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  • iOS 10 : Our Wish List & Featured Rumors

    Designer and animator, Sam Beckett has come up with an interesting and good-looking iOS 10 concept video that shows a new Control Center with 3D Touch features, a Dark Mode and more.


    iOS 9 has been readily available to download for some time now, so we’re turning our sights to the future and the announcement of Apple’s next mobile operating system, iOS 10. Considering iOS 9 was an update focused on performance and stability, we’re quite excited about what could be announced for iOS 10. Here, we round up all the rumours regarding iOS 10 along with our wish list of features and tweaks.

    iOS 9 was first unveiled back in June of 2015, so it's no surprise that with potentially just four months to go, we’re turning our sights to the announcement of Apple’s next mobile operating system, iOS 10. iOS 9 brought with it improvements including transit maps from within Apple Maps, a News app and an all-new Proactive assistant that’ll learn your habits and suggest app shortcuts based on this. Considering iOS 9 was an update focused on performance and stability, we’re quite excited about what could be announced for iOS 10. Here, we round up all the rumours regarding iOS 10 along with our wish list of features and tweaks.


    iOS 10 release date rumours: When will Apple announce iOS 10?


    The big question on everybody's lips is “when will iOS 10 be released?” and while we can’t give you an exact date, we can look at past events and estimate its arrival. Typically, Apple announces its new iteration of iOS every June at its WWDC event in the US, with an Autumn release date. This three/four-month gap between the announcement and its release gives developers a chance to squash any bugs and add any new features to their third-party iOS apps, in time for general release.

    We think that because the iPhone has matured over the years, it’s not necessary to keep adding major new features on a yearly basis for the purpose of generating interest.

    The release of the iOS 9.3 beta this late in the iOS 9 life-cycle is a weird move from Apple, especially as it includes features like Night Shift mode, Touch ID protection for Notes and a number of new 3D Touch shortcuts, which would usually be considered major additions to iOS.

    It doesn’t stop there either; Apple was offering a public beta for the iOS 9.3 update and had even dedicated a whole page to the update on its website. It’s a strange move because they are moves that Apple would usually save for major new iOS releases, not incremental updates.

    However, on the contrary, MacRumours has done a bit of poking around and stumbled upon a potential WWDC 2016 time frame. Apple holds its annual WWDC conference every June at the Moscone West convention centre in California, and logic would suggest that it’d carry on the tradition this year. With this being said, the Moscone website shows an entire free week in mid-June while every other week is booked up. Due to an ongoing agreement with Apple, the centre can never display or publicly confirm the dates of WWDC until Apple has done so, which would explain the week being ‘free’.


    Considering the above information, we still expect iOS 10 to be announced at WWDC 2016 in June and made available for consumers at some point in September 2016, days before the (yet unannounced) iPhone 7 is released.

    So, what can we expect to see from Apple’s 10th iteration of iOS? Though no details are yet confirmed, we’ve scoured the internet for the most interesting rumours regarding iOS 10, which you can find below. We’ll be updating this article constantly, so make sure you check back every now and again for more news and rumours.

    iOS 10 new feature rumours: 'Rootless' security system will make iOS 9 impossible to jailbreak

    Hard to see this one as good news: for those of us who don't jailbreak, it'll make no difference, and it'll be a nightmare for Jailbreakers who want to update to the next generation of iOS.

    It's believed that iOS 10 will be unprecedentedly difficult to jailbreak thanks to a new security system that Apple is working on called 'Rootless'.


    Redmond Pie
    reports that this system "is aimed at preventing even administrator-level users from gaining access to certain file systems on an iPhone, iPad or Mac - though it's believed that it can be disabled on the company's desktop OS… Apple has been plugging holes in iOS for years, holes that jailbreakers have historically used to gain access to parts of the system that they would normally not be able to interact with. It's this opening up of iOS at a fundamental level that is likely to be thwarted by Apple's 'Rootless' technology, leaving jailbreakers very much at the beginning of what could be a long and difficult journey."

