apple Watch 2 is expected to be released in either September or October.
All-new Music in iOS 10 from WWDC 2016
The newest operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is also practically guaranteed to be announced. Historically, Apple announces the latest iOS at the keynote at WWDC in June and then releases it to the public in the fall. With the amount of beta versions given to developers (we are on #7 now), this shows the final version is underway and will be available to the public soon. The update brings many features to Messages; a fresh design to Music, Maps, and Photos; a new layout for widgets, the Lock screen, and Control Center; and new settings. iOS 10 will likely be released on Wednesday, September 14th.
The Apple Watch running watchOS 3 from Apple website
The third-generation operating system for the Apple Watch was announced in June at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference and is expected to come out alongside iOS 10. The update brings faster apps with Background App Refresh, new watch faces that are easier to switch, fitness for those in a wheelchair, an optimized keyboard for writing letters, and a SOS feature. The SOS feature will allow the Apple Watch to automatically call for help with local emergency services and notify friends/family that you’re in need of help. Another feature will allow you to unlock your Mac when you are in close proximity to it wearing the Apple Watch. This update will likely come out on September 14th as well.
The new tvOS has a Dark Mode so the background is no longer blinding you when watching TV before bed from Apple website
The next-generation operating system for Apple TV (4th generation) will likely be announced at tomorrow’s event. The software update brings a few features to the Apple TV like single sign-on for multiple apps that require your TV provider’s subscription credentials, a special Dark Mode (versus the current bright and all-white “Light Mode”), redesigned Music app, and more advanced search with Siri. It is expected to be released on September 14th.
The Lightning to Headphone Jack adapter to connect to the new iPhone 7, credit: Tinhte.vn
Apple is expected to reveal Lightning-powered EarPods, wireless headphones called ‘AirPods,’ and a few Lightning-powered headphones under their Beats by Dr. Dre brand. Also, there will be a new adapter for Lightning to headphone for those users who still have traditional headphones but plan to upgrade the headphone jack-less iPhone 7. These should come alongside the iPhone 7 or be available before the phone is released.
iPad Pro 2
The rumored 10.5″ iPad Pro will fit nicely between the 9.7″ (on the left) and 12.9″ (on the right), credit: Laptop Magazine
The second-generation iPad Pro is currently in development and may be announced at tomorrow’s Apple event. Unfortunately this is more want, then based on any fact. Rumors suggest an announcement in October, or more than likely, some time next year. The iPad Pro will have a faster display technology for smoother scrolling, panning and zooming. There will also be three models released all based on screen sizes: 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch with the smallest size offered as a low-cost option. The iPads will also have expanded support for the Apple Pencil.
iPad mini 5
A collection of iPad minis from Apple website
There have been no rumors for the fifth-generation iPad mini and the consensus is this tablet will be discontinued soon. It is very similar in size to the 5.5-inch iPhone Plus and lacks support for the new iPad Pro features.
Apple TV Internet Streaming Service
Apple TV concept for Internet Streaming Service
The Internet TV streaming service was expected to be announced alongside the Apple TV (4th generation) last year, but it was not ready yet. The service was rumored to be available for $30-$40 per month and come with about twenty-five channels from major networks. A year after the expected announcement date, the streaming service has not been made public and is likely a tabled idea. Perhaps we will see it in the future.
Apple may also follow their new tradition last year and jam pack all Mac updates into this special event, or have another event planned in October. Apple will announce macOS Sierra (the rebranding of OS X plus the new operating system name) alongside a refresh of their Mac lineup.
On Thursday, Apple released another (and likely the last) update to iOS 9 that fixes a few serious security exploits. According to the New York Times, the exploits where found by NSO Group and it exposes contacts, calls, texts, and emails without first unlocking the device. The update is available for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models that are running iOS 9. This update is likely the last of its kind for iOS 9 since Apple is planning to release their next-generation software, iOS 10, next month. This update brings a great refresh with updates in Messages, Notification Center, Photos, and more.
The iOS 9.3.5 update is highly recommended and can be installed over-the-air or through iTunes. Here’s how to update your phone.
Note: only devices already running iOS 9 can update to iOS 9.3.5.
Open the Settings app
Go to General
Go to Software Update
Tap Download and Install
Your device must be connected to Wi-Fi and have at least 50% battery power/be plugged in.
