Wednesday, 14 September 2016

iOS 10

I had been waiting for the iOS 10 to be released rather impatiently.  I hadn't really read what it entailed until I was updating and the screen pops up to tell you what is being updated but I had been looking forward to finally having the female runner emoji.  Why it took Apple so long to have female emojis for this is beyond me.  When it was first created shouldn't both a male and female have been created at the same time just by default??

Anyways, I set my alarm for 10:59am on September 13th so I could be one of the first to download the update because sometimes it could take forever to download.  From the time I accept the install update until I could use my iPhone again took exactly 45 minutes.

Despite wanting to see the new female running emoji, my first stop post update was in Apple Music. I had heard that they streamlined this and hearing that made me happy.  It did not disappoint.  Look how easy it is to access the music already on your phone? Right on the home screen is where it always should have been.  They also made the font larger too which is good considering how iPhones are ruining people's eyesight hahaha.  Also a cool feature is the lyrics portion.  So if you have the song open and can see the album/single cover large on your iPhone, scroll down and select lyrics and there they are, although not all lyrics will appear due to legal rights and stuff like that.   Another thing Apple Music has done is optimize music storage on your iPhone.  Apparently it will scour your iPhone for songs you don't listen to and undownload them.  You will get to listen at home or while on wifi but not when you are not connected.  This is a fabulous feature if you have the smallest size iPhone and was a big reason that when I upgraded to my iPhone 6 last year I got the 64gb one.  

My next stop was going to be iPhoto since the update screen told me that was being updated too but instead I went to the Home app which is a brand new feature that Apple made for iOS 10.  Home is designed to start building your connected home by adding lights, locks, thermostats and other enabled accessories (as per the app itself). We don't have anything to build yet so this was moved to the folder that I call iStuff that contains all those Apple apps that come on our phone that we cannot delete so they go here to die - as shown below

But guess what???  With the new iOS 10 update, you can finally delete all those unwanted apps that you will never use.  I mean what is iTunes University anyways?  Can you tell this has made me very happy?!?!? Hitting the X on all those dumb apps made me almost too happy.

I also noticed that I had 13 apps waiting to be updated which I am guessing is because of the new operating system that was released today.  This will probably continue in the coming days and weeks as app developers try to make their apps iOS 10 friendly.  I have only had a problem with my blogger app so far and it kept kicking me out.  Also, when I uploaded a photo it would show on my draft on my macbook but not the draft on my iPhone. Hopefully this is a quick fix or just a simple glitch.  I  have it set in my settings that my apps should automatically update when connected to wifi but they didn't this time because iTunes terms and conditions changed and you have to go back in there to agree to them before any apps will download. 

 Notifications show on the home screen when locked in white as do the notifications on top of the screen  when phone is in use.  The tapping sound for when you are typing out something has changed and the sound your phone makes when you are deleting is also different and the lock sound when locking your phone has changed too.  All things can be controlled in your settings because Greg hates the sounds and has them all turned off.  Also, instead of having the black screen when it's locked telling you about notifications and widget updates, it's now a swiped screen - as shown above - which makes it so much more easier to access.  I also like that they have gone light with this too instead of the black background on the old one.  The control panel that  you can access when your phone is locked or unlocked while scrolling up from the bottom of the phone has also changed.  One screen shows the normal stuff and then when you swipe you get access to music controls.  Another nice feature.  

You can now customize widgets from your favourite apps to show up on your screen without unlocking your iPhone.  It defaults to up next, alarms set, siri app selections, news, weather and maps destinations but you can change this.  You could add lululemon, TSN, basically anything your little heart desires.  According to MacWorld, these widgets are animated, expandable and can even play videos and other multi media. To add a widget, use 3D Touch on your favourite app icon and tap add widget.  (** I think this might be an iPhone 7 thing as I couldn't figure it out on my iPhone 6.  I do know that  you can change your widgets in settings)

Finally, I made it to iPhoto which I must say I just don't love.  Although, to be fair, I have never been in love with any photo update at first glance ever.  My biggest complaint, or really only complaint is that the albums are in blocks and not list format, which is what I prefer.  Basically, the old way.  They have also added a memories feature which they scour your photos and somehow pick a few and add them to their memory feature.  I set this feature up and had a chuckle when I saw what they considered memories - items I am selling, prints of random things I want printed for gallery walls.  I have no idea how they could improve this feature because how does a phone know what you love and what you don't.  Also, now when you have music playing, it won't stop when you open up the camera and/or video app!!  This is a great fix!!!

iMessenger has had all kinds of upgrades and of course, the most important one is the new emoji's!!!  I am loving the female runner and the unicorn.  I thought there was supposed to be a fingers crossed one but I can't seem to find it.  Also, if you are just sending an emoji and no text, the emojis are much larger.  And if you are texting about being tired, iMessenger recognizes this and offers you the tired emoji in the predictatext box.  So awesome!!!!

