Apple released its iOS 10 update to the public today. Here’s how to get it and info on the UK release time.
Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS 10, is available to download on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches from Tuesday, September 13.
Apple has previously described iOS 10 as its “biggest iOS release ever”.
It will come pre-installed on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but can also be downloaded onto older Apple devices – so even if you’re planning to stick with your old iPhone, you can still benefit from the software upgrade.
Apple normally releases the latest version of iOS a week after the September product launch, and a few days before the latest iPhone goes on sale.
This year is no different, with Apple announcing that iOS 10 will be available to the public on Tuesday, September 13.
iOS 10 will be available as a free software update for iPhone 5 and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod touch 6th generation.
The download is available from 6pm in the UK (10am PST).
Perhaps the biggest change coming with iOS 10 is a series of major updates to Apple’s messaging app .
iMessage now has its very own App Store which means that you’ll be able to do things like order food, book flights and send money without having to leave the conversation you’re in. You can also play YouTube links from within the iMessage app.
Another new tweak lets you send a message in your own handwriting. It’ll even animate at the other end just as though you were writing it in front of your friend.
A new “invisible ink” feature allows you to send a photo or video that remains hidden until you swipe over it.
Taking its cue from the massively popular Japanese app Line, Apple has added stickers to messaging. These are like large emoji that can be added to photos or just sent on their own. Some of the cartoon-like stickers are even animated.
Also similar to Line, Apple has introduced predictive emojis. The keyboard will automatically highlight a word, the all you need to do is tap on it to replace it with the relevant emoji.
You can also change the way your message bubbles look, making them larger if you to want to “shout” or smaller for whispering.