The next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, which was announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, is launching soon.
iOS 10 will roll out to iPhone and iPad users on Tuesday, September 13. Apple already launched both developer and public beta programs allowing users to try out the software over the summer.
The new iOS comes with a largely similar design to iOS 9, which Apple launched last year. However, Apple made several improvements to the operating system’s functionality, allowing users to add stickers to iMessage, as well as digitally write messages to other users. The operating system also comes with an overhauled Apple Music redesign, helping users find more music and stream it. Most importantly for third-party developers, iOS 10 allows any app maker to access Apple’s virtual personal assistant Siri and use the intelligent service to do everything from allow users to book a ride on Lyft to get directions from third-party mapping apps.
Apple has also upgraded its mapping app, Apple Maps, to provide more accurate directions, as well as book reservations and find points of interest around a particular route. There’s also a new Home app for users to manage smart home lights, doors, and other products from a single spot. Apple CEO Tim Cook described Home is a “huge moment for home automation,” adding that nearly all major manufacturers support the app.
Like all other iOS releases, Apple’s iOS 10 will only be available on Apple’s products and will be a free download when it’s made available on September 13.
iOS 10 will support the sixth-generation iPod Touch; the iPad Mini 2 and up; the fourth-generation iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2; and the iPad Pro. On the iPhone front, the operating system works with the iPhone 5 or newer.
Apple’s iOS 10 news came after several major announcements, including the unveiling of the long-awaited iPhone 7 and a new Apple Watch Series 2. Nintendo will also be offering a new mobile game, called Super Mario Run, on the iPhone.