When Apple released its first iPhone it also introduced the operating system on which its smartphone was going to run. We're talking about iOS and although it was originally used for this device, later it was also incorporated into the iPad tablet and the iPod multimedia player. Its first public version was released on June 26th of 2007, and ever since then, new versions have been published on a regular basis until the arrival of this Apple iOS 10.
The release of this phone meant a true revolution because we're talking about a device with a 100% tactile operating system that supported different kinds of interactions such as swipes, taps or pinches to activate sliders, buttons, and switches.
Release and main updates and features of iOS 10
It was presented back on June 13th of 2016 when its beta version was made available to developers. The final version wasn't released until 3 months later: on September 13th all devices could start updating to this operating system.
Regarding iOS 9, it comes a long with quite a few changes and updates, amongst which we have to point out the following:
- Design: it changes the design of the notifications that acquire new functions as they encourage the use of 3D Touch to interact with them. Pressing the home button replaces the swipe to block gesture which is now used to show the widget screen. The Control Center's design has also been adapted with new shortcuts.
- Siri: the API of the assistant has been released so that developers can create applications making the most of its functions.
- QuickType: smart suggestions for what we type in different apps such as iMessage.
- Photos: the photography app receives functions such as viewing on a map the places where the pictures have been taken, facial recognition to identify the people that appear or Memories to organize the pics by date, place, people or topic.
- Maps: cleaner interface with functions aimed at proactivity.
- Music: the interface has been simplified showing the lyrics of the songs and adding an option to sort the songs by genre.
- News: only available in the USA, changes have also been made to its interface.
- Homekit: an application to control domotic systems.
- Telephone: the phone app adds the transcription of voice messages recorded on the voice mail and is capable of detecting whether an incoming call is spam or not. It introduces a VoIP API so that apps of the likes of WhatsApp, Skype or LINE can notify received calls as they were ordinary calls.
- iMessage: changes to writing suggestions, emoticons, different screen effects, changes to messages to make them easier to read, and it adds end-to-end encryption.
- Other changes: other changes include hiding native apps, new animations when opening and closing applications and folders, modifications to the clock's interface, storage optimization, collaborative notes...
After the release of version 10.0.1, the first to be published, newer versions have subsequently been launched such as 10.3, 10.3.1. 10.3.2, 10.3.3, 10.4... all the latter aimed at correcting problems such as battery consumption and system stability issues.
What devices are compatible with iOS 10?
The main update regarding the compatibility of this version of iOS can be found in the fact that devices of the likes of the iPhone 4S, the 2nd and 3rd generation iPad, the 1st generation iPad Mini, and the 5th generation iPod touch are no longer compatible with this update.
In other words, it's compatible with iPhone 5 and later, the 6th generation iPod touch, the 4th generation iPad, iPad Air and iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, and iPad Mini 2 and later.