APPLE HAS UNSURPRISINGLY unveiled iOS 10, which will bring Siri to third-party apps for the first time and a new-look lockscreen to your iPhone and iPad.
With Apple opening up Siri to developers for the first time, iOS 10 will see the digital assistant up it's game and be capable of answering way more queries. For example, you'll be able to ask the digital assistant to book you a cab via Uber, or to send you a message via WhatsApp.
Siri intelligence is also coming to the keyboard via Apple's QuickType feature, making Apple's suggested responses more advanced.
"We're using deep learning to enable much more intellligence in longer context," said Craig Federighi, demoing the feature's ability to send your location, check your calendar availablity or easily share contact information, based on the context of your conversations.
The lock screen has been given a major reveamp in iOS 10 too, thanks to Apple's 3D Touch feature. Assuming you've got an iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus, be able to long-press on Apple's new-look lockscreen notifications to do more on your device without having to unlock it. For example, get a real-time service status update on your Uber, or to reply to a text message.
The made over lockscreen will also enable you to press on the right side of the screen to unlock the camera quickly, or the left side to open up widgets. These aren't full-blown Android-style widgets, but they will let you quickly glance at things like weather and news.
Photos is also getting a revamp, again thanks to deep learning. The firm's bringing on-device face recognition, all done with your privacy protected according to Apple boasts, along with location recognition, for more advanced image searching.
Artificial intelligence will also play a part in making Apple's Photos app more advanced in the form of a new Memories feature.
"We're now using advanced AI to cluster together photos based on locations and the people involved to surface Memories," Federighi said. "We can bring forward things like trips that might be important, or know that you want to take a look at images from last weekend."
Messages, which is also being opened up to developers, has also been given a new-look in iOS 10. Apple's Messages app now supports rich links, so you'll be able to view videos right inside the app, for example. But the big news is that Apple is making emoji 3x bigger and adding emoji predictions to QuickType.
In a similar way to Google's new Allo app, you'll also be able to resize bubbles in Messages in iOS 10, and the new Messages app will also support handwritten messages and full-screen animated backgrounds.
Apple Music, as expected, has also been given a head-to-toe revamp. This new look app is now easier to navigate, has a revamped Beats 1 section, and comes with a section called 'downloaded music' for tunes already stored on your iPhone.
Apple Maps is also getting a revamp in iOS 10, and the firm is opening up the service to developers for the first time to enable functionality such as reservation-booking. A new app will debut in iOS 10 too, called Home, giving you easier control over HomeKit-compatible Internet of Things (IoT) devices in your home.
Other new features coming to iOS 10 includes collaborative notes, Live Photos editing, and Split View in Safari on iPad.
What's more, Apple was keen to point out that differential privacy and end-to-end encryption comes switched on in all of its apps, adding that all AI is carried out on-device to keep it free from prying eyes, likely a nod to its recent battle with the FBI.
iOS 10 is available to developers from today, with a public beta programme set to launch next month. Naturally, it'll be available to all later this year. µ
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