WWDC 2016: Apple unveil the new version of iOS and more in San Francisco

Exciting new updates on the way from Apple

WWDC took place in San Francisco tonight and, as expected, Apple unveiled the next generation software for iPhone, Apple Watch and Apple TV. 

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is an annual event for software developers and app makers taking place in San Francisco. We finally got to see the new look iOS for iPhone and got confirmation that Siri is on the way for Mac users. 

Here's a rundown of what was announced:


The next generation of iOS will be available to iPhone users later this summer and will bring a whole host of new features. 


The lock screen is getting a massive makeover and notifications will appear in bubbles, as will calendar invites. Users will be able to do more with their notifications from the lock screen. 

Apple have decluttered the Control Centre menu. Users can swipe to the right to access music controls, leaving the Control Centre free to home things such as the NightShift and Airplay shortcuts. The arrival of iOS 10 also brings widgets to the iPhone; these are accessible via a swipe to the left. 

“iOS 10 is our biggest release ever, with delightful new ways to express yourself in Messages, a native app for Home automation, and beautifully redesigned apps for Music, Maps, and News that are more intuitive and more powerful, making everything you love about your iPhone and iPad even better,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “iOS 10 adds Siri intelligence into QuickType and Photos, automates your home with the new Home app and opens up Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages to developers — while increasing security and privacy with powerful technologies like Differential Privacy.”


The new version of the operating system will make it easier than ever before to relive happy moments with a map feature and facial recognition. While this does have deep-search capabilities, Apple promise privacy is a top priority. 

Images will be clustered together based upon location, people and scenes to ensure users can access the right photo at the right time. 

Voicemail transcription:

This is a funny one, but iOS 10 will have the ability to transcribe voicemails. The device will listen to voicemails and type them up in message form, rather than dialling up 171.  

Siri for Mac:

Siri is coming to Mac, which is great news for those who are into that sort of thing. The desktop version of Siri will reside in the dock alongside Finger and other core Mac apps. Users will be able to use Siri to search for files, play stored playlists and perform web-based tasks too.