iOS 10 was announced in June of 2016 and will be released tomorrow, September 13, 2016. Some of the noteworthy changes to iOS include a new way to unlock the phone, a redesigned notification center, and lots of bells and whistles within iMessage. Also new in iOS 10 is an app called Home, which centralizes all of your HomeKit enabled devices.
Should you upgrade your device? Probably. I’ve been using iOS 10 for the last couple weeks and the version Apple will release today is great. There are a couple little bugs, and the new method of unlocking takes a couple days to get used to, but overall iOS 10 is excellent. Make sure you have an up-to-date backup of your phone before you start the upgrade. Either connect your phone to iTunes and make a backup there, or make sure iCloud reports that your most recent backup is current.
For most devices, iOS 10 will actually take up less space than the previous version. If you’re running an iPhone 6, 6S or SE, upgrading to iOS 10 is a no-brainer, you should do it immediately! iOS 10 seems to be an update focused on helping things work better, faster, and more efficiently. Having said that, it seems that once a device hits 3-4 years old, the benefit of upgrading to the newest version of iOS diminishes. Depending on your use-case, your mileage may vary. Let us know in the comments below how your device is doing once you upgrade it!
Here’s Apple’s “Hey Hi Hello” video, going over a lot of the updates to iMessage.
A couple other big updates in iOS 10:
•WE CAN FINALLY DELETE (some) BUILT-IN APPS! You can delete Stocks, Reminders, Watch, iBooks, Find My Friends, and many others.
•Siri is even more powerful, now even within 3rd party apps. The example Apple has shown is “Order me a Lyft to SFO.” You can even pay people in 3rd party apps using Siri!
•The Lock screen has been completely overhauled in iOS 10. Here’s 9to5 Mac’s excellent writeup (including a great video) about the new lock screen.
Let us know in the comments what you think about iOS 10!
[Update at 3:16Eastern on 9/13: Some people are reporting that iOS 10 is “bricking” their phones. Here’s a helpful article if you are afftected.]