WSJ reviews Apple’s iOS 10: Your older iPhones and iPads will feel new

“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.


      1. Hasn’t been my experience at all. My daughter uses my old 5. It was painfully laggy with iOS 9. I installed the beta an was amazed. She was super excited too. Was crossing my fingers that later builds wouldn’t add bloat..and they didn’t. It is snappy like the day I got it.

  1. Having been burned once or twice in the past as an first-day adopter, I’m going to wait at least a week or two to update any of my iPhone 6 models (my family has three). Despite all the beta testing, there’s usually a few real-world hitches that require that dot-one update…

  2. I’ve had the betas on a couple devices and put the gold master on last week. Here’s what it’s on and how it’s doing:

    iPhone 5 32gb gsm: smooth and stable. Battery life is a little worse, but only a couple of minutes.

    iPhone se 64gb : very fast, and battery life is better than 9.3.5

    iPhone 6s 128gb: no speed difference, and animations are faster.

    iPad Pro 12.9″ 128 gb: same as the 6s, animations are faster, but I do not like the placement of the clock on the lock screen when there is nothing playing. It seems like a placeholder. But battery life is better than 9.3.5

    Overall it’s very solid.

  3. Sorry MDN but the headphone jack is a big deal to many people. My family isn’t happy about the the missing headphone jack. Sure apple is supplying an adapter but that’s just one more thing to keep track of plus if you use the headphone jack with more then one device/headphone then you have to carry the stupid adapter around with you.

    No upgrade this time around for any of our phones.

    1. You better get used to it, it’s entirely possible that the 3.5mm jack is going to disappear on iPads this fall, and all iPhones next year once the se is updated. It’s not coming back.

    2. “if you use the headphone jack with more then one device/headphone then you have to carry the stupid adapter around with you”
      I’d just buy another adapter for $9 and keep them attached to the devices….

    1. If you have a Touch ID iPhone it’s faster than swiping, and on the iPhone 5 I have iOS 10 on it eliminates that animation making the phone feeel faster overall, but I’m sure the press is there for older devices that don’t have Touch ID. On a Touch ID device you can change the press to rest finger on Touch ID to unlock, and once every device has Touch ID that iOS supports, possibly iOS 11 or 12, it’ll go away. Although it is reflex at this point to swipe since we’ve been doing it for so long. It feels like a an intermediary step towards the greater vision of future devices.

  4. The initial iOS 10 is a comlplete “meh” for me.
    Other than the improvements with predictive typing, I see no must haves or needs in iOS for either my large iPad Pro or even my iPod Touch 6th gen.
    All glitz and useless iMessaging stuff that I don’t need nor want and I don’t want iOS 10 photos screwing around with my images.
    So far very dissapointed with iOS 10
    So much unnecesaary garbage that is geared toward self important social media crowd.
    I want more pro-like features for my large iPad Pro and not more garbage software improvements for the social media use.
    I am not a FaceBook, Twitter or instagram user and have no desire to get involved with any oc that!
    I am looking for iOS to mature into a smaller, but more effective equivalent to OS X.
    Screw all the messaging crap
    iOS 10, for my needs and wants, is a BIG letdown!
    Passing…for now…

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