iOS 10 release: What’s new and when will Apple's new software be available for your iPhone?

The update brings a range of new features – principally a redesigned, far more useful lock screen

Andrew Griffin
Monday 12 September 2016 15:35
Introducing iOS 10

Apple’s new operating system for iPhones and iPads is about to land on your phone.

Update: iOS 10 has landed – follow our latest coverage here and find out how to download it

iOS 10 will be pushed out to all of Apple’s phones and tablets on Tuesday evening. And it will bring with it a host of new features that might make even old phones feel new – important, when the iPhone 7 is coming out the same week.

Apple first unveiled iOS 10 at an event in June. There, it showed off how it had changed the lock screen and home screen to provide more information; allowed Siri to integrate with other apps; added artificial intelligence to Photos, the keyboard and many different apps; and more.

It didn’t say then when the new operating system would be arriving. But it announced at the iPhone event last week that it would land on 13 September.

Apple’s updates tend to drop at the same time around the world – about 6pm UK time. Sometimes they might be slightly delayed, but it will certainly launch before the end of the day on Tuesday.

More likely to get in the way of actually downloading it is the huge pressure that always hits Apple’s servers as soon as it comes out. Because there is such a huge amount of interest, and the download is so large, it can often take a long time to actually arrive – so if you’re not in a huge rush it might be worth waiting for a few hours, or until the next day.

Downloading the update is done by heading to the Settings app and clicking on General. There, you’ll find the “Update” button – pressing on that sets the ball rolling and everything from there should be obvious.

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It’s always worth making sure that your phone is backed up either to iCloud or to your computer before you update, in case anything goes wrong during the setup.

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