iOS 10 was released on September 13, (2016) and the good news is (for those of us who don’t like change), there aren’t any BIG changes to how you’ll use your iPad or iPhone.
But in case you’re interested, here are some (but not all) of the changes that you’ll probably notice the most. Note that the descriptions are pretty short since I haven’t had time to really dive into the new features yet.
Hey, I only got it at about noon today!!!
But now that iOS 10.0.0 has been updated to iOS 10.0.2, and some of the early bugs have been fixed, I’m giving the ALL CLEAR and saying that it’s now OK for you to do the update (if you want to).]
Supported Apple Devices
- iPhone 5 through iPhone 7 (NOT iPhone 3 or 4)
- iPad 4, Air, Air 2, Pro (NOT iPad 1, 2, or 3)
New or Improved Features
Even more “emoticons” for texting, emails, etc. (look at the lower left corner of the keyboard).
Lock Screen Notifications
The Lock Screen now has more notification capability, and notifications show up as larger boxes on the screen. For old guys like me, I can actually see them a lot better!
Raise to Wake
This feature allows you to pick up your iPhone to wake it up so you can see notifications. This only works for iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and the iPhone 6s Plus or later. (I have an iPhone 6, bummer!)
Updated Control Center
Swipe up from the bottom of your phone or tablet to display the Control Center, which now has more widgets and is split across multiple screens that you can swipe between.
A new feature called QuickType improves predictive typing, including adding Siri intelligence (i.e. you’ll see more suggestions based upon your actual use of your device).
Siri works with 3rd party Apps
Siri will now open and work with 3rd party apps, as long as those apps have been created to do so (i.e. the programmers have used the Siri API). Plus, Siri will only work with six types of applications… ride booking (like Uber), messaging, photo search, payments, VoIP calling (like Skype), and workouts (health and fitness).
Updated Photos App
The Photos App now includes a new facial and object recognition feature for your photos that scans your library and attempts to create people albums of familiar faces and things (it does it’s scanning when your iPhone is connected to power so as not to drain your battery).
It also has a new button/tab called Memories which automatically pulls together photos from specific times and places to create video slide shows. And within your Albums, there’s a new one called People that’s based upon facial recognition.
In both cases, the app is using what is called “Siri Intelligence” which is a new technique where Siri does “deep learning” with advanced facial and object recognition.
Updated Camera App
You can now take RAW photos (only on iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, or newer). RAW is a file format where after a picture is taken, the camera does NOT make any changes (unlike normal JPEG pictures, where the photo is processed before it is saved). RAW files allow photographers to do more sophisticated editing to photos.
Updated Maps App
The app has been redesigned with easy access to controls by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. The navigation system has also been reworked, and you can search along routes for places of interest (such as restaurants, gas stations, etc.).
Updated Phone App
Has been upgraded to include the ability to take any voicemail message and convert it to readable text (called Visual Voicemail). As a quick note, I was unable to get Visual Voicemail to work on my iPhone 6, but in looking online for solutions found quite a few things I could try to make it work. I will when I have more time!
Also, with incoming calls from Unknown numbers, iOS 10 can automatically tell you whether or not the call is likely to be spam or not.
Updated iMessage App
There was a major redesign of the iMessage interface to make it more attractive and fun to use. In fact, there are so many new things you can do, you almost need a manual to learn them! (I’m still working on it).
For example, you can now send text messages with “effects” (i.e. when it gets to the recipient, it animates). You can even send a text in your own handwriting, and send hidden images the recipient has to swipe to see.
For a great guide on getting started with all the new iMessage features, here’s an article over on CNet you can check out… CLICK HERE to read Messages on iOS 10: How to use all the new, crazy features.
You can delete unwanted Apple Apps
You can now delete iOS-included Apps you don’t want (such as Stocks, Clock, etc.), but can also reinstall them from the App Store if you want them back. I like this one! Right now, I just put all my “never going to use them” Apple apps into a folder of their own. Now I can just delete them!
So that’s it! There are some more changes I didn’t mention but these are the big ones to get you started. Over the next few weeks I’ll be diving into the iOS more, and of course, will be doing a BIG UPDATE on my book, Using Your iPad & iPhone.
As always, I would love to hear your comments about your experiences with your iPad or iPhone. You can leave them below!!!