Apple will release iOS 10 on 13 September

Alex Kidman 8 September 2016

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Apple’s next operating system will be available for a range of iOS devices to download from 13 September.

It wasn’t all iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 at the 7 September Apple Event this morning, because once you’ve got shiny new hardware, you need software to run it on. Apple has been testing out iOS 10 for some months now, including a public beta, and today it revealed that its tenth generation of mobile operating systems will be released to the public on September 13.

We’ve given the public beta a once-over to assess new features. As with most operating systems there’s a mix of stuff you'll notice straight away, such as the redesigned lock screen, updated messages app and refreshed Maps and Music apps, alongside a whole host of under-the-hood optimisations that should (fingers crossed) help existing iOS devices run more smoothly. Given that release date it’s unlikely Apple will throw a whole heap of new features into the mix.

How can I upgrade to iOS 10

Once Apple releases the public version of iOS 10 you should be able to upgrade either by connecting your iOS device to a PC or Mac running iTunes, or directly from your device by heading to Settings>General>Software Update.

If history is any indication, on the iOS 10 launch day, you can expect its servers to experience some degree of overload. Apple uses a range of global servers, but when you’re hit with millions of requests all at once, it’s almost inevitable that there will be delays. As such, you may find that the upgrade is unavailable or that it times out during the upgrade process. A little patience is a good idea.

Equally, iOS 10 won’t be a small upgrade, and in order to avoid excess usage fees, it would make sense to only try to upgrade when you’re in range of Wi-Fi or can use a fixed line broadband service.

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