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Here are the coolest new features in iOS 10

Don’t fancy shelling out your hard earned cash on a shiny new iPhone 7? Or perhaps you’re just put off by the lack of a headphone jack.

Well calm down, it’s all going to be fine, because with Apple’s latest operating system update you’re practically getting a new phone anyway… well, not quite - it won't fix a cracked screen - but with all the new features they’ve crammed in, you’ll feel like you've got a shiny new handset.

With that in mind let’s take a walk through some of the coolest new features coming to iOS 10.

Compatibility

If you’re still clinging on for dear life and rocking anything older than an iPhone 5 then we’re afraid you’re going to have to give this update a miss. In terms of iPads, anything above a 3 and you’re golden. With iPods, 6th gen or higher and you’re laughing.

So to summarise, the 30 pin dock is out. Anything without a lightning adapter is being phased out. Classic Apple right there. It doesn’t really come as much of a surprise, as the California tech giant has become notorious for phasing out its hardware at around the five year mark.

Do more from the lockscreen

You can now respond to messages directly from your lockscreen by using 3D touch. Whether that’s a good or a bad thing is open for debate. It’s certainly a good prank opportunity for a hilarious opportunist mates.

It knows when it's getting wet

Pretty handy if you spill something near your handset without noticing. Not so handy if you drop it down the toilet and with its last dying breath it tells you that it’s at risk from water damage.

Makeover for Apple Music

Paid subscribers to Apple’s music streaming service will be getting a cleaner user interface and the chance to annoy fellow commuters by singing along to their favourite tunes using in-app lyrics.

New ways to express yourself through Messages

In a move that takes us one step closer to reverting to hieroglyphics, iOS 10 is rolling out 72 new emojis, along with a predictive text function that lets you know then best time to use them. You can also choose to ‘say it loud’, which will increase the size of your text and speech bubble.

New iMessage App Store

iOS 10 users will be able to make use of the new iMessage app store, a new concept that allows pre-existing apps to function in the messaging world by using an add-on. Put simply, you could book a restaurant on Open Table, or order and Uber by simply sending an iMessage.