First Look: New Fea­tures of iOS 10

iPhone Life Magazine - - Front Page - by jim karpen

Dur­ing a live-streamed event in early June, Ap­ple CEO Tim Cook an­nounced iOS 10, re­fer­ring to the soft­ware up­grade for iPhones and iPads as the “mother of all new re­leases.”

That may be hy­per­bole, but I came away as­ton­ished at some of the ways Ap­ple has taken fa­mil­iar apps, and Siri, to a new level. From us­ing Siri to hail an Uber, to mak­ing a restau­rant reser­va­tion within the Maps app, to trans­form­ing words into emo­jis in iMes­sage, iOS 10 of­fers you a lot more power—and fun.

New Ca­pa­bil­i­ties: Siri, iMes­sage, and Maps Open to De­vel­op­ers

When Ap­ple re­leased the first iPhone in 2007, it was a closed sys­tem. Only Ap­ple could make apps for it. Users and de­vel­op­ers clam­ored for the tech gi­ant to open things up, and the re­sult was a rev­o­lu­tion. How­ever, Ap­ple's own apps were still off lim­its. De­vel­op­ers could make third-party apps, but they couldn't add fea­tures to Ap­ple's apps. iOS 10 changes that. Ap­ple has given de­vel­op­ers ac­cess to Siri, iMes­sage, and Maps.

In iOS 10, you can say to Siri, “Send a WeChat to Nancy say­ing I'll be five min­utes late.” Siri will know to open the WeChat app, get the con­tact info, en­ter the mes­sage, and send it to Nancy.

Other ex­am­ples in­clude us­ing Siri to search photo apps such as Shut­ter­fly, con­trol ex­er­cise apps such as Run­tas­tic, book a car via Uber or Lyft, and make calls via VoIP apps like Skype.

In ad­di­tion, iMes­sage will never be the same. A new App Store for iMes­sage will of­fer lots of add-ons for things like send­ing money and play­ing games. Stick­ers, for ex­am­ple, let you put small, an­i­mated car­toon char­ac­ters on text bub­bles and pho­tos.

The ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the Maps app will ex­plode as de­vel­op­ers cre­ate apps that work from within Maps. You can book a ta­ble at a restau­rant through an app such as OpenTable. You can

book a ride with Uber, watch the progress of the car as it ap­proaches you, and make your pay­ment with Ap­ple Pay.

Greater Smarts: Pho­tos & Quick­Type Be­come More In­tel­li­gent

Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence is a cen­tral fea­ture of iOS 10. Ap­ple has dra­mat­i­cally ramped up the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the Pho­tos app with a fea­ture it calls ad­vanced com­puter vi­sion. The Pho­tos app rec­og­nizes what's in your pho­tos, whether it be your aunt, moun­tains, a beach, or a puppy. It au­to­mat­i­cally groups them into cat­e­gories, cre­at­ing al­bums of sim­i­lar pho­tos. The Mem­o­ries fea­ture clus­ters pho­tos to help sur­face mem­o­ries of events, peo­ple, and places that are sig­nif­i­cant to you. Of course, you can also search your pho­tos based on this in­tel­li­gent sort­ing by the app.

In ad­di­tion, the app has a fun new fea­ture in the Mem­o­ries tab that not only uses the ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence of Pho­tos to bring to­gether images and movies ac­cord­ing to events and places, but will au­to­mat­i­cally cre­ate a video mon­tage of select pho­tos and video clips with mu­sic, ti­tles, and tran­si­tions. You can ad­just the length and also select from dif­fer­ent themes such as epic, gen­tle, or up­lift­ing. The Pho­tos app then re-ed­its the video on the fly.

Quick­Type, the pre­dic­tive fea­ture of your iDe­vice's on­screen key­board, is also a lot smarter. The pre­dic­tions use Siri's in­tel­li­gence to make bet­ter guesses based on con­text: such as what you're do­ing that day or where you're lo­cated. If, for ex­am­ple, some­one sends you a text mes­sage ask­ing where you are, Quick­Type will of­fer to send your cur­rent lo­ca­tion, which you can then do with a tap.

In iOS 10, Quick­Type is also smarter re­gard­ing other lan­guages, thanks to a fea­ture called mul­ti­lin­gual typ­ing. It rec­og­nizes the lan­guage you're typ­ing in and will use the ap­pro­pri­ate char­ac­ters—with­out you hav­ing to switch key­boards.

Maps is also smarter, with a proac­tive fea­ture that makes sug­ges­tions re­gard­ing where you're likely to go and tells you the fastest way to get there. These sug­ges­tions may be based on your rou­tine or on items in your Cal­en­dar.

You can slide up from the bot­tom to re­veal a pane with sug­ges­tions from the app. Select the restau­rant icon, and you'll be able to scroll hor­i­zon­tally through a list of op­tions. Once you've iden­ti­fied a des­ti­na­tion, the app can search for places such as gas sta­tions or restau­rants. If you choose to stop some­place, the app will tell you how much longer your trip will take as a re­sult.

More Fun: Daz­zling New Fea­tures in iMes­sage

Ap­ple's new OS is not only smarter and more ca­pa­ble, it's also more play­ful. And nowhere is this more ev­i­dent than in iMes­sage. Ap­ple has added a bunch of new fea­tures that liven up your con­ver­sa­tions.

Emo­jis can now be three times larger, and iMes­sage has a fea­ture that makes it eas­ier to add them into your texts. Re­mem­ber scrolling through page after page of emo­jis to find the right one? With iOS 10, words that can be re­placed by emo­jis will turn yel­low; just tap the word to re­place it with a rel­e­vant emoji.

