“I’ve now been using the iOS 10 beta for almost eight long, painful weeks,” Adrian Kingsley-Hughes writes for ZDNet. “But now that we’re a week away from a release date for Apple’s newest mobile operating system, I thought I’d give you an update of where I think it’s at, and what you can expect when it’s finally released in a few weeks.”

“After a week of using the iOS 10 beta I called it a total mess. And it was. I’d essentially taken my workhorse iPhone and near crippled it by applying the beta,” Kingsley-Hughes writes. ” in many ways I’m glad that I did because I’ve seen a lot of changes. While I won’t comment on how the stability or performance of beta software is in any detail, I’m pleased to report that the current iOS 10 beta that I’m running on my workhorse iPhone has settled down to be very stable and snappy. If the current levels of performance and stability carry forward to the release version, then I think people will be happy on those two fronts.”

“I’ve also seen huge battery life improvements over the past few weeks. I’m now at the point where I’m getting the sort of battery life that I’d expect based on my daily usage. So no complaints there, either. But,” Kingsley-Hughes writes. “The first, and I think most annoying, gotcha of switching to iOS 10 is Apple’s insistence on shoving too much of my data onto the lock screen. I wholeheartedly agree with my colleague Zack Whittaker when he says that a lock screen shouldn’t be a hub of information. I don’t understand why Apple would go to the trouble of building a secure platform, and then develop a super-convenient method of unlocking the device that only requires the tap of a finger, only to then, by design, make so much information accessible without needing to authenticate.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We agree with the lack of privacy due to the new lock screen (so, we’ll be judicious about which Widgets we enable) and with many of the other issues Kingsley-Hughes covers in his article, but there is still time for tweaks and fixes and iOS 10 isn’t set in stone: We expect iOS 10.1 to appear shortly after iOS 10.0 is released, and iOS 10.2 after that, and so on.

iOS 10 isn’t nearly as complicated as Kingsley-Hughes makes it out to be.