Apple suffer glitches with launch of iOS 10

The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system which powers the iPhone and iPad, iOS 10, has suffered issues during its launch.

Millions of users were quick to access the free update when it became available. However, there have been mixed reports on social media, with some users reporting their smartphones and tablets crashing, with only a connection to a computer via USB fixing the issue, some have claimed.

Apple issued a statement confirming a “brief issue with the software update process affecting a small number of users during the first hour of availability”, but this had now been fixed.

The free upgrade includes a variety of new features, including an overhauled iMessages app with more emojis and animations, a new notification system for the lock screen and virtual assistant Siri being able to integrate into more apps.

Users of the iPhone and iPad in the UK with a compatible device — iPhone 5 and newer, or iPad mini 2 and newer — are eligible for the update.

Having been first revealed at the company’s developer conference in June, iOS 10 also sees more artificial intelligence into the software, with the Photos app better able to identify and show you photos in your library based on time, location, people, and items in them.

The iOS keyboard has been given a similar intelligence boost, Apple says, and is now able to better understand context as you type, including showing you a snapshot of your calendar as you discuss making plans with contacts.

Apple Music has also been redesigned as part of the update. The new software will also come built in to the new iPhone 7, which along with the larger 7 Plus will go on sale in Britain on Friday after being announced in San Francisco last week.

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