Top features that you need to know about in iOS 10

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After tapping the ‘remind me later’ option every time an update has been available for several weeks, by now, most people will have decided to update to Apple’s newest operating system: iOS 10. 

In their newest update, Apple have introduced multiple new design changes. These changes include redesigning of the home screen, notifications and the notification centre, iMessage and some other much needed changes. 

Aiming to make notifications quicker to see and interact with, the notification centre has undergone some changes to now include widgets and the ability to customise which widgets/applications you want to be able to see. Along with this, notifications have become a lot more interactive with iOS 10. By pulling down a notification, users now have more options when interacting with the notification, with the ability to send and receive live messages without actually going back to the app itself. 

Apple have also revamped iMessage, adding new features to make sending and receiving messages more fun. This included being able to react to other messages by holding down on their message and being able to send messages in different formats including sending a text in ‘invisible ink’. This feature, although deemed as pointless, has been popular making the message hidden when received and having the user uncover it by swiping their finger across it, for it to again disappear moments later. 

Along with other new features in iMessage, Emojis have received a new look. With a more touched up finish and 3D look, the update to Emojis has not been well received and has struck outrage with many of Apple’s users. More notably, the change from the revolver gun to the water pistol angered many users. In general, although with some helpful new changes, iOS 10 has had a lot of negative feedback with many wishing they had not updated. Some have complained of a slower device and have claimed to have a much shorter battery life. 

One student even went as far to say as they were considering the move to android after this update. Although, not all is negative and Apple have received some good feedback on the new ‘Rise to wake’ feature which lights up your phone on picking it up and other have said they like the new notification interface.

Although the update has brought a breath of fresh air to the iPhone but some of the changes, especially to the Emojis, should have not been made.

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