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Apple iOS 10 is coming: Key features of new update

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Written by Adam Webb

The new version of the software that runs the iPhone and iPad includes features such as quicker interactions with apps and upgrades for its photos, maps and music apps.

The new version of the software that runs the iPhone and iPad will be out in six days.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Wednesday during the tech giant’s annual late-summer event in San Francisco that Apple’s newest mobile software, iOS 10, will be available September 13.

The release date comes about three months after Apple announced the software during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). New features include upgrades to the Siri voice assistant, to photos and maps, as well as more interaction via the Message app.

With the iOS upgrade, Siri will work with and control many non-Apple apps where users will be able to send messages to family and friends using any application that adds it. For example, WhatsApp, will have immediate Siri support with iOS 10. The software will also have facial recognition to automatically create albums featuring people, places and events.

The lock screen has a lot more information that you can instantly access.

The lock screen has a lot more information that you can instantly access.

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Instead of the old style where you might see a single notification and that’s about it, iOS 10 gives you a bunch of widgets right on your lock screen so you can do more stuff quickly.

You can check the weather, see what’s next on your calendar, or even call one of your favorite contacts right from this screen. Or you can search for something you need.

It’s also fully customizable, so you can ditch the default apps for news from The New York Times, photos, or one-click access to your music.

To access it, just swipe to the right on your lock screen.

Everything on your lock screen is also on your unlocked phone as well.

Everything on your lock screen is also on your unlocked phone as well.

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You can instantly view whatever you’re browsing on your computer right on your iPhone.

You can instantly view whatever you're browsing on your computer right on your iPhone.

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This is definitely one of the most useful features I found.

Say you’re browsing a website on your computer, but you have to head out the door. You might copy the link and put it in your note-taking app or text message. No more.

Now you can instantly pull up what’s displayed on Safari and take it to go.

Interestingly (and this may be a bug), my default browser on my MacBook is Chrome, and even though the phone says it’s grabbing the website from Safari, it grabbed my Chrome browser.

To try it, double-tap the home button and click the “Safari” tab on the bottom.

Magic!

Magic!

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Your phone will now automatically tell you exactly where you parked your car.

Your phone will now automatically tell you exactly where you parked your car.

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Have you ever walked around the parking lot of Dodgers Stadium for about an hour searching for the car that you could swear was parked toward that back area?

Well, I have. And it’s totally not fun.

Fortunately, iOS 10 solves this common problem by remembering where you parked your car, automatically.

Instead of snapping a picture of your surroundings or jotting down GPS coordinates in notes, iOS 10 will remember your car’s location anytime you stop at a place other than your home.

You no longer need a third-party keyboard to send your favorite GIF to your friends on iMessage.

You no longer need a third-party keyboard to send your favorite GIF to your friends on iMessage.

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A ton of third-party keyboards give you the ability to send GIFs or other artwork and emojis to your friends on iMessage.

You won’t need those anymore with iOS 10, since iMessage got a big reboot that includes a very fast search feature for photos to send.

So instead of sending emojis or text, you can reply with your favorite GIF.

And much to iOS’s credit, it found my favorite one on the first try.

It’s this one, by the way.

You can also send a selfie to your friends right from iMessage.

You can also send a selfie to your friends right from iMessage.

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Besides its handy image-search feature, you can take a selfie or a normal picture right from iMessage.

Now when you hit the camera button, it brings up the camera itself to take a picture, or you can scroll to the right to grab stuff from your camera roll.

It’s not a game-changing feature, but it’s certainly going to save time for most people.

iMessage also has a new animated drawing feature so you can draw artwork with your finger and send it to your friends, but that’s not going to see much use until many more people upgrade.

The Photos app automatically creates short videos of your best memories.

The Photos app automatically creates short videos of your best memories.

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The Photos app has a new tab called Memories, and it automatically gathers some of your best moments from certain places and times.

Memories is a pretty cool feature for looking back at key points in your life, especially if you have thousands of photos on your phone.

If you click on one of the memories, it takes you to a photo gallery and features a video (with music) at the top. For my “Best of Last 3 Months” video, for example, it put in photos from different moments along with video of my son riding a bike for the first time without training wheels.

That was definitely the best moment. Nice job, Apple.

To access it, just pull up your Photos app and click on Memories.

You can also find photos by location or by a specific person.

You can also find photos by location or by a specific person.

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Your photo albums have two new (and very welcome) additions: People and Places.

