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Apple previews iOS 10 at WWDC 2016

Apple previews iOS 10 at WWDC 2016
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Apple just made the latest iteration of its mobile software official during the opening keynote of the annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC).

Touted by the iPhone maker as the biggest iOS release ever, the iOS 10 redefines iPhone and iPad experience with slew of app updates, new features, and revamped user interface design.

Here are the 10 most notable redesign and updates on Apple’s latest mobile OS:

Messages. Apple adds animations that can take over the screen to celebrate special occasions, hand written notes, and invisible ink to send messages that are only revealed after a friends swipes over it. The automatic suggestion feature includes emojis, while Tapback provides a way to respond with just a tap, and read link content or play media without leaving the conversation. Personalizing GIFs, editing photos, sending payments, scheduling dinner, and many more can be done within Messages.

Siri. Third-party developers get access to SiriKit, which allows them to design their apps to interact with Siri for messaging, phone calls, photo search, ride booking, personal payments, and workouts. This major update also allows automakers use Siri with their own apps to control CarPlay apps, access climate controls, and adjust radio settings.

Phone. WhatsApp, FaceTime, or other apps will look more like normal phone calls and spam calls will be checked with the iOS 10’s new VoIP API. It can transcribe voicemails so that you can see the messages you received without having to listen to them.

Maps. Aside from redesigning Maps to a simpler and more intuitive interface, Apple also opens the app to third-party developers. Placing reservations in restaurants or booking a rise service can be done within the Maps app. Maps comes with a new intelligence that suggests directions of the next destination based on existing routine or calendar appointments. Plus, it provides the available stops such as gas stations or coffee shops along the way, and estimates how will each stop impact the travel time.

Keyboard. Apple’s QuickType keyboard will not only use context to predict the next words you’ll type, but also your current location, phone number from your Contacts app, recent activities, interactions, and Calendar. Suggestions in multiple languages will also be available without switching keyboard language.

Notifications. When you lift your phone, notifications will automatically show up. Using the 3D Touch technology, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users can long press on a notification to get a preview of it within the app without unlocking the phone screen.

Photos. A new feature called Memories scans all the photos and videos in your library, finds favorite and forgotten events, trips, and people, and presents them in a collection. Another new feature is the Memory Movie, which automatically edits movie with theme music, titles, and transitions.

HomeKit. Manage and control your home right from your iOS device. Compatible accessories can be managed individually or as a group with a single command and be controlled using Siri with the Home app. This app lets you set up automatic triggers such as time of day, location, or action.

Music. Sporting an all-new design, the Music app created a new structure for its Library, For You, Browse, and Radio tabs, and added a Search tab to easily search music within the app.

News. In iOS 10, News sorts the news into specific and clear sections. It provides breaking news notifications and supports paid subscriptions.

The developer preview of the iOS 10 is available to iOS Developer Program members at starting today, and a public beta program will be available to iOS users in July at

Before the year ends, the iOS 10 will be available 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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