Plug in your device to your PC or Mac
Click on your device
Open Summary tab
Click Check for Update
iTunes will now download the update and install on your device.
This update is relatively small therefore it should only take a few minutes to download and install. It is recommended for all users to update their devices.
Unfortunately one of the most requested features that seemed to be too good to be true, was. The developer’s website for iOS 10 claimed that stock apps could be removed from the phone. This seemed to mean that we could finally delete those apps that Apple forces us to have on our devices. This led many to think about the future of Apple and hope that the apps could perhaps be updated independently on major software updates and that other third-party apps could become default. I foresaw Google Maps replacing Apple Maps, but unfortunately not everything is what it appears to be.
The keywords are “remove from Home screen.” It says nothing about deleting apps, via The Verge
In a recent interview with John Gruber on ‘The Talk Show,’ Apple executives Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi went into more details about deleting stock apps. First, the deleted apps are not actually removed from your device. When you delete Maps, for example, you are removing it from your Home screen and erasing the user data. If you click on a link with an address, the phone will prompt you to install Maps again. Either you install Maps or you cancel the request. You cannot default third-party apps. Also, this means that since they are not truly deleted from your device, they cannot be updated independently. We will still see major update generations for changes with stock apps.
When you re-install the deleted app, you are not actually reinstalling it. You are allowing the app to be on your Home screen again. You will likely have to go through the normal setup with the app like enabling location settings and notifications, if needed.
The interview is not available to listen just yet, but it will be available on Daring Fireball when it is.
It appears that Apple has finally listened to us for better features in iOS 10. Many of the features they announced at the keynote Monday have been requested for years. They also have brought many features that we have never even dream about. With all this in mind, I have created my list of the top features of iOS 10 that I am most excited to use.
Clear All Notifications
Simply clear all notifications with 3D Touch, via Apple
The ability to clear notifications has to be one of the most requested features. Apple first teased us by adding this feature to the Apple Watch last year, but now the new operating system update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will have an easy way to clear all notifications in the Notification Center. You can simply deep press the (x) in Notification Center to clear all notifications.
Control Center Refreshed
The finally redesigned Control Center has been divided into two centers: one for quick actions and one for music, via Apple
The very cluttered Control Center will be a lot more organized in iOS 10. Instead of a mixture of quick action apps, like Calculator, with quick settings, like Night Shift, being on the same line, they are now separated. To create space within the center, Apple removed Music. They designed a new Music-only Control Center which has more details and shares album artwork. The bottom row of the regular Control Center is now all quick action apps, Night Shift is on its own line, and it appears to be more user friendly.
More 3D Touch Functions
3D Touch Weather to see the current conditions and shortcuts, via Apple
Initially the 3D Touch functions of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were limited to quick viewing content like emails or conversations and accessing shortcuts on the Home screen or in other apps. Apple has expanded the capability to be in more apps and brought in Glances from the Apple Watch to the Home screen of the iPhone. When an app is deep pressed, it will display the regular shortcuts but now there is additional information. With Weather, the current conditions are displayed, and with Stocks, we will likely see current prices for our favorite stocks.
Health Updated with Videos
Health now shows short videos explaining each of the metrics, via 9to5Mac
Health is updated with a more colorful and user friendly interface with videos that explain each metric. Currently the videos are inactive in the developer’s beta of iOS 10, but I figure they will give details about the metric, how to measure it, and why it matters to keep track of it. The app has also been updated with new metrics, like Mindfulness.
There are three new brightness settings for Flashlight, via 9to5Mac
The Flashlight switch in Control Center now has three different intensities which can be activated with 3D Touch. When the switch is deep pressed, a menu with low intensity, medium intensity, and high intensity opens. This will allow changes to the rear flash brightness setting for different environments.
Lock Screen Phone Calls
VoIP calls now appear on Lock screen like regular phone calls, via Apple
Apps that support VoIP will no longer have small notifications on the Lock screen that appear when someone is calling. Instead, it will transform the entire Lock screen to the incoming phone call just like Phone does. It will also show details from the contact, like their picture, name, and where they are calling you from.
Unlimited Tabs in Safari
Now you can have unlimited tabs open in Safari, via iPhonehacks
Safari is currently limited to a certain number of tabs, which I always seem to reach on a weekly basis. In the iOS 10 software update, Safari can have as little as one tab open or as many as five million. The number of tabs is only limited by your creativity.
