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OnePlus may soon halt production of its OnePlus 3 smartphone to make way for a new variant, as per industry sources, and it may be called the OnePlus 3s or OnePlus 3 Plus. The Chinese company is said to be working on a refreshed version of the OnePlus 3 which will come with the upgraded Snapdragon 821 processor. The existing OnePlus 3 models feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 820.

Another major change expected on the alleged new OnePlus 3 variant is in terms of the display. The new variants may sport LCD panels instead of Amoled panels, according to industry sources cited by GizmoChina. One of the reasons to opt for LCD panel is said to be the shortage of Amoled panels. The report speculates that the new variant may be called OnePlus 3s or OnePlus 3 Plus.

Notably, the official Twitter handle of OnePlus India is teasing a possible launch. The tweet shared by OnePlus India read, “What do you think OnePlus is up to? All shall be revealed soon” with some of the options included for Twitter users to choose from including new smartphone colour variant, new product unveiling, new shopping experience, or new software experience. We expect that OnePlus may be gearing for all the above listed options and may showcase a new smartphone with a new colour option, updated software and new purchasing options. At the moment, it’s unclear whether the company is planning to launch a new variant of its highly appreciated OnePlus 3 smartphone. But we may soon hear more about the plans soon.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau recently dropped a hint that Android 7.0 Nougat update may soon start rolling out to the OnePlus 3 smartphone. To refresh, the OnePlus 3 was launched in India back in June at a price of Rs. 27,999.

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Investigators believe the latest incidents of Samsung smartphones overheating, which prompted it to abandon its Galaxy Note 7 model, may be the result of a flaw different from the one that caused the device’s original recall last month.

Preliminary examination of the evidence from recent battery incidents suggests there is an issue with the batteries made by China’s Amperex Technology Ltd., which were supposed to be a safe alternative to those supplied by another company that led to scores of incidents in which phones burned and melted, according to a person familiar with discussions between government agencies and the company.

The issue may have crept into the supply line after Samsung began replacing Galaxy Note 7 phones that were equipped with batteries made by Samsung SDI, said the person, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the issue. The SDI batteries were slightly too large for the phone, according to a US consumer-safety agency. Samsung is a major shareholder in Samsung SDI.

The apparent new fault helps explain why Samsung would abruptly pull the plug on what was supposed to be its premier phone designed to compete against Apple’s iPhone 7. Amperex, a unit of Japan’s TDK Corp., didn’t respond to requests for comment on Tuesday. Samsung declined to comment.

TDK shares fell as much as 4.5 percent in Tokyo trading. Samsung SDI rose as much as 3.5 percent in Seoul.

Before the September 15 recall, there had been 92 reports of Galaxy Note 7 batteries overheating in the US, with 26 cases causing burns. Samsung and agencies investigating the latest failures haven’t released details about what they believe is causing the incidents.

Samsung is leaving at least some of its most valuable wireless carrier partners in the dark about the root causes of the battery issues, according to one carrier executive who asked not to be named. Samsung is asking some of its partners to share testing data, but the South Korea-based phone maker has not reciprocated with its own data, leaving carriers to deal with replacing phones and not providing customers with explanations of the problem, the executive said.

Reversed course
Samsung moved to recall its phones last month, offering replacements that it assured consumers were safe. Samsung reversed course this week after several of the replacement phones caught fire, shutting down production and asking retailers to stop selling all of the Galaxy Note 7s.

The move sent Samsung shares down 8 percent on Tuesday, vaporizing $17 billion in market value. Samsung’s sterling brand image built up over decades is at risk unless the management team led by Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee, 48, doesn’t get out in front of the crisis soon.

The company has not said how many new or replacement phones will be affected by the latest announcement. Analysts estimated the original recall would cost between $1 billion and $2 billion, but that figure will likely rise. Chung Chang Won, an analyst at Nomura Holdings Inc., estimated in a research note before the company’s announcement the worst-case scenario of Samsung terminating the Galaxy Note 7 would cost the company about $5 billion in operating profit through 2017.

