When we compared two generations of IOS usually a function section to be an easy thing to go through: The new version has a lot of new features that the old had not. You can ignore the ones you do not like, and sometimes have a feature you probably do not use disappeared. If it was only about comparing versions IOS 10 would “win”, but it can actually be disadvantages to upgrade and not just benefits.
Apple expects over 100 new features in iOS 10, but here we look at the seven most important.
1. Lift for bringing
This practical and more or less obvious feature requires unfortunately an iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone SE (or later), because it requires a M9 co-processor. It means that the screen awaken automatically when you lift the phone to take a look at the notes, so you do not need to click the home button (and risk Touch ID unlock it before you can see news items).
IOS 10 has one to watch Olympic-like function, we can point out: you can easily empty the entire list of available pressure. There is a small but important enough feature. Our Apple Watch used to be filled with old unread notices until we discovered pressure-hard-to-clear.
2. Maps guess destinations
Maps in IOS 10 uses artificial intelligence and everything it has learned about your habits to suggest destinations based on where you are and what time it is. We love this idea. Normally you have to fiddle with addresses or choose from a list of favorites, but now it is just to open maps and hey presto, you have your common goals to choose from. Now it’s just that it will actually work out well.
Maps have also learned to remember where you parked your car so you never have to look for it in a big parking lot. Taken just taking what level you parked on the car park.
Messages get a huge update with a lot of visual and often animated effects. We think most of the functionality is quite unnecessary, but we are not Apple’s primary audience for messages. Most functions do Announcements more competitive against Facebook and other services, and is aimed primarily at young people. Another important innovation is that Apple open Messaging for third-party apps, such as to add custom effects and animations.
Apple seems to finally be ready for the “Internet of things” – the smart home. Home is a new portal app for iPhone and iPad (and television OS) that collects all your Homekit-tipped gadgets.
Just the fact that Apple has finally made this app enough to celebrate, but it also looks really well made and we yearn to be able to test it thoroughly with a bundle Homekit products. Scenarios are an obvious but very long-awaited feature that allows you to group settings to make many associated with only a pair of pressure. A “Good night” scenario can for example turn off lights, lower the heat and maybe turn on motion detectors.
5. The ability to “remove” pre-installed apps
This is one of the most noted new features of IOS 10 and we have mentioned it in several previous articles. But if you happen to have missed it, you have something to rejoice: You can finally remove Shares, tips and other bundled apps.
Actually, you do not delete the apps without removing them from the home screen. However, any data related to the app (which shares you have covered in the app) is removed, and Siri forgets that the app has been around. We do not know how Apple intends to deal links that lead to a particular app by default, the app has been removed. For example, you remove maps that you prefer Google Maps – will link the URLs to be opened at all? It remains to be seen.
6. Smart proposals with Quick Type
Apple’s foresight keyboard, QuickType, still has not arrived in Swedish so we find it difficult to determine how good this is. But if you write in English or another language with support for IOS feature will give 10 other suggestions than just the next word. If you receive a message with a question like “where are you?” the system will understand that you may want to respond with your current location, and give it as a proposal.
We wait to give an opinion on how useful this actually is – and how much more we will miss QuickType – until we’ve seen it in use.
7. Third Party Integration into Siri and Messages
Apple has begun to change the character has become increasingly open. IOS 10 continues on the course and open for further integration with third-party apps.
Siri opened finally for (some) apps so that you can ask for things from apps that do not come from Apple. Uber was an example that Apple revealed at WWDC. This is not what apps anywhere, without a selection categories such as Apple believes is particularly suitable for Siri integration (and are easier to get to work out with assistant).
Information and maps are also supported to work with third-party apps. In Messaging, you will be able to reserve a table, order takeaway and play games with your friends. In Maps, you will be able to book a car with Uber without leaving the app.
This kind of controlled openness fit Apple and gives us a combination of the company’s usual “it just works” mentality and many more features and services, thanks to the very strong developer community.