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iOS 10 Release Date, Supported iPhones, iPads, Best Features

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Apple just released the heavily-anticipated iOS 10 for iPhones and iPads. However, the caveat is that even though the new version is available for public testing, it is a beta version. Hence, the device owners need a developer account to access the build. And, according to the latest report, the iOS 10 release date with final builds in tow can be expected this fall.

The general consensus among tech critics and reviewers is that Apple?s latest mobile operating system iOS 10 includes a lot of small but significant changes, along with many big enhancements and features.

However,?The Wired says the changes are not highly pronounced like the ones seen in iOS 7. But then, the iOS 9 successor has many new futuristic features and changes onboard. Overall, Apple has given more importance to usability in the new OS.

iOS 10 Beta Build Availability

In general, beta versions come with bugs and compatibility issues. In case, readers would like to give it a try, here is the link to?Apple?s beta program.

iOS 10 Compatible Devices

Apple will be releasing the iOS 10 as a free upgrade to all the compatible devices. According to?MacWorld, the eligible tablets include Apple iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 12.9, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4 and even, the sixth-generation iPod Touch.

Speaking of iOS 10 compatible iPhones, the following handsets are set to receive the new OS: iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the latest compact device iPhone SE.

Apple iPad Mini (Representational Image)

Key iOS 10 Features

The functioning of ?Lock Screen? has undergone a major change. Apple has introduced ?Raise to Wake? feature, where the display turns on the moment a compatible iPhone gets lifted from the surface and it shows the home page straightaway.

The ?Notifications? feature has also been enhanced to a great extent. It is apparently very responsive and hence, the hard-press 3D Touch move can now be used to scan the complete thread in Messages.

With iOS 10, the Notifications apparently look like cards, which allow tapping and opening. The same can be moved right or left with a single swipe. To top it off, there is no dearth of shortcuts.

The Wired says upon giving a pressure sensitive touch to the X button, all cards can be deleted at once. The widget screen apparently pops up when swiping from left to right. Prior to this, the widgets were part of the notifications tray. But now, they are tied to the 3D Touch menu. To top it off, by staying in the lock screen, iOS 10 users can accept invitations and reply to messages.

?Messages? is one of the frequently used apps in Apple devices. Apple has added some full-screen effects and Invisible Ink animations, to name a few. And now, users can send stickers, fireworks and GIFs, in addition to hand-written notes via Messages. Also, the iOS 10 supports Rich link previews.

Speaking of Siri, Apple will reportedly be opening the digital personal assistant to third-party developers. This means, very soon, the iPhone users will be able to activate non-Apple apps by using voice command.

With iOS 10, the installed apps can reportedly be removed. But, at the same time, Apple has apparently bombarded the new OS with a lot of preinstalled apps.

Apart from these, the tech giant has also made changes to Control Centre, Apple Map, Photos, HomeKit and Apple Music.

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