The incidents in the US are under investigation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which Monday issued a statement warning all owners of Galaxy Note 7s to power them off and stop using them.

When the agency announced an agreement with Samsung to begin a government-sanctioned recall on September 15, Chairman Elliot Kaye said batteries made by Samsung SDI had been built slightly too large for the compartment in the phone. Installing them had crimped the corner of the batteries, causing them to short circuit and overheat, Kaye said.

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Aviation regulator DGCA may issue a fresh advisory on the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones onboard aircraft after getting latest inputs from its US counterpart, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The DGCA is already in touch with the FAA on the issue and the fresh advisory is likely to be put in public domain by next week, a senior DGCA official said, two days after a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 caught fire on a US airline flight.

Samsung officially recalled one million of its Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones sold before September 15 after finding that some of their batteries had exploded or caught fire.

Earlier, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had completely banned the use of Galaxy Note 7 on board flights as also carrying them in checked-in baggage, which it partially lifted on September 30.

“The FAA guidelines prohibit carrying of Galaxy Note 7 device in the cargo, besides switching off all applications (in case of flight mode) as well as protecting the switch on/off button. We are touch with the FAA over the issue, and if it revisits these guidlines, we will also issue a fresh advisory on the use of device,” the official said.

The FAA guidelines issued on September 16 “prohibit air cargo shipments of recalled or defective lithium batteries and lithium battery-powered devices, and passengers may not turn on or charge the devices when they carry them on board a plane. Passengers must also protect the devices from accidental activation, including disabling any features that may turn on the device, such as alarm clocks, and must not pack them in checked luggage.”

The DGCA, in a public notice on September 12, had advised air travellers “not to turn on or charge the device and also not to stow them in their check-in baggage.”

However, it later allowed passengers to use the device purchased after September 15 which has “green battery charge indication”. The ban remains on Galaxy Note 7 having a white battery charge indication on the screen and manufactured before September 15, which has seen battery overheating.

A Southwest Airline flight from Louisville International Airport in Kentucky to Baltimore was reportedly evacuated on Wednesday after a passenger’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone began smoking shortly before takeoff.

Samsung had said there was no evidence that this incident was related to the new Note 7 and that they were probing the matter.

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Apple is in negotiations with Sharp to secure organic LED displays for the iPhone maker’s next-generation of devices, a person familiar with the matter said.

Any Oled supply agreement would depend on the Osaka-based company’s output capacity, said the person, who asked not to be identified because talks aren’t public. The discussions stem from Apple’s desire to increase the number of suppliers for Oled screens, according to the person.

Earlier Friday, Sharp announced it will invest JPY 57.4 billion ($566 million or roughly Rs. 3,780 crores) for the development of Oled production facilities, with the goal of starting output by June 2018. The funds will be used for equipment in Sharp’s factories in Mie and Osaka, and to deliver sample products to customers, the company said in a statement.

“Apple has unofficially or as a nod encouraged Sharp to go into it,” said Amir Anvarzadeh, Singapore-based head of Japanese equity sales at BGC Partners Inc., in a phone interview. “Apple’s general strategy is to increase the competition on the supply side, and dilute the risk exposure to one company.”

Sharp spokesman Toyodo Uemura declined to comment on specific customers. An Apple spokesperson in Japan didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sharp’s capital investment in Oled is part of JPY 200 billion (roughly Rs. 13,175 crores) that the manufacturer had already committed to Oled technology, part of a strategic plan it adopted with new owner Foxconn Technology Group. Next-generation screens based on Oled, or organic light-emitting diode, technology promise more vivid images and less battery drain. Friday’s announced investment will be for smartphone displays, a representative of Sharp said without identifying specific customers.

“This investment is in response to what Apple is doing,” said Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Ace Research Institute in Tokyo. “Production isn’t likely to begin until the second half of 2018, so the impact to profit won’t be until after that.”