Another feature in iMessenger is the digital touch.  If you go into messenger and select the heart beside the text box, you get the digital art work station.  It's pretty cool.  You can draw whatever you want or if you touch the screen a certain way you can  get pre made drawings.  I have yet to figure out the pre made drawings though and always end up with a circle.  When you send the art work to your selected recipient, you send a black screen and they watch it draw as you drew it.  It stays for 2 minutes then you can keep it which is shown in tiny letters below the drawing.  If you don't hit keep then it disappears.  Now what happens if I send a drawing to Greg and he ignores my text messages all day will he see it when he finally looks at it? I don't know my friends.

Some more features of iMessenger occur when you go into iMessenger and select the A button beside the text box.  Here you can do several things.  The first is that you can send music to any of your text buddies.  I sent a song to Finley to see what happens when she receives it.  Because I subscribe to apple music when she gets it and opens it, it takes her to iTunes where she can sample the song or buy it.  Not that great a feature I guess right?   Another cool feature that I really like is the images screen.  It has a bunch of present memes so to speak ready at your disposal that you can send to any of your friends.  And because I was telling a friend how tired I was, it gave me all kinds of options for tired and sleepy memes.  LOVE it!!!  Another is that when you send someone a link, you get a preview screen like when you share something on Facebook.  This is a neat feature as well.  

Apple Pay in Safari has become a new feature with the new iOS update.  I use Apple Pay (wallet) on my iPhone already and having the ability to use Apple Pay on supported mobile websites is music to my online shopping ears.  Nothing worse then laying in bed trying to buy something online that has no paypal option so you have to get up and go downstairs and grab it.  No, Just me? I stole this off the Apple website because I thought it was funny when I saw who the payee was.  Glad it's not just me lulu obsessed.  I am excited to try this feature out soon!!!

Apple also updated their maps and it looks a lot like Google Maps if I don't say so myself.  It will have real time traffic updates as well as the ability to search for a gas station or something on your route.  I have a love hate relationship with Apple Maps and I am not sure if this will be a good thing or make an already incompetent mapping app even less competent.  

This one I stumbled upon by accident as I was setting an alarm to remind me to go pick up the girls from school because I was busy folding towels.  Seriously, I can't even make this stuff up.  So you go into the app and you pick what time you want to be woken up at and sets an alarm for that time on the days that you pick and then asks how many hours of sleep you want and asks you to pick some of the worst soft alarm sounds ever.  Most likely you will sleep through all of these sounds and will go back to the old alarm clock where you can pick songs that will scare the crap out of you like I do haha.  

I actually forgot that this app even existed until I read about it on MacWorld.  I had no idea where I 
"stored" it and had to use the search feature on my iPhone to locate it.  The new update to the app is that allows you to be an organ donor easier.  You just open up the app and go to Medical ID and enter in all the relevant information and save it and voila done. Your Medical ID can be viewed when your iPhone is locked by tapping emergency then Medical ID.  I have enabled this feature this afternoon.  It also counts your step and distance as long as you have your iPhone in your hand or somewhere on your person.  So it's kinda like a fitbit.  I can't wait until I get the clear to run again and I am going to test out this feature.  You can also link it to MyFitnessPal for nutritional information as well as to any fitness apps you might have.  This health app is actually quite convenient; I just might need to move it to my Health folder on my iPhone. 

I didn't notice any real change in my mail app but apparently they have put in an unsubscribe button at the top of the email if it is sent from a mailing list.  I can't wait to try this one out.  I hate all the crap I get in my in box.  

Well that's it for my iOS 10 review.  I am happy with all the features that I use regularly and even got to experience a new app.  The news was saying that some users were encountering major problems upon updating to the new operating system but I have been lucky enough so far to escape them.  If you want to read more about the new features that I have listed and those I missed, you can check out Apple's page here.  


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