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.
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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.
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
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 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
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 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.
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
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
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
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.
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 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
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.
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.
The tenth generation operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is now only six days away from being announced and we have more ideas about what Apple is planning to announce. Mark Gurman, formerly of 9to5Mac, was interviewed by The Jay & Farhad Show and detailed a few more changes about what we should see.
Gurman warns that these updates are not one hundred percent guaranteed, but are being talked about as potential changes. With that being said, here is what we may see with iOS 10:
- System-wide changes: minor user interface updates with more color with notifications and app icons tweaked
- Photos app: big enhancements with more pro editing options and the Markup from the Mail app
- Music app: redesigned app with more black and white like Spotify, main color will be from the album artwork, user interface will be refreshed and easier to navigate, Connect, New, and For You tabs updated
- Connect tab: will lose its place and significance
- New tab: renamed to Browse and have a new menu
- For You: design changes
- Siri: Siri SDK coming to allow third-party apps to be used with Siri, ex: “Hey Siri, call me an Uber” or “Hey Siri, create a new playlist in Spotify”
- Messages app: potentially send money to other people with Apple Pay via iMessage
- Security: new encryption software, better security
During the interview, Gurman also covered details about what he is expecting for this year’s and next year’s iPhone. The 2016 iPhone, which is likely called “iPhone 7,” will be more of a modest update with less antenna lines and the headphone jack will be removed. He notes that the reasoning behind taking the headphone jack away is because Apple is now able to focus on enhancing the sound quality with the Lightning port and now there will only be one port to waterproof, instead of the previous two. Next year’s iPhone will be a complete redesign, almost like a “reset” button on the iPhone. There are talks that it will no longer have a bottom, top, or side bezel, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor will be in the display, and Apple is planning to make the screen size larger but the form factor smaller. Apple has several prototypes for the new phone with some using a screen size of six inches. In the future, Gurman predicts that there will be incremental updates for iPhone each year and no longer will there be a complete redesign every other year.
The tenth generation operating system is expected to be released in September alongside the iPhone 7 and the second generation Apple Watch.
Apple’s next-generation operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is only nine days away from being announced and there have been little to no rumors hinting what the update will come with. Being the tenth version, we hope and expect they will do something big. While we wait for the rumors to start flowing, here is an amazing iOS 10 concept video for the update and a few of our favorite features.
The iOS 10 concept video above was created by Ralph Theodory, who also created a few other concept videos for iOS 9 before its release. His concept introduces many innovative features to iOS and some that we have been asking for for months. Here are some of our favorite features:
The first feature, which is an update for the Camera app, would allow the phone to read barcodes and QR codes with the viewfinder. The phone will then display information about what was scanned, like name of the product, price, weight, etc. Apple could take this feature a step further by incorporating it into the Health app. The company could introduce a calorie and nutrition counting app, similar to MyFitnessPal, that would record food intake by simply scanning a barcode and asking the user to specify details about their meal. This information could update the Health app with calorie and nutrition, which would then be used by the Apple Watch and other third-party accessories when determining calories burned. Apple has a history of taking apps created by third-parties and making them into their own, like the stock Google Maps app being replaced by the Maps app, or the News app having a design similar to the Flipboard app. This new Camera and Health app integration would not be uncharacteristic of Apple to do.
For the next update, Apple should use the Mac as inspiration for features to be added to the iPhone and iPad. The above concept video shows certain settings options, like privacy settings, requiring Touch ID in order to change. This feature should have been added years so since it is already on the Mac. This would increase the security of the iPhone. Also, Apple could stop the text replacement prank by requiring Touch ID or a passcode to add autocorrections. Like when you text “Hello” and your cruel friend forces it to automatically correct to “I hate you” or “go away.” That text seemed to be sent as “Hello,” but by pressing Enter the Text Replacement feature kicked in and you’re now sending “I hate you” to your mother. (This is the PG version of the joke.) Also, the iPad should have split view when viewing iPhone-only apps, like Instagram. The iPad could allow two iPhone-only apps to be used side-by-side.
Control Center definitely needs to be updated since it is incredible cluttered and disorganized. Even if Apple does not open up customization, or take advantage of the extra real estate for functions on the iPad, they need to move the settings around. Currently, the bottom row quick opens apps except for Night Shift which is not an app. This feature should have been added to the top row along with other settings, like Wi-Fi. Other things you enable/disable.
Finally, the Music app is rumored to get a complete overhaul with larger album pictures, a more black and white interface, and update menu tabs. Hopefully Apple will also allow customization for the quick settings when listening to a song. By default, the bottom row allows you to Share a song, Shuffle the music, Repeat a song or the playlist, and open More settings. This could be changed to be more customizable and switch out unused settings, like Share, for used settings, like Lyrics. The Equalizer Control interface created in the concept is amazing and definitely Apple-like. Hopefully we will see this soon.
The tenth-generation operating system comes out in nine days and we sincerely hope to see some of these features on the big screen at WWDC. The software will be available first to developers (likely on the same day as the announcement) and then released to the public in the fall.
If you liked what you saw in the video, Theodory has also posted a link for all the wallpapers he created.
The next major software update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is expected to be announced in a little over a month at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) in California. This update, which is the tenth version of the software and likely called ‘iOS 10’, will hopefully be quite big and bring an overhaul of changes like iOS 7. Rumors for the update, however, have been quite absence and we are unsure of the details of the update. Bloomberg reported one of the first iOS 10 rumors saying that the Music app will be more “intuitive” and have a refreshed design. 9to5Mac took the report a step further to check in with their inside sources to see what exactly Apple has in store.
According to multiple sources familiar with the new Music app, Apple is planning to update the app with a redesigned user interface, added features, and a reorganization of current features. First and foremost, they will make San Francisco the system-wide font throughout the Music app and all of their apps. They will change the colorful and translucent design to be more black and white with menu and tab titles being larger and bolder. Album artwork will be more prominent when listening to music, instead of how it currently only takes up half of the screen. In addition, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will make use of their 3D Touch displays with song previews and shortcuts for sharing content.
Apple is also updating a few of their tabs, with the ‘For You’ and ‘New’ tabs on the receiving end of the greatest reorganization. The ‘For You’ tab currently makes recommendations based on the music you listen to and like. It will continue to use the same algorithm for recommendations, but the layout will be simplified. The ‘New’ tab will be renamed to ‘Browse’ and should continue to show the same content. The ‘Connect’ and ‘Radio’ tab are not planned to see many updates.
In terms of new features, Apple is bringing support for lyrics integration. Song labels can automatically integrate lyrics into their songs, or users can manually do it with the Mac. Initially, only a few artists will support lyrics in their apps (like Taylor Swift and U2), but more artists will be coming soon.
The new Music app will be a part of iOS 10 with an expected announcement during the keynote at WWDC in June. Developers and public beta testers will have first access to the updated app over the summer and the public will get it in mid-September.