“Great news! Starting Tuesday, Apple’s giving away new iPhones free,” Joanna Stern reports for The Wall Street Journal. “Nope, you didn’t accidentally open your spam folder. If you believe, like I do, that big software improvements matter more than incremental hardware changes, then keep that wallet closed when ogling the iPhone 7. With iOS 10, your older iPhone will feel new, but your headphone jack will stay put.”
MacDailyNews Take: Sheesh, enough with the headphone jack already. It’s dead. To paraphrase the immortal words of Frank ‘The Fixer’ Acavano: “Fsck the ambulance, call a hearse.”
“In our speed and battery tests, we found that iOS 10 didn’t take a substantial hit on our older iPhones,” Stern reports. “iOS 10 is available on recent devices going back to the iPhone 5, fourth-gen iPad, iPad Mini 2 and sixth-gen iPod Touch.”
“The question is not if you should upgrade—it’s when. If Apple’s incessant reminders don’t make you do it, some other app or accessory that demands the latest will,” Stern reports. “And I really think you’ll enjoy it when you do. Many of the new features are so good that I’ve been convinced to start using more of Apple’s services—or at least stick with my favorites.”
Much more in the full review here.
MacDailyNews Take: The learning curve from iOS 9 to iOS 10 is the steepest yet, especially if you’re a heavy Messages user. Remember also that, as Stern notes, “It can take days for the service to analyze your photos, especially since the heavy lifting can only happen when the phone is connected to a power plug,” so give your iPhone, iPad and/or iPod touch a chance to settle down and fully absorb iOS 10 before rendering performance verdicts.