iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10 Released: What’s New and How to Download

iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10 Released: What's New and How to Download

Apple has released iOS 10, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10 updates for its mobile devices, Apple Watch, and the Apple TV 4th generation respectively. The updates bring a host of new features, enhancements, and bug fixes to millions of Apple devices worldwide.

iOS 10 is perhaps the biggest update to Apple’s platform for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices since iOS 7 and it brings enhancements like iMessage apps, improved Siri with third-party integration, revamped Photos, Apple Music, and Apple Maps, plus a whole lot more.

Here are the complete release notes for iOS 10:

Messages

  • Expressive Messaging
    • Bubble effects let you send messages loudly, gently, slam or with invisible ink
    • Full-screen effects to celebrate special moments
    • Tapback for quick replies to messages, links, and photos
    • Handwritten messages animate like ink on paper
    • Digital Touch lets you send sketches, taps, and heartbeats
    • Tap to replace can emojify your text with just a tap
    • Rich links show a preview of web pages you share
  • iMessage apps
    • New App Store for iMessage
    • Use the power of apps in Messages to share and collaborate with friends
    • Download stickers to send and place on text bubbles and photos

Siri

  • Siri now works with the following types of apps
    • Messaging apps to send, search and read back text messages
    • VoIP apps to place phone calls
    • Photos apps to search for images and photos
    • Ride service apps to book rides
    • Payment apps to make personal payments
    • Fitness apps to start, stop, and pause workouts
    • CarPlay automaker apps to adjust climate, radio, seat, and personal settings

Maps

  • All new look
    • Proactive suggestions for places you’re likely to go next, based on your routine or appointments in Calendar
    • Improved search with new callout design, clustered results and category filters
    • Home, work, favorite locations, and locations from upcoming Calendar events are displayed on the map
    • Displays where your car is parked via CarPlay or Bluetooth
    • Weather for the currently viewed area
  • Extensions
    • Make a reservation within Maps using extensions from participating reservations apps
    • Book a ride to a destination within Maps using extensions from participating ride service apps
  • Turn-by-turn navigation improvements
    • Search along route for gas stations, food, and coffee shops
    • Automatic view adjustment of the road ahead
    • Use pan and zoom during navigation
    • Option to avoid tolls and highways

Photos

  • Advanced face recognition designed with deep learning to automatically group similar faces together
  • Object and scene recognition to intelligently search for photos by what’s in them using advanced computer vision that scans your library locally on device
  • Places album to see all your photos, videos and Live Photos on a map
  • Memories
    • Intelligently highlights forgotten events, trips, and people, and presents them in a beautiful collection
    • Memory movies automatically edited with theme music, titles, and cinematic transitions
    • Related memories make it easy to rediscover even more photos in your collection, based on location, time, people, scenes and objects
    • Easily share with family and friends
  • Brilliance control applies region-specific adjustments to brightness, highlights and contrast

Home

  • New Home app to securely manage and control HomeKit enabled accessories
  • Scenes to control groups of accessories with just a tap
  • Rich Notifications with quick actions to control accessories
  • Optionally share home access with family and friends
  • Remote access and automation of accessories with Apple TV or iPad

Apple Music

  • An all-new design for Apple Music brings greater clarity and simplicity to every aspect of the experience
  • Navigate your Library with an improved menu and see all of the Downloaded Music that you can play on your device while offline
  • See recommendations in For You that highlight mixes, playlists, albums, and Connect posts—selected for you based on the music and artists you love
  • Visit Browse to more easily see exclusive releases, find curated playlists, and discover the most important new releases—picked by our editors each week
  • Listen to Radio more easily—clearly see what’s live on Beats 1, hear your favorite shows on-demand, or choose a curated station for any genre of music
  • Play music with an improved Now Playing experience—swipe up to view available lyrics and quickly see or edit songs that are coming up next

Apple News

  • An all-new design in For You adds bold typography, vibrant color, and distinct sections that make it easier to find stories on specific topics
  • See the most important stories of the day within Top Stories—updated by our editors throughout the day
  • Find the most popular stories right now within Trending Stories—selected based on what others are reading
  • See all of your stories grouped into easy-to-understand sections on the topics you follow or read
  • Discover the best and most interesting stories of the week within Featured Stories—selected by our editors
  • Share stories more easily—just tap the icon on any story to send it to a friend right from For You
  • Receive breaking news notifications from some of your most trusted sources
  • Subscribe to your favorite magazines and newspapers directly in News
  • New personalized Today View widget lets you keep up with the latest stories throughout the day

