Tech giant, Apple on Tuesday released the final version of its new mobile operating system, iOS 10 and it’s now available for download on existing devices.

The release is coming after months of releasing the `beta’ version which was not open to the public.

Following the release, iOS 10 is now available as free update for the following devices: iPhone 5 and higher, iPod touch sixth-gen, iPad mini 2 and higher, and iPad 4th generation and the subsequent iPad Air and iPad Pro models.

The new iOS 10 is the biggest update in Apple’s mobile operating system so far, with a Siri digital assistant overhaul and a new iMessage interface that integrates stickers, apps, and games. Messaging is now a bit more like Snapchat, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

For Mac Users, a Universal Clipboard is enabled on iOS 10. With this, a user can now copy text or images from iPhone and paste on Mac without any third-party app.

Also introduced in iOS 10 is the ‘raise to wake’ feature that allows the phone to be lifted from pocket or a desk to see the lock screen and notifications.

Apple is also expanding its use of widgets in iOS 10, and users are now able to interact with notifications and widgets using 3D Touch so users don’t even have to launch the app fully to respond to a message or check information.

Notifications will also be far richer if a user uses 3D Touch on them, allowing such user to reply or take action on alerts without ever opening the app itself.

Apple Music and Apple News have also been completely redesigned – and in Apple Music’s case it’s a big improvement – and there is a new Home app to make controlling all of your HomeKit devices easier.

However, Apple has dropped the gun emoji for iOS 10 and replaced it with a water pistol.

Getting Started

The update will be available as soon as possible but it could take a few minutes. Because Apple has a queue system for big updates to ensure speedy downloads, most users will not be able to download iOS 10 immediately.

Due to the expected tremendous demand for iOS 10 with tens of millions of people trying to update their devices, it could take an hour or more before the actual download starts.

To start with, backup your device. Make sure your iCloud backup is up to date by going to your iPhone or iPad settings.

Additionally, you can also plug your iOS device to your computer to do a manual backup in iTunes (or do both, really).

Once this is done, you should go to the Settings app as soon as possible to get in the queue.

Navigate to ‘Settings,’ then ‘General’ and then ‘Software Update.’ Then you should see ‘Update Requested…”

It will then automatically start downloading once the download is available.


Author: Timilehin Boyinde

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