    Since we don't know Redmond Pie's unnamed sources, we can't verify this report for ourselves; and the site admits that it doesn't know if Rootless will make an appearance in the next software updates (to both mac OS X and iOS) or at some point after that. But Jailbreakers will be awaiting this year's WWDC announcements with some concern, we imagine.


    iOS 10 new feature rumours: Contact availability status


    A patent that has recently been granted shows that Apple is considering a new feature that would enable iPhone users to view at a glance whether their contacts are available for a conversation, and where they are.

    The abstract of the patent reads:

    "A command is received at an operating system of a first mobile phone for displaying contact information of a remote user having a mobile phone number of a second mobile phone. In response to the command, a request is transmitted to a remote server from the first mobile phone over a cellular network requesting an operating status of the second mobile phone. The operating status of the second mobile phone is received from the remote server over the cellular network. The operating status of the second mobile phone is displayed on a display of the first mobile phone as a part of contact information of the remote user associated with the second mobile phone, where the operating status includes current locality of the second mobile phone."
    Which sounds complicated, but can be further summarised as a system that detects where your friends are, and whether they're available and the operating status of their iPhone (such as silent or Airplane mode), and presents that information in the Contacts app. If you're thinking that has the whiff of surveillance about it - well, it does, but only to the same extent as Find My Friends, and it would presumably be optional for both parties.

    iOS 10 wish list: Features we hope will make it to iOS 10

    ModMyi have put our heads together and thought about some of the features we’d like to see included in iOS 10, from small changes to completely new ideas – and here are our best.

    Ability to change video resolution in-app: One of the selling points of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is that they’re able to record in full 4K resolution at 30fps, as well as the standard 1080p at 60fps or 30fps. The only issue we have is that there is no easy way to change between the resolutions from within the Camera app, and we have to exit the app, head to Settings > Camera to be able to change it.

    Certain situations, such as filming in low light, require a lower frame rate (less frames = more light captured) and changing it manually takes around 10-15 seconds, which isn’t ideal. We would love a way to quickly change the resolution and frame rate, possibly by tapping an icon in the Camera app. It’s a simple change to make, and would be largely appreciated by those that like to capture video on their iPhones.


    View Favourites in Contacts app:
    Another fairly simple change we’d like to see made in iOS 10 is the ability to view and edit the list of favourites, currently only found in the Phone app. It makes sense to be able to access your favourite contacts from within the Contacts app, and we’re not quite sure why Apple hasn’t yet added this functionality. Sometimes we want easy access to our contacts for other reasons, not just for calling!

    Customise the Control Centre: The Control Centre is one of the most underrated features of iOS, enabling easy access to various toggles and controls without having to open the Settings app. The only issue we have is that we can’t personalise any of the toggles, as we’d like to be able to swap out little-used toggles for shortcuts to apps/settings we frequently use. For example, we very rarely use the Control Centre to access the Calculator app – we’d much prefer easy access to Twitter, for example.

    While on the topic of the Control Center, we'd like to be able to quickly access the settings of each of the toggles with a force touch on the latest iPhones. For example, we’d like to be able to force press the Wi-Fi toggle to quickly access the Wi-Fi menu to connect to a new network.

    Designer Sam Beckett seems to have some similar ideas, as shown in the video below.


    What would you like to see in iOS 10?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 10 : Our Wish List & Featured Rumors started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. miketurbo123's Avatar
      miketurbo123 -
      Rootless my a**. They said that with iOS 9 and pangu released a jailbrake for iOS 9.0.2 a month later from launch date.
    1. Dphillipds's Avatar
      Dphillipds -
      Pretty dope concept video
    1. Chuck1969's Avatar
      Chuck1969 -
      Statusbar notifications
    1. mrrom92's Avatar
      mrrom92 -
      How about FLAC support in iOS and iTunes for once?
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by mrrom92 View Post
      How about FLAC support in iOS and iTunes for once?
      As much as I’d like that, Apple does have a lossless codec, most people just don’t seem to be aware of it. Convert the FLAC to ALAC for the same quality in iTunes.
    1. Ryaninfg's Avatar
      Ryaninfg -
      Quick compose from the lockscreen!!
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      How about a feature which allows the installation of third-party apps from Cydia without needing to jailbreak?