Sharp shares rose as much as 2.2 percent after the announcement, but closed unchanged Friday in Tokyo. The stock has climbed 8 percent this year, compared with the broader market’s 15 percent decline. Apple accounts for about 27 percent of Sharp’s revenue, according to Bloomberg’s supply chain analysis.

Earlier this year, the Japanese company agreed to accept a rescue package from Foxconn Technology Group, ending a takeover battle that spanned four years. Last month, the company said its liabilities no longer exceed assets after receiving a JPY 289 billion infusion.

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Lenovo acquired Motorola Mobility from Google in 2014 for $2.9 billion. Since then, Lenovo has almost killed the brand’s identity, retaining just the ‘Moto’ bit. However, the Chinese smartphone and PC manufacturer wants to run its loyal users through a nostalgia of ‘Hello Moto’ boot animation.

If you remember, Motorola under Google used to ship firmware that had ‘Hello Moto’ boot animation for Moto X smartphones. These animations were frequently updated as well. After Lenovo took possession of Motorola Mobility, however, things were expected to change. However, it’s now evident that Lenovo is aware of Motorola’s popularity as a brand that used to make some durable and wonderful smartphones back in time.

Therefore, Lenovo on Thursday posted a video of the ‘Hello Moto’ boot animation, and said it will be “the power-up on new Moto phones.” The YouTube video shows the famous ‘Hello Moto’ signature line followed by a series of colourful patterns and images, and finally ending with a Lenovo logo.

Lenovo has not given any official word as to which Moto phones will get the boot animation, but if following tradition, it should become available on the Moto X family. The update may soon be rolled out via OTA to the users. We are also not sure if the update will reach the 2015 range of Moto phones such as Moto X Gen 2.

Do you like Lenovo’s efforts to revive Motorola’s resonance as a brand in the market? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ahead of Google’s much-anticipated October 4 event where the company is expected to showcase new hardware products, we have been treated with an alleged press image of the Google Pixel smartphone.

Posted by Venture Beat, the Google Pixel – which is believed to be the smaller of the two new Pixel smartphones – is seen with its screen turned on. The home screen shows new home onscreen button alongside other interface tweaks. One of the starkest changes in the new UI seems to be the rounded app icons which give the handset a refreshing look. We also speculate that the new UI and rounded icons will be exclusive on Pixel products and may not be seen on other smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat. To recall, the Google Pixel smartphones are expected to run Android 7.1 Nougat, which is said bring several new features.

Recent teardowns indicate the new icons may bring additional interface options similar to Apple’s 3D Touch, however, without the requirement of pressure sensitive displays.

All this differentiation may be part of the ‘opinionated’ changes that Google is bringing to its flagship smartphones. However, it may also arrive for other Android smartphones as part of the Pixel Launcher – thought to replace the Google Now Launcher. The new press render is also in-line with previously leaked Pixel smartphone image.

In another rumour, the new Pixel smartphone may come in “Very Silver and Quite Black” colour variants, according to Android Police’s David Ruddock.

Based on preliminary leaks, the Google Pixel smartphone, codenamed ‘Sailfish’, is said to feature a 5-inch full-HD display with 440ppi pixel density; a quad-core 64-bit quad-core processor; 4GB of RAM; 32GB storage; 12-megapixel rear camera; 8-megapixel front camera, and a 2770mAh battery. The handset is also expected to sport rear-mounted fingerprint scanner along with the USB Type-C port and bottom speaker. The handset is said to pack a headphone jack and come with Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. The company is also expected to unveiled the Google Pixel XL smartphone, codenamed Marlin.

There is also other bunch of new details about the upcoming Pixel smartphones which are said to come with dust and water resistance rating of IP53 though will lack proper water-resistance. The Pixel smartphone are also expected to be hard to root.

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Lenovo has confirmed the latest round of layoffs in the company, saying that it’s part of the “ongoing strategic integration between Lenovo and its Motorola” smartphone business. In a statement, Lenovo claimed that the new layoffs only impact 2 percent of the entire 55,000 employees globally. Unfortunately, the Chinese company hasn’t revealed many details about the layoffs.

