Apple Releases iOS 10 Just Before iPhone 7 Arrives
The improved iOS 10 mobile operating system includes major updates to Messaging, added Siri features and many redesigned apps.Apple's iOS 10 operating system has arrived for iPhone, iPad and iPod users, bringing a wide array of new features and app improvements that will give users added functions and capabilities with their devices. The new mobile OS was released for download by users on Sept. 13, just three days before Apple is slated to begin selling its latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones. The iOS 10 operating system, which will be pushed out to user devices by Apple, comes a year after the company introduced iOS 9 to users. Highlighting the latest version is a major update for iOS Messaging, which now gives users more expressive and animated ways to message friends and family, and wider capabilities for Siri to work and interact with various apps. Also included are new capabilities to use 3D Touch as well as many redesigned and improved apps, such as Maps, Photos, Apple Music and News apps. In addition, the latest iOS 10 version provides new capabilities for developers who want to expand their work with apps such as Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages through their updated APIs, according to Apple. The updated Messaging app now lets users send messages in their own handwriting, which will appear for recipients in an animated form on their iPhones, like it is being written on paper. Plus, users will be able to send messages that include animated on-screen banners, such as "Happy Birthday!" or "Congratulations!" Also featured in Messaging is a new invisible ink feature that lets users send a message invisibly to a recipient who will be able to reveal the message. In addition, other features, including quick reply "tap-backs" and the ability to send graphics such as fireballs, heartbeats, sketches and more, are available to users, who will also be able to draw on videos, attach "stickers" and jazz up their messages in other ways.
Apple users will also now be able to access other apps to create and share content, make payments or perform other tasks without having to leave the Messages app.