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iOS 10 arrives in the Australian spring, when new iDevices arrive, and while the iPhone 4S is no longer supported, there are tonnes of great new features to look forward to.

Apple has just concluded its WWDC 2016 developer keynote, which as always is a MUST-SEE event that you can watch a replay of here

I have already written up my notes from the keynote you can see here, but Apple has shared information on each of its new operating systems, so I’m sharing that with you, too.

iOS 10 has been previewed at last, and you can see plenty of detail, screenshots, explanations and a video from Apple at its iOS 10 preview site here.

However, there are some big headline features Apple wants you to know about.

First up is Messages that delivers "more expressive and animated ways to message friends and family, like stickers and full-screen effects".

Then, there’s the new ability for Siri "to do more by working with apps".

There’s beautifully redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music and News apps, and the Home app itself, "delivering a simple and secure way to manage home automation products in one place".

And Apple has opened up incredible opportunities to developers with Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages. It’s a developer’s dream come true, and promises incredible experiences for Apple iOS users.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice-president of software engineering, said: “iOS 10 is our biggest release ever, with delightful new ways to express yourself in Messages, a native app for Home automation, and beautifully redesigned apps for Music, Maps, and News that are more intuitive and more powerful, making everything you love about your iPhone and iPad even better.

“iOS 10 adds Siri intelligence into QuickType and Photos, automates your home with the new Home app and opens up Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages to developers – while increasing security and privacy with powerful technologies like Differential Privacy.”

Details below, please read on!

Personal and expressive messages

Messages is the most frequently used iOS app, and with iOS 10 it is more expressive and fun, with animated and personalised ways to message friends and family.

The new app will include "powerful animations, such as balloons, confetti or fireworks that can take over an entire screen to celebrate a special occasion, invisible ink to send a message only revealed after a friend swipes over it, and for added personalisation, handwritten notes".

Automatic suggestions make it easy to replace words with emojis, Tapback creates a quick and simple way to respond with just a tap and rich links let you see content inline and play media without ever leaving your conversation.

Apple says that "iOS 10 brings the power of the App Store to Messages, opening up new opportunities for developers to create fun new ways for users to communicate in a thread, including stickers to be peeled and pasted into conversations, the ability to quickly personalise GIFs or edit photos, send payments or schedule dinner or a movie, all from within Messages".

Siri opens to developers

In iOS 10, Apple has announced that "Siri can be extended into major new areas and do more than ever by working with the apps you love to use".

For the first time, Apple proudly boasts that "developers can build on the intelligence Siri offers and let users interact directly with apps using just their voice".

Apple says that "SiriKit helps developers easily design their apps to work with Siri for messaging, phone calls, photo search, ride booking, personal payments and workouts, or use Siri to control CarPlay apps, access climate controls or adjust radio settings within automakers’ apps".

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Beautifully redesigned maps

In iOS 10, Maps gets a beautiful redesign that makes it even simpler and more intuitive to use.

Now open to developers with new extensions, apps like OpenTable can integrate bookings right into Maps, and services like Uber and Lyft (with Lyft not yet in Australia, it’s an Uber competitor) can make it easier for users to book a ride, without ever leaving the Maps app.

Apple says "Maps is even smarter with new intelligence that proactively delivers directions to where you most likely want to go next, based on your routine or appointments on your calendar. Once a route is planned, Maps can search along the route for gas stations, restaurants, coffee shops and more and provides an estimate of how the stop impacts the length of your trip".

Rediscover memories in photos

Photos in iOS 10 helps you rediscover favourite and forgotten occasions from your photo library by automatically making them surface in Memories.

Memories scans all your photos and videos and finds favourite and forgotten events, trips and people, and presents them in a beautiful collection. A Memory also contains the Memory Movie, an automatically edited movie with theme music, titles and cinematic transitions.

Memories uses advanced computer vision to group the people, places and things inside your images into albums with on-device facial, object and scene recognition. This intelligence brings Memories and related photos to life in a way that’s personal and meaningful to you, while maintaining your privacy.

Home app for simpler home automation

The Home app is deeply integrated into iOS, delivering a simple and secure way to set up, manage and control your home in one place. Accessories can be managed individually or grouped into scenes so they work together with a single command and can be controlled by using Siri. They can be managed remotely or set up for home automation with Apple TV, and can respond with automatic triggers set by time of day, location or action.

Support for HomeKit continues to expand globally with nearly 100 home automation products adopting HomeKit this year, bringing support for thermostats, lights, window shades, door locks, video cameras and more to the Home app. Later this year, leading home builders, including Brookfield Residential, KB Home, Lennar Homes and R&F Properties, will begin integrating many of these HomeKit devices into new homes.

New design for Apple Music and News

Apple Music has an all-new design, bringing greater clarity and simplicity to every aspect of the experience. It uses a new design language that allows the music to become the hero and a new structure that makes it easy to navigate and discover new music.

The Library, For You, Browse and Radio tabs have been completely redesigned to provide an even greater sense of place, and Apple has added a Search tab to make finding music even easier.

All of these changes come together to create a design that is clear and intuitive. iOS 10 features a redesigned News app with a new For You, organised into distinct sections that make it easier to find stories, support for breaking news notifications and paid subscriptions.

iOS experience

In iOS 10, accessing the information you need is easier and quicker than ever. Raise to Wake automatically wakes the screen as you raise your iPhone, making it easier to view all your notifications at a glance, right from the Lock screen.

Notifications, Today view and Control Centre are accessible with a swipe or a press, and deeper 3D Touch integration with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus makes interacting with apps easier.

Additional iOS 10 Features

  • Siri intelligence brings new QuickType features, including contextual predictions to surface relevant information based on location, calendar availability or contacts; and predictive typing supports multiple languages without switching keyboards.
  • Phone adds integration for third-party VoIP calls, voicemail transcription and a new caller ID extension for spam alerts.
  • Built-in app updates include Safari split-view for iPad, Notes collaboration and Live Photos editing.
  • Apple Pay can now be used to make easy, secure and private purchases on participating websites using Safari, in addition to paying in-stores and within apps.
  • Bedtime Alarm in the Clock app lets you set a regular sleep schedule and receive bedtime reminders.

Privacy in iOS 10

As Apple always states, "security and privacy are fundamental to the design of Apple hardware, software and services".

iMessage, FaceTime and HomeKit use end-to-end encryption to protect your data by making it unreadable by Apple and others.

iOS 10 uses on-device intelligence to identify the people, objects and scenes in Photos, and power QuickType suggestions. Services like Siri, Maps and News send data to Apple’s servers, but this data is not used to build user profiles.

Starting with iOS 10, Apple is using technology called Differential Privacy to help discover the usage patterns of a large number of users without compromising individual privacy. In iOS 10, this technology will help improve QuickType and emoji suggestions, Spotlight deep link suggestions and Lookup Hints in Notes.

Availability

Apple has made a developer preview of iOS 10 available to iOS Developer Program members at its Developer site here, and a public beta program will be available to iOS users in July at Apple's beta site.

iOS 10 will be available this spring as a free software update for iPhone 5 and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod touch 6th generation.

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