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What You Need to Know About Apple's New iOS 10 for iPhone


A brand new operating system Apple iOS 10 is in the works for your iPhone and iPad. This is a big one, chock full of updates and new features you won’t want to miss. While we always recommend installing an update (mostly for security reasons), we think you’ll be especially excited about this new software.

Here’s what you can expect from Apple iOS 10:

Messaging will be better.

There are a lot of messaging apps out there and some of them are superior to iMessage. Apple seems to gotten the hint and is releasing a revamped version that will hopefully contend with competitors like Facebook Messenger and WeChat.

Other new iMessage features include: Sending a note in your own handwriting, sending a note in invisible ink and seeing link previews within Messages when you send a URL.

Best of all? Third-party developers will now be able to develop apps for iMessage. In the long run, this means being able to pay for things directly within Messenger using something like Square without actually having to leave the app. There will also be brand new emojis (who doesn’t love emojis?!)

Siri will give you intelligent suggestions.

If you’re in the middle of writing an email that includes a contact’s phone number, Siri can bring up the number from in your contacts. It also works in iMessage if you need to send someone directions or a calendar invitation.

HomeKit will have a dedicated app.

Apple already offers home automation products via HomeKit, but up until this point they hadn’t introduced a dedicated app for controlling all these products from the iPhone. Introducing the Home app. Here’s a great explainer of the new Home app that will come with iOS 10.

Apple iOS 10 will warn you about unsecured wifi networks.

Most of us know that connecting to an unsecured wifi network puts your data at risk, but it’s always helpful to have a reminder. The new iO S10 will provide a pop up on your phone that lets you know you’ve connected to an unsecure network. It will also remind you to encrypt your router to further protect your network.

You’ll see big improvements to Apple Maps.

Your turn by turn instructions will take into account current traffic. Developers can create apps to integrated directly with Apple Maps. This means you can make a restaurant reservation using OpenTable without actually leaving the Maps app. You’ll be able to map out a route to a destination and then search for places (like gas stations or restaurants) along the way.

A few other notable improvements:

  • You’ll be able to collaborate with other users in the Notes app (great for grocery lists)
  • Voicemails can be transcribed into readable text (great for record keeping)

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