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iOS 10’s Hot New Features

July 5th, 2016 | Posted by rreeve in Apple | iPad | iPhone - (0 Comments)

Last month Apple announced that iOS 10 will be releasing this fall and unveiled many of the bells and whistles which will accompany the operating system upon its release. Apple announced 10 new features for iOS10 which they thoroughly delved into during their presentation at the Worldwide Developers Conference, but we can give you a basic rundown of what iOS 10 will do for you.

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New Looks

Apple has decided to update several visual aspects of your device with the release of iOS 10. Some fancy new graphics you can look forward to seeing include a redesigned lockscreen and a heavily improved Messages app. Improvements for the Messages app include videos sent inside messages can now be seen and played inside of the Messages app, and emojis will be displayed 3 times larger.

More Interactivity

iOS 10 is heavily focused on improving user experience through interactivity. To improve user interaction Apple has done a number of things. Most notably, Apple has opened Siri for developers, meaning you should expect some of the top apps, such as Twitter or Instagram, to start integrating Siri into their design. Apple has also taken several much smaller steps to ensure an increase in user interaction, including:

  1. More notifications for the lockscreen and more things to do in apps from the lockscreen
  2. QuickType can help you complete your messages in a more timely manner.
  3. The Homekit app will now have house accessory support for accessories like security cameras and doorbells.
  4. Your device will now be able to show you where you’ve taken your pictures on a world map, and will also be able to sort people into individual photo albums through facial recognition.
  5. Apple News will present you with articles based on articles you have already read.

Higher Quality of Life

Apple has also announced several quality of life improvements which will release alongside iOS 10.Two such improvements are a redesign of the Apple News app and transcripts for voicemail messages. Apple plans to clean up the news app’s interface and give it easier to sort categories.

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Apple unveiled many exciting things at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference which took place last week. One extremely important announcement was Swift Playgrounds.

Before discussing Swift Playgrounds, it is important to know what Swift is. For those of you who do not know, Swift is a programming language created and used by Apple that runs on many operating systems, including macOS, iOS, and Linux.

Swift Playgrounds is an application that has the goal of teaching Apple’s Swift coding while still being fun for the user. To accomplish this goal, Swift Playgrounds presents itself in the style of a video game.

Apple plans to use Swift coding for many years to come, and as a result Swift Playgrounds has the potential to be both a fun and extremely practical application.

Swift Playgrounds is planned to fully release this fall and will be available to download for free for all iPhone and iPad users. For additional information on Swift Playgrounds click here.

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thin-tabletIs it really that hard to fathom how quickly new technology changes purchasing patterns? At times it can be. We get so caught up in the newest trend that our still “new” tech becomes obsolete when the “newest thing” comes out. It is the nature of consumer growth, and it has shown with the growing number of tablet sales. Ever since the introduction of the iPad and its growing success, we have seen more and more tablets being developed. The demand for the product has become so high that it has now gotten other companies involved, like Microsoft and Samsung. Even the Kindle became more than just and eBook and decided to jump on the tablet band wagon. But just how successful are tablets now?

One could argue that we are right at the “prime time” for the tablet market. More and more models are being developed for the consumer market. But what about the desktop and the laptop? Are tablets going to spell the end of these products?

Research from IDChas indicated that buy the end of the fourth quarter this year, tablets will have outsold PCs. Even if only for the fourth quarter, that says a lot for the tablet market. We see how successful they have become. So much so that Apple even made its own product line for them with the iPad. If you were to walk into any Apple store, the first thing you will see are the iPads. Whether they be the iPad Minis or the iPad Airs, they are the first product line being displayed. The Macbooks come second in the display, with the iMac desktops being stored on the side of the stores. This general product placement is not without purpose.

Smart devices are becoming the norm. The end of this year was expected to see a 10.6% growth in the smart device market. By the end of 2017 however, the market growth will begin to slow to about 3.1% due to over saturation within the market. Many companies will be emerging with their own tablet products and here is where we will see the longevity of the devices put to the test.

Look at how much bigger certain phones are getting. Take the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the Galaxy Note for example. These phones are a lot bigger than some would originally anticipate and it again is not without purpose. Even these devices are getting names now. The ever popular “phablet” or “phone-tablet” will start to see more of rise in consumer purchases. The demand for smaller and cheaper tablet devices that can receive texts and make calls will increase.

Take the tablet now though. We saw innovation with the laptop. We saw a computer that we can take on the go. With the introduction of the tablet, we saw even more portability. The tablet was capable of doing the same basic functions as the laptop or desktop could but was smaller, sleeker, and more mobile. This alone has consumers looking to it for their computing needs.

Expect to see the tablet outsell the PC by the 2015.

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