WWDC 2016: iOS 10 & macOS Sierra Revealed

Apples 2016 Worldwide Developer Conference has just finished – what does it mean for your iDevice and Mac?


Living on the edge of the Apple ecosystem you are always at risk of having your hardware cut off by the latest system upgrades. So I watch with baited breath at each developer conference.

I currently own an iPhone 5 and a 2012 11” MacBook Air as my main devices so I was eager to see whether I would be affected.


iOS 10 comes with some new features, but nothing that really is jaw dropping or makes me want it right now. The focus seemed on Maps, Messaging, notification and privacy especially for the end user.

iPhone. It was sad to see – but expected – that the iPhone 4s has been left out in the cold. However I am happy to report the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c are supported – making them the lowest iPhones to receive iOS10.

Introduced in 2012, the iPhone 5 will now see its fifth major update, giving it a five year life – thats impressive for a phone.

iPad. Along with the new features for iOS 10, the iPad also now features a Swift Playground, making coding easier and more fun.

The iPad range has a little more culling done to it. The iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Mini have been left off the iOS 10 list – meaning you need an iPad 4, iPad Mini 2, iPad Air or iPad Pro to run iOS 10.


There is a little confusion right now as the above came from the WWDC screens, but the Apple site says it will still support the iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPad Mini.


iPod. The only iPod Touch to receive iOS 10 will be the 6th gen.

Mac OSX / macOS

This time Apple decided to rename their desktop operating system totally. They have changed from OSX and are now calling it macOS – harking back to the good ol’ days of pre-OSX.

Sierra is the new codename… so macOS Sierra.

The biggest new feature is the inclusion of Siri on the Mac at long last.

They have increased the system requirements. You now need a late 2009 MacBook or iMac, or 2010 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini or Mac Pro.

This cuts out a few older Macs such as the early 2009 MacBook which supported El Capitan as well as some 2008 iMacs and 2009 MacBook Airs.



There are lots of new features and lots of other items mentioned at the WWDC – this is just a basic round up of iOS and macOS requirements.

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