I, like many of you, immediately upgraded to iOS 10, when it dropped.
I was initially impressed, because it was all shiny and new. But now that I’ve lived with it – let it marinate, as it were – I’ve got a more informed perspective.
And I will now bestow upon all of you, my thoughts.
Here are the top ten (ahem) seven things I love and hate about iOS 10.
The (f*#!ing) lock screen. iOS 10 should have come with an onboard Rosetta Stone. Real talk. Navigating these new screens requires some form of advanced degree. Instead of maintaining the intuitive gestures we’d come to know and love, iOS 10 presents a slew of new button presses, sequences, swipes and gestures to access and unlock things that just weren’t there before. I’m sure I’ll get used to it, but for now, negatory. 👎🏾👎🏾
Chat. I’m a little ambivalent about this new chat ‘window’ that opens when you’re responding to texts. Sure you can respond to texts without opening the messaging app – like you could before. But now your stuff is all on front street with this big ass indiscreet overlay. No buenos. Give me back my drop down – and privacy! 👎🏾
Alerts. iOS 10 comes kitted up with new beeps, whirls and chirps providing sonic feedback for your taps, swipes and scrolls. I was quite tickled posting this opine from my iPhone as I listened to the little ‘pops’ of my typing. Well done Apple. Well done. 👍🏾 👍🏾
Power drain. Apple, you’re killing me with this ridiculous power consumption. How we avoid Samsung battery meltdowns is beyond me. No it’s actually not – because it’s an Apple and we don’t do that. I digress. Wait…did you notice how I said “we” and I don’t even own the stock. OMG am I sheep? Whatevs, battery life is seriously compromised with this update. I find myself charging it literally all the time now. And I’m a let-it-run-down-all-the-way-to-preserve-battery-life kind of fellow. So I know I’m not tripping. 👎🏾
Home. I’m not really checking for how much more I’ve got to interact with the home button to get shit done. I used to be able to wake my phone and go right to my apps. Now I go to a lock screen of no inherent value. It’s just a blocker. Sure I can now open to the camera by swiping left, but in one step more and I can be there swiping up from the bottom of the screen. 👎🏾
Making phone calls. How the hell do you end a call? I used to able to tilt the phone, see and end an active call. Now ending calls is like trying to solve a Rubix Cube! If i navigate away from my call, good luck finding that screen again. I mean WTF. Am I the only one? 👎🏾
The camera app. Although I’m not checking for he new lock screen, I am checking for how you’re able to open directly to the camera by swiping the lock screen to the left. Truth be told – I’m a budding cinematographer and actually like this. I’ve shot a few home movies, which I’ve compiled on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. Please enjoy my opus.👍🏾
Now that I’ve waxed eloquent about my likes and dislikes, what do you think about iOS 10?