iOS 10, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10 released

img_0320Today Apple released updates for nearly all of their non-Mac devices: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. Lots of new new features!

WARNING – These initial “point oh” releases, while perfectly fine for the vast majority of users, occasionally cause serious problems for a very small group of people. If you don’t want to risk being in this (possible) minority wait three or four days, by which point Apple will have likely fixed any of these bugs which may or may not exist. Before you upgrade be sure that you have a backup and that you have a few hours available to fix it in case something does go wrong. Which are probably good precautions to take in any upgrade, but particularly important if you’re gonna jump on these big updates immediately.

Updates include:

iOS – note that this is labeled as 10.0.1. To upgrade go to Settings > General > Software Update.

  • New lock screen experience (read this article that explains the changes)
  • Deeper support for 3D touch
  • Most built-in apps are removable
  • Mail conversation view
  • More immersive iMessage experience
  • Siri works with supported third party apps “Get me an Uber to Dulles” or “PayPal John 20 dollars”
  • Third party integration for Maps, such as Uber and OpenTable
  • Much deeper HomeKit support
  • Redesigned Music app
  • Rich notifications
  • ApplePay in Safari
  • Multilingual typing, no need to manually switch languages

watchOS – to upgrade first upgrade your iPhone, then on your paired iPhone go to the Watch app > General > Software Update.

  • Holy frak it’s fast!
  • Reminders app
  • HomeKit app
  • Minnie Mouse watch face
  • Quick switching between watch faces
  • Manipulate watch faces and complications from the Apple Watch app on your iPhone

tvOS – to upgrade go to Settings > System > Software Update.

  • Siri search by topic
  • HomeKit commands using Siri
  • Single Sign On allows you to log in once for your TV provider for all apps
  • Dark Mode option
  • Option to auto-install apps you purchase on your iPhone or iPad