On Monday in San Francisco at the company’s kickoff to its annual developers conference, Apple surprised no one with the grand unveiling of iOS 10.
So what goodies is Apple serving up to its developer community through the tenth major iteration of the iOS operating system?
Calling it the biggest release ever of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system (yes, they say this every year at WWDC, in case that sounds familiar), iOS 10 delivers on at least some of that hype with a huge update to Messages that delivers what Apple calls “more expressive and animated ways” to message friends and family — like stickers and full-screen effects.
If you’re wondering whether Apple is borrowing a page or two from SnapChat in this effort, you would be correct.
More of meat and potatoes offering from iOS 10, however, is the introduction of the ability for Siri to do more by working with apps.
There’s also redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music and News apps, and the Home app, which delivers what Apple calls a simple and secure way to manage home automation products in one place.
“iOS 10 opens up incredible opportunities to developers with Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages,” Apple says.
iOS 10 is already available for developers but the public beta starts next month. The company is expected to formally release iOS 10 in the fall in conjunction with the anticipated iPhone 7.
For a complete rundown of all the new bells and whistles inbound with iOS 10, click here.