Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS 10, will be available to download on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches from Tuesday, September 13.
The company announced the release date at a special event in California last week, where it also unveiled the long-awaited iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch 2.
The new software was first announced at the tech giant’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference ( WWDC ) in June, and includes a range of exciting new features.
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.
Release date :
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 expected to be available from around 6pm in the UK (10am PST).
How to download :
When the time comes, you’ll get a notification on your Apple device, telling you the new version of iOS is available to download.
Before starting the download, you’ll need to check you have enough storage space on your device, and it’s best to back up your data in case anything goes wrong.
You can do this by going to Settings > iCloud > Backup, and checking whether the iCloud Backup tab is switched on.
At the bottom of the window, there should also be a timestamp of when the last backup was performed. If it has been a while, tap “Back Up Now” to get your latest data into iCloud. This will only work while you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Alternatively, you can back up your data through iTunes, by plugging in your iPhone into your home PC or Mac, and pressing “Back Up Now.”
Next you need to check the speed of your internet connection – a WiFi connection is best if possible – and make sure your device is plugged in so that it doesn’t run out of battery half way through the installation process.
You can then start downloading the update by going to Settings > General > Software Update > Download and Install. Once the iOS 10 package is downloaded, an alert will pop up giving you the option to install now or later.
iOS 10 key features:
Siri got a massive makeover, becoming much smarter. This includes writing your messages, doing image searches and transcribing voicemails.
Much simpler and more intuitive. It has brought back useful iTunes features, including Recently Added and Recently Played sections.
And it has added information in Browse and For You that include daily playlists, top charts and radio – a bit like Spotify Discover.
The HomeKit app can now be used to control a range of smart home gadgets, from the garage door to dining room light to thermostat.
Apple is launching a new subscriptions feature so users can read all their subscription media within Apple News.
Redesign makes Maps more proactive – it can check your calendar for places you’re meant to be going, and has a better search function for amenities close to you.
iPhone 7, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPod touch sixth-generation onwards
NOT iPhone 4, iPad 2 or 3 and iPad mini
The best features of iOS 10 :
Apple is changing the way users open their phones in iOS 10. Picking up a device running the software automatically lights up the lock screen, which features notifications, calendar appointments, weather information and news updates.
The revamped opening screen will not have “Swipe to unlock”, a feature that has been a staple since the original iPhone. Instead, pressing the home button is all that will be required to open the device. It can be unlocked with Touch ID, or – on the iPhone 5 – a passcode.