Apple’s iOS 10: To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade

“More personal. More powerful. More playful.” Let’s see. Here’s an in-depth breakdown of Apple’s new iOS 10!

Three months after its announcement at the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) in June, on September 13, Apple released one of its biggest and long-awaited upgrades: iOS 10. Tim Cook’s auguring three adjective description of iOS 10 being “More personal. More powerful. More playful,” had caused a stir amidst many iOS users. Designed for iPhone 5 or later, the iOS update is compatible to not just the recent iPhone 7 buyers but for many of us—one reason why we love Apple. After Apple’s dramatic design makeover in iOS 7, this new iOS 10 was claimed to be the “biggest release yet,” an operating system embodying a multitude of next-generation and innovative features that will certainly break new ground. Here’s the dissection.

Actionable Siri: In iOS 10, Siri has returned smarter. Apple has opened Siri to third-party developers, allowing users to basically control non-built-in apps to perform particular actions in those apps. Tell Siri, “Let (your friend) know that I’ll be there in a few minutes in Skype” and it’ll do it for you. Siri is now more hands-off, available from keyboard as well. It can peruse your conversations in Messages, instantaneously suggesting scheduling for a calendar entry.



New Notifications: Mirroring Android’s quality feature of Notifications, iOS 10 has brought us a step closer to richer and more interactive notifications. This means, no need to unlock your iPhone for every notification you receive, but simple actions are available to be performed on the lock screen itself. Along with that, the 3D Touch compatible devices have been equipped with additional notification enhancements.



Lock Screen Overhaul: The most evident change coming in from the new update is on your lock screen. There are several new supplements on your lock screen. Apple has added a Raise to Awake feature—one previously from Apple Watch and Android—which automatically displays the screen when you pick it up, eliminating the process of pressing your home button just to check the time. Slide your lock screen to the left and you’ll see one of the biggest changes. Today widgets have been added straight onto your screen. Before this update, the Today menu was only available in the pulldown notification center. With the widgets accessible on the lock screen, you can customize your own menu with apps you want shortcut views to.



Photos: Embedded in the photos app are Apple’s advanced deep learning techniques that support recognition of not only people but also objects. Approximately 11 billion computations are calculated for each photo for the recognition techniques. An assistant technique has been patched as well, with the Photos app automatically rediscovering cherished memories to generate photo and video collages in the “memories” tab. You can now search your photos with specific keywords like “beach” or “armchair.”



Decluttered Control Center: The swipe-up Control Center has simplified, yet at the same time, has been added a new layer of complexity to. First, the layout menu has been redesigned for the ease of our