Apple set to release iOS 10 today, any reason to rush to download and install the new software?
No, but no reason not to do so at some point as several new features could, eventually, turn into something big, like the Messages app store
The latest edition of Apple’s mobile operating system will be released today and my guess is that this version, iOS 10, is probably less anticipated than previous versions. The reason may simply be that after nearly a decade, users have gotten use to the ritual and rarely see all that much new that is useful in these annual updates. In reality, the security updates Apple releases periodically probably are the most important updates released, and their sporadic appearance the single most important argument for staying within the Apple ecosystem.
So, what’s new in iOS 10?
Well, sadly, after installing iOS 10 or iPhone or iPad will not make the bed, clear the dishes, or take out the trash. They really need to work on that.
Macrumors, and other tech websites have good rundowns of the new features in iOS 10.
One feature many Apple devices owners would love to have almost, almost appears in iOS 10: the ability to delete Apple stock apps, those apps that are inferior to the similar apps from Google and other developers – Weather, Stocks, etc. Back in 2007 these were great because there was no alternative. But when Apple launched the App Store these apps quickly were made superfluous.
With iOS 10 users can now “delete” the apps, but they really are not deleted, simply hidden, and so the whole reason to do so kind of goes away. Most users who realize this will likely continue to simply store these apps away in their own folder, never to be seen or used again. Apple doesn’t want users to be able to delete the apps because some of their functions are useful in the mobile OS itself, so they remain.
The biggest change will be the app store for Messages. It is highly unlikely that this new app store will draw the thousands of new apps that the main app store has, but useful new apps could certainly emerge. In fact, the Messages app looks to me to be one areas of concentration for Apple. Keeping customers using Messages, which has its biggest advantage when both sender and receiver are using iOS devices, has obvious hardware sales benefits.
One thing, though, Apple refers to Messages and iMessages. I wish they would figure out which they want to use as it likely means anyone writing a book about iOS devices will have their publishing date delayed due to Apple’s iBooks team. (When I published “Talking Digital” the eBook was rejected multiple times because there were references to the “iBookstore” rather than “iBooks Store.” The notices that reached me about the iBooks Store came, by the way, from the “iBookstore support” team.)
There are plenty of other new features inside iOS 10, far too many to mention here. I recommend reading a good rundown of the features to fully understand what you are getting with iOS 10. But the incremental improvements continue, the kind of incremental improvements I know a lot of publishers wish they were seeing for iBooks Author. iBA has not seen any update since a security update in March, and any major update since June of last year when the program finally started to support the iPhone. Along with iTunes, iBA is in serious need of attention.