It’s official: Apple is releasing iOS 10, the next update to its mobile operating system, on September 13, three days before the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus hit stores.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has described iOS 10 as the company’s “most advanced mobile operating system” to date. Among the new features arriving with the update are a redesigned lock screen, a more intelligent Siri digital assistant with support for more apps, a variety of new effects and animations for Messages, and fresh looks for Maps, News, Photos and Apple Music.
The release date for iOS 10 was announced yesterday during an Apple event where the company also unveiled the new iPhones and a new lineup of Apple Watches. Apple’s new watchOS 3 operating system is set to launch tomorrow, while its macOS Sierra update is due for release on September 20 and the tvOS 10 update for Apple TV is expected to come out later this fall.
Updates to Maps, Photos, Messages
First previewed at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June, iOS 10 will add a number of new capabilities to iPhones and iPads. For example, the OS will introduce Raise to Wake, which automatically wakes the phone screen when a device is picked up. It will also add deeper integration with 3D Touch, making it easier for users to preview and control apps depending upon the type of touch they apply.
The new operating system will be built-in to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which will be available for pre-ordering starting tomorrow. It can also be installed on compatible devices, including the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, as well as the iPhone 5, 5c 5s and iPhone SE.
Other changes that Apple will introduce in iOS 10 include a redesigned and more proactive Maps…