Apple Releases iOS 10 with New Ways to Express in Messages, New Home App, All-New Photos, Music and News

BY Gautam Prabhu

Published 13 Sep 2016

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iOS 10 is out! As promised, Apple has just released the final version of iOS 10, its next-generation mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Apple had given us a sneak peak of iOS 10 at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2016 in June. iOS 10 comes with a number of new features such as major updates to the Messages app, new Home app, all-new Photos, Music and News apps, Siri integration with some types of third-party apps, VoIP calls integration in the Phone app, and lots more.

iOS 10 Compatible Devices

iOS 10 is compatible with the following iOS devices and is available as a free upgrade:

  • iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2
  • iPod Touch 6th generation

Prepare for the update

Before you update your iOS device with iOS 10, we strongly recommend you to check our post where we have provided tips on what you should do before upgrading.

Read: 9 Tips to Prepare for iOS 10 Update on iPhone or iPad

Warning for Jailbreakers

If you have jailbroken your iOS device and cannot live without your favorite jailbreak apps and tweaks then it is recommended that you avoid updating to iOS 10, until a tool to jailbreak iOS 10 is released.

What’s new in iOS 10

Here’s a rundown of the new features in iOS 10:

Redesigned Lock Screen and Control Center

The redesigned Lock Screen features rich notifications, which will allow for more information to be presented to the user, while also giving them more abilities to interact with that content. Specifically, 3D Touch will work to show email content, reply to messages, and even let users clear all notifications.

Control Center has also been improved, adding a dedicated panel for music that shows full album artwork, plus playback controls. Users can simply swipe to the right to access the camera as well from the lock screen, while swiping to the left will bring up widgets.


Siri has been improved in a big way as well, getting much smarter and gaining access to third-party applications with a brand new SDK for developers. Using Siri, users can now send messages through third-party messaging apps, like WeChat, summon an Uber, send money to friends, start/end a VoIP call, and more.

QuickType Keyboard

The QuickType Keyboard is the stock board for iOS users, and it has seen a laundry list of improvements and tweaks in iOS 10. That includes Siri integration, which will provide relevant information depending on the conversation you are having, including offering up the ability to provide a location, and more. The QuickType keyboard is also gaining bilingual support, which will show suggestions from multiple languages at once.


The new Photos app has seen a big upgrade, getting smarter with better recognition for not only faces, but also places, scenes, and objects. The new Photos app for iOS 10 will also link images based on location, or people in the pictures based on a date, plus much more. The new app will also create movies, threading video and still images together, along with background music and typography, to create quick video shorts showcasing an event or experience.

Apple Maps

The stock Maps app is getting better with a dynamic view, which will zoom in when you’re nearing turns and zoom out when you’re on a long straightaway. There’s an easier user interface as well, and an ability to search along a route, see updated traffic in real-time, and get alternate routes when a path is slow or blocked. Apple Maps is also getting Extensions for third-party apps, which will let users set up dinner dates, book a hotel or car, and much more.

Apple Music

Apple Music also saw an improvement, with an easier method of multitasking while browsing and listening to content, a major refresh to the user interface, and integrated song lyrics for those who want to know exactly what’s being said in a song.

Apple News

Apple News now offers subscriptions for content, and there are push notifications for breaking stories. The user interface has been updated as well, and News will recommend sources based on your reading habits.


The new Home app will bring together all of your HomeKit-enabled smart home accessories, from the garage door, the front door, thermostats, lights, and more, and simply make it easier to control all of them. With “Scenes,” users will be able to tell Siri good morning to have their blinds open and lights turn on, or choose good night to get the opposite effect.


The Phone app is also updated within iOS 10, featuring integration with third-party VoIP apps, voicemail transcription, and more.


One of the biggest new additions for iOS 10 is a plethora of changes and updates to iMessage, making it a much more worthwhile experience with bigger emoji, the ability to replace words for their emoji counterparts, and even full-screen animations that brighten up a conversation. There’s an Invisible Ink feature that lets users swipe their finger over a picture or words that have been hazed out, letting the content be an actual secret. There are animations for pictures and text that can be smaller or bigger, the ability to reply in a handwritten message, Digital Touch for drawing on images, stickers, animated stickers, and much more.

Check out our iOS 10 coverage

Update 1:

iOS 10 Download Links

If you’re not getting the update via OTA update then you can check our post to download the appropriate iOS 10 IPSW file for your device. [Note: We’ll update the post as soon as the direct download links are available]

➤  Download iOS 10 Final Version For iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Update 2:

Installing iOS 10 Update

You will be able to download and install iOS 10 wirelessly. You can also update your iOS device to iOS 10 using iTunes by plugging it to your computer. We’ll also be updating the post with the direct download links above as soon as they’re available. If you’re not getting the OTA update, then you can update it using iTunes or install it manually by downloading the iOS 10 IPSW file for your device.

If you need help check our how to guide for step-by-step instructions:

➤  How to install iOS 10 update on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

Let us how it goes in the comments. If you need help or have any questions, please use the comment section below or start a discussion in our forums. It is the fastest way to get a response from us or someone from the community.