Apple finally released iOS 10. The look is mostly the same, but many of the standard Apple apps have significant upgrades that incorporate some of the latest updates seen in other apps as well as better integration with third party apps.
If you have been waiting to upgrade, the main kinks have been worked out in the past week. You should still play it safe and back up your data first. While I keep my iPhone on iCloud sync, I also backup in iTunes. After you update your software here are some of the great features you’ll enjoy.
Notifications – Acting more like Android, the notification offer more interactivity from the locked screen. You can swipe left for menu options to respond or clear each notification. Tap the home button and swipe right for a list of active widgets, including several new ones.
iMessage – In addition to texting, you can text handwritten notes, draw on videos, send animations that take over screen, offer quick responses, stickers, preview websites, send songs with lyrics, oversized emojiis. iMessage also offers extensive app integration.
QuickType Keyboard – Now when you type, the QuickType can make intelligent predictions, using Long Short Term Memory to predict context.
Wake Up – Pick your iPhone and it will wake with notifications.
Siri – Now you can open apps with your voice.
Maps – As you search for directions, you can also make reservations, book Uber, see proactive suggestions, and even search along route as you go.
Music – The music player app has been completely re-envisioned. The font size is larger and graphics appear larger. Overall, it is easier to use. You can quickly see a list of songs that have been downloaded to your phone. It is easier to sort and search for music. If you use Apple Music, you’ll have access to playlists like My New Music Mix (new songs that Apple Music thinks you will like), My Favorites Mix (based on your loved songs). For you many songs, you also have access to song lyrics now. The revised app works great in most ways, but it is actually more difficult to “love” a song now.
Home app – Control your house with the iPhone using HomeKit accessories and iOS 10 new Home app. You can create groups of lights and accessories that will power on or off at your voice command to Siri.
Photos – Now photos can recognize and group together people, places, and events. It can also automatically create a video montage of similar photos.