8 Things We Expect from the Upcoming iOS 10 Announcement

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With Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) just a few, short days away from kicking off, the speculation of exactly what the Silicon Valley tech-giant has in store for us has been running rampant. And while we know, to a certain extent, what the Cupertino-company will be unveiling at next week’s event in San Francisco, perhaps the greatest expectations are being placed on iOS 10 — the 10th, milestone installment of Apple’s renowned mobile operating system.

Of course, with the landmark update’s unveiling looming just over the imminent horizon, several concepts have already begun circulating the web like wildfire. And while there’s really an extensive list of features we’d certainly like to see in iOS 10, you can check out our exclusive top 8 list of expectations that’s been broken down for you below!

1. Hideable Apps

While a (not so practical) workaround to hide those pesky, unwanted system apps was originally discovered in iOS 9.3, we’re really hoping that Apple will finally, officially allow users to hide those unnecessary system apps that most of us end up just tucking away in a hidden folder anyways.

2. Dark-Mode UI

Even though many have speculated for a while that iOS would receive its own ‘dark-mode’ system UI in the next update, the feature has yet to dawn upon the company’s mobile OS. However, for what it’s worth, Apple’s OS X 10.10 ‘Yosemite’ obtained a dark-mode UI when it launched back in 2014.

So perhaps it’s not so far-fetched to assume we might see the same option come to mobile operating system this year? Apple’s theme for WWDC 2016 seems to be a bit dark, after all, right?

3. 3D Touch Galore

3D Touch, which was introduced as a hallmark feature of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, is a relatively new — and thus, relatively limited — technology. However, it’s widely expected that Apple will be introducing at least some enhancements to this functionality in iOS 10, such as a handful of new 3D Touch shortcuts, for instance. And while there’s no hard evidence suggesting this will actually be the case, we do earnestly believe that 3D will ultimately be a key component of iOS 10, nonetheless.

4. Siri on Steroids

Thanks in part to Apple’s 2015 acquisition of the U.K. tech-firm, Vocal IQ, it’s widely expected that iOS 10 will be treated to a much needed dose of Siri expansion and, perhaps, deeper integration. Also, the Silicon Valley tech-giant’s personal voice assistant has been rumored to be seeing her way into the next installment of Apple’s desktop operating system — regardless of what it’s ultimately called.

5. Improved Touch ID

Particularly in the wake of Apple’s recent encryption/iOS security clash with the FBI, we believe that it’s very possible the company will somehow, someway ramp up the functionality of Touch ID in iOS 10 — even if just to ensure users that security is still a major priority for its mobile operating system.

6. Massive HomeKit Expansion 

We recently reported that some major HomeKit enhancements will be shown off at WWDC 2016, and so perhaps this one is a no-brainer.. However, as the assortment of 3rd party HomeKit devices continues to expand by leaps and bounds, we think it’s only reasonable to assume that Apple’s HomeKit functionality and integration in iOS 10 will see major improvements at WWDC.

7. New Emojis!

Do we really need to elaborate on this one? I mean, come on — NEW EMOJIS!! And apparently, a lot of them are almost certain to see their way into iOS 10. 

8. Apple Music Overhaul

As Apple continues to compete in the music streaming space, and hone in on its efforts to attract new subscribers, it’s expected that the company will unveil a dramatic overhaul of its Apple Music interface at WWDC this year.

Which of these iOS 10 features would you most like to see Apple introduce at this year’s WWDC?
Let us know in the comments!

[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]

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