Over the past week I have been trying the Apple iOS 10 public beta on a iPhone 6s Plus. The new software update is expected to hit all iOS devices in a few months, but what is the experience going to be like for the users.
After a week-long daily blog, I now try and summarise the entire experience.Better notifications: The notifications are now better, from a design as well as practicality angle. They look better and you can act better on it thanks to the integration of 3D touch features.Too many notifications: If you don’t really customise your notifications they you could be overwhelmed by how much you get. Since the cards are now better, you might end up being irritated while watching a video or reading a long article.Apple, iOS 10 beta, iOS 10 beta review, iOS Public beta, iOS 10 beta download, Apple iOS 10, iOS 10, install iOS 10, iOS 10 installation, iOS 10 new specs, iOS 10 new features, technology, technology news If you don’t really customise your notifications they you could be overwhelmed by how much you get.Return to messaging: Most of us smartphone users have moved on to third party messaging platforms like Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger, but with this latest upgrade to the iMessage app, Apple seems to be taking the fight to the competition. There are some features that they don’t have and maybe won’t have, like the dedicated app store. This has the potential to be a winner.Apple, iOS 10 beta, iOS 10 beta review, iOS Public beta, iOS 10 beta download, Apple iOS 10, iOS 10, install iOS 10, iOS 10 installation, iOS 10 new specs, iOS 10 new features, technology, technology news The new iMessage app is pure shock and awe given that the old app was basic.Better lock screens: With iOS 10 Apple seems to have taken a lesson from Android and added more value the other lock screen. In fact the right swipe on lock screen gives you a screen that is as good as the OS itself and keeps you abreast of everything you need to know from news to notifications. And, yes, it is secure.Apple, iOS 10 beta, iOS 10 beta review, iOS Public beta, iOS 10 beta download, Apple iOS 10, iOS 10, install iOS 10, iOS 10 installation, iOS 10 new specs, iOS 10 new features, technology, technology news Apple iOS 10: Notifications can be a bit annoying, but contacts look much better now.More functional design: For me iOS 10 seemed like one of the more visual designs Apple has pushed. More visual means you work faster as there is not much to read. But Apple has retained some of the old text and not gone completely playbook style. For me the new design was most visible with Contacts and Mail.Being beta, there are some bugs with the iOS 10 I used these past few days. But the overall experience is much better and certainly functional.