After a scan of all of your albums, iOS 10 will use the photo metadata to pin down where you took a picture so you can find it later on a map. Currently, you have to scroll by year and see vague references of where hundreds of photos were taken.

It also has facial recognition, so now you can click on your People gallery and look for pictures of yourself, your family, or friends.

You can access this in the Photos app by clicking on Albums.

You can finally delete many of the default apps from Apple.

You can finally delete many of the default apps from Apple.

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I had two folders on my iPhone called “Default Apps” and “Rarely Used,” and most would have been better in the trash.

iOS 10 lets you get rid of those potentially unwanted apps like Stocks, Find Friends, or Apple’s default email client.

Many people (like me) use third-party apps to replace Apple’s defaults, so this small change is great to see.

You can now clear all your notifications instead of having to go through them app by app.

You can now clear all your notifications instead of having to go through them app by app.

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In the current version of iOS, you need to clear notifications for each app.

So if you have new text messages, a couple of new emails, and a news alert from The New York Times, you’re looking at around six taps just to get rid of notifications.

Many people asked Apple for a much quicker solution, and iOS 10 delivers.

Now, all your notifications will be cleared with just two taps.

Bedtime will track your sleep and wake you up with soothing sounds instead a jarring alarm.

Bedtime will track your sleep and wake you up with soothing sounds instead a jarring alarm.

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Apple updated its Clock app with a darker color scheme, but it has more than just new aesthetics.

The new Bedtime tab helps you make sure you are getting the amount of sleep you want and keeps track of it over time.

The feature can replace your daily alarm clock that has you jumping for the snooze button. Instead, its built-in wake-up sounds include “Early Riser,” “Birdsong,” and “Droplets,” which are a bit more gradual and less jarring ways to be woken up.

To access it, open the Clock app and click on Bedtime. read more at BI.

Below are some of the key enterprise features in iOS 10:

  • All New, All Different Siri: Apple knew Siri was in need of a major overhaul to catch up with Alexa, Cortana, and the gang, and in iOS 10 that means opening up Siri to developers with the SiriKit application programming interface (API) to connect other apps to the personal assistant. For enterprises, this means IT can integrate mission-critical applications and many of the collaboration, productivity, and other business apps used by employees with some smarter voice-activated help.
  • AppConfig Community: Apple announced that iOS 10 will support AppConfig, the EMM standards and best practices the community announced at Mobile World Congress in February. This gives iOS developers an accepted framework and open resources to build a managed app-configuration policy.
  • Auto Unlock: New iOS 10 controls allow users to unlock a Mac using an Apple Watch, without typing in a password. This is a macOS Sierra feature, but iOS 10 security upgrades patch some security vulnerabilities, now requiring the Apple Watch to be on the user’s wrist and within three meters of the Mac to unlock it; otherwise it will require a PIN.
  • Raise to Wake: The new raise-to-wake feature is a boon for consumers to be sure, but a new iOS 10 lockscreen that wakes up and surfaces notifications the moment you pick your phone up? That’s a business-productivity improvement that immediately shaves a few seconds off any mobile task.
  • Touch-and-Go: Apple has extended 3D Touch to more apps like Calendar and Stocks for quick-glance information with a single tap.
  • Universal Clipboard: In simplifying data and content syncing across Mac and iOS devices, the new Universal Clipboard finally eliminates the need for AirDrop. Available on devices running macOS Sierra, the clipboard automatically uploads text, photos, or videos to iCloud to be copied to another device.
  • Unsecured Wi-Fi Network Warning: This is a subtle feature addition giving you a security recommendation notification when connecting your iOS device to an unsecure network that could expose network traffic and leave your organization vulnerable if you’re using an enterprise-configured device.
  • Visual Voicemail: Improved voice recognition in iOS 10 automatically transcribes all received voicemails, viewable as text.
  • VPN IKEv2 EAP-only Mode: This mouthful of a virtual private network (VPN) feature finally allows employees to access corporate VPNs from their iOS devices. Hallelujah.
  • Wet Lightning Cable Warning: Everyone knows water damage is death for an iPhone—one of the main reasons Apple has been chasing the elusive waterproof device—but a simple new notification will give your IT department one less problem to worry about. In iOS 10, a user will receive a “disconnect Lightning accessory” warning when plugging in a wet cable.

 

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Adam Webb

Houston, TX based Digital Marketing Specialist. Adam is a senior editor at DigitalReview and was formerly an editor at Mashable. A resident of Houston, Texas, Adam covers digital trends and much more.

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