iOS 10 Public Beta – Hands On
iOS 10 will be lunched in fall like any other iOS version. However, you can already give a try to iOS 10’s beta. Even though iOS 10 is not finished and buggy ( that is why I wouldn’t recommend you to download it ), beta gives you an idea of what is coming.
iOS 10 is all about lock screen. Once, the lock screens on iPhones were just about showing time and the preview of notifications. However, Apple changed everything on lock screen expect the clock. Even the iPhone’s signature “slide to unlock” is gone. Now, you don’t need to touch to the screen on your iPhone to unlock it. As you lift your iPhone up, the lock screen will appear. However, from there, you need to press the home button or just scan your finger on TouchID.
During the WWDC 2016, the question was why Apple removed “Slide to unlock” feature. The answer is to open a space for widgets. Yes, you read it right. There are widgets right in your lock screen and these widgets are more useful than the ones that you got from Android few years ago. You can add widget for weather, for your favorite contacts or for third-party apps.
3D Touch gained a lot of new features with iOS 10. Now, you can even use 3D Touch on your lock screen. For example, you can apply pressure on a notification and then you will be able to interact with it. The best example for this feature would be iMessages. If you get a message, you will see the preview like always. However, what is different is that you can apply pressure on the message, and it will bring a screen where you can not only write a respond but also see the previous messages.
Android users are familiar with the widgets on the lock screen ( even though widgets on the lock screen are not available with the latest version of Android ) and they will probably say that they had this feature for years. Yes, they are right. However, the thing with Apple is that they don’t rush to bring new features. As a result, those new features are more useful and their products work great.
Again, iOS 10 is all about lock screen which is actually the screen that we check 110 times everyday ( according to the studies ).