Quick Unsubscribe in Mail
Quick unsubscribe from unwanted emails, via 9to5Mac
When you receive an email from a random mailing list that you are sure you did not sign up for, it can be very annoying. When this happens to me, I usually just delete the email and pretend I never saw it until the next month when it happens again. Unsubscribing is unfortunately not very easy to do since many companies make the font tiny at the bottom of the email and mix up the wording so you hopefully give up. Apple has taken notice and added a new button to the top of the email that says “Unsubscribe.” In a few clicks, you can easily get your email off of that mailing list and you can move on with your life.
This sums up the my top features of iOS 10. The software update will be released in the fall alongside the iPhone 7, which is expected to look very similar to the iPhone 6s, and Apple Watch 2.
On Monday, Apple kicked off their Worldwide Developer’s Conference with a keynote that detailed the latest in software updates for their four platforms (iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS.) The next-generation software update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is called iOS 10 and it comes with several new features.
The all-new Message app with richer links, emojifying text, and quick send for camera and photos, via Apple.
The star of the iOS 10 announcement was the Messages and the major of its updates are all about the user experience. The layout of conversation is redesigned with pictures of the person you’re talking to on top, more options for connection rather than just a text message, and integration with Digital Touch inspired by the Apple Watch. Messages can be sent with bubble effects which changes how your bubble messages appear, invisible ink will hide message text and photos until your friend swipes to reveal them, Tapback allows a thumbs up, heart, and four other options to attach to a previously received message, and stickers can be attach to any message or sent independently. Like the Facebook Messenger app, developers can design sticker packs or create specific iMessage apps.
Apple also focused on enhancing the experience with adding emojis to messages. If you are like me, you likely forget to add an emoji since a) it is difficult and takes a while to find the right one and b) you simply do not think about it. In the iOS 10 Messages app, Apple lets you “emojify” text by automatically highlighting words that can be turned into emojis. They also are three times larger and Predictive Text will recommend them as you type.
Here are a few other updates to Messages:
Calendar events created from Messages now take more details from the conversation like location and topic (i.e. Breakfast at Tiffany’s Restaurant)
Handwrite messages that animate like ink on paper
View richer messages with photos, videos, and links expanded in your conversation
When sharing pictures, you will see what’s currently in the viewfinder of your camera and other photos
All-new Music in iOS 10 showing off the Library, For You, Browse, and Radio tabs and the new Now Playing design, via Apple
Apple applied their focus of attention to detail to the Music app by redesigning it with simplicity in mind. As the rumors has previously suggested, there are more black and whites in the app and the only color comes from album artwork. The tabs along the bottom were also refreshed with new details. The “Library” tab replaces the “My Music” tab and is now located in the leftmost position. It shows playlists, songs, downloaded music, and lyrics. The “For You” tab is home to music chosen based on your interests, likes, and favorite music. It will recommend discovery music (songs picked just for you), with recently played, daily curated playlist, and the previous “Connect” tab is now located here. The “Browse” tab is new name for the “New” tab and it is general music for all. You will find hot albums, new music, curated playlists, top charts, and more. The “Radio” tab stays relatively the same with live radio from Beats 1, the schedule for upcoming shows, and genre-based stations.
Photos, now with Memories, via Apple
The Photos app now uses advanced artificial intelligence for searching, group memories together, and facial recognition. The app supports Advanced Search which allows you to search by people or objects in your picture. With facial, object, and scene recognition, searching for pictures with “horses” will show every picture in Photos with a horse in it. Old memories are automatically grouped together by location, people involved, and time to show previous trips and arrange them by categories. If you took a trip to Las Vegas and have not gone through your pictures and videos yet, the Photos app will automatically do this for you based on the time and location of your visit. It will, then, automatically create a movie with your photos and videos to play similar to creating a Slideshow with the current Photos app.
Lock Screen and Widgets
The finally redesigned Control Center has been divided into two centers: one for quick actions and one for music, via Apple
Apple also spent time redesigning the Lock screen, widgets, Notification Center, and Control Center. The iPhone’s Lock screen is automatically woken up when raising up the phone without pressing any buttons. The well-known “Slide to Unlock” feature to unlock the phone has been replaced with “Press Home to open.” Notifications on the Lock screen no longer dim the background, but instead are translucent bubbles and they are interactive with 3D Touch. The Camera app is activated by sliding left on the Lock screen and the Widgets view is activated by sliding right. Widgets have been moved from the Notification Center, which is now reserved only for notifications, and moved to the Lock Screen and Today view of the Home screen. Widgets are expanded to show more content, including video, and have a different layout. Notifications in Notification Center can be cleared with a new clear all function.