Droid-Life in a report claims that the new layoffs mostly impacts Motorola. It adds that over 50 percent of Motorola’s existing employees based in the US have been asked to leave the company. It cites a 20-year veteran of Motorola who reportedly claimed that he was part of the layoffs. The report also says that over 700 employees out of the current 1,200 Moto employees have been laid off.

Notably, the new layoffs are reportedly not the first job cuts for Motorola employees, as Chicago Tribune previously claimed that the company saw layoffs in August as well as October last year.

Lenovo in a press statement also gave reasons for the new layoffs and said it is a part of “resource action impacting less than two percent of its approximately 55,000 employees globally.”

“The majority of the positions being eliminated are part of the ongoing strategic integration between Lenovo and its Motorola smartphone business as the company further aligns its organization and streamlines its product portfolio to best compete in the global smartphone market,” added Lenovo.

The Chinese company added that it’s also adjusting other areas of business as part of a “continued effort to manage costs, drive efficiency and support ongoing improvement in overall financial performance.”

Lenovo further said, “While these actions are never easy, they are a necessary part of our continued efforts to ensure long-term, profitable growth across all of our businesses.”

On the rumours about Lenovo shifting the Motorola headquarters away from Chicago, the company said, “Lenovo is absolutely committed to Chicago and we plan to maintain our Motorola Mobility headquarters there.”

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Urjit Patel took over as chief of the RBI from Raghuram Rajan on September 4. New Delhi: The all-powerful Monetary Policy Committee’s first rate decision on October 4 hinges on vigilance clearance for the government-nominated three independent economists coming in time.

The government had last week named three academics to join Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel, his deputy in charge of monetary policy and another central bank executive on the new Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).

Indian Statistical Institute Professor Chetan Ghate, Delhi School of Economics Director Pami Dua and IIM-Ahmedabad Professor Ravindra Dholakia do not yet have vigilance nod in place.
“Since they are private citizens, inputs of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) will have to be taken, besides the mandatory clearance by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC),” a top source in the know said.

Also, a no-objection from the tax department may be essential.

“I am not sure how fast can all these authorities act and give all the necessary clearances. The next monetary policy review is scheduled for October 4 and MPC will do that job if all clearances are in place before that. Otherwise, Patel will decide on the interest rates,” he clarified.

This will be the first monetary policy review after appointment of Mr Patel as head of the central bank earlier this month. He took over from Raghuram Rajan on September 4.

Each of the six members on the MPC will have one vote. In the case of a tie, Mr Patel will have a casting vote in deciding on the rate as guided by the newly-established inflation framework.

He, however, would not be able to veto a majority decision.

Also, for MPC to decide on the interest rate, a schedule of its meetings has to be announced at least a week before the first one is held, according to the rules framed by the government.

The source said the government is keen that MPC should take over the responsibility of setting interest rates from October 4 itself.

Like Mr Patel, the three members nominated by the government on MPC are low-profile. While Mr Patel has a three year term, which can be extended by another two years, the committee members will serve for a term of four years.

While the previous governor Mr Rajan was often accused of keeping borrowing costs too high and hurting growth, the Monetary Policy Committee will be guided by the inflation target set by the government last month. It has to ensure consumer inflation stays in the 2-6 per cent range.

 
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From left to right: Ravindra H Dholakia, Pami Dua and Chetan Ghate Mumbai: The government on Thursday picked three economists from the academic world for a new monetary policy committee to set interest rates, as the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) gets ready for a landmark switch in the way it decides policy.

The three are Chetan Ghate, a professor at the Indian Statistical Institute, Pami Dua, a director at the Delhi School of Economics, and Ravindra Dholakia, a professor at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad.

They will join RBI Governor Urjit Patel and two senior officials from the bank’s monetary policy department.
Chetan Ghate

Mr Ghate is an associate professor in the planning unit at the Indian Statistical Institute in New Delhi and has taught most of his career, including at Colorado College. He has a PhD from the Claremont Graduate University in California.

