Here are some important features of iOS 10 and the reasons why you should pull the trigger on the update today.
A fresh, redesigned interface
After the installation of the update on your device you’ll be welcomed by a new home screen with some new interesting tricks.
When you swipe left, you now have immediate access to the camera. If you swipe right, you get to your widgets, making them much more easily accessible than before. And when you just want to see your notification, you can now raise your phone to have the screen light up.
Also, this is going to confuse millions of people around the world at first:
Cool!!! ain’t it. Another new features of the iOS 10 is that you don’t swipe to unlock anymore — instead you put your finger on the Home button and unlock.
Something else that’s very welcome are the rich notifications that can be expanded so you can dip in and out of apps without switching to them. When swiping these down, you can have a quick interaction before closing it again.
For example, this is how it works with iMessage — you can scroll through the chat history from within the notification.
New Apple Music
Control Center has a new dual-pane look that moves the music controls a swipe away. The result is a cleaned-up and easier to use panel that’s a great solution for the mess that it used to be.
To top it all off, the colors and shapes around the entire interface have been tweaked — there’s a lot more white, interface elements are generally less transparent and some fonts here and there have been swapped around. Your iPhone has never looked better.
iMessage is on another level
If you’re a fan of both Facebook Messenger and iMessage, you will know that the two apps has been steadily adding features over the years. There’s a lot of changes and improvements to iMessage.
The iOS 10 version of the app is so cool that when you send a message, you can pick from a range of different effects that either make the text move or take over the entire screen. You can for example throw confetti, hide your message with invisible ink or shoot fireworks all over the screen. It’s intense, and a lot of fun. Also, you can now send hand-drawn messages to people, and use the Digital Touch feature you might know from the Apple Watch to send over small animations.
One of the most interesting changes is the addition of Stickers. These small, sometimes animated images can be stuck pretty much anywhere you want in the conversation. There’s also a new App Store for iMessage where people are undoubtably going to make a lot of money off them.
Apple’s Photos brings a lot of new features to their photo app and it works well. The Memories tab shows automatically generated albums of the various places you’ve been and activities you’ve done. Also, the app now tracks the faces of people in your pictures, creating seperate albums and moments per person.
A big difference with Google Photos is that all of this is done locally, without sending any data to Apple’s servers.
Other interesting features of iOS 10
- Siri got a lot smarter and now plugs into other apps, so you can order a ride through Uber or have it remember where you left your car when you parked it
- Apple Music now looks and works a lot better, which is a good thing since the previous version was borderline terrible
- A new Universal Clipboard lets you copy and paste text or images between your iPhone, iPad and Mac (running macOS Sierra)
- QuickType enhancements lets you easily swap out words for emoji and avoid autocorrection when using multiple languages
- Maps got redesigned and has a host of new features like live traffic and third-party app integration
- The Home app is added to your home screen, so you can control all of your HomeKit devices from one place