My iOS 10 experience, three months in.

Many iPhone and iPad users reading this have already downloaded the latest software on their devices. It was released to the public on 14th September, but I’ve had it since it became available on 13th June, around 90 minutes after it was ‘shown off’ to the Apple world in their annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)

I need to credit DinoZambas2 on YouTube for this, who is so great to his 300,000 subscribers as he uploads “How-To” get the most out of your iPhone or iPad, he uploaded a video on his channel, explaining how a general user of the latest generations of iPhones and iPads can download the ‘exclusive’ developer beta of iOS 10.

Excitedly, like a three year old boy opening his biggest present on Christmas morning, I went straight into it – without backing up – and downloaded the software from the Arabic-written link page that Dino had provided us in his description section from the YouTube video.

Even with my good wifi, it took 45 minutes to download, I nervously played Fallout 4 on my PS4 while waiting. But eventually, it a done.

Straight away there was the new lock screen. With the time no longer in the centre of my iPad Air 2’s screen, but now on the top left corner, with noticeably sharper font. I can now swipe a finger from left to right to open my camera and in the opposite direction to view the brand new Today’s View.

New Today's View/Credit My Own

New Today’s View/Credit My Own

I hardly use my camera on my device, I don’t ever take photos unless their of funny things for me, at least, such as dead cats, fat kids, drowning goldfish and so on. I’m not going to review the camera, but this hasn’t changed with much significance on iPads anyway. Today’s view is something I cherish. Looking at the widgets I have such as Forza Football’s football fixtures which I love looking at once the clock strikes midnight on a Saturday, Sunday or Champions League night, with up to eight, ten, twelve fixtures listed for me to look forward to. It looks so beautiful too, with the strong toned, think black Apple’s own text. It is very rich looking, and the same applies to lock screen and drop down notifications. The ‘no-fill’ colour underneath the date on the top right corner is truly splendid too.

iOS 9 brought one of the greatest things ever, the chance for me watch a video and play a game at the same time. Now, if I’m stuck on a game I am playing, no longer do I need to watch the game walk through on YouTube, remember each step, and go back to my game, I can now do both – watch and play – together. Saying this, not every video based app has applied “Picture-in-Picture” for its users.

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol on Netflix as I draft this article via Microsoft Word/Credit My Own

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol on Netflix as I draft this article via Microsoft Word/Credit My Own

In the apps I use, Sky News were the first apart from Safari, to apply it to its app in March 2016, some six months after it was ‘invented’, Netflix has only done it for iOS 10, Sky Sports, Sky Go and even YouTube are yet to apply it. I’ve had to use YouTube on Safari for when I’m stuck on my games. A year in, this is now one of my favourite things.

iMessage improvements 1/Credit my own

iMessage improvements 1/Credit my own

iMessage has had a major overhaul too. When a message notification drops down from the top of the screen, it is now possible to respond immediately on the homepage.

New ability to draw a message/Credit my own

New ability to draw a message/Credit my own

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New head to head games on iMessage/Credit my own

Ways to communicate is also vastly improved, gifs can be sent, you can draw pictures – where the receive can watch your drawing as you drew it – and you can add ‘emotion’ to your message, such as thumps up, down, ‘HaHa’ and a few more.

Emotions added to iMessage/Credit my own

Emotions added to iMessage/Credit my own

You can now play head to head games such as 20 questions and pool within iMessage with your contacts. On a side note, multilingual typing will make it easier for those who speak more than one language.

Another noticeable improvement from a major iOS 9 feature is – exclusive to the iPad – Split Screen, the ability to have two apps open simultaneously, side by side.

Split screen between Word and Safari/Credit my own

Split screen between Word and Safari/Credit my own

Like Picture-in-Picture most of the major apps didn’t apply this to their apps until earlier this year. iOS 10 gives the iPad user the ability to have two Safari apps open side by side.

Safari Split screen/Credit my own

Safari Split screen/Credit my own

Sticking with Safari, back in the day the user could only have eight tabs open at once, through the updates it rose to a limit of 36 tabs in iOS 9, now it is completely unlimited.

Always annoyed with those Apple apps you never use? Well, in iOS 10 you can now get rid off all – except the App Store, iMessage, Clock (the only you actually use). Unfortunately, Photo Both, Contacts and Find My iPhone are also undelete-able.

Features that use not so much, like Siri has gotten ‘smarter’. He or she has now started to be used with apps, booking flights or lending someone money is to name put a few of its new abilities. Apple Maps too, has improved. You can check transportation timetables and via third-party apps you can book a table in certain restaurants.

I’m not subscribed to it, but Apple Music has been redesigned to make it better for the user.

Furthermore, the keyboard has massively improved. Smarter text predictions called Contextual predictions make typing quicker and easier than ever. If you use Apple Calendar as a diary, when you’re texting someone and you say “I’m available at,” options of free time will appear in the above tool bar.

The Photos app has had a major overhaul too. I never take photos personally, but Apple’s website shows it off as “Your past, beautifully presented.”

The minor updates are in the thousands, such as tweaks, bug fixing and more. Being able to search in settings, is a major plus. In the past three weeks there have been two minor updates, currently on iOS 10.0.2, there will be many more minor and bigger updated throughout the next nine months before WWDC2017 in June 2017.

GTA: San Andreas & La Liga match being played simultaneously, on the same screen/credit my own

GTA: San Andreas & La Liga match being played simultaneously, on the same screen/credit my own

To wrap up, to those you have a lightening charging device, iOS 10 is available to you and it is a must if you want the most out of your iPhone or iPad. iOS 10 is really good, for me I can stare at the double-pane look and style of the Today’s View widgets. I love being able to keep up to date with the football fixtures I like without having to open the app. The latest football news is also visible to me, as well as the weather, Wikipedia, calculator, and much more. Watching the Premier League game on the tv, the Spanish football on a corner of my iPad while playing GTA: San Andreas is the highlight of the weekend.

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