iOS 10 is still a mess, but at least it’s a snappy, stable mess

“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.


    1. Cant seem to win you get an avalanche of criticism about the lock screen not being as useful as on Android devices and then when more information is allowed (IF you so wish) you get criticism of too much information being allowed on the lock screen. In the face of such a total sustained mess in the art of the critique, is it any wonder so many fools simply cop out and simplistically concentrate on lambasting Cook for everything under the Sun.

  1. No mess experienced, here, I’ve been using the beta for several weeks now and it is very stable for me, no problems whatsoever. The new features are awesome, especially the enhanced iCloud functionality. I don’t know what this guy’s problem is, other than he probably shouldn’t be testing beta software.

  2. This guy is an idiot. 8 weeks ago it was an EARLY beta and as such was expected to be unstable. This installed it on his “workhorse iPhone” only a naive dips*it would do that. I’ve been using it for nearly as long but only 2 weeks ago installed it on MY “workhouse iPhone” and I must say I can’t find a significant flaw with it or a 3rd party app…yet.

  3. I don’t think he’s seeing the “big picture”. With phones getting larger one handed use becomes increasingly difficult. By switching to horizontal swiping Apple has made everything much easier. The control panel, if it was one giant screen, would be impossible to use one handed. And, i think thats how most people want to use it – get in turn off bluetooth and get out. so splitting it into 3 short panels accomplishes that goal. I tried using the new galaxy note 7 one handed and found it virtually impossible – but the 6s plus i was able to do much more one handed. I like the goal of putting buttons within thumb reach. As far as his other complaints – yes betas are buggy, and yes, as has been said here, you can turn off the lock screen notifications. I’m sure apple has these new features turned on by default so that newbies can see them and then decide if they want them.

  4. I don’t know what mess he’s talking about either. I’m using it just fine. I had one issue with it not talking to cell network using navigation however I reset network settings and it seems to be working now. So I don’t even think that was IOS 10 fault.
    And yes if you want to use a perfect operating system don’t install anything that says beta on it DUH!!!!

  5. The current build of iOS 10 is “snappier” and more stable than iOS 9. That, and it works BETTER on older phones (gave iPhone 5 a new lease on life). I love the new rich lock screen (lots of info if you choose to enable it). “Maps destinations” info (frequent locations/time to destination) actually works consistently now! Love having that info for my daily commute and ETA info is spot on.

  6. I’m guessing Kingsley-Hughes is hugging the Android version of iOS 10…

    … I’ve experienced nothing that is being described. In fact, if iOS 10 had been iOS 7, 90% of the criticism leveled at iOS 7 wouldn’t have happened.

  7. Started using beta on my iPad with first developer release and on my iPhone with third developer release in part so that I could install watch OS 3. With the exception of 2 games, everything I want is running just fine. I’ve seen battery life improvements and minor tweaks that help with everything. Can’t wait for gold master.

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