Apple fans can look forward to a raft of new features thanks to revamped phone and tablet software, iOS 10.
It was unveiled last week at Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference in San Francisco, along with new software features for other gizmos.
Here are some of the most exciting changes announced.
1. FANCIER MESSAGES: Major changes to the iPhone’s most used app. Big focus on emoji — they are three times bigger plus you get suggestions to turning keywords into an emoji.
Lots of other new features too, such as hand-written replies and invisible ink that hides a message until it is swiped over.Third-party developers can create apps that work within iMessage.
So with OpenTable you and pals can decide on a restaurant – voting on options, for example – from within iMessage.Similarly, so-called rich links mean if you send a webpage or a video the recipient gets a preview and can view it without clicking to open in another app.
2. RECOGNISE PEOPLE IN PHOTOS: Facial recognition means photos can be grouped according to who is in the snap.
But the app can also recognise other stuff like footballs, sea and sun loungers – and cluster photos based on what you are doing and with whom.
3. MAPS ARE SMARTER: Google Maps is still better than Apple’s version but this helps close the gap.
Navigation includes traffic and you can zoom in and out to see the route ahead (something, bizarrely, which you can’t do now).
4. APPLE MUSIC REVAMP: All new re-design with a less cluttered look.
Within Library, it is much easier to find just your downloaded songs which until now have been tucked away.There are also lyrics. Meanwhile, the unpopular Connect feature loses its own tab.
5. MORE NEWS: The app now has 2,000 publications including The Sun. The For You section is split up into topics such as top stories, sports, tech rather than articles being jumbled up in a long feeds)
6. CONTROL YOUR HOME: A new Home app lets users who had smart gadgets control them easily.
At the moment not many people have stuff such as web-connected cookers, fridges, lights, door locks and thermostats, but they are becoming more popular.
Even John Lewis is pushing them. This app will be the place to control them.
7. MORE WAYS TO CALL: Yes, some people still use their iPhone to make phone calls.
There is a voicemail transcription service so you can see what people want you for when in a meeting.Also calling from other services such as WhatsApp is now built into the iPhone app.