Also, a TapBack fea­ture lets you re­ply to a text with one of six quick re­sponses, such as a thumbs up or a heart. And with new tools you can send fire­balls, heart­beats, sketches, and videos you can draw over.

The new rich links fea­ture re­places web links in your mes­sages with an in­line im­age of the web­site it­self. If there's a link to a video, the video it­self will play within your mes­sage so you don't have to leave the app.

And say goodbye to the bor­ing, static bub­bles that con­tain your con­ver­sa­tions. The bub­ble ef­fect fea­ture gives you a range of dy­namic text bub­bles to choose from. If, for ex­am­ple, you feel like shout­ing, you can choose a bub­ble that blasts large onto the screen and then shrinks to reg­u­lar size. You'll also be able to part with the bor­ing back­ground of your con­ver­sa­tion, since iMes­sage in iOS 10 lets you in­sert fullscreen an­i­ma­tions such as fire­works that ap­pear tem­po­rar­ily in the back­ground of your con­ver­sa­tion. You can add a touch of mys­tery with the In­vis­i­ble Ink fea­ture, which ob­scures your mes­sage with a swarm of lively dots. The re­cip­i­ent swipes across the dots to re­veal the mes­sage.

And should you feel like writ­ing a mes­sage in your own hand, you can do that too. The re­cip­i­ent sees the mes­sage ap­pear as if you're writ­ing it across the per­son's dis­play.

Com­plete Makeover: Re­designed Lock Screen and Mu­sic

The iPhone's lock screen came in for a makeover. You can wake your phone just by pick­ing it up. Also, no­ti­fi­ca­tions are more in­ter­ac­tive. Us­ing 3D Touch, you can re­spond to a mes­sage right from the lock screen and view the en­tire con­ver­sa­tion with­out leav­ing the lock screen. Plus, it's open to third-party apps. For ex­am­ple, if you have a call com­ing in from a third-party call­ing app, you'll be able to see the caller's photo on the lock screen.

Also avail­able from the lock screen is a newly de­signed and ex­panded Con­trol Cen­ter. It in­cludes mul­ti­ple panes in­clud­ing the usual Set­tings page, a dedi-

cated Mu­sic page, and smart home page that you can swipe through. Dur­ing Ap­ple's demo of the Home pane in June, they showed how it would work if you have a se­cu­rity cam­era as a HomeKit ac­ces­sory. When some­one rings your door­bell, you can view the per­son's face right from your lock screen.

Gone from lock screen is swipe to un­lock. In­stead, if you swipe right, you have a new screen that dis­plays your wid­gets. Swipe left to sum­mon the Cam­era app.

Ap­ple also com­pletely recon­cep­tu­al­ized the or­ga­ni­za­tion and ap­pear­ance of the Mu­sic app, mak­ing it less clut­tered and more in­tu­itive. Plus, you can view lyrics as you lis­ten to a song. And the app makes it eas­ier to dis­cover new mu­sic you like by of­fer­ing daily cu­rated playlists re­lated to your taste. Beats 1 radio also has a new in­ter­face and now fea­tures genre-based sta­tions.

More Func­tion­al­ity: New Fea­tures in News and Phone

Ap­ple's built-in apps have a lot of use­ful new fea­tures. We'll take a look at some fa­vorites in News and Phone.

The newly de­signed News app has a For You screen di­vided into cat­e­gories such as top news, trend­ing sto­ries, sports, and fea­tured sto­ries, as well as cat­e­gories re­lated to your spe­cific in­ter­ests.

The app also of­fers sub­scrip­tions, such that you'll be able to sub­scribe to and read pub­li­ca­tions such as Na­tional Ge­o­graphic and the Wall Street Jour­nal from within the app. Plus, the app of­fers break­ing news no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

In the Phone app in iOS 10, you have the abil­ity to re­ceive tran­scripts of your voice­mail mes­sages. In ad­di­tion, the new app can iden­tify voice­mail spam, which is get­ting to be a prob­lem in coun­tries such as China.

In ad­di­tion, iOS 10 tracks what apps you like to use to call par­tic­u­lar peo­ple, and is bet­ter in­te­grated with other call­ing apps such as Skype. When you ac­cess a con­tact, you'll be able to select which app you'd like to use to call that per­son.

New App: Home App Con­trols HomeKit De­vices

Fi­nally, iOS 10 comes with a new app, Home, which lets you con­trol all your HomeKit ac­ces­sories. You'll also be able to cre­ate and con­trol scenes, and use Siri to in­ter­act with them. De­pend­ing on the ac­ces­sories you have, you can say “Good Night” to Siri, and your doors will lock, shades will close, and lights will go off.

Other High­lights

Other new fea­tures in iOS 10 in­clude fur­ther cross-de­vice in­te­gra­tion with a Mac via Con­ti­nu­ity. You can copy text or an im­age on one de­vice and paste it into the other. If you or­der some­thing on­line with your Mac, you'll be able to use Touch ID on your iPhone to pay for it.

The Notes app now has a col­lab­o­ra­tion fea­ture, and the Re­mote app has been com­pletely re­designed so it works just like the Siri Re­mote that comes with Ap­ple TV. A new fea­ture for the iPad is Split View in Sa­fari, so you can view two web­pages side by side. And the new iPad app Swift Play­grounds teaches you how to use Ap­ple's free Swift pro­gram­ming lan­guage to cre­ate apps.

Part­ing Thoughts

Over­all, iOS 10 is a real treat for iPhone and iPad users. It's been avail­able since July as a pub­lic beta, and the fi­nal ver­sion will be avail­able in Septem­ber.

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