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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:

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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