iOS 10 Overview Updated February 14, 2017

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As is typical, Apple unveiled iOS 10 in June of 2016 during its Worldwide Developer Conference, releasing the first developer beta on the same day. iOS 10 includes a host of new features and interface changes, including new Message features, widgets, a redesigned Control Center, a new Music app, and much more.

Headlining the iOS 10 update are a variety of new features coming to the Messages app. Users now have the ability to send messages with effects like “Slam” or “Invisible Ink,” while they can also send them with a background like Shooting Stars, Confetti, or Balloons. There’s also support for a GIF keyboard, a new image selection interface, and easily sending Apple Music songs.

Additionally, iOS 10 includes a redesigned lock screen. Gone is the iconic “Slide to Unlock” message. Instead, users are now told to “Press home to unlock,” which Apple says will ensure that users are no longer blowing past notifications that they need to see.

There is also support for widgets in iOS 10, which can be accessed by swiping to the left on the lock screen or homescreen. Widgets show brief snippets of information like Activity progress, Reminders, and Stocks.

Photos has also received a major overhaul. Advanced Computer Vision brings insanely accurate object, scene, and face recognition, while it also searches locally on device to search photos for Memories to resurface trips and highlight certain dates.

The Music app also received an overhaul in iOS. The Connect tab is nowhere to be found, with Connect content now being integrated into the For You tab. There’s support for lyrics at long last, as well. In terms of design changes, the fonts are much bigger and bolder and the Now Playing screen has also be refreshed.

iOS 10 is currently in developer beta and will launch in public beta in July. The operating system will launch to the general public alongside the iPhone 7 this fall.

iOS 10 Stories February 14

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Apple introduced a ton of new social features in Messages for iPhone and iPad in iOS 10, and some of them can make a Valentine’s Day message more original and personal. Handwritten notes, Digital Touch kisses and heartbeats, and the Love screen effect are all charming ways to put a bit more care into your messages than usual. Here’s how:

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iOS 10 Stories February 7

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Apple has released the second iOS 10.3 public beta for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.3 public beta 2 follows the second developer version of the upcoming software update.

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iOS 10 Stories February 3

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During Apple’s Q1 earnings call this week, Tim Cook used HomeKit as an example of how the iPhone is expanding Apple’s ecosystem into new areas where it can innovate:

Our ecosystem is broadening to more and more of the areas where people spend their time. At the gym, on the go, in the home, and on the job. […]

And we are leading the industry by being the first to integrate home automation into a major platform with iOS 10.

As our resident HomeKit enthusiast, Cook discussing the feature during Apple’s earnings call caught my attention. Cook even describes how he’s personally using HomeKit. Below I’ll unpack exactly what Cook said about HomeKit, a bit about how I’m using it as well, and some helpful HomeKit resources.

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iOS 10 Stories January 24

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As we noted earlier, Apple has released iOS 10.3 beta 1 to developers. The update brings several new features to the table, including Find My AirPods for helping to keep track of Apple’s recently-released and highly popular AirPods. But that’s not all that’s new in iOS 10.3. In this hands-on video walkthrough, we’ll step through some of the other new additions. expand full story

Apple just released iOS 10.3 beta for developers and within has surprised with a new Find My AirPods feature that allows users to locate their missing cord-free Apple earbuds.

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Apple has released the first iOS 10.3 beta for developer testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. We’ll update to the newly released iOS 10.3 beta and detail changes below:

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