Experience

  • Raise to Wake automatically wakes the screen as you raise your iPhone
  • Rich notifications that support real time information, audio, photos and videos
  • Today view is redesigned and supports all new widgets for apps like Weather, Up Next, Maps, Stocks and more
  • Control Center is redesigned with easier to access controls including dedicated cards for music playback and Home
  • Expanded use of 3D Touch
    • Lock screen notifications to support an expanded view and access to quick actions
    • New quick actions for built in apps like Weather, Stocks, Reminders, Health, Home, FaceTime, iCloud Drive and Settings
    • Home Screen widgets
    • Control Center for access to quick actions for Flashlight, Timer, Calculator and Camera
    • Clear all in Notification Center

QuickType

  • New emoji, including gender diverse options to existing characters, single parent family variations, rainbow flag and beautiful redesigns of popular emoji
  • Contextual predictions for current location, recent addresses, contact information and calendar availability using deep neural network technology
  • Emoji predictions
  • Calendar events are intelligently populated using deep learning technology with information from your conversations in Mail and Messages
  • Multi-lingual typing now lets you type in two languages at once without having to switch keyboards
  • Rest & Type on iPad intelligently adapts to your unique typing patterns
  • Predictive typing now uses deep neural network technology for greater prediction accuracy

Phone

  • Voicemail transcription (beta)
  • Spam call alerts with spam call identification apps
  • Support for third party VoIP apps receiving calls on the Lock screen, including support for Call Waiting, Mute and Do Not Disturb

Other improvements

  • Apple Pay in Safari
  • View two pages at once using Split View in Safari on iPad
  • Notes collaboration lets you invite people to work on your notes together
  • Markup support in Messages, Photos and PDFs stored in Notes
  • Bedtime Alarm in the Clock app lets you set a regular sleep schedule and receive bedtime reminders
  • Health adds support for health records and organ donation (US Only)
  • Stabilization support for Live Photos for improved camera capture
  • Live Filters support when capturing Live Photos
  • iCloud Drive now supports Desktop and Documents folders from macOS
  • Live search results in Spotlight for Chinese and Japanese
  • Siri support for Spanish (Chile), Chinese (Cantonese – China), English (Ireland), English (South Africa)
  • Ling Wai and Kaiti Black document fonts for Chinese
  • Yu Kyokasho and Toppan Bunkyu fonts for Japanese
  • New definition dictionaries in Traditional Chinese and Danish and bilingual dictionaries in Dutch and Italian
  • New keyboard for Spanish (Latin America)

Accessibility

  • Magnifier now uses the camera on your iPhone or iPad like a digital magnifying glass for real-life objects
  • New range of display color filters to support different forms of color blindness or other vision challenges
  • VoiceOver adds a Pronunciation Editor to customize the way words are pronounced, additional voices, and support for multiple audio sources
  • Additional text highlighting options in Speak Screen and Speak Selection, as well as the ability to speak keyboard letters and predictive typing suggestions to support multi-modal learning
  • Switch control now lets you control iOS, macOS and tvOS all from the same iPhone or iPad, so you don’t need to configure switches for the secondary device
  • Software TTY allows you to place and receive TTY calls without the need for traditional hardware teletypewriter accessories

iOS 10 is available right now as a free download. To see if your Apple device is eligible to receive the update and for detailed download instructions, see How to Download and Install iOS 10.

Next up is watchOS 3, the update that is most definitely the biggest software update to the Apple Watch platform. watchOS 3 brings noticeable speed improvements to a platform that many had termed slow, and introduces an all-new dock with “instant access” to apps. The update also brings new watch faces, new workouts, wheelchair use, breathe mode, and more. Here are the full release notes:

