Great Secret features and Let Downs of iOS 10

After the CEO of Apple Tim Cook announced the launch of iOS 10, There were millions of hopes that were expecting some great features and solution to some common problems like a very popular one on the Apple website itself “Remove built-in apps from the Home screen on your iOS device with iOS 10 beta”. I have analyzed some Great Secret features and Let Downs of iOS 10 that I am going to talk about in this article.

So after some hints, Apple is finally going to allow the removal of core iOS apps and not just a few but every single one. Here’s the list in full:

Calculator, Calendar, Compass, Contacts, FaceTime, Find My Friends, Home, iBooks, iCloud Drive, iTunes Store, Mail, Maps, Music, News, Notes, Podcasts, Reminders, Tips, Videos, Voice Memos, Watch, Weather.

The_Planet_Of_Geeks_install_iOS_10_2So a big question here is how it is going to work?? Well we have a answer to that too : Just tap a finger on the app and it will jiggle like any third party app and a Cross(X) will appear allowing you to remove it. One thing to Note here is : Apple does give users a warning about this because on removing a built-in app from the Home screen, you also remove any related user data and configuration files. This can affect things like related system functions or information on your Apple Watch too.

But very Interestingly Apple also points out that where functionality is overlapping some how no user data will be lost there. For example, remove the Contacts app and you will still find contact information within the Phone app.

This is also noticed and analyzed by Apple that deleting all these core apps only saves about 150MB in storage making this of minimal benefit. Instead the much bigger coup is Apple has finally realized that removing its own apps may well be its greatest asset to convert Android diehards until it isn’t only being trialed in the iOS 10 beta.


So let’s break down several letdowns in what turned out to be a more moderate upgrade to iOS 9 than many had expected:

  1. Dark Mode Missing: Apple again didn’t deliver what users are expecting from long years i.e. the Dark Mode which generally is present in Android. But what makes the omission so strange is Apple used the event to announce a dark mode for tvOS, an operating system it only launched in September 2015. That’s a slap in the face to long suffering users of the nine year old iOS.
    With the iPhone expected to move to OLED in 2017 (which makes Dark Mode a genuine power saver), will Apple then finally give users what they want?
  2. Half Hearted Widgets: Well Apple still won’t move iOS away from its rigid grid-of-icons design but still up to some extent it has decided to add a Widget support area to its lock screen along with some app icons for 3D Touch enabled devices (like iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus). Unfortunately like Android it did not add them to the most obvious place – the homescreen.
  3. Basic Keyboard Omissions: Apple made some solid progress with the stock iOS keyboard in iOS 10 but despite this lofty goal, the Apple keyboard still misses out on far more basic (and arguably more useful) functionality: swipe typing and a one handed mode. Both have been in rival keyboards for years and the latter feature on its own is often a deal breaker for iPhone Plus owners. Come On Apple its high time now to give iPhone users their comfort and ease here.

Some other Disappointments: We cannot sort them out to be nasty surprises but definitely I am disappointed with these missing features.

  • iMessage Exclusivity – Apple was widely tipped to bring iMessage to Android, which would greatly expand the scope for its popular service. It didn’t.
  • Missing File Manager – It may not be a necessary feature for iPhone users , but with the iPad Pro line desperately trying to pull users from their laptops I believe they’ll need this to succeed.
  • No notifications overhaul – It looks like we’ll have to wait another year for Apple to bring a superior notification system like Android.

In a nutshell the good news is iOS 10 remains in beta and Apple still has three months to fix some of these gaps before the launch of iPhone 7 and Phone 7 Plus / Pro.

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