The iPhone and iPad get the new iOS 10 release today, September 13.
Three days ahead of the iPhone 7 release, Apple is making the new iOS 10 operating system available for download. Apple unveiled iOS 10 at the WWDC 2016 in June of this year. The highlights in the iOS 10 release include iMessages, New Home App, All-New Photos, Music and News & Opens Siri, Maps, Phone and Messages to Developers.
Update: iOS 10.0.1 is ready for download. As expected the iOS 10 release started at briefly after 10am PDT. Via macOS, the update requires a new version of iTunes. You first have to install iTunes 12.5.1.
iMessage got the most attention in iOS 10. There is even a whole new iMessage app store. Apple clearly tries to get iPhone owners to stop using that cancerous WhatsApp and the Facebook Messenger. If the new iMessage features that include handwriting, customizations, stickers, animations and apps can have an impact on usage remains to be seen. The iMessage app store is already live for some on the iOS 10 beta users. It is not available on my app store interface.
Siri is also getting more powerful on the iPhone and iPad. Developers have now access to the voice assistant opening new possibilities. Overall the iOS 10 upgrade adds a lot of improvements based on context, making Apple's apps more proactive.
Raise to wake is a new iOS 10 feature that will have an immediate impact on how you use your iPhone. The iPhone lock screen turns on as soon as you lift your iPhone, showing all notifications. The feature is not available on the iPad.
Also get used to the new way to launch the camera from the lock screen. Swipe from right to left and the camera appears. This works on the iPhone and iPad.
I already downloaded iOS 10.0.1 on my iPad that is part of the public beta of iOS 10. The iOS 10.0.1 is considered the gold master release. This is the version that Apple is likely going to make available for download beginning at 10am PDT / 1pm ET.
Apple has removed Swift Playgrounds from this release of iOS 10. The app is also not in the app store. Also the updated Apple News app is not working. All these issues are going to be fixed as soon as iOS 10 is officially released.
iOS 10 requires an iPhone 5 or later, iPad mini 2 or later, iPad 4, iPad Air or later, iPad Pro or iPod touch 6. To get ready for the iOS 10 update, backup your iPhone or iPad now. Also make sure you have the latest iOS version 9.3.5 installed.
To check if the iOS 10 (iOS 10.0.1) is available for download, go to Settings, General and Software Update. As soon as the iOS 10 download is available that page will show it. Alternatively you can check for new software update in iTunes.
One casualty of the iOS 10 rollout is Pokemon Go. Niantic has announced the update containing the Pokemon Buddy feature too early. The Pokemon Go app 1.7.0 release is now expected to be released somewhen after the release of iOS 10.
While I have upgraded my iPad Air 2 with the latest iOS release, I am not jumping the gun on my iPhone 6S just yet. Apple does have extensive beta tests, but there is always the chance of serious bugs that could make a device unusable. If you rely on your iPhone for your work, wait at least 24 hours until updating. This also avoids the hassle of dealing with slow downloads as Apple's servers will be overloaded again today.
Apple Support has published a video with all supported devices that can run iOS 10 below.