Apple releases iOS 10, featuring a redesigned lock screen

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Apple has released iOS 10, the newest operating system for its devices, calling it the biggest release ever.

The element seemingly grabbing all the headlines is the redesigned lock screen, which now provides more information. The ‘slide to unlock’ feature that Apple had been famous for is no longer present.

Apple devices will now know that they have been picked up and will wake themselves up using the accelerometer. This means that users will no longer have to press the sleep or home buttons to see their notifications, a potentially time-saving feature.

According to the Independent, it is rumoured that Apple’s intention is to encourage users to stop pressing the home button as the firm may remove it entirely or integrate it with the screen itself in coming iPhone models.

The lock screen has become more evolved in this latest update. With iOS 10, users can now swipe left when their phone is awake but unlocked to see widgets, which show extra information from an app. News stories, reminders, calendar events and weather are all included.

Notifications have also seen significant changes. With iOS 10, users can see more information as well as receive physically larger notifications, which is likely going to be helpful when glancing at one’s screen while on the move.

A new feature that many users will be pleased has finally been included is the ability to remove some of the stock apps that come with an Apple device. This will allow uses to delete apps such as Stocks, Compass and Maps. For users who use their smartphones or tablets as part of bring your own device (BYOD) policy at work, this could be useful to free up space for work purposes.

Siri – Apple’s voice-controlled ‘personal assistant’ – is now integrated within a number of apps after it was made available to developers. For example, within the Uber app, users can now rely on Siri to book them a car.

In the theme of getting places, Apple has also made changes to its Maps app. It has been redesigned and now allows users to change routes as well as zoom in or out while moving. The search bar at the bottom will use information provided by Mail and other apps to suggest places users may want to visit. It now also remembers where users park their cars, which could potentially lead to a reduction in aimless wandering.

The control centre has been redeveloped too, now featuring two separate panes – one for music and the other for everything else. It can still be accessed by swiping up on any screen.

Apple has also introduced the Home app in iOS 10, which will enable users to manage their smart homes. Lights can be switched on or off and settings can be arranged to ensure that a coffee machine starts when the user wakes up and the heating comes on just before they come home.

iOS 10 is available to download now and will be shipped with the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus from 16 September.