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Apple releases iOS 10 and Watch OS 3.0 – Key Features

Apple has released its iOS 10 OS for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch users. Along with that, company has also released WatchOS 3.0 for its Apple Watch users.

iOS 10 Features

The latest iteration of iOS now allows one to access their favourite apps from within conversations. It messages allows one to express themselves in different ways.

Siri can now make phone calls, send messages and works with apps from App Store. Maps have a new look with new extensions and allows users to book a ride or make reservations.

It has all new Photos with intelligent search making that makes it easy to find places, people and beautiful ways to re-discover memories.

The iOS 10 now includes Home app that lets users securely manage most of home automation products. Apple music also gets a makeover along and same goes with Apple News as well.

The lock screen has been redesigned to allow users for quick access to information. It also brings deeper 3D touch integration. The OS also suggests events and adds contact details to apps based on information found in email.

QuickType Keyboard in iOS 10 OS comes with new emoji’s, allows multi-language typing and leverages deep neural network technology for contextual predictions.

WatchOS 3 Features

  • Performance and Navigation
    • Press the side button to access your favorite apps in the Dock
    • Apps in the Dock launch instantly with already updated information
    • Add up to 10 apps in the Dock, control music from Now Playing or launch your most recently used app
    • Swipe edge-to-edge to quickly switch your watch face
    • Swipe up from the bottom of your watch face to access important settings in Control Center
  • Watch faces
    • New Minnie Mouse, Activity, and Numerals watch faces
    • Complications now available on Photo, Photo Album, Timelapse, and Motion
    • New complications including Workout, Music, and Messages
    • New Face Gallery in the Apple Watch app on iPhone to add and customize watch faces
    • Discover and add third party complications in the Face Gallery
  • Activity
    • Ability to share and compare your Activity rings
    • Rank alphabetically, or by progress towards Move goal, Exercise goal, steps or today’s workouts
    • Automatic notifications when a friend completes their rings, finishes a workout, or earns an achievement
    • Customized smart replies for encouragement or smack talk
    • New Sharing tab in the Activity app on iPhone to view history
  • Workout
    • Quick Start for most commonly used workouts
    • Multiple metric view, customizable for each workout type
    • New gestures for pause, resume, and marking segments
    • Labels for “Other” workouts to keep track of Yoga, Pilates, Cross Training, and more
    • Auto-pause for running workouts
    • Siri support for pause, resume, and end workouts
    • Route maps with speed indicators for outdoor workouts
  • Wheelchair use
    • Activity rings optimized for wheelchair users
    • Accounts for varying speeds, terrains, and pushing techniques
    • Pushes contribute to all-day calorie goals
    • Time to roll notification and roll ring
    • New Outdoor Run Pace and Outdoor Walk Pace workouts
  • Breathe
    • New Breathe app to take a moment in your day for short deep breathing sessions
    • Calming visualization and haptic cues guide you while you inhale and exhale
    • Adjust session length and breaths per minute
    • Summary upon completion including heart rate
    • Time to breathe reminders
    • Weekly summary
  • Communication
    • Expressive Messaging
      • Full-screen effects to celebrate special moments
      • Tapback for quick replies to messages, links, and photos
      • Handwritten messages animate like ink on paper
      • Send recent built-in or third-party stickers
      • View secret messages with invisible ink
    • Scribble
      • Write words on the display and Apple Watch will convert the handwriting to text
      • Use the Digital Crown to scroll through predicted options
      • Available in English (US), Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese
    • Reply options available in the Messages and Mail notification, including Digital Touch, emoji, and smart replies
    • New emoji, including gender diverse options to existing characters, single parent family variations, rainbow flag, and redesigns of popular emoji
    • Emergency SOS
      • Press and continue to hold the side button to call emergency services
      • Automatically notify SOS contacts and share your location
      • Display your Medical ID with information about medications, allergies, and medical conditions
      • Adjusts the emergency number to your current location
    • Home
      • New Home app to control HomeKit enabled accessories
      • Enable scenes created on your iPhone to control groups of accessories with just a tap
      • Control favorite accessories from your wrist, even remotely with Apple TV or iPad
      • Support for IP cameras to see live video in rich notifications and accessory controls
    • Other improvements
      • New Reminders app for managing scheduled reminders, grocery lists, and more
      • New Find My Friends app for viewing location of friends and family
      • Pay with Apple Pay within third party apps
      • Delete events and switch calendars in Calendar app
      • Support for FaceTime Audio calls directly from Apple Watch
      • Search for Settings in Apple Watch app on iPhone
      • Camera app controls for Flash, Live Photos, HDR, Zoom, Burst, and Front or Rear facing
      • Siri support for Spanish (Chile), Chinese (Cantonese – China), English (Ireland), English (South Africa)

Pawan Lokhandwala

Mobile phone enthusiast, Techbuff and a Gamer. Pawan is Founder and Editor at TechANDROIDS.com. He is a Mobile Technology Enthusiast who is passionate about Cellphones, Gadgets, Gizmos and Mobile apps. Technology fascinates him and he loves helping others. He has been writing Tech Articles for more than 10 years.

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