Apple Previews Four Operating System Updates

During its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2016 Keynote on 13 June in San Francisco, Apple took the wraps off major updates to its four operating systems, all scheduled for public release in Spring 2016:

  • iOS 10
  • macOS Sierra
  • watchOS 3
  • tvOS 10

As well as significant new features across the board, these updates go even further than before to integrate the capabilities and functionality of all devices across Apple’s hardware ecosystem.

These include improved Siri® intelligence on all devices – including the Mac; enhanced Photos app with Memories; a completely redesigned Apple Music® app; and Copy & Paste between devices via iCloud Drive®.

iOS 10

Preview: www.apple.com/ios/ios10-preview/

iOS 10 introduces – among many other new features – the ability for Siri to do more by working intelligently with apps such as QuickType and Photos; adds fun new ways to create personal and expressive Messages; offers beautifully redesigned and more functional Maps; introduces Memories in the Photos app that uses advanced computer vision to group the people, places and things inside your images into albums with on-device facial, object and scene recognition; and simpler home automation through Homekit™ that brings support for thermostats, lights, window shades, door locks, video cameras and more to the Home app.

iOS 10 will be available this Spring as a free software update for iPhone 5 and later, all iPad Air® and iPad Pro™ models, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini™ 2 and later, and iPod touch® 6th generation.

A public beta program will be available to iOS users in July at beta.apple.com

macOS Sierra

Preview: www.apple.com/macos/sierra-preview/

Succeeds OS X El Capitan. Note the lower case ‘m’ and the new naming convention without the ‘X’, to bring it into line with Apple’s three other operating systems (iOS, watchOS and tvOS). Officially this is version number 10.12 but it will be known simply as ‘macOS Sierra’.

New features include Siri on the Mac; access to your files and documents on all devices via iCloud Drive; Copy & Paste between devices with Universal Clipboard; Safari-like Tabs in almost every app, including Maps, Mail, Pages®, Numbers®, Keynote® and TextEdit, as well as some third-party apps; Picture in Picture that lets you lets you float video from Safari or iTunes® in a window over your desktop as you work; Auto Unlock using your authenticated Apple Watch to log into your desktop; Optimised Storage to free up hard drive space by storing infrequently used items in iCloud; and secure online shopping with Apple Pay on participating websites by using your Apple Watch® or Touch ID® on your iPhone.

The minimum configurations for macOS Sierra are the late 2009 MacBook and iMac, and the 2010 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini and Mac Pro.

macOS Sierra will be available for free from the Mac App Store® this Spring. Mac users can sign up for the macOS Sierra Beta Program and download the software starting in July at beta.apple.com.

watchOS 3

Preview: www.apple.com/watchos-preview/

watchOS® 3 features significantly improved performance with the ability to launch favourite apps instantly, enhanced navigation like the new Dock and all-new fitness and health capabilities. This update introduces the breakthrough Breathe app, designed to encourage users to take a moment in their day to do deep breathing exercises for relaxation and stress reduction. Activity sharing is now directly connected to the Messages app, so users can communicate, motivate and celebrate with friends and family with new Smart Replies specially customised for Activity and Workouts.

Apple Watch is even more personal with new watch faces including Minnie Mouse, Activity and the simple and elegant Numerals.

watchOS 3 will be available this Spring as a free update to Apple Watch. Apple Watch requires iPhone 5 or later running iOS 8.2 or later.

tvOS 10

Preview: www.apple.com/tvos-preview/

The next version of tvOS brings powerful new Siri capabilities for Apple TV® and many more great new features for users, making the entertainment experience in the living room even better. With expanded Siri capabilities, including searching across even more apps, YouTube search, topic search and tuning right into more live channels, customers can get to their favourite content even faster.

Apple TV gives users control of HomeKit-enabled accessories so you can ask Siri to “Turn on the lights” or “Set the temperature to 21 degrees”, even when away from home.

Photos for Apple TV now supports the new Memories feature, making it easy to rediscover meaningful moments in a user’s photo library and share them on the big screen.

The new tvOS will be available this Spring as a free software update for Apple TV.