The newest software for iPhones and iPads has been unveiled by Apple, as the world’s most valuable company looks to recover from a drop in sales by introducing a range of new features aimed at improving usability.
At its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, Apple concentrated on the new Operating Software, which contains updates to Siri, Messages, Maps, Photos and more.
Not only will Siri be able to work with third-party apps after the update, but the virtual assistant is being introduced to Mac computers. This will allow users to search the web, and perform other tasks, through voice control. The fact that developers can now have access to Siri also means that people can send messages on popular apps – such as WhatsApp – and control various programs through speech, expanding the number of apps Siri can be used with.
Maps has an improved design and is simpler to use, while Photos has a feature called Memories, which will bring up old, forgotten photos into a collection for users to spend time reminiscing over.
One popular change to expect is that users will be able to uninstall built-in apps, which will free up as much as 150Mb in storage space.
Craig Federighi, Apple’s software chief, said: “iOS 10 is our biggest release ever, with delightful new ways to express yourself in Messages, a native app for Home automation and beautifully redesigned apps for Music, Maps, and News that are more intuitive and more powerful, making everything you love about your iPhone and iPad even better.
“iOS 10 adds Siri intelligence into QuickType and Photos, automates your home with the new Home app and opens up Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages to developers — while increasing security and privacy with powerful technologies like Differential Privacy.”
Reports say that the Beta version will be released in July, and that the full version will be available this autumn. In September, Apple is expected to unveil the brand new iPhone, and it is therefore highly likely that iOS 10 will be pushed out at the same time. In order to be able to plan in advance, developers already have access to iOS 10.
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