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iOS 10 is not really a 10

Several "cool" things you can do with the new iOS 10 features.

Camillia Dass


Published: 27 June 2016, 3:19 AM

I don’t know about you but I am a huge Apple junkie. Which is why I was absolutely riveted when Apple held their annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) two weeks ago.

In typical Apple fashion, they kicked off WWDC with a Keynote by Apple executives before announcing the new iOS 10.

Here’s why I think the new iOS 10 features are “revolutionary”.

1. You can now raise to wake

BASICALLY, YOUR PHONE WILL BE MOTION SENSITIVE NOW.
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Apple has redesigned their lock screens and it’s probably one of the biggest changes that comes with iOS 10. With the new update, your phone will display your notifications and messages as soon as you pick it up.

However, that also means saying goodbye to privacy because anyone who picks up your phone can read your texts without pressing any buttons. Yay?

2. Why think of your own emojis when Apple can do it for you?

WHY NOT SPEND A SECOND TYPING THE WORD ‘TACO’ ONLY TO CONVERT IT TO AN EMOJI?
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With this new update, Apple has redefined their Messages app because obviously Messages is the most important app on your phone (*cough* WhatsApp). One of the things that they have done is to incorporate emoji predictions.

Basically, your phone will scan your text and let you convert words into emojis with a single tap. How useful, right?

Sure. If you are 12 and don’t care about appearing like you are educated.

3. Fancy some fireworks with that text? Now, you can have it!

YOU CAN SOON TEXT LIKE DOBBY THE ELF ON A SUGAR HIGH.
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To keep up with changing the face of Messages, you can now send messages that pop up or shrink down, and send fireworks splashing across the screen. Pictures can now be blurred and cleared with a swipe.

Again, this is a childish feature that you may not use because who has the time to sit through a text jumping around like a Howler from Hogwarts?

4. You can now personalise your messages with your own handwriting

I USED TO LOVE PICTOCHAT WHEN I WAS A KID.

Apple is finally jumping on the handwriting recognition bandwagon that was started way back in the Nintendo DS days. They are finally allowing you to use your fingers to write a message and send it across.

In addition, you can also send someone GIFs, doodles, and your heartbeat.

Because sending your heartbeat to someone is completely normal and necessary.

5. Fancy controlling your whole house with your phone?

ADMITTEDLY, THIS IS A COOL FEATURE. BUT I DON’T SEE THE POINT OF REFURNISHING MY WHOLE HOUSE FOR IT.
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With a new app called ‘Home’, you can control the lights, fans and air-conditioning units with your Apple devices.

But you will have to spend thousands of dollars first to replace the current appliances in your home with smart ones before you are good to go. Not so smart now, huh?

6. You can now delete preinstalled apps

FRANKLY SPEAKING, I HAVE NEVER USED THESE APPS.

Personally, I think this is probably the best part of iOS 10. You can finally get rid of redundant apps like Tips, Numbers and ITunes U (what the heck does that even do?), freeing up more space in your phone.

While I might question the purpose behind some of the new features in iOS 10, I will probably grow to love them anyway. Because I shamelessly worship the ground Apple walks upon.

iOS 10 will be available for download in September this year.


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