As we approach Apple’s WWDC 2016 developer conference scheduled for June 13-17, there are more than a few reported in-development features and fixes that are likely candidates for stage time. An Apple Music revamp, Apple Pay updates, improvements for the App Store, and new features for HomeKit, Siri, and Apple News are just a few possibilities for Apple’s event next month. Below we roundup those features and much more as we take a look at the most likely new iPhone and iPad features in the works for iOS 10:

Apps |

One long requested feature rumored for iOS 10: the ability to hide Apple’s stock apps from your Home screen. But hopefully some improvements to its apps will mean you won’t want to. For HomeKit, Apple is reportedly finally planning to launch a standalone app to give a location other than Siri and third-party apps to manage accessories using the platform. And Apple is said to be working on a way to offer paid subscription content through its News app introduced last year with iOS 9. An expansion for News is also a possibility as it’s so far only had a soft launch in US, Australia, and the UK.

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App Store |

As far as App Store improvements go, Apple’s Phil Schiller, who recently took over App Store responsibilities on top of being VP of Worldwide Marketing, gave some hope that the company is looking into the long-standing issues there, particularly with search and discovery features. A separate report claimed Apple plans to revamp browsing on the App Store, possibly with paid search results.

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Apple Music & iTunes |

A highlight for iOS 10 is bound to be the overhaul of Apple Music that we detailed earlier this month. As Mark noted at the time, Apple is currently developing a new, mostly black and white UI for the service that despite a few criticisms from users and press managed to hit 13 million paying subscribers in its first year of availability. But that figure was from April, so it’s very possible Apple could hit or pass the 15 million mark by WWDC in June and have an update on subscriber stats on stage.


Siri |

We reported earlier this year that Apple was planning to bring Siri to Mac as a flagship feature of OS X 10.12, and with a recent report claiming Apple is also planning a Siri SDK for WWDC next month, it sounds like much needed Siri improvements could be a focus of the event. That report claimed the upcoming SDK would allow all app developers to tap into Siri functionality, and added that Apple has been working on Amazon Echo-like hardware for Siri —  a standalone Wi-Fi speaker with voice-controlled assistant features built-in — since back in 2015 when Amazon first debuted its similar Echo product.

In addition, Apple has already confirmed that it’s planning to bring Siri Remote functionality to its iOS Remote app sometime this year, including the features that first debuted with its new remote for the fourth-gen Apple TV last year.

iCloud | Security |

Following the FBI unlocking controversy earlier this year, one report claimed that Apple was working on stronger iCloud backup encryption and iPhone security features. Tim Cook mentioned the fight with FBI on stage at its last event, and WWDC is a likely venue to show off the new and improved security features alongside an iOS 10 debut.

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Apple Pay & Touch ID |

A person-to-person payments feature and ATM withdrawal support for Apple Pay, as well as further expansion of the payments service to more countries, are a few projects Apple is reportedly working on and readying for a launch this year. That makes WWDC the likely stage for an announcement, and we also had one report claim Apple has an OS X 10.12 feature in the works that allows users to unlock their Mac’s using an iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

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Opinion | Concept |

And we end with our own thoughts on the upcoming release including feature requests for iOS 10 features, discussion about the rumored features, and a concept from the community.

Check out our recent roundup of Everything Apple could announce at WWDC 2016.

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Jordan Kahn

Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s Logic Pros series.