Apple launched iOS 10 on September 13th, 2 days before the iPhone 7 was officially released. This release was chock-full of updates and new features; we saw a huge reliance on 3D touch (6s and on). Like most updates, there were some changes that many of us might even deem unnecessary. If you’re wavering between updating and hanging on to iOS 9 for as long as you can, I would definitely recommend reading up on new features. Today, we’ll go through some of our favorite (and least favorite) iOS 10 changes.
Where do we start with this one?
After doing quite a bit of research on this update, it appears that the developers really wanted to enhance the overall iMessage experience. It appears that Apple is playing catch-up to other messaging apps but by adding the in-message app store, they’re just scratching the surface of possibilities within iMessage. Soon enough, our guess is that anything you might need to send someone will be centralized within the app. Maps, locations, sending money, etc. (Think Facebook Messenger).
As for changes, get ready.
- You can now add animations
- Using force touch, hold the send button down. A list of options will appear for either ‘bubble’ texts or full screen animations.
- You are also given the option to heart, like, dislike, laugh, show excitement or confusion for individual text messages. While I don’t see it being entirely beneficial via individual texts, I see this working very well in group messages.
- Camera, Digital Touch, App Store Buttons
- Camera – Sending pictures will now be different, but is pretty straight forward. You can now ‘mark up’ a photo with drawings, magnification, or text.
- Digital Touch – You can now send animated messages using your fingers! Send kisses, heartbeats using your pulse, and even draw over a video. To be honest, I’m not too sure what the purpose of this is for, but it’s fun to play around with.
- App Store – There is now a GIF keyboard that allows you to search and send GIFs right from your keyboard. I’m guilty of downloading Google Keyboard weeks ago in search of the swipe-text feature, so I’ve been spoiled with a pre-installed GIF keyboard anyways, but it’s nice to see that Apple has caught up on that part. You can send things via your managed app lists. I can see app developers getting creative with in-messaging-apps in the near future.
- Handwritten Notes
- This feature is somewhat hidden until you rotate your device to be viewed in landscape mode. You can now personalize a handwritten note or select pre-written ones to send to the recipient.
- Emojis have been added and changed. Now, if you type in a word that has a correlating emoji while on the emoji keyboard, it will light up in yellow and give you the option to replace it with the proper emoticon.
- Read Receipts
- You now have the option to turn on read receipts for individual text messages. This works well for parent-child dynamics – or for those “bad texters.” *insert proper emoji here*
While we’re probably missing others, these are the few that stood out the most in the new iMessage. These new updates have added a whole new level of complexity, and I’m not too fond of the changes.
My teenage sister said it best: “It’s more like a game. It’s not even texting anymore.”
This is a change I can’t seem to get used to: no more swipe to open. I may be the only one left who actually enjoyed the swipe to open feature of iOS9, but that may be because it was too much of an inconvenience for me to use Touch ID or a passcode. However, swipe to open no longer exists.
- In place of swipe to open, you now must physically click the home button to unlock your phone. While many of you are already used to Touch ID, there is a quick fix to get it back to normal.
Settings → General → Accessibility → Home Button → Switch the toggle for ‘Rest Finger to Open’ (Open iPhone with Touch ID, without having to press the Home button)
2. Swipe Right to see a page of customizable widgets. Here, you can choose if you’d like to see weather, third-party app notifications or tasks. You have the ability to customize this page with what would be most helpful to you.
3. Swipe Left to gain access to your camera. Unlike the older version where you were able to access the camera by sliding up, you can now just swipe to the left. Your phone does not need to be unlocked to access it. In addition to easy access, you no longer need to worry about your music being shut off when the camera is opened. Phew.
4. You can now delete unwanted pre-installed apps! This is something I’m very excited about. Don’t use those ‘Find my Friends’ or ‘Videos’ apps? Get rid of ‘em.
5. Also, prioritizing app installs is also an option. If you decided to update all of your apps at one time just to realize that you actually needed to use one, drag it up to the top of the list. Just long press any app that’s awaiting download and you’ll be prompted with a ‘Prioritize Downloads’ list.
6. New flashlight modes! This one is pretty cool. Using force touch, hold the flashlight button down in the control center and select between low, medium or bright light.
- Facial Recognition tools make me nervous, no matter where they are. Facebook did it, so naturally, Apple does too. You can now search categories by face. I tested it out and it even separated pictures of myself: one category with sunglasses, one without. While this may come in handy while searching your camera roll for a birthday picture, I find it mildly creepy and invasive. But there’s just not much we can do about that…
While there are plenty of other updates and features, those are some we thought you should know about. If I had my choice, I would probably revert back to iOS 9. I’m not too fond of major changes like this – call me a creature of habit, but I enjoyed the simplicity of the lock screen and iMessage. Now, it all feels very game-like and quite honestly makes me feel child-like. However, there are some that I see being quite handy. Don’t take my word for it and try it out for yourself. If you’ve upgraded to iOS 10, let us know your thoughts!
The happiest thing to come of all this is that I can still say I have my headphone jack… #iPhone6Plus #RIPHeadphoneJack