As Apple’s WWDC approaches, the tech world turns its spy glass to Tim Cook and friends, eagerly awaiting to see what new goodies they’ll reveal on stage.
Traditionally the event has been primarily software focused, with the latest version of iOS taking the main spotlight. While the 13 June event is still approaching, there are enough whispers online to form a basic idea of what extra tricks iOS 10 will bring to the table. So, here they are:
OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND
That bloody Stocks app. No one we know has ever used it, but it still insists on clinging to our home screens like a stubborn wart, refusing to die or disappear.
Thankfully however, it looks like iOS 10 will finally let you hide Apple’s own default apps, making for a more clutter-free user experince.
Snippets of uncovered code – namely “isFirstPart” and “isFirstPartyHideableApp” suggest that not all of Apple’s apps will be able to disappear or be uninstalled completely, but as long as we can get rid of culprits like Stocks and Game Center, we’ll be happy.
It’s widely expected that Apple will unveil a standalone Home app built directly into iOS 10.
Currently the latest version of iOS available to the masses has HomeKit, which is Apple’s framework for developers and manufacturers to create iThing-controllable devices like light switches and security systems.
However, these devices all have to be controlled via separate apps or Siri. Home will make the whole process far less convoluted, providing a single hub which will let users control all of their HomeKit-powered devices without having to switch between different apps for each one.
It’s a feature that should have been baked in since the very beginning of HomeKit itself, but better late than never we suppose.
VOICES IN THE CLOUD
Here’s an interesting one. Apple is reportedly working on revolutionising voicemail once again, with Siri taking over the new ropes with a new feature called iCloud Voicemail.
Apple’s voice assistant will apparently be able to answer calls when you’re unavailable, before transcribing your calls to text. It’ll also be able to read these transcriptions back to you, though that sort of makes the whole process rather redundant.
The ability to read voicemail messages in meetings and other situations where discretion is key sounds genuinely useful though, so we’re hoping this particular feature is polished enough for iOS 10’s final release.
HELLO? IS THERE ANYBODY IN THERE?
If you’re already paranoid about your every movement being tracked by the government/Illuminati/aliens, then you’re not going to like this next one.
Spotted in a patent, one potential new feature that could be coming to iOS 10 is the ability to see if other iPhone users on your contact list are available, what their current location is, and whether or not their phone is on silent, or has any signal at all.
If this feature does make it into iOS 10, we’d bet our entire tinfoil hat collection that you’ll be able to opt out of it easily, given Apple’s very public stance on supporting user privacy.
Speaking of privacy and security, iOS 10 is also expected to be completely Jailbreak-proof, which could spell the end of iPhone modders and tinkerers for good.
A new security system, apparently called Rootless, will be built into iOS 10. According to Redmond Pie, it’ll prevent even administrator-level users from having access to certain file systems on iPhones, iPads and Macs.
With Apple’s previous spat with the FBI over smartphone privacy and security, this is definitely something we can see Apple doing, though whether not it’ll be implemented in iOS 10 or in a further future update, remains to be seen.
We’ve seen everything we think Apple could throw into iOS 10, but what about things we’d like to see?
Designer Sam Becket has come up with a concept video showing off all sorts of tasty additions to Apple’s mobile OS, including a rather fetching eye-friendly Dark Mode, customisable Control Centre toggles, and more 3D touch options – all of which look and sound great.
If you could throw all of the above into iOS 10 before 13 June as well Apple, we’d appreciate it. Thanks.
If past iOS launches are anything to go by, the iOS 10 developer preview will be available to developers on the day of its reveal at WWDC – namely, 13 June.
It’s also likely that Apple will release a public beta of iOS 10 to the public. Last year the iOS 9 beta was opened up to the masses one month after its launch, and we could see the same again this year. iOS 10 is likely to be released in its full, final form, around the iPhone 7’s release date in September.