Impressions after a month of using iOS 10: the pros and cons of the new Apple platform

In mid-September, Apple launched iOS 10 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. For the month the update has installed more than 50% of users is the best pace among all iOS versions. In the edition of Zoom after a month of using a new OS called of the advantages and disadvantages of Apple’s mobile platform compared to previous editions.

1. Speed

Apple before each update indicates an increase of stability and increase the speed of the system. It was planned that the most reliable and fast will iOS 9, but it is sometimes found of podragivanija and over and over. They appeared irregularly and was treated by a normal restart (in extreme cases), but still caused some negative.

IOS 10, things got much smoother. The system was tested on four different devices (iPad mini 2, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 Plus), and the only claim was brooding scrolling chats in Telegram messenger on the iPhone 6s Plus. The problem was solved, update the app itself — apparently, it’s just optimized.

2. Music

Interface elements of the player has increased — now, when you get the phone out of his pocket, much easier to get a finger to the exact spot where they were going.

But the most convenient search for music: if he had reminded the design browser tab, now moved to a separate menu and are taught to remember and suggest previous queries.

3. Health

With this app happened about the same as with the player: the functionality of the pump, and the interface was bigger, easier and clearer. Now statistics is displayed by default per day and not average per week or month. Your previous performance you can see, making a swipe, but before it was necessary to open additional menus and flipping date.

Also, added options for those who carefully watches over health, regulates sleep, meditating or full sports. All very clear and understandable, and if some functions are not enough, you can always connect a third-party application.

4. Auto Wake screen

IOS has got a classic feature of Android enough to take the phone in hand to see included a locked screen with time, date and notifications.

This feature operates quite properly — random activations were not, and the charge was not spent in vain.

5. Ubiquitous search

IOS has long been integrated smart and a quick Spotlight search, but now it is called swipe from anywhere, because it cemented in the top menu. For this option quickly get used to — it really speeds up navigation through smartphone (and Internet too).

6. Instant closure

IOS lacked a function that would allow you to instantly close all tabs in Safari, or all notifications at the top bar.

Now its expected added elegant Touch to screwing 3D. Long press on the “cross” brings up a dialog box that offers to get rid of all tabs, or notifications.

1. Alarm clock

Alert timer and alarm clock has moved to the notifications menu. Before they unfolded on the screen, and it was more convenient (especially in the morning when there are no forces and desires to take the interface). The second straining point — the need for a strong touch: alarm clock won’t shut just so, if you do not press the finger in the screen. This is one of the very few things that are annoying in 3D Touch.

2. Update

Apple has not solved a serious problem: after transferring data from the iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 Plus restoring from iCloud it was not until the end, but what elements not loading — is unclear.

Alas, due to incomplete recovery iOS blocks the air firmware update. What to do with it — is unclear.

3. Unlocked

Legendary function Slide to Unlock is safely dead, but instead was offered a very strange decision. IPhone 7 release lock with your finger tips is a snap. The iPhone 6s Plus four times out of five. The iPhone 6 is 50 to 50. Accordingly, time is wasted to wait for the window to enter the password: on older models, we can safely add a second.

Another complaint is the words “Unlocked” at the top of the screen. It is believed that the user, and so able to understand, unlocked his smartphone or not.

4. Vibration

By default, the Taptic Engine is now present almost everywhere: even the timer is a small vibration. At first it seems amusing, and then slightly confusing — there is a feeling that Apple added haptic feedback in all standard applications (even those where it is not required).

Five large-scale features, which is unlikely to be useful

  • iMessage from app store and drawings by hand. As practice toy for the day.
  • A panel with widgets. Basic widgets are duplicated in the menu of notifications and in the menu that appears when you swipe from right to left. To accelerate the work of the widgets did not work. Adjusted they, too, starts with the language syntax, press the “Change” is in the “basement” list of widgets.

  • In the Photos app you can create videos and memories. The story 1-2 times — then you’ll forget about this feature.
  • “Sleep” repeats the most primitive functions of intelligent alarms. Sets of standard questions. In fact — wakes around the same time, regardless of the sleep phase.
  • Maps have become more. But hardly anyone will notice it — all have been sitting on cards of Yandex and Google.


The update hasn’t exactly made iOS worse or more inconvenient: increased stability, improved interface of key programs. But to call an update the most ambitious is perhaps incorrect: it seemed that the company returned a few years ago and for some reason focus on the creation of a photo editor and messenger. Both already have all the authors of these applications is not based in Cupertino. Now the company needs to analyze the situation and next year to take three steps forward.

Clifton Nichols

Clifton Nichols

Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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