He is probably the most familiar to the RBI, as he sits on a five-member technical advisory committee that has provided non-binding advice on interest rates to the RBI governor. But the RBI does not disclose a breakdown of the individual recommendations, making it hard to know his stance.

Mr Ghate was also a member of the panel headed by Patel that in 2014 recommended policy changes, including targeting inflation and establishing a panel to decide rates.

He is well versed on monetary policy, having written research papers on the supply-side impact of inflation. His areas of interest include macroeconomic theory and policy, growth and development, political economy, open economy and macroeconomics.

Mr Ghate won the 2014 Mahalanobis Memorial Gold Medal, given to the best economics researcher in India under the age of 45.

Pami Dua

Ms Dua has been a director at the Delhi School Of Economics since 2013, and was the head of the department of economics of the institute between 2010 and 2014. She is a career-long professor who has taught at the University of Connecticut and Yale and has a PhD from the London School of Economics.

She specialises in macroeconomics and has written several papers on topics including inflation, exchange rates and foreign capital inflows. Her areas of research include time series econometrics, forecasting, macroeconometrics and business cycle analysis.

Ms Dua was on the RBI’s committee on data and information management in 2014 and was also previously a member of the technical advisory group on leading indicators at the RBI from 2006 to 2008.

Ravindra Dholakia

Mr Dholakia has been a faculty member at the Indian Institute Of Management, Ahmedabad, since 1985. He has a PhD from the University of Baroda.

He has nearly four decades of experience teaching economics, has been on various government committees and was on assignments at international organisations, including the World Heath Organisation and UNICEF.

Mr Dholakia has been on various government committees including one on restructuring of state-run units appointed by the Gujarat government in 1999-2000 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister.

His areas of interest include policy analysis, international trade, fiscal policy and public debt, economic development and planning on issues such as health, education and labour.

In one of his research papers on unemployment trade-offs in developing countries, Mr Dholakia argued that containing demand side pressures with monetary policy tools was likely to lower the rate of recovery.

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Apple has released iOS 10, watchOS 3, and tvOS 10 updates for its mobile devices, Apple Watch, and the Apple TV 4th generation respectively. The updates bring a host of new features, enhancements, and bug fixes to millions of Apple devices worldwide.

iOS 10 is perhaps the biggest update to Apple’s platform for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices since iOS 7 and it brings enhancements like iMessage apps, improved Siri with third-party integration, revamped Photos, Apple Music, and Apple Maps, plus a whole lot more.

Here are the complete release notes for iOS 10:

Messages

  • Expressive Messaging
    • Bubble effects let you send messages loudly, gently, slam or with invisible ink
    • Full-screen effects to celebrate special moments
    • Tapback for quick replies to messages, links, and photos
    • Handwritten messages animate like ink on paper
    • Digital Touch lets you send sketches, taps, and heartbeats
    • Tap to replace can emojify your text with just a tap
    • Rich links show a preview of web pages you share
  • iMessage apps
    • New App Store for iMessage
    • Use the power of apps in Messages to share and collaborate with friends
    • Download stickers to send and place on text bubbles and photos

Siri

  • Siri now works with the following types of apps
    • Messaging apps to send, search and read back text messages
    • VoIP apps to place phone calls
    • Photos apps to search for images and photos
    • Ride service apps to book rides
    • Payment apps to make personal payments
    • Fitness apps to start, stop, and pause workouts
    • CarPlay automaker apps to adjust climate, radio, seat, and personal settings

Maps

  • All new look
    • Proactive suggestions for places you’re likely to go next, based on your routine or appointments in Calendar
    • Improved search with new callout design, clustered results and category filters
    • Home, work, favorite locations, and locations from upcoming Calendar events are displayed on the map
    • Displays where your car is parked via CarPlay or Bluetooth
    • Weather for the currently viewed area
  • Extensions
    • Make a reservation within Maps using extensions from participating reservations apps
    • Book a ride to a destination within Maps using extensions from participating ride service apps
  • Turn-by-turn navigation improvements
    • Search along route for gas stations, food, and coffee shops
    • Automatic view adjustment of the road ahead
    • Use pan and zoom during navigation
    • Option to avoid tolls and highways

