Apple’s annual developer’s conference is expected to tee off a little more than a month from now and one of the main attractions of said event, the next major iteration of the company’s mobile OS, has managed to remain uncharacteristically shrouded in mystery. The September-bound iPhone 7 may already have countless analyses and speculations to its name but rumors for “iOS 10”, as it’s being called, are few and far between.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped the next big iOS update from staying newsworthy, with a few concepts popping up around the web, offering a collection of possibilities for the platform’s future.
Designers have played with the idea of a 3D Touch-enabled Control Center, explored the often-visited realm of Home screen widgets, and subjected iOS to all manner of design changes. Today, we have yet another iOS 10 concept that envisions changes to multiple areas, taking inspiration from rumors and, it seems, recent iPad-exclusive features introduced with iOS 9.3.
The concept is wrapped into a neatly-edited YouTube video that starts with a smarter Camera app capable of reading barcodes, displaying the underlying info, and allowing it to be saved or shared. Next in line is the oft-requested ability to uninstall and restore native apps, added security in the Settings app to prevent unauthorized or unwanted changes, a redesigned Music app with a customizable “quick reach” menu, and a nifty 3D Touch-driven speed dial feature in the Phone app.
The iPad-exclusive features that follow are no less interesting, with resizable, movable app windows making an appearance alongside a feature that allows iPhone-only apps to be used within smaller frames instead of being upscaled. My personal favorite is the fully customizable Control Center with the multiple user accounts feature coming in a close second, though I hope the former isn’t restricted to the iPad as it is here.
You can watch the concept video below. Apple Watch enthusiasts might want to continue watching to the bonus watchOS 3 section at the end that shows off third-party Apple Watch faces and a “hybrid pairing” feature.
So, what did you think? Let us know in the comments section below.
(Source: Ralph Theodory [YouTube])
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