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What's New in iOS 10, and Why Developers Should Level Up Their Apps

According to the last version of iOS, there are many features that were updated to the new level. In other words,with iOS 10 you can build more powerful apps than ever. There are four advanced features below that will make an application up-to-date and more easy-to-use. Haven't yet implemented it? You still have time to change the app functionality in a better way.

Widgets on the Search screen and Home screen

A widget provides a data update or app-specific functionality without the need to open an application. It's quite comfortable to be aware of any changes without entering the client. Recently, people used to add widgets to Notification Center for quick access, but that's already a thing of the past. Today's widgets are highly customizable; for example, you can set up your calendar's widget to show today's events and one that shows what's up next. The reason people add widgets to the screen is the energy in getting things done, so pay attention to this feature if the app's functionality demands constant data update.

So a widget is useful for:

  • Giving brief updates; task could be completed in a single tap
  • Widgets don't demand content to load for a long time
  • Adaptiveness – the width of a widget varies, depending on the device and orientation.
  • Stable background for distinguishing a widget from Lock and Home screen wallpaper
  • Operating from the app independently – opportunity to tap the content itself to see it in the application
  • Picking a variety of different widget names if the app has several ones
  • Immediate notification about authentication adds

iMessage Apps

iMessage Apps enable people to share data and media, collaborate on shared tasks, and even play games with one another. From the business side, iMessages increase the capabilities of data pushing as well.

Check next essentials in order to make your iMessage app user-friendly.

Intuitive interface. If your app provides text, photos, or videos, make the one easy-to-use for comfortable content browsing and selecting items into conversation. If an app is going to be interactive, be sure its functionality is quite understandable.

Focused content. Trying to combine both stickers and won't play directly into your general goal.

Fun collaborative experience. Fast-paced, informal conversation brings more pleasure if it goes in creative environment.

Stickers. Expressing yourself in an iMessage conversations is easier with stickers – you don't need to type or use emojis. A sticker looks like an image or an animation that can be sent or even placed in a message or photo to add emphasis or communicate emotion.

Siri

Your app definitely have to include Siri feature if it: has audio or video calling function; it is used for sending and reading received messages; it is comfortable for sending and requesting payments; searches for and displays photos; is an efficient tool for book rides; measures any fitness activity; integrates with CarPlay for any reason.

The working process is next: Siri handles the language processing and semantic analysis needed to turn spoken requests into actionable instructions your app can handle. Your app is responsible for defining the tasks it supports, validating the information received, providing information for Siri to present, and taking action.

If something was missed, the app is to instruct Siri to present choices to a user so he requests more information. To be sure the operation is doing it the right way, Siri requires confirmation before performing task (in case your app sends messages or make payments). Information from your app’s response is spoken by Siri and appears in the Siri interface. If appropriate, your app can provide custom content for Siri to display. A fitness app, for example, might provide custom workout information.

Advantages of integrating Siri to a client:

  • A voice-driven experience doesn't require a customer looking at or touching the screen;
  • Receives response quickly;
  • Talking directly the content the user needs;
  • The response is always relevant

Notifications

Notifications are about providing important information even when a device is locked. Examples can be different: arrived message, occurred email, available new data, or changed status of an application. Every notification you've got includes the app name, its small icon, and a message. If a user wants, he may accompany notifications with a sound. A user can also choose one of the notification styles: banner (disappears after a few seconds at the top of the screen) or alert (should be manually dismissed when it appears at the top of the screen). Notifications can be of two types. The first one, local, originates and are delivered on the same device (great example is a to-do list that uses local notifications to alert about an upcoming meeting). Remote or push notifications come from a server (notifications that let players know when it's their move when playing a multiplayer game).

Why should you integrate Notifications to an app?

  • The feature is useful with its informative function
  • Notifications don't annoy with its multiple sending, even if the user hasn't responded
  • Badging can be used for supplement notifications, but not for denoting critical information
  • Sound used to supplement notifications catches user's attention
  • Notification also provides a detailed view so that a user can do something beneficial.
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