Photos

  • Advanced face recognition designed with deep learning to automatically group similar faces together
  • Object and scene recognition to intelligently search for photos by what’s in them using advanced computer vision that scans your library locally on device
  • Places album to see all your photos, videos and Live Photos on a map
  • Memories
    • Intelligently highlights forgotten events, trips, and people, and presents them in a beautiful collection
    • Memory movies automatically edited with theme music, titles, and cinematic transitions
    • Related memories make it easy to rediscover even more photos in your collection, based on location, time, people, scenes and objects
    • Easily share with family and friends
  • Brilliance control applies region-specific adjustments to brightness, highlights and contrast

Home

  • New Home app to securely manage and control HomeKit enabled accessories
  • Scenes to control groups of accessories with just a tap
  • Rich Notifications with quick actions to control accessories
  • Optionally share home access with family and friends
  • Remote access and automation of accessories with Apple TV or iPad

Apple Music

  • An all-new design for Apple Music brings greater clarity and simplicity to every aspect of the experience
  • Navigate your Library with an improved menu and see all of the Downloaded Music that you can play on your device while offline
  • See recommendations in For You that highlight mixes, playlists, albums, and Connect posts—selected for you based on the music and artists you love
  • Visit Browse to more easily see exclusive releases, find curated playlists, and discover the most important new releases—picked by our editors each week
  • Listen to Radio more easily—clearly see what’s live on Beats 1, hear your favorite shows on-demand, or choose a curated station for any genre of music
  • Play music with an improved Now Playing experience—swipe up to view available lyrics and quickly see or edit songs that are coming up next

Apple News

  • An all-new design in For You adds bold typography, vibrant color, and distinct sections that make it easier to find stories on specific topics
  • See the most important stories of the day within Top Stories—updated by our editors throughout the day
  • Find the most popular stories right now within Trending Stories—selected based on what others are reading
  • See all of your stories grouped into easy-to-understand sections on the topics you follow or read
  • Discover the best and most interesting stories of the week within Featured Stories—selected by our editors
  • Share stories more easily—just tap the icon on any story to send it to a friend right from For You
  • Receive breaking news notifications from some of your most trusted sources
  • Subscribe to your favorite magazines and newspapers directly in News
  • New personalized Today View widget lets you keep up with the latest stories throughout the day

Experience

  • Raise to Wake automatically wakes the screen as you raise your iPhone
  • Rich notifications that support real time information, audio, photos and videos
  • Today view is redesigned and supports all new widgets for apps like Weather, Up Next, Maps, Stocks and more
  • Control Center is redesigned with easier to access controls including dedicated cards for music playback and Home
  • Expanded use of 3D Touch
    • Lock screen notifications to support an expanded view and access to quick actions
    • New quick actions for built in apps like Weather, Stocks, Reminders, Health, Home, FaceTime, iCloud Drive and Settings
    • Home Screen widgets
    • Control Center for access to quick actions for Flashlight, Timer, Calculator and Camera
    • Clear all in Notification Center

QuickType

  • New emoji, including gender diverse options to existing characters, single parent family variations, rainbow flag and beautiful redesigns of popular emoji
  • Contextual predictions for current location, recent addresses, contact information and calendar availability using deep neural network technology
  • Emoji predictions
  • Calendar events are intelligently populated using deep learning technology with information from your conversations in Mail and Messages
  • Multi-lingual typing now lets you type in two languages at once without having to switch keyboards
  • Rest & Type on iPad intelligently adapts to your unique typing patterns
  • Predictive typing now uses deep neural network technology for greater prediction accuracy

Phone

  • Voicemail transcription (beta)
  • Spam call alerts with spam call identification apps
  • Support for third party VoIP apps receiving calls on the Lock screen, including support for Call Waiting, Mute and Do Not Disturb

