iOS 10 introduced to iPhone

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By Rosa Cesareo

While selecting music from her playlist, Jenny Martin, 10, queues the next five songs through the new update. Photo by Rosa Cesareo
While selecting music from her playlist, Jenny Martin, 10, queues the next five songs through the new update. Photo by Rosa Cesareo

Apple, Inc. has released the updated software program iOS 10 in sync with the arrival of the iPhone 7. The latest version includes multiple new features regarding the display and infrastructure of the smartphone.

One of the most prominent changes appears immediately with the click of a button.“Swipe to unlock” is in the past; users must use fingerprint recognition or press the home button to enter their password. Now, sliding left displays notifications from applications such as news, weather, and maps.

Although Delon “Ej” Mohammad, 11, likes the new update, he believes this was a pointless decision. “Unlocking your iPhone is a pain, especially if you don’t have Touch iD because you have to press the home button in order to put in your password,” Mohammad said.

The update also affects iMessages layout and function. Emojis have been added and appear with more realistic characteristics, and various symbols have been exchanged, including the pistol replaced by a water gun. Users can send handwritten notes and drawings which may be animated and disappear. Incorporated in iMessages, classic games including Battleship and Pool create competition between contacts and introduce a unique twist to texting.

“I like that you can play games through text,” Caitlyn Schwob, 10, said. “I didn’t update at first because I was skeptical, especially since I hated iOS 9. Now, after seeing how much my friends like the new software, I really want to update my phone.”

Apple customers now have the option to manipulate applications like never before with the ability to delete basic programs such as stocks and compass. This is due to complaints from many users about the irrelevance of these features in the past.

“Being able to pick and choose which apps I want is really cool because I have more control now,” Jenny Martin, 10, said. “So far I’ve deleted stocks, news, and iBooks. I love it.”

Despite the initial mix of reactions to iOS 10, customers appear to be satisfied with the overall function of the new software program. As Apple, Inc. receives feedback from customers, they will continue to adjust bugs and work to meet iPhone users’ demands.