While there may be complaints from customers and analysts alike that the iPhone 7 is a minor update and not really worthy of its numerical jump, there will be no such complaints about iOS 10. Apple’s latest redesign to its mobile operating system is probably the most comprehensive yet and changes almost every major feature.
It will be released to the public on the 13th of September for existing devices that are supported for the upgrade.
The biggest change that Apple is bringing in iOS 10 is to its inbuilt voice assistant, Siri. The often razor sharp-tongued AI was the first digital assistant that was released to the mass public, however, it has been overtaken by other competitors in the recent past in terms of capability and execution.
Google Now, Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa all seem to be able to achieve more than Siri can. To rectify this, Apple has unleashed Siri and opened it up to third-party developers.
It should now be able to control many more aspects of your digital life, read messages from third party applications, be able to write WhatsApp messages, Book taxis, control your smart home devices that are compatible with HomeKit and more.
The lock screen is also set to become a lot more functional as Apple is changing the amount of information that can be displayed, the manner in which users can interact with the information and also making those notifications much more detailed than before.
There is a useful feature that wakes up the phone as soon as it is picked up from a surface or from out of the pocket so that the notifications are immediately displayed.
Apple is also continuing its quest to provide a seamless experience across devices by providing a universal clipboard. Users will now be able to copy information on their phone and immediately paste it on their Macs or iPads. Compared to the hoops that iOS can make you go to transfer information, this is going to seem like magic and could be a huge hit with users.
Apple Music has also seen a lot of traction since its release. The decision to abolish free tiers has been supported by top artists and resulted in them making their music available on Apple Music before anyone else. Taylor Swift is one of the biggest artists in the world and her close relationship with Apple music would have helped bring in thousands of paying customers to the platform.
Apple is redesigning the interface for this version of iOS and making it a lot more user-friendly. There is also an onus on music discovery and a whole new AI.
Messaging in iOS 10 will also be a much richer experience with some of the best features from competing platforms making an appearance. In fact, all the built-in apps is getting a major refresh as Apple realizes that more and more people are seeing its included apps as bloatware and never actually using them.
There is no doubt that iOS 10 will add a whole new level of polish and functionality to a platform that was starting to seem a bit stale when compared to Android. If you have a compatible device then we suggest you gear up for the download on September the 13th.