Additionally, Control Center has been updated (finally) with a better layout. Apple removed the music settings and moved all the functions up one level. Night Shift now has its own space. The music settings are still present in Control Center, but they have their own Control Center window which is activated by swiping across Control Center. Plus the music-only Control Center also display album artwork.
Maps: all-new design with search on the bottom (instead of the top); Proactive suggestions that suggest locations based on your history and calendar events; search along routes for gas stations, restaurants, and more; traffic displayed enroute; weather and temperature shown when driving
Home: this new app allows you to automate your home with HomeKit-supported accessories like shades, lights, thermostat, door locks, and more; set up scenes with your favorite preferences based on time of day
Keyboard: contextual predictions with Siri Intelligence that will suggest a phone number or email address when you are sharing contact details with a friend; multilingual typing
Phone: VoIP apps will automatically show on the Lock screen when receiving a phone call (like a regular phone call) and show in Recents and Favorites in Phone; voicemail transcript beta; third-party apps can suggest who is calling with incoming phone call
Health: updated user interface; videos are shown in metrics to explain what they do
App Store: Categories tab returned
Stock apps can now be deleted (time to get rid of those apps you never use)
Swift Playgrounds app allows iPad users to learn Swift code and it’s free to download
Release Date and Compatibility
What Apple means to say is that it will be coming around the time of iPhone 7 announcement, via Apple
The software update is currently available for developers, it will be coming to public beta testers in July, and be released to the public in September. The following devices can upgrade:
iPhone 6/6 Plus
iPhone 6s/6s Plus
iPad mini 2/3/4
iPad 4, iPad Air/Air 2
iPad Pro (9.7″ and 12.9″)
iPod touch 6th generation
There are so many updates with iOS 10 that we could not limit it to one post. Check out The Top Features of iOS 10 and Smaller, Less Known, Features of iOS 10 (both of which are coming soon.)
The annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC 2016) kicked off a few hours ago with a keynote from the CEO Tim Cook and other team members. They announced the latest in software updates with iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS, and more.
The tenth generation operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch was announced and this is literally the biggest update Apple has ever released. There are a plethora of changes across the board with user interface tweaks, redesigned apps, increased security and privacy, and new apps. Messages, News, Music, Photos, and Phone are just some of the apps that received overhauled features and designs and the Lock screen, Notification Center, and Control Center are now very different. iOS 10 is available to developers today, beta testers next month, and it is available as a free upgrade in the fall to the public.
The third generation software for the Apple Watch comes with many new features, design changes, and updates in speed. Apple also took some favorite iPhone functions, like Control Center, and brought it to the Apple Watch. There is a dock for frequently used apps, new watch faces, more customization with watch faces, a new Breathe app, more APIs for developers, and a function called Scribble which allows you to write/type. It is available to developers today and is coming to the public in the fall.
The next-generation software for the Apple TV is a relatively small update, but it brings much needed features and a Dark Mode. The Remote app for iPhone will be updated to be identical to the Siri remote so users can use motion, swiping, Siri, and more to interact with their TV. Siri can now search across more platforms, like YouTube, to find the right content. One of the greatest features announced, called Single Sign-On, lets users sign in once to their TV provider in the Settings app instead of individually per app. This update is available today for developers and is coming this fall to the public.
2 million apps on App Store
130 billion app downloads
Apple has paid over $50 billion to developers
four platforms: iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS
this year is the 27th year of WWDC 2016
For the next week, developers will be at the developers conference to learn how to design their apps to work with the latest software updates and how to make better apps. The keynote kicks off the event for the rest of the week. The next Apple event will likely be held in September for the release of the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2.
It is that time of year again; a couple of days before Apple’s next special media event where we expect the company to reveal a plethora of new products. The Worldwide Developer’s Conference kicks off on Monday at 10am PDT with a keynote from Tim Cook and company about the latest software updates for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and Mac. Based on what we have heard so far, here are our expectations.
