About a week ago, I installed the iOS 10 Developer Beta 1 on my iPhone 6S. Since then, I’ve been using it fairly extensively, and I realise the it isn’t as significant as Apple promises it to be.
Honestly speaking, Apple’s operating system releases have rarely been stunning. The only time I was really stoked about an iOS release was when iOS 7 came out - the new, flat design was a huge upgrade. And I understand Apple can’t redesign the entire OS every year; yet, I always end up craving for more.
iOS 10 is just like any other iOS update: a few features here and there, a small redesign and some optimisations. In fact, some of the features are simply gimmicks, and some others are completely unnecessary. It isn’t a bad update by any means, but it surely isn’t extraordinary either.
If you own an iPhone 6S or 6S Plus, the screen will turn on simply by picking your phone up; it’s called “Raise to Wake”. The 6S and 6S Plus also feature awesome new 3D Touch optimisations, especially on message notifications wherein you can 3D Touch the lockscreen notification to open up an entire conversation and continue to chat without needing to unlock your iPhone. I’ve found myself using this feature a lot whenever I receive a message and quickly want to reply to it.
The Messages app is complete overkill. Apple spent about 15 minutes of the WWDC keynote on iMessage features that most of you wouldn’t even end up using. From emojification of messages to third party app integrations, multiple ways to draw and send your messages and full screen effects (and a ton of other “features”), iMessage is absolutely overwhelming, for the worse. I ended up using approximately 2 out of the 10+ features on the new iMessage and I have no plans to rewire my brain to utilise the others.
iOS 10 is clearly a not-so-significant update, and the 10 big features of iOS 10 barely change the way you'll use your iPhone.
As for the beta software, it is surprisingly stable! Sure, animations are slow, apps crash sometimes and certain apps just don’t work properly, but these issues will certainly be resolved over future beta iterations. I don’t recommend that you use the iOS 10 Beta 1 as your daily driver, but if you really want to try it out without losing any data, here’s how to do it.
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