Unified World Communications iOS 10

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WWDC has begun and during Apple’s initial keynote they announced some upcoming changes, features and redesigns to their 4 key operating systems. I am going to briefly touch over some of the new changes coming to iOS 10.

iOS 10 focuses on performance and adding a couple of features and tweaks to existing applications in order to add more simplicity and productivity to your iOS devices.

Let’s start with the lock screen, one aspect of the newer iPhone 6S which people actually had a problem with was that Touch ID was actually too quick and unlocked the phone perhaps before you even wanted to. Now when you wake up your device, the iPhone registers the finger print but you have to click the button before the device unlocks, this allows you to actually glance at any notifications that have arrived rather than unlocking your device and dismissing them all. You also have new abilities to respond to any notifications from the lock screen such as replying to messages, reminders or calendar invites.

Messages has added several new features which seem to be directly competing against the already successful Whatsapp and Facebook messenger with animated messages, use of links now presents an instant preview, hand write messages, and similar to the Apple Watch you can now use digital touch to send instant drawings and send your heart beat. One final feature is the ability to use ‘invisible ink’ to hide a message (text or image) to stop it presenting instantly, whether it’s a surprising message or a private image.

Siri SDK – I mentioned this yesterday I was hoping that Apple would release an SDK for Siri in order to allow third party developers to include Siri in their apps. For example I’m in Manchester and I need a taxi, Siri call me an Uber. Siri arranges the uber, I then use Apple Pay to pay for the ride and I am done. No need to open an app or find a cash machine, all done on my phone within seconds.

Home Kit Expansion – HomeKit has been around for a couple of years, developers creating applications and devices for you to put around your home and control with an app. The only problem is that you have several apps for different devices, one for lights, one for doors, one for alarms etc. Now Apple have consolidated it all into a neat and tidy Home app. All your third party devices controlled by their individual apps can now all be controlled through the one app.

Maps has been made slightly more efficient and road safe with the removal of several steps when on a route. For example I’m driving to London and hit traffic I have to hit ‘overview’ and use my hands to navigate the map to look for traffic and the possibly end my route, plan a new one and start over. Now traffic is in built to my en-route navigation and if heavy traffic appears whilst on a route I get a warning and a recommended alternate route.

3D Touch – this is a feature that even nearly a year on people don’t seem to realise they have as all you can basically do on it is push on an application icon rather than touch and be presented with some quick options to allow for quicker access to certain tasks. Now this has been expanded to more areas of the OS such as the lock screen notifications and notification centre allowing you to do more from wherever you are rather than going to one app and then coming back again.

Apple Pay on the web – Apple Pay has been expanding over the last two years with the iPhone and Apple Watch but now with Apple Pay on the web it allows you to rely even less on a physical wallet. By processing a transaction through Apple Pay let’s say on an iMac on Apple.com you then get a notification on your phone or watch requesting permission for the transaction using your Apple Pay credentials stored on device, simply approve the transaction and boom, transaction complete.

There are dozens more features and improvements coming for iOS users and as this week is a week for developers to come together and learn new ways of working their apps with Apples operating systems the future can only bring new and exciting things to our devices.

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