The tenth generation operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is practically guaranteed to be announced next week. The major software update will bring many new features with a slightly refreshed user interface. For general updates we will see tweaks to icon designs, more colorful notifications, and the San Francisco font in every app. The Music app will be overhauled with more black and white colors, prominent album artwork, updated menu tabs, and 3D Touch shortcuts for the iPhone 6s/6s Plus. The Photos app will receive enhancements with more professional editing tools and Markup functionality. Siri will also be coming to third-party apps with a specially designed Siri SDK. Finally, the software will have a new encryption and security features to protect the data on it.
The iOS 10 update will be released to developers on Monday, to those in the public beta program in July, and to the general public in September.
watch OS and tvOS
The next software update for the Apple Watch (watchOS) and the Apple TV (tvOS) is practically guaranteed to be announced too; however, there have been no rumors about what the software will bring. Since the Apple TV (4th generation) and Apple Watch are relatively new products, we will likely see an update for both that polishes their systems. I hope that the Apple Watch will, at the very least, get an update in speed for looking at Glances and opening some apps.
The watchOS and tvOS updates will be released to developers on Monday and to the general public in September.
The next generation operating system for Mac is underway with the biggest features being around the new branding and Siri. Apple has accidentally leaked several times that they will be changing the name from “OS X” to “macOS” or “MacOS.” They have used both names on their website. The actual name for the software is currently unknown, but it will likely be something from Yosemite National Park. This falls in line with other previous OS names, like “Yosemite” and “El Capitan.” Additionally, Siri will be coming to the Mac with the same capabilities she currently has on the iPhone.
The macOS (or MacOS) update will be announced and released to developers on Monday, released to those in the public beta in July, and then available for download for everyone else in the fall.
Apple is steadily bringing new banks and credit unions to their quick payment system. In the United States, we usually see support from twenty to sixty new financial institutions every month. Recently KFC has announced that it will now accept Apple Pay as payment. The next step of Apple is to further incorporate this into their apps like Safari and Messages. In Safari, users will be able to pay for purchases online with Apple Pay instead of entering in their credit card information. Additionally, the Messages app may be updated with person-to-person payments. Both of these have been rumored to be a part of the Apple Pay update, but they may not be announced on Monday.
Apple Smart Speaker (name?)
Apple Speaker concept, credit: @JRESHOW on YouTube
Apple is rumored to be working on their own version of Amazon’s Echo smart home speaker to be used with Siri. It will control many of your home’s functions, like adjusting the lighting, with HomeKit-compatible hardware and software. It may also house a camera that will detect who is in the room around it using facial recognition and use this information to select the person’s preferences like favorite music or playlists. Rumors originally suggested that it would be announced at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference with a release either in late 2016 or early 2017, but many sources have confirmed it will not be at the event.
Apple Watch 2
Apple Watch 2 concept, credit: Eric Huissman
The second generation Apple Watch is currently in development and is planning to be announced/released this year. We are expecting a watch that is not dependent on the iPhone for functionality, a 20% to 40% thinner design, a front camera, and models made of new materials (perhaps tungsten or platinum.) Rumors have also suggested that it will have a cellular chip or a Wi-Fi chip inside so it would not need the iPhone for connecting to the Internet.
iPhone 7 concept, credit: Martin Hajek
The next generation iPhone is expected to be announced this year with the same overall design as its predecessor, the iPhone 6s. The phone will have less antenna lines on the back with no headphone jack and a thinner Lightning port. Additionally, the camera module will further differentiate the smaller, 4.7″ iPhone, from the larger, 5.5″ iPhone. The smaller phone will have a single camera and the larger phone will have a dual camera. Both phones will be powered by the A10 processor, have more RAM, and a higher starting storage capacity of 32GB.
Apple TV Internet Streaming Service
The Internet TV streaming service was expected to be announced alongside the Apple TV 4th generation in September 2015, but it was not ready yet. The service was rumored to be available for $30-$40 per month and come with about twenty-five channels from major networks. Nearly a year after the expected announcement date, the streaming service has not been announced but it is still rumored to come eventually. While it is not likely we will see it on Monday, I wanted to briefly mention it since it was also a part of our WWDC 2015 keynote expectations.
The Worldwide Developer’s Conference will kick off at 10am PDT, or 1pm EST, in California and it will be live-streamed for all to watch. To add it to your calendar and watch it, click here.