Bye bye iOS 9, now iOS 10 is available to download for your iPhone and iPad, bringing loads of cool new features including improvements to Siri, Messages, Maps and Photos, plus an all-new Lock Screen. Here’s everything you need to know about iOS 10, including the best bits, how to update your iPhone or iPad, and compatibility information.
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What is iOS 10?
iOS 10 is the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, designed for iPhones and iPads. iOS 10 was unveiled at Apple annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Franciso on June 13th, 2016 and will come pre-installed on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, revealed on September 7 at Apple’s big launch event.
Existing iPhones and iPads can receive an OTA (over the air) update, to upgrade from iOS 9 to iOS 10 (see below for more info).
What new iPhone and iPad features can I expect in iOS 10?
iOS 10 is a massive update which adds a host of cool new features to the iPhone and iPad experience.
You can expect notable improvements to lock screen notifications, Siri and the QuickType keyboard as well as new features like Home, which taps into HomeKit I.O.T (Internet of Things) devices to control everything from your central heating, to your door locks and lighting.
Read our iOS 10 in a nutshell feature to find out every detail of the new functionality in iOS 10.
When can I upgrade my iPhone or iPad to iOS 10?
Existing Apple devices like the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as tablets like the iPad Mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro, can now receive the iOS 10 update, which went live on September 13, 2016.
Check out our guide on how to update your iPhone for full guidance.
Will my iPhone be compatible with iOS 10?
Every recent iPhone, i.e. the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as the iPhone SE, should run iOS 10 without a struggle. We haven’t seen a single stammer or stutter so far after several days of use, although iOS 10 has bugged out a couple of times, causing apps to crash.
Older phones such as the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can also handle the latest version of iOS without much trouble. Check out our guide to updating older iPhones to iOS 10 for a full break-down.
Will my iPad be compatible with iOS 10?
All recent iPads, i.e. the iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Air 2, should run iOS 10 without a struggle. We’ll be testing older iPads such as the iPad Mini 2 and 3 and the original iPad Air to see if they also cope well with iOS 10. Stay tuned for our coverage.
When will iOS 11 be revealed?
Wow, you’re really keen to chug ahead, aren’t you? Well, Apple won’t be revealing iOS 10 until WWDC 2017, which should take place next June.
Once it’s announced, you should be able to download iOS 11 via Apple’s beta testing program. The iOS 11 beta will likely be buggy and riddled with issues (the whole point is to find and eliminate these problems before it goes mainstream), but it’s a good way to check out the new features early, if you’re curious.
All you have to do is head to beta.apple.com and hit the ‘sign up’ button, after which you’ll have to enter your Apple ID before being guided through the sign-up process.