Apple’s legion of fans now have the opportunity to experience for themselves what iOS 10 is all about, or at least an unfinished version of it. Almost a month after officially unveiling iOS 10 during this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the iPhone maker is now releasing the public beta of the latest iteration of its mobile operating system, and users will no doubt be eager to take a test drive. Here’s what you can expect.
You may have heard that Apple Music has undergone a sort of overhaul in terms of design and feel. Well, music loving users will see for themselves how different Apple’s music streaming service has become in the public beta of iOS 10. Apple has promised a cleaner interface, and an improved search functionality.
Messages now come with lots of fun elements, which include invisible ink, slamming, giant size emoji, scribbling on videos, simulated heartbeats, stickers, balloons, and lasers, among many others. The emoji translating keyboard should prove fun, especially when you type a word or phrase and are not sure which emoji best represents it and want a quick solution.
There is a new feature called Raise To Wake, and basically it allows Apple users to view their handset’s lock screen even without touching their device. Sure, a similar functionality has been present in Android powered devices for several years now, but it does not dampen the enthusiasm of iOS users who finally get to have the feature in their devices soon.
iOS 10 also comes with a new bedtime and wake up reminder feature in its Clock mobile app. Having trouble sticking to consistent sleep times or waking up times? You can use this feature to remind you to go to sleep or get out of bed, with clever use of gentle, rising music. The newest iOS version also includes fresh new tones such as Early riser, First Light, Helios, and Birdsong.
Images in Apple’s iCloud Photo Library are now catalogued with the use of machine learning so that they can be bundled into moments, or sorted via facial recognition or location (a la Google Photos).
Yet another new functionality allows users to get rid of Stocks, iTunes, or just about everything. It bears noting that nothing is ever deleted for good, but the mobile apps you erase do disappear from your device. If you want to bring them back, you can do so by way of the App Store just like a normal mobile app.
Other features worth checking out include the Home app, predictive text typing, a redesigned Maps, an enhanced News app, boosted 3D Touch notifications, and an improved Control Center.
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