As Apple’s WWDC developer conference on June the 13-17th edges closer. There are more and more iOS 10 features entering the rumor mill daily. With some being just plain fixes to existing problems and others being completely new features that have the waiting Apple fan drooling at the mouth with anticipation. Hankering for the limelight so far we have a new look Apple Music, App Store improvements, Apple Pay updates and exciting new features for Siri, Apple News and HomeKit.
Below I’ve taken a closer look at those new features, and also taken a look at what likely new iPhone and iPad features are in the making with iOS 10.
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iOS 10 Apps
It’s been long requested by users, and with iOS 10 it looks as though the ability to hide stock Apple apps from the Home screen could be nearly here. However, if Apple delivers on all the rumors surrounding the new version of its mobile OS, I doubt anyone would want to hide them.
Moving on to HomeKit, Apple is reportedly planning on launching a standalone app for it, removing the need to access it from within Siri and other third-party applications that manage accessories using it.
The App Store
Apple’s VP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller, recently took over control of the App Store and has been given the task of turning its problems around. Improvements given the green-light are mainly focused around its search and discovery features. But a recent leaked document intimated that Apple plans to revamp App Store browsing, and could possibly include paid search results.
Rumors are rife that Apple Music is about to get a revamp for iOS 10, even though it only launched at last year’s developer conference WWDC 2015. According to those rumors, Apple is looking to redevelop the user interface or UI, this change will see it become a mostly black and white UI. This rumor however has been hit back at. With many users complaining about the redesign many of which are among the 13-million paid subscribers. Which it managed to accumulate in its first year of business. However, these changes are being considered by many to be mainly due to that fact that iTunes is continuing to struggle in what is a difficult market.
I’ve mentioned in previous articles that Apple is going to take Siri to the Mac. And it will be one of the flagship features of this year’s new line up of Mac laptops, running on OS X 10. 12. The latest rumors are suggesting that Apple will have a Siri SDK ready at next month’s WWDC. And it sounds like, very much needed improvements for Siri on iOS 10 and for the Mac could be the focus of the event.
iCloud and Security
You may remember the embarrassing issue Apple had with the FBI not so long ago. Since the FBI went ahead and used a third-party to break into the iPhone related to that particular problem. Apple has been working hard on a much more reliable iCloud encryption. And has been also bolstering its iPhone security features within iOS 10. On stage at Apple’s last event, Tim Cook mentioned the trouble Apple had experienced with the FBI, and will more than likely use this year’s WWDC event to highlight new and improved security features alongside iOS 10.
Apple is reportedly looking to further expand upon the successful Apple Pay system. New features could include the ability to make ATM withdrawals, as well as further expansion into new countries. Some have questioned whether the WWDC is a likely place for an announcement of this kind, but all the indications are that it will be done there.