The new apple iOS 10 is available in its beta stage today but what does it mean for its users?
The update was announced during the company’s WWDC 2016 keynote. The update contains some impressive improvement especially in the iMessage division for both mobile and tablet users alike.
If you’re in a rush, here’s a 2 minute video of what the upgrade contains courtesy Techradar.
Of all the changes made, the one people seem to relate well to is the fact that with the new OS, you can delete any app, yes, even those in-built apps you never actually use.
If you have iOS 10 beta, you can remove these apps from your Home screen:
Calculator, Calendar, Compass, FaceTime, Find My Friends , Home, iBooks , iCloud Drive, iTunes Store, Mail, Maps, News, Notes, Podcasts
Even those really annoying ones.
Other new features include the new lockscreen that comes simpler and better than any of the previous version. It features a raise to wake tech which unlocks your mobile device when you hit the fast TouchID home button.
Better lockscreen notification which breaks down notifications into bubbles and uses 3D touch to show hidden menu options much like what the latest generation of Apple users enjoy.
Clear all notification button is now available. If you have ever had to delete all your notifications on the previous OS, you’d know what a horrible waste of precious time this exercise is. Just hard press over the little "x" icon within the redesigned (and now dedicated) notifications pulldown menu and tap the "clear all" box that pops up.
Sleek new Control Center that looks a lot better than the previous iOS, the iOS 10 control center fixes the clustered mess that Apple made before now, segmenting each feature appropriately, from the Airdrop to the now playing and the night shift.
Even looks better with music.
A new lockscreen widget now lets you see how your day goes. All since older versions of Apple’s OS, swiping up from the bottom right of your lockscreen automatically takes you to the camera but here’s the new thing, swiping up from the bottom left shows you Apple’s “Today widget” which lets you see your fitness, health and sports update once activated. It’s not as customisable as Androids but it’s a step in the right direction.
Better Siri: Two billion requests a week go through Siri, and it's now going to do so much more, according to Apple. With that, they announced that iOS 10 will open up Siri to third-party developers.
Very soon, Siri would be able to say things like “Remind Bukky on Whatsapp to bring the stew out of the fridge” and just in the same manner, Siri would be able to take commands along the same line.
Also, Siri would be saying a lot less “Sorry, i can’t...” this is all thanks to Apple’s new intense API which functions just as well in other languages.
The all new iMessage comes with a lot of inprovements, imagine typing a sentence and then having the emoji replaceable words highlighted because according to Apple, Emojis make texting better.
That’s just one, emojis can be sent 3x bigger, and now we have emotion texts which lets you send texts which now appear in bubbles. They pop up depending on the mood you’re trying to text in, really slow for a more sad text and faster for a loud shout but it all depends on you, you control the motion.
You can also use "invisible ink" that requires the message receiver to slide their finger over a text or photo. It'll be either a nice surprise, or horrific shock from friends. You decide
You can now send handwritten texts via iMessage also, pretty cool... even allowable are hand drawn smileys.
Although, it’s in its beta stage and Apple is testing, one thing is sure, it’s going to come with a lot of bugs but it’s going to be worth it.