iOS 10 is said to be the biggest update as of yet for iPhones and iPads. It brings many new features – most of which were highly anticipated by many users. Its massive wave of washed over the community, but was it the update worth waiting for?
iOS 10 was announced back in June, and became available to the public on the 13th of September this year. The initial excitement for the release was quickly shot down as it caused the device it was installed on to become defunct and about as functional as a paperweight. Apple fixed the issue almost instantly, but some skeptical (and maybe overly cautious) users refrained from installing the update. Despite the early issues, iOS 10 is now installed on the majority of the supported devices.
As I mentioned above, iOS 10 is one of Apple’s most revolutionary releases for iPhones and iPads.
Its offering to its users includes a new and improved lockscreen. All you have to do is swipe right on the screen, and there you have a fully customizable surface. The number of applications in the App Store which have widgets for the lockscreen is growing every day.
If you swipe left, you will be greeted by the camera. This feature is especially useful on phones 6s and newer as these models have the ’Raise to Wake’ function (which allows the screen to light up when the phone is picked up) – this made both the lockscreen and the camera easily accessible.
The other major update in iOS 10 is the redesigned and re-thought Messaging app. The new features allow you to express yourself through many new ways. Show your emotions using emojis, GIFs and stickers. There are also effects you can send, such as fireworks, and hidden messages with the ’invisible ink’ function. While I admit some of these features are useless and gimmicky, they do make day-to-day communication way more entertaining.
Now for my personal opinion.
I feel like this update breathes new life into Apple devices with its fresh, clean interface. I think it is a brilliant and innovative new operating system. The icing on the cake is that it runs on older models without any hiccups – even on the four-year-old iPhone 5. Many nuisances the old version had have been circumvented – for example, on the ’Raise to Wake’ compatible phones it is much more convenient to check notifications without accidently deleting them. Even though the installation experience wasn’t the best, I feel like it was worth the trouble.