Other improvements

  • Apple Pay in Safari
  • View two pages at once using Split View in Safari on iPad
  • Notes collaboration lets you invite people to work on your notes together
  • Markup support in Messages, Photos and PDFs stored in Notes
  • Bedtime Alarm in the Clock app lets you set a regular sleep schedule and receive bedtime reminders
  • Health adds support for health records and organ donation (US Only)
  • Stabilization support for Live Photos for improved camera capture
  • Live Filters support when capturing Live Photos
  • iCloud Drive now supports Desktop and Documents folders from macOS
  • Live search results in Spotlight for Chinese and Japanese
  • Siri support for Spanish (Chile), Chinese (Cantonese – China), English (Ireland), English (South Africa)
  • Ling Wai and Kaiti Black document fonts for Chinese
  • Yu Kyokasho and Toppan Bunkyu fonts for Japanese
  • New definition dictionaries in Traditional Chinese and Danish and bilingual dictionaries in Dutch and Italian
  • New keyboard for Spanish (Latin America)

Accessibility

  • Magnifier now uses the camera on your iPhone or iPad like a digital magnifying glass for real-life objects
  • New range of display color filters to support different forms of color blindness or other vision challenges
  • VoiceOver adds a Pronunciation Editor to customize the way words are pronounced, additional voices, and support for multiple audio sources
  • Additional text highlighting options in Speak Screen and Speak Selection, as well as the ability to speak keyboard letters and predictive typing suggestions to support multi-modal learning
  • Switch control now lets you control iOS, macOS and tvOS all from the same iPhone or iPad, so you don’t need to configure switches for the secondary device
  • Software TTY allows you to place and receive TTY calls without the need for traditional hardware teletypewriter accessories

iOS 10 is available right now as a free download. To see if your Apple device is eligible to receive the update and for detailed download instructions, see How to Download and Install iOS 10.

Next up is watchOS 3, the update that is most definitely the biggest software update to the Apple Watch platform. watchOS 3 brings noticeable speed improvements to a platform that many had termed slow, and introduces an all-new dock with “instant access” to apps. The update also brings new watch faces, new workouts, wheelchair use, breathe mode, and more. Here are the full release notes:

