Apple releases iOS 10 and watchOS 3 updates


UPDATE: Some folks are seeing their iOS devices get bricked when installing the iOS 10 update. Apple says that the problem is now resolved, but if it affected you, it’s recommending that you follow these steps to connect to iTunes on your computer to complete the update.


As expected, Apple is now pushing iOS 10 and watchOS 3 to the public after several beta releases. Both are significant updates for their respective platforms.

On the iOS side, the update to iOS 10 brings new features like a refreshed lock screen that can display widgets, support for Siri with third-party apps, the ability to remove many built-in Apple apps from your home screen, raise to wake, and widgets. There’s also the new Message App Store, which will let you use stickers, make payments, and more, all within the Messages app.

iOS 10 can be downloaded by going into Settings > General > Software update on your iOS device. The update is compatible with the following devices:

  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 4th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPod touch 6th generation

Meanwhile, anyone that bought an original Apple Watch will be receiving an update to watchOS 3. Apple has touted the performance improvements included with this update, but there are some new features to be aware of, too.

There’s now a Dock to give you quick access to your favorite apps when you press the Apple Watch’s side button. You can also swipe up from the bottom of the Apple Watch’s screen to access Control Center, which houses toggles for features like Airplane Mode, Do Not Disturb, and more. There’s also the ability to share activity info with others as well as a new Breathe app to give you guided breathing sessions and.

If you’ve got an Apple Watch, you can snag watchOS 3 by going into the Watch app on your iPhone (which must be running iOS 10), selecting General, then tapping Software Update.

Sources: Apple (1), (2)

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  • Andrew Singleton

    DO NOT UPDATE. DO NOT UPDATE. -TMOBILE REP. DO NOT UPDATE. Line of bricked iPhones out the front door right now at my store.

    • thepanttherlady

      Did you email Alex?

      • Zacamandapio

        Hey you.

        I finally got the courage and created an account. After 205 years doing this.

        • thepanttherlady

          You look good for 205 years! Welcome. :)

        • Zacamandapio

          Ha ha.
          You’re semi-funny. It will take me around another 100 to post a picture. We’ll see.

        • thepanttherlady

          Correction…I’m actually quite hilarious. Just ask me, I’ll tell you. =D

        • Zacamandapio

          You make me laugh.

    • Andrew Singleton

      This appears to have been resolved per apple.

  • Sholt

    Anything updated with carrier settings 25.1 update?

    • Jess

      Some apps especially speed test apps are failing after the carrier settings update.

  • Mike

    I didn’t have any problems with update in a 5s. Anticipated it would take a long time so charged up phone to 100% and stayed plugged in. Took almost 1 hour (started at 1:10 pm eastern time. It’s pretty cool!

  • Richard Roma

    update everything on an iphone 6s+ and it doesn’t miss a beat.

    • Evelyn Rosado

      It took longer to update my apple watch than it did to update my phone

  • MattPortland

    How do you update an iPhone?

    • noh1bvisas

      first, cut off a chicken head under a full moon (save the blood for the next step)…

      • MattPortland

        Not looking forward to that. This will be my first iPhone. I have used Android since the G1 and I’m bored with it.

    • Jeremy Brown

      Go to “settings” and “software update”. Drive on from there…

  • Evelyn Rosado

    Tracking number received for 7plus rose gold 128gb. Expedited shipping should have it here by Friday!!! YAY!!!

  • René Marquardt

    There was also a tvOS update to 10.0. Yay, no more exploding eyeballs when a show goes from dark end credits to super bright AppleTV home screen.