This year's event marked an important milestone for developers, as Apple has opened up its platform to allow third-party apps access into a handful of its products and services.
Apple's iOS 10 major new feature is perhaps the update to Messages, which is the most frequently used app on iOS according to Apple; meanwhile below are some of the other headline features coming to the new operating system.
- Apple Maps: Apple Maps will be infused with AI capabilities, meaning it can make suggestions for places users might want to visit based on what's on their calendar and what users are copying and pasting in their device. Apple Maps will also be open to third-party developers, allowing users to book a reservation using an app like OpenTable directly through Maps.
- Apple Music: Apple Music streaming app is getting a total makeover, making it easier to navigate, with a streamlined menu for viewing music stored on the user's device. The app's cleaner look now has bold heading that make it easier to distinguish between different sections.
- HomeKit: is a new app to manage all of the smart devices that run on its HomeKit framework. It will allow users to access all of the HomeKit-connected accessories in their home through one single app, instead of having to jump between separate apps made by the different device makers. HomeKit is also accessible via the Control Center in iOS 10, meaning users can just swipe to manage the various connected devices.
- 3DTouch: Apple's iOS 10 will allow iPhone users to reply to notifications on the lock screen using 3DTouch and get live updates from apps on the lock screen.
Apple's iOS 10 will also be able transcribe voicemail so that iPhone users can see the message without having to listen to it. And third party apps will be integrated into contact entries so that you can use a different service like WhatsApp to contact people.
Apple News is also getting a makeover that makes it easier to view stories based on categories, and a new subscriptions feature to let users read breaking news publications within the app.