Apple's annual developer conference is typically chock-full of exciting surprises, and yesterday's opening keynote didn't disappoint. Among significant updates to the Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Mac, CEO Tim Cook unveiled what iPhone users have all been waiting for: iOS 10. The software update is "the biggest iOS release ever for our users,” according to Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi. Your iPhone is going to be experiencing some changes in the coming months, to say the least. Here's what you have to look forward to in iOS 10, according to TechCrunch:
The new interactive messaging system will take emoji speak to a whole new level, giving users the ability to replace words with the corresponding emoji in seconds. The emoji themselves will be roughly three times bigger than their current size. The fun doesn't stop there; users will also be able to text friends Snapchat-like animations, such as blinking strobe lights, exploding fireworks, and falling confetti. Apple also seems to be taking notes from J.K. Rowling with the release of invisible ink. Users will be able to write up secret messages that are only revealed when swiped over—major Marauder's Map vibes. Finally, iPhone users will be able to send personalized, handwritten text messages to friends and family members. See ya later, Hallmark.
Your mornings spent squinting at your iPhone screen as you half-heartedly thumb around for the navigation button are a thing of the past. Introducing "Raise to Wake," a new feature of iOS 10 that will allow you to see your lock screen without even touching your phone; the simple act of lifting it will "wake up" your screen. The revised lock screen will also keep your go-to apps right at your fingertips: In addition to swiping right to launch the camera, you'll now be able to swipe left to see all of your apps without unlocking your phone.
Siri is growing into every bit the futuristic robot you had in mind. In iOS 10, Siri will take on the role of your personal butler, even summoning your Friday night Uber and sending your best friend a Venmo after a big birthday dinner. For the first time, Siri will be able to control apps not designed by Apple, opening the door for even more third-party integration in the future. While Siri will always be our day-one smart speaker, Apple is reportedly trying to catch up to Amazon and Google, who have already launched Echo and Home, respectively.
As if print photography wasn't already outdated enough, updates to the photo app will allow you to digitally re-create physical photo albums using face recognition technology. For example, you'll be able to create a "Paris 2016" album with a hand-selected cover photo. Apple is also implementing a photo search function, which will allow you to find photos based on keywords like "water" or "mountain." Kiss your days of scanning your never-ending photo stream goodbye.
After a rocky start, Apple Maps is getting a considerable face-lift. Like Siri, Maps will open itself up to third-party developers, meaning a company like Uber could build an extension integrating nearby Uber cars directly into the iOS app. Updates to the "directions" function will markedly improve turn-by-turn instructions for a more intuitive, seamless driving experience.
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