The time has come! Apple has given us a glimpse at what's coming to your iPhones and iPads with iOS 10. Spoiler alert! You're really going to like them. Here's a rundown of what we think you're going to appreciate the most:
1. Message app gets a major overhaul.
So many cool changes are coming to the way we send messages, it's hard to find a place to start. There's now an emoji translator, which will suggest emojis to use instead of words. So for example, if you type "do you want pizza for dinner?" it will replace the word "pizza" with a pizza emoji.
You'll also be able to send messages with invisible ink, add stickers to photos, full screen animations, .GIFs and handwritten hellos.
iMessage app will also now have Square Cash built right into it, so you'll be able to order food or shop online and can make the monetary transaction right from your messages app.
No longer will you need to hit the home button to access your messages. The new user experience will display your notifications differently - they will be bigger, brighter and you can access the full notification with 3D Touch rather than unlocking the phone and opening the app.
3. Transcribe voicemail.
You'll never have to listen to a voicemail again. There's going to be a new option within iOS 10 that will automatically transcribe your voicemails.
4. Siri improvements.
Siri has finally been opened up to third-party developers. That means Siri will now be able to do things like send messages using What'sApp or grab you a ride.
5. Photo memories.
Facebook has had lots of success with its "On This Day" trip down Memory Lane posts, and Apple is following suit with its new "Memories" feature. Memories will group your photos based on locations, dates, and the people in them and can then give you a fun video based on certain photo collections.
6. Delete default apps.
Since the beginning of the iPhone, the gadgets have come preloaded with certain apps like the App Store, the Calendar and Calculator. If you don't use these apps they just take up space on your phone. Want to delete them? Too bad, you can't. ... Until now. With iOS 10, you'll be able to delete these built-in, preloaded default apps that you previously had to hide.
Have you ever needed to share a contact or phone number? That entire process just got even easier with QuickType. Think of it as a beefed up autocorrect. If you need to send your friend John's number, type in "John's number is ... " and you should see John's phone number pop up in the suggested text area. It will also be able to send your location and add emojis too.
Debuted for iOS 8, the HomeKit app got its first big upgrade. Now, you'll be able to turn off the lights in your house, lock and unlock doors, raise and lower window shades, open and close the garage door, and more.
9. Apple Maps.
Let's face facts. Apple Maps has always been lightyears behind Google Maps. In iOS 10 however, improvements have been made to help you find where you need to go. Now you will be able to see which direction you are facing (an arrow on the blue dot that represents your current location) and see a particular location's current temperature.
You'll be able to access suggestions of where your phone thinks you want to go, ask Siri to direct you to places to stop along the way, like a gas station, and you'll also be able to grab a ride from inside Maps too.