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Here's what to expect with Apple's iOS 10

Here's what to expect with Apple's iOS 10

The fall will be here before we know it and you know what that means: Apple's yearly event is almost here and with it comes new fancy, oh-la-la gear that everyone wants to get their hands on.

At this year's fall event, we're expecting the iPhone 7, and, of course, iOS 10 for iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch. But, not all is rose gold. Some reports are skeptical and predicting some problems.

Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly of what we think is going to happen with Apple's latest iOS release:

Release date
Looking at past years, the general consensus is that the phone and iOS 10 will be released the week of September 7 and 16, respectively.

Inevitable problems
While updates to operating systems are always a positive and necessary thing, experts are already saying iOS 10 will have problems, which happens with all major iOS updates.

So far, the beta is experiencing problems with apps crashing, bugs, Wi-Fi issues, general lag, unexplained battery drain, odd reboots and installation hiccups.

-->When the iOS 10 arrives, the best thing to do is wait a few days until early adopters discover the problems, report them, and Apple's developers get the kinks worked out.

Will it make your phone obsolete?
Rumor has it that certain iOS 10 features will also skip older devices, starting with the iPad 2 and iPad Mini and anything older than the iPhone 5s.

Could this update mean your old iPhone is now obsolete? Depends on how you look at it. If you own an iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3rd generation, iPad mini and the 5th generation iPod touch, they won't be able to update to iOS 10.

But this doesn't mean that they'll stop working. It just means that these devices won't support iOS 10 or receive any iOS updates beyond that point. Don't worry though, these devices and your apps will still work fine with older iOS versions, although there will eventually be security issues with using an old operating system.

Is Apple holding back?
We've noted several times that 2017 is the iPhone's 10-year anniversary. With the iPhone 7, we're not expecting major changes because Apple is saving its game changers for the 10th anniversary. The same is being said of iOS 10, mainly because a new phone and a new OS go hand-in-hand.

With that out of the way, let's get on to the positive. Here's what we're expecting from iOS 10 that you'll love:

  • Water damage warnings: The most recent news from Apple suggests that iOS 10 will be smart enough to warn you if your Lightning port has moisture in it. This doesn't mean your device will be waterproof itself, but it will at least give you enough notice to unplug accessories and power down your phone until it dries.
  • Messages revamp: iOS 10's messaging app is getting a total makeover, putting more expressive and personal control over your texts. Apple knows everyone loves emojis (right? RIGHT?) so they are making them three times bigger! They are also easier to insert now more than ever since they'll be integrated into predictive texting. Now, you could practically compose full sentences purely with emojis and people won't just think it's cute ... it will be necessary. You could even write your own texts in your own handwriting and put your own personal flourish on your messages. Text messages in hard to read, angry cursive? Check.
  • Siri updates: For the first time, Siri will be open to certain third-party apps. This means you could now order Siri to hail you a ride or reply in Slack or even make payments.
  • Brand new lock screen: The lock screen will also get big changes in iOS 10. For one, say farewell to the ever familiar "Slide To Unlock" ritual. Now, it goes straight to a "Press home to unlock" screen where you will have to merely press the home button to unlock your device via Touch ID or with the passcode.
  • Raise to Wake: iOS 10 will have a "Raise To Wake" feature. Obviously taking its cue from the Apple Watch, merely picking up your device will activate the lock screen automatically. No more physical presses needed to wake up your phone.
  • More 3D Touch options: 3D Touch is also taking a more prominent role in the lock screen. Almost every element of the Notification Center, the Control Center and Widgets have 3D touch features built in. You could now 3D Touch notifications, say a message, then respond and view attached photos and videos without leaving the lock screen. 3D Touch the Control Center icons and you get preset shortcuts like flashlight intensity, camera options or preset timers.
  • Smart home integration: iOS 10 expands on Apple's promise for better smart home integration. With the new dedicated Home app, smart home enthusiasts will now have a single location for controlling their HomeKit compatible smart appliances regardless of brand and manufacturer.
  • Voicemail transcription: The Phone app gets one great enhancement in iOS 10. Via speech to text, iOS 10 will try and transcribe your received voicemails for you so you won't have to listen to them. In a meeting and someone left you a voicemail? Just take a quick peek at the transcribed voicemail to see what it's all about.
  • Apple maps: Like Siri, the Maps app is now open to third-party developers in iOS 10. Expect to see more instant navigation and location suggestions in non-Apple apps. For example, you could now hail a ride and book a reservation in OpenTable without leaving the Maps app. Apple Maps in iOS 10 will also start suggesting routes based on real-time traffic and guide you on the fly.
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