By Sky News/Shellmith Njagi
As Apple launches its newest operating system for iPhone and iPad, Sky News takes a look at what is set to be included in the release.
While Apple stole headlines for ditching the headphone jack on its new iPhone 7, the device’s iOS 10 operating system has attracted less attention. However, the tech giant has billed the OS as its “biggest release yet”.
The latest version of the software will ship with the iPhone 7 from 16 September, but will be available for download on older devices from 6pm UK time on Tuesday. Users will need an iPhone 5 or newer to be eligible.
For iPad users, those with an iPad mini 2, 3 or 4, the iPad fourth generation or either of the iPad Air models will be able to update. Both sizes of the iPad Pro and the sixth generation of the iPod Touch will also be able to run the software.
In iOS 10 a number of small tweaks have been made to the iMessage app, one of which allows users to send notes in their own handwriting.
In a bid to keep up with Whatsapp, Apple has also added the ability to replace words with emojis in one tap.
As part of changes to the Maps app, iOS 10 will give suggestions for where it thinks its users will travel. For instance, it will show the quickest route home or to work.
The updated app will also let users search for petrol stations and coffee shops while on route to a destination. The changes are part of an effort to improve Maps, which has previously been criticised as inferior to Google’s navigation app.
One of the biggest changes in iOS 10 is “Raise to wake”. The setting circumnavigates the iPhone’s power/sleep button and allows users to wake the device simply by picking it up.
Minor changes to the device’s touchscreen keyboard have also been included in iOS 10. As a small time-saver users will be able to write in two languages without switching between keyboards, while “contextual predictions” will give prompts based on what is being typed.
For instance, when “I’m available at” is typed the calendar pops up with schedule suggestions.
Updates to the Photos app will give users the ability to group images in “memories” and make slideshow films out of them. The latter feature is already part of the Google Photos app.
Previous updates to different versions of iOS 8 and 9 have caused users to lose images saved on the Photos app. The problem was so widespread that Apple published a guide to restoring lost data on its website.