  • Performance and Navigation
    • Press the side button to access your favorite apps in the Dock
    • Apps in the Dock launch instantly with already updated information
    • Add up to 10 apps in the Dock, control music from Now Playing or launch your most recently used app
    • Swipe edge-to-edge to quickly switch your watch face
    • Swipe up from the bottom of your watch face to access important settings in Control Centre
  • Watch faces
    • New Minnie Mouse, Activity, and Numerals watch faces
    • Complications now available on Photo, Photo Album, Timelapse, and Motion
    • New complications including Workout, Music, and Messages
    • New Face Gallery in the Apple Watch app on iPhone to add and customize watch faces
    • Discover and add third party complications in the Face Gallery
  • Activity
    • Ability to share and compare your Activity rings
    • Rank alphabetically, or by progress towards Move goal, Exercise goal, steps or today’s workouts
    • Automatic notifications when a friend completes their rings, finishes a workout, or earns an achievement
    • Customised smart replies for encouragement or smack talk
    • New Sharing tab in the Activity app on iPhone to view history
  • Workout
    • Quick Start for most commonly used workouts
    • Multiple metric view, customizable for each workout type
    • New gestures for pause, resume, and marking segments
    • Labels for “Other” workouts to keep track of Yoga, Pilates, Cross Training, and more
    • Auto-pause for running workouts
    • Siri support for pause, resume, and end workouts
    • Route maps with speed indicators for outdoor workouts
  • Wheelchair use
    • Activity rings optimized for wheelchair users
    • Accounts for varying speeds, terrains, and pushing techniques
    • Pushes contribute to all-day calorie goals
    • Time to roll notification and roll ring
    • New Outdoor Run Pace and Outdoor Walk Pace workouts
  • Breathe
    • New Breathe app to take a moment in your day for short deep breathing sessions
    • Calming visualization and haptic cues guide you while you inhale and exhale
    • Adjust session length and breaths per minute
    • Summary upon completion including heart rate
    • Time to breathe reminders
    • Weekly summary
  • Communication
    • Expressive Messaging
      • Full-screen effects to celebrate special moments
      • Tapback for quick replies to messages, links, and photos
      • Handwritten messages animate like ink on paper
      • Send recent built-in or third-party stickers
      • View secret messages with invisible ink
    • Scribble
      • Write words on the display and Apple Watch will convert the handwriting to text
      • Use the Digital Crown to scroll through predicted options
      • Available in English (US), Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese
    • Reply options available in the Messages and Mail notification, including Digital Touch, emoji, and smart replies
    • New emoji, including gender diverse options to existing characters, single parent family variations, rainbow flag, and redesigns of popular emoji
    • Emergency SOS
      • Press and continue to hold the side button to call emergency services
      • Automatically notify SOS contacts and share your location
      • Display your Medical ID with information about medications, allergies, and medical conditions
      • Adjusts the emergency number to your current location
    • Home
      • New Home app to control HomeKit enabled accessories
      • Enable scenes created on your iPhone to control groups of accessories with just a tap
      • Control favorite accessories from your wrist, even remotely with Apple TV or iPad
      • Support for IP cameras to see live video in rich notifications and accessory controls
    • Other improvements
      • New Reminders app for managing scheduled reminders, grocery lists, and more
      • New Find My Friends app for viewing location of friends and family
      • Pay with Apple Pay within third party apps
      • Delete events and switch calendars in Calendar app
      • Support for FaceTime Audio calls directly from Apple Watch
      • Search for Settings in Apple Watch app on iPhone
      • Camera app controls for Flash, Live Photos, HDR, Zoom, Burst, and Front or Rear facing
      • Siri support for Spanish (Chile), Chinese (Cantonese – China), English (Ireland), English (South Africa)

Refer Apple’s website for detailed instructions on how to update your Apple Watch to the latest OS.

Finally, there’s Apple TV, which has got an update of its own, bumping the software version to tvOS 10.0. The update brings a dark mode, improved Siri, and a bunch of other feature. The much vaunted single sign-on for all Apple TV apps showcased at WWDC hasn’t rolled out just yet though.

  • Siri: Siri now understands Spanish in Mexico, Dutch in Netherlands, and Norwegian in Norway, and Swedish in Sweden.
  • Search with Siri: Ask Siri to find movies by topic or theme. For example, ask for spy movies or the best movies about football. This feature is available only in the United States.
  • Siri for Podcasts: To find what you’re looking for, just include the word “podcast” in your Siri search.
  • Dictation: You can now use Dictation with Dutch, Norwegian, and Swedish system languages, no matter where you are in the world.
  • App Store: Automatically add apps that you purchased on your iOS device to your Apple TV. Just sign in to iTunes on your Apple TV with the same Apple ID that you use for iTunes on your iOS device. Then apps from your iOS device appear on your Apple TV Home screen.
  • Music: Experience a fresh, streamlined design that makes it easier than ever to find the music that you love.
  • Photos: Enjoy the new Memories feature, which highlights moments from your Photo Library in a lively presentation for the big screen.
  • HomeKit: From your Apple TV, ask Siri to turn off the living-room lights, change the temperature, and more. You can also use your Apple TV as a home hub. Then you can set up Automations or access your home remotely from the Home app on your iOS device or Apple Watch.
  • Appearance: You can change the look of your Apple TV. To make your Home screen and menus pop in bright or dim settings, choose a Light or Dark background Appearance.
  • Apple Remote Keyboard: With this feature, a keyboard appears on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch whenever you select a text field on your Apple TV. Then you can quickly enter text on your Apple TV using the keyboard on your iOS device.
  • Display Accommodations: Colour Filters can help you distinguish colours or read onscreen text.
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