Here’s to a week spent with the iOS 10
It hasn’t been more than two weeks since Apple launched its Developer’s Version or the Beta version for iOS 10. Their latest update to their mobile OS for the customers, and there already have been thousands of downloads from across the world.
While some believe that the Beta version is for bug-testing and only for the “developers”, people have been pouncing on to the Beta-Apple link on the apple website to download this update.
(You might find the same here: www.beta.apple.com)
I installed the iOS 10 almost a week ago. And here’s my review, for what I think about the latest gift from Apple!
(Don’t forget that we’re talking about the Beta version here, and the official launch would see varied changes to the interface and the functioning, based on the feedback from customers!)
For starters, iOS 10 Beta update is a 1.7GB file, if the 16GB iPhone customers were thinking!
Yes, I understand your concern, and if you’re really looking to get this update, start by pressing and holding, then deleting on every redundant application that you haven’t used in ages, to create some room for the update! Once you have enough space, all you need to do is wait for the download to complete, and Voila! The update is ready to run and when you’re through with the installation, you’re greeted with a new lock screen!
The lock screen
Till date, when you had to unlock your phone you were greeted with the “Slide to Unlock” text at the bottom of the screen with a smooth animation running across it. Well, with iOS 10, Apple seems to be so over the past and you don’t have that anymore! Now, you’re greeted with a thicker typeface for the Clock on the lock screen, and a Text that says, “Press home to unlock”. I don’t think I was ready for such a dramatic change, Apple!
But you aren’t done yet! What’s even weirder is the fact that the moment you press “Home” to ‘unlock’, you’re greeted with a font on top of the screen, stating ‘Unlocked’; and the phone asks you to click on the home button again! Only then do you get to “Open” Home.
So I am now required to click on the Home Button Twice, to actually land on the HomeScreen.
I agree that this might be helpful when you have a number of notifications lined up for you right on the lockScreen, but at all other times, it just feels illogical to click on the same button twice. But sometimes it so happens that you manage to unlock and open the home-screen in just one press of the home button.
The aforementioned issue might be a bug, but we’re pretty sure that Apple is going to fix it with their official launch.
Also, by now swiping right, you aren’t prompted to insert the Passcode, as in the previous versions of iOS. Rather, you’re greeted with what Apple terms as Widgets. I haven’t found much use to these just yet, but let’s give it some time.
And yes, before I forget, the camera opens up with a left swipe from the lock-screen now, and not by sliding up from the left bottom!
The Control Center
I really like the updated control center. It has an all-new look, with curvy edges, new color tones, and an option to swipe right to open up a second panel of control, just for your music.
And although it seems different, the older one was just as good! Honestly speaking, I think I’m going to miss the sturdier looking, square-shaped control center. But, as they say, there isn’t any harm in trying a fresh look!
The new photos application has a lot to offer. It comes with a new set of albums named “People”, which marks all the faces in your photographs, and the “Places” section that marks all the places those pictures have been clicked in the form of a beautiful map. So much for saving memories!!
The Messages app has changed noticeably. It comes with better animations, tons of new options: including sending animations, drawings, videos-to-go, GIFS, bigger emojis, and much more. Even the keyboard is improvised in iOS 10 with better text prediction and speed.
The Notification Center
It has been changed dramatically, and the look is completely new. However, it seems hollow! I did like the older version better! It doesn’t show the Date & Day now, as it earlier did, instead it dons a left pane for the Widgets (Again), and a right pane for all the notifications you receive.
But the newer version of replying to–or using the Notifications on your lock screen and the notification centre– has been overhauled!
You can now do a lot more by just swiping left to a notification, without opening the application.
Apart from these changes that I’ve seen with the update, the Mails App and the Contacts app have been redesigned. You will find clearer options menu in the Contacts App. For the Mails App, I’m particularly impressed by Apple as it appears to have devoted its entire time on this. There is also an update to our favorite Siri in the iOS 10. Now, you can ask Siri questions from within several applications.
I have been using the iOS 10 for about a week now. Apart from the design changes, I have really gotten used to the look and feel of it.
But, if you ask for my opinion, I would still choose the cleaner interface of iOS 9 over iOS 10. Without the redundant Widgets and Search Bars present almost everywhere on the screen! The widgets, I believe is a completely useless addition brought in by Apple. It is just to clutter the left pane, and make the look more confusing!
**Do not forget that this review is for the Beta version of the OS. The official update arrives in September.