  • Performance and Navigation
    • Press the side button to access your favorite apps in the Dock
    • Apps in the Dock launch instantly with already updated information
    • Add up to 10 apps in the Dock, control music from Now Playing or launch your most recently used app
    • Swipe edge-to-edge to quickly switch your watch face
    • Swipe up from the bottom of your watch face to access important settings in Control Centre
  • Watch faces
    • New Minnie Mouse, Activity, and Numerals watch faces
    • Complications now available on Photo, Photo Album, Timelapse, and Motion
    • New complications including Workout, Music, and Messages
    • New Face Gallery in the Apple Watch app on iPhone to add and customize watch faces
    • Discover and add third party complications in the Face Gallery
  • Activity
    • Ability to share and compare your Activity rings
    • Rank alphabetically, or by progress towards Move goal, Exercise goal, steps or today’s workouts
    • Automatic notifications when a friend completes their rings, finishes a workout, or earns an achievement
    • Customised smart replies for encouragement or smack talk
    • New Sharing tab in the Activity app on iPhone to view history
  • Workout
    • Quick Start for most commonly used workouts
    • Multiple metric view, customizable for each workout type
    • New gestures for pause, resume, and marking segments
    • Labels for “Other” workouts to keep track of Yoga, Pilates, Cross Training, and more
    • Auto-pause for running workouts
    • Siri support for pause, resume, and end workouts
    • Route maps with speed indicators for outdoor workouts
  • Wheelchair use
    • Activity rings optimized for wheelchair users
    • Accounts for varying speeds, terrains, and pushing techniques
    • Pushes contribute to all-day calorie goals
    • Time to roll notification and roll ring
    • New Outdoor Run Pace and Outdoor Walk Pace workouts
  • Breathe
    • New Breathe app to take a moment in your day for short deep breathing sessions
    • Calming visualization and haptic cues guide you while you inhale and exhale
    • Adjust session length and breaths per minute
    • Summary upon completion including heart rate
    • Time to breathe reminders
    • Weekly summary
  • Communication
    • Expressive Messaging
      • Full-screen effects to celebrate special moments
      • Tapback for quick replies to messages, links, and photos
      • Handwritten messages animate like ink on paper
      • Send recent built-in or third-party stickers
      • View secret messages with invisible ink
    • Scribble
      • Write words on the display and Apple Watch will convert the handwriting to text
      • Use the Digital Crown to scroll through predicted options
      • Available in English (US), Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese
    • Reply options available in the Messages and Mail notification, including Digital Touch, emoji, and smart replies
    • New emoji, including gender diverse options to existing characters, single parent family variations, rainbow flag, and redesigns of popular emoji
    • Emergency SOS
      • Press and continue to hold the side button to call emergency services
      • Automatically notify SOS contacts and share your location
      • Display your Medical ID with information about medications, allergies, and medical conditions
      • Adjusts the emergency number to your current location
    • Home
      • New Home app to control HomeKit enabled accessories
      • Enable scenes created on your iPhone to control groups of accessories with just a tap
      • Control favorite accessories from your wrist, even remotely with Apple TV or iPad
      • Support for IP cameras to see live video in rich notifications and accessory controls
    • Other improvements
      • New Reminders app for managing scheduled reminders, grocery lists, and more
      • New Find My Friends app for viewing location of friends and family
      • Pay with Apple Pay within third party apps
      • Delete events and switch calendars in Calendar app
      • Support for FaceTime Audio calls directly from Apple Watch
      • Search for Settings in Apple Watch app on iPhone
      • Camera app controls for Flash, Live Photos, HDR, Zoom, Burst, and Front or Rear facing
      • Siri support for Spanish (Chile), Chinese (Cantonese – China), English (Ireland), English (South Africa)

Refer Apple’s website for detailed instructions on how to update your Apple Watch to the latest OS.

Finally, there’s Apple TV, which has got an update of its own, bumping the software version to tvOS 10.0. The update brings a dark mode, improved Siri, and a bunch of other feature. The much vaunted single sign-on for all Apple TV apps showcased at WWDC hasn’t rolled out just yet though.

  • Siri: Siri now understands Spanish in Mexico, Dutch in Netherlands, and Norwegian in Norway, and Swedish in Sweden.
  • Search with Siri: Ask Siri to find movies by topic or theme. For example, ask for spy movies or the best movies about football. This feature is available only in the United States.
  • Siri for Podcasts: To find what you’re looking for, just include the word “podcast” in your Siri search.
  • Dictation: You can now use Dictation with Dutch, Norwegian, and Swedish system languages, no matter where you are in the world.
  • App Store: Automatically add apps that you purchased on your iOS device to your Apple TV. Just sign in to iTunes on your Apple TV with the same Apple ID that you use for iTunes on your iOS device. Then apps from your iOS device appear on your Apple TV Home screen.
  • Music: Experience a fresh, streamlined design that makes it easier than ever to find the music that you love.
  • Photos: Enjoy the new Memories feature, which highlights moments from your Photo Library in a lively presentation for the big screen.
  • HomeKit: From your Apple TV, ask Siri to turn off the living-room lights, change the temperature, and more. You can also use your Apple TV as a home hub. Then you can set up Automations or access your home remotely from the Home app on your iOS device or Apple Watch.
  • Appearance: You can change the look of your Apple TV. To make your Home screen and menus pop in bright or dim settings, choose a Light or Dark background Appearance.
  • Apple Remote Keyboard: With this feature, a keyboard appears on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch whenever you select a text field on your Apple TV. Then you can quickly enter text on your Apple TV using the keyboard on your iOS device.
  • Display Accommodations: Colour Filters can help you distinguish colours or read onscreen text.