      How about continuing to sign old versions forever?

      Why can we do whatever we want with our computers, but not with our mobile devices? Are they trying to protect us from ourselves? I, for one, do not wish to be protected by anyone else – thank you very much.
    1. mrrom92's Avatar
      mrrom92 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiderManAPV View Post
      As much as I’d like that, Apple does have a lossless codec, most people just don’t seem to be aware of it. Convert the FLAC to ALAC for the same quality in iTunes.
      I know about ALAC but it's a terrible codec that will never catch on and is much inferior to FLAC, which is an industry standard at this point. Much more widely supported, significantly more efficient compression, and better protection against data corruption (ALAC has no built-in CRC check)

      The ALAC format is not by any means unusable but Apple should really just open up support already. They're the last holdout. Any new device you can buy nowadays supports it. This would be like if Apple still didn't support the ever-ubiquitous MP3 and forced everyone to use AAC.

      If I converted my entire library to ALAC just to use with iTunes, not only would I be breaking compatibility with other devices but I would be giving up many GB of hard drive space for no reason just because Apple's codec cannot compress the audio as well.


      I've been waiting for so many years… just opening up support would be SO ideal 😩 It's the last thing I want out of iOS, honest. That and for them to remove the stupid limit on tabs from Safari. And auto-rotate videos even when orientation locked.
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      How about being able to move the app icons wherever you want on the screen! Sheesh...this has been missing for years.
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      Quote Originally Posted by holyshnikes View Post
      How about being able to move the app icons wherever you want on the screen! Sheesh...this has been missing for years.
      I totally agree, but I think Apple considers their fixed position automatic reorganization to be an "ease of use" feature rather than something that needs fixing!
    1. miketurbo123's Avatar
      miketurbo123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Purple Minion View Post
      I totally agree, but I think Apple considers their fixed position automatic reorganization to be an "ease of use" feature rather than something that needs fixing!
      That doesn't seem to be the case on their OSX operating systems on Macs
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      Quote Originally Posted by miketurbo123 View Post
      That doesn't seem to be the case on their OSX operating systems on Macs
      Well, it kind of is. Launchpad works the same way. (Which irritates me almost as much!)
    1. kktracy3's Avatar
      kktracy3 -
      I want to be able to title my group text messages without everyone having to have an iPhone...
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      iOS is already rootless thats why we jailbreak to gain root access

      Edit: iOS X Tom Cat followed by iOS X Siamese etc...
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      Quote Originally Posted by mrrom92 View Post
      How about FLAC support in iOS and iTunes for once?
      AIFF is another format worth considering i believe its lossless and at about 10mb per min its not terrible
      and all this is kinda useless unless you play music through the lighting connecter for music because the iPhone dac doesn't output HD audio
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      How about Apple including the top 50 jail-breaks? Or maybe the top 20? Or even only the top 10? After all, they've been adding one or two at a time anyway. Oh, and recognize all the developers' work instead of just stealing their ideas outright. Here's another thought--actually pay them! Take some of those billions hiding in tax shelters to pay for legitimate developments. What a concept!
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Purple Minion View Post
      How about Apple including the top 50 jail-breaks? Or maybe the top 20? Or even only the top 10? After all, they've been adding one or two at a time anyway. Oh, and recognize all the developers' work instead of just stealing their ideas outright. Here's another thought--actually pay them! Take some of those billions hiding in tax shelters to pay for legitimate developments. What a concept!
      I'd rather them not include top whatever tweak but allow us to jailbreak. I only use 5 tweaks so even top 10 would be crapware to me like Podcasts and Contacts app.
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      I'd rather them not include top whatever tweak but allow us to jailbreak. I only use 5 tweaks so even top 10 would be crapware to me like Podcasts and Contacts app.
      I agree completely. But there's a decent chance they'll keep adding features from jailbreaks. There's about a zero chance in a gazillion they'll ever "allow" jailbreaking.
    1. Albut's Avatar
      Albut -
      A jb