iOS 10 Delivers Plenty of Useful Features That Aren't Just Eye Candy
NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple is billing iOS 10 as its biggest mobile operating system release, which could be true, but most people will be interested in only a few of the improvements.Installing a new operating system on your phone is always an adventure. There's always the question of whether it will work, and if it does, whether the improvements will be worth the effort. In the case of Apple's iOS 10, there was real concern following reports on Sept. 13, the day the update was released, that iOS 10 would totally disable mobile devices, forcing users to clear their devices and reinstall iOS. So naturally, I decided to perform the update just a few hours before leaving the office on an extended business trip. Fortunately, the update went smoothly, and my phone was fully functional once it was completed. The change to iOS 10 is immediately obvious because the phone wakes up as soon as you pick it up. It also displays your notifications in a new attractive format in which each notification has a header and a body. You'll also be greeted by a message that says, "Press Home to Unlock." If your phone is set up to read your fingerprints, then you must physically press the Home button instead of simply touching it.
You'll also notice the three small dots just below those words, one of which looks a little like a tiny camera icon. What that means is that there are now three screens available when the phone is locked. Slide to the left, and you're in the camera app. Slide to the right, and you can see your notifications and widgets. You can even create additional widgets for some of the apps on the phone.