[Editor's Note (9/14/2016): After iOS 10 rolled out to users Sept. 13, reports began to circulate of iPhones and iPads becoming unresponsive after being updated wirelessly. Apple has since announced that a bug causing the glitch was identified and fixed. According to most reports, users experiencing the issue can resolve it by linking their unresponsive device to a PC or Mac computer, running iTunes, and restoring settings over a wired connection.]
The iPhone and iPad are getting a slew of new productivity-boosting features. With the launch of iOS 10 – the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system – you'll get an improved virtual assistant, updated messaging, and new ways to connect your mobile device to your desktop computer.
You'll have to wait until fall to get iOS 10 on your own device. In the meantime, here's a rundown of the features that will benefit business users.
A better Siri
Siri has been helping mobile workers be more productive for years, and the virtual assistant app is getting some notable updates with iOS 10. Siri will now be able to control third-party apps, meaning you can use voice commands to initiate a Skype call with a client or colleague, hail a cab or Uber ride, or send a message on Slack, a chat app designed for work.
With the launch of last year's iOS 9, Apple introduced a slate of features to help the iPhone and iPad connect to Mac computers. Now these so-called Continuity features are being updated with new abilities for iOS 10. For starters, you'll be able to view and access all your desktop files and folders on your iPhone, which will be synced across devices, thanks to the iCloud.
Then there's Universal Clipboard, a nifty new tool that makes it easier to copy text, photos and more from the iPhone or iPad to your MacBook or Mac desktop. That means you can forget about emailing links from your phone to your computer, which will save you time.
Tired of scrambling to jot down information in a client's voicemail? With iOS 10, your iPhone will use voice recognition to automatically transcribe every voicemail that comes your way, converting it into text that you can view at a glance. Of course, you'll still be able to listen to the full message, complete with pause and rewind functionality.
Your iPhone will make you more secure with the release of iOS 10, thanks to Auto Unlock. The new feature will let you pair your iPhone to your Mac laptop or desktop computer via Bluetooth. After that, your computer will unlock itself anytime it detects your mobile device is nearby. That's nice for workers who are tired of fussing with cumbersome password screens.
The improved Messages app will save you time with new automation features. For example, the app recognizes when someone asks where you are, then gives you the option to fire off a quick reply with your current location. Apple says the app also features improved text prediction, to help you avoid typos.