Complete and final iOS 10 review
iOS 10 is Apple's iOS version, the successor to iOS 9. The system was introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference on June 13, 2016. Available from September 13, 2016. Significantly expanded the capabilities of the Messages, Siri application. Redesigned Maps, Photos, Apple Music, Apple News, Home. In Messages, animations and a built-in store of extensions, games, "stickers" and other colorful pictures are added. Added the ability to send small amounts of money through Messages. Siri has an interface for integrating into third-party SiriKit applications.
What happened was what we had been looking forward to since the summer: Apple officially released the public version of the latest operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. A few minutes ago, iOS 10 became available for download not only to developers and beta testers, but also to absolutely everyone.
Still not deciding whether to upgrade to iOS 10? Let's try together to understand what is the largest software update from Apple in 2016, whether it deserves our attention and is required to install. In this review, we sort through everything that the new operating system is capable of offering us.
First, note that iOS 10 can be installed on all iPhones, starting with iPhone 5, on all iPads from the fourth generation and later, on all iPad mini from the second generation and on the sixth iPod touch model. If you use older devices, then there will be no holiday on your street. Perhaps this is for the best, since the update will surely make your gadget almost unusable.
Such a radical redesign of the system, as it was in iOS 7, this time did not happen. But it hardly makes sense to expect such dramatic updates from Apple regularly, and the company is not particularly keen on getting involved in this, so as not to frighten users. In 2016, the most noticeable updates affected, perhaps, only the Notification Center.
Turning to the lock screen, we cannot but mention a function that works only on new iPhone models. It is called Raise To Wake and allows you to “wake up” the smartphone screen when you lift the device in your hand. By its working principle, this function resembles how Apple Watch wakes up from sleep mode. If you recall that in the new iPhone, the fingerprint scanner works much faster, and touching the Home button instantly unlocks the screen, even if you only wanted to glance at the Notification Center, then the appearance of Raise To Wake makes perfect sense. Please note that this function does not work on any iPad model.
The main updates affecting the Notification Center and the lock screen are somehow related to 3D Touch, so the owners of the iPad or iPhone 6 are unlikely to get anything useful for themselves here. Owners of new iPhone models can enjoy the opportunity to reply to messages directly from the lock screen or read fresh letters without having to open the Mail application.
And also, if you open a message using 3D Touch in the Notification Center and reply to it, the correspondence will be updated in the background. This means that you will see the response to your message immediately after it arrives, without starting the Messages application. The camera from the lock screen now opens with a simple swipe to the left. Previously, you needed to grab the icon in the lower left corner and drag it up.
In iOS 10, our beloved company decided to abandon the Slide to unlock gesture, which, according to Steve Jobs in 2007, is the best guarantee that you will not accidentally unlock your iPhone in your pocket. Now the swipe screen opens to the right with widgets, and the device is unlocked using the Home button. Owners of devices with Touch ID will hardly notice anything unusual, but users of the iPhone 5 and older versions of the iPad will have to double-click on Home in order to unlock the screen. By the way, if you are experiencing problems with the operation of the button, we recommend not updating it yet.
Perhaps, it makes sense to dwell on Messages in more detail. According to Apple, this is the most commonly used iOS application, and in the tenth version of the firmware, it literally sparkled with new colors and impressive features. It can hardly be called a new word in mobile correspondence, but there have been plenty of visual innovations added.
Emojis are now three times as large as usual, and there is also a tooltip for emoticons using the predictive typing feature QuickType. This can be useful for those who actively correspond with emojis, but have problems finding the right emoticons due to the ever-increasing number of emoticons.
You can now add various visual effects to your messages. For example, the “invisible ink” function hides the text or image being sent, and the recipient can see them only after swiping by message. We will trust you to come up with possible scenarios yourself when you would like to use this function.
Among the not most obvious innovations of the Messages application is the ability to enable and disable reports on reading messages in group chats and send images in low quality. Well, do not forget about the smiley with a revolver, which was replaced by the pacifists from Cupertino with a water gun.
In its presentation, Apple did not mention one important feature that users were looking forward to and finally waited. Tired of the fact that your home screen is occupied by unnecessary and uninstallable application icons Promotions, Tips, My friends and more? So, now you can easily remove them, as well as a number of other stock iOS applications.
Yes, we know that only icons and user data are technically deleted, while the applications themselves remain hidden in the device. But all the same, this cannot but please the perfectionists, who are annoyed by the presence of unused programs on the desktop.
The Music application also received a radical visual update and now, to our taste, looks more solid and logical in terms of functionality. Songs from Apple Music are now displayed along with lyrics, and music will not stop playing when taking live photos. Meanwhile, when using the updated Apple Music, there is still a feeling that there is still much to strive to improve Apple's program.
A separate annoyance of our entire editorial team was caused by the inability to quickly access the playlist management from the Control Center. Now for this it is necessary to make an extra movement - swipe left, and no one explains why this was invented.
Siri's digital assistant is now available for third-party developers, which means that soon it can be used not only with Apple applications. This promises serious changes in the platform and is designed to allow us to make friends with this girl even closer. And Russian Siri received a more pleasant voice, so that the joys of communication will become even greater.
IOS 10 introduced support for RAW images, which will provide the ability to professionally process images in third-party applications from eminent developers. Devices that support this format include iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It should be noted that shooting in RAW is available only for the rear cameras of devices without the possibility of image stabilization. But stabilization now works in “live photos”, if this is relevant for you.
The Photos app in iOS 10 has also been noticeably updated and integrated what Apple marketers called “artificial intelligence.” From now on, the application will be able to filter pictures by place, time and faces of persons involved, as well as generate nice slide shows to music called “Memories”.
In addition to the dark mode, the alarm clock in iOS received the function of monitoring your sleep. It works as follows: in the settings you specify the time when you sleep, after which your inaction during these hours will be recorded in the medical data. But if in the middle of the night the iPhone feels that you are using it, wake time will also be taken into account in statistics.
This application, which has never been in iOS, is intended for those who have already set about making their home smarter. This is a kind of checkpoint from which you can control all of your devices compatible with HomeKit.
It is noteworthy that the application API allows you to integrate 3D Touch even to third-party manufacturers. For example, you can effortlessly press on the name of the connected “smart” lamp and use your finger to control the dimmer by adjusting the lighting level. And yes, this program can also be deleted.
About the main keyboard of iOS 10, we can only say that it received new click sounds. The keys "Space", "Enter" and "Backspace" sound a little different than the rest. Beta users are already complaining because they miss the old, more familiar clicks. But over time, of course, you get used to everything.
Official Apple cards haven’t learned how to show house numbers, and generally haven’t worked better since our CarPlay review when we nearly hit the fence on the luxurious Volvo XC90. But the application now tells you the most suitable direction for the current time of the day. For example, if you launch the application in the morning, it will immediately show you the way to work, and if in the evening - then the way home.
If you are impressed with everything that you saw in our video review and read in this material, then go ahead! To get started, we only recommend that you familiarize yourself with our instructions on preparing for upgrading to iOS, as well as make sure that your device is included in the list of supported:
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 5s
- iPhone 5c
- iPhone 5
- iPad Pro 12.9 inches
- iPad Pro 9.7 inches
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- 4th generation iPad
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPod touch 6th generation
Via appleinsider.ru and wikipedia.org