The new version of the software that runs the iPhone and iPad includes features such as quicker interactions with apps and upgrades for its photos, maps and music apps.
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With the iOS upgrade, Siri will work with and control many non-Apple apps where users will be able to send messages to family and friends using any application that adds it. For example, WhatsApp, will have immediate Siri support with iOS 10. The software will also have facial recognition to automatically create albums featuring people, places and events.
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Apple hopes the new iOS will help boost sales of its mobile gadgets as we head into the holiday shopping season. Late last month, about 88 percent of Apple mobile devices were running iOS 9, the company's mobile software from last year. Another 9 percent used iOS 8, and 3 percent ran an older version, according to the company's developer dashboard.
Apple is offering new apps for iOS 10, such as expanding its home-automation efforts with a new HomeKit app. That's designed to let users easily control accessories like smart doorbell ringers from an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. Cook said Wednesday with virtually 100 home-related devices coming to market that will support the app, the move is a "huge moment" for home automation.
As part of iOS 10, Apple's oft-criticized Maps app gets reworked to make it easier to read while driving and to let users make Uber and restaurant reservations directly from Maps.
Cook on Wednesday also revealed the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which begin shipping September 16.