Apple will release the final version of iOS 10 to the public on September 13. The company made the announcement as part of its September 7 product event.
iOS 10 makes wide-ranging changes to the way the operating system looks and works—the lock screen, notifications, the Today View, and the Control Center have all been substantially rejiggered. CallKit gives VoIP app makers the ability to look and work just like Apple's built-in Phone and FaceTime apps, while SiriKit gives developers some (admittedly limited) hooks into Apple's virtual assistant. And the Messages app has gotten a big overhaul—not only is it getting its own mini-App Store, but it has also been remade in the mold of richer and more "fun" platforms like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
The update drops support for a handful of older iPhone hardware, mostly from 2011 and 2012. The iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad Mini, and fifth-generation iPod Touch will all be left behind. The full support list is below:
- iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, and 7 Plus
- iPad 4, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2
- Both iPad Pros
- iPad Mini 2 and newer
- Sixth-generation iPod Touch
We'll post our full review of iOS 10 when the final version goes out to users. Our liveblog of Apple's September event is ongoing. Follow along with our coverage here.
The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be available for pre-order on September 9 and will ship on September 16.