iOS 10 rumor roundup

iOS 10 is the presumed name for Apple's next generation mobile operating system which will, no doubt, bring a bevy of new features to the iPhone and iPad. If Apple sticks to the same schedule as previous years, we should see it previewed at WWDC 2016 in early June and released in mid-September right before the presumed iPhone 7 launch.

Between then and now, all we'll have is speculation and rumors. Like movie spoilers, though, you need to decide how much you want to know now, and how much you want to be surprised on event day.

When can I get iOS 10?

If Apple keeps to the company's previous patterns, iOS 10 will be previewed at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) on or around June 13, 2016. Tim Cook will introduce it and then senior vice president of software engineering, Craig Federighi will take everyone on a tour of its tentpole features.

A developer beta should be made available that same day, with a public beta to follow thereafter. That's not something everyone will want to get in on — if you only have one iPhone or iPad you may not want to run beta software on it — but it'll be out there.

What about a release date? When will iOS 10 be official?

New versions of iOS have thus far been released a couple of days before new versions of the iPhone. (Apple used to do same-day but that crushed the servers.) Apple typically holds an iPhone event during the first weeks of September where a couple of new, hardware-specific features are shown off by Federighi or senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, Phil Schiller, and the final "gold master" (GM) version of the beta is announced for developers.

Then, a week or so later, the release version hits. Here's the recent history:

  • iOS 6: September 19, 2012
  • iOS 7: September 18, 2013
  • iOS 8: September 17, 2014
  • iOS 9: September 16, 2015

If Apple keeps to this pattern as well, iOS 10 could be released on or around September 14 or September 21, 2016.

What features will iOS 10 have?

Apple hasn't announced any new features yet. It's not hard to imagine some potentials, though:

  • Stronger privacy and security
  • Persistent Touch ID protections for apps and data, or a "GuestBoard" guest mode.
  • System-wide "Night Mode" or a theming engine.

We'll update the list as we predict or here about more.

What kind of features have previous versions gotten? What can I expect?


iOS 2 iOS 3 iOS 4 iOS 5 iOS 6 iOS 7 iOS 8 iOS 9
Version iPhone OS 2 iPhone OS 3 iOS 4 iOS 5 iOS 6 iOS 7 iOS 8 iOS 9
Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Name Big Bear Kirkwood Apex Telluride Sundance Innsbruck Okemo Monarch
Features App Store
Enterprise enhancements
iPhone SDK
Microsoft Exchange
Accessories access
Calendar enhancements
Cut, copy, and paste
Embedded Maps
In app purchase
Peer-to-peer connectivity
Push notifications (redux)
Spotlight search
Stocks enhancements
Voice Memos
Enterprise enhancements
Game Center
iBooks for iPhone
Mail enhancements
Camera enhancements
Game Center
Notification Center
PC free
Photo enhancements
Safari enhancements
Twitter integration
Accessibility enhancements
Apple maps
Chinese enhancements
Facebook integration
FaceTime over cellular
Mail enhancements
Phone enhancements
Safari enhancements
Shared Photo Streams
Siri enhancements
Camera enhancements
Control Center
iOS in the Car
iTunes Radio
iWork for iCloud
Multitasking enhancements
Notification Center enhancements
Photos enhancements
Safari enhancements
Siri enhancements
Family Sharing
iCloud Drive
Interactive Notifications
Messages enhancements
Photos enhancements
Spotlight enhancements
Siri intelligence
Search (new)
Apple Pay enhancements
Notes (new)
Maps (transit)
Multi-app (iPad)
Extras Contact search
Mail enhancements
Parental controls
Quick look enhancements
Scientific calculator
Open GL ES 2.0
Video Recording
Voice Control
Panorama mode 120fps Slow motion
Burst mode
FaceTime Audio
Open GL ES 3.0
Touch ID
240fps Slow motion
Adaptive UI
Apple Pay
3D Touch
Live Photos
4K video

Will iOS 10 have a funky name like Mavericks or Yosemite?

Apple doesn't do public code names for iOS like it does OS X, or like Google does for Android. The company does do internal code names, after ski hills.

  • 6.0: Sundance
  • 7.0: Innsbruck
  • 8.0: Okemo
  • 9.0: Monarch

'Tremblant' I'll just note, is still available...

Any chance Apple will call it iOS X??

Wouldn't that be trippy!

What else can you tell me?

Only that nothing is confirmed until an Apple executive takes the stage and starts listing off the tentpoles. Until then read, relax, and enjoy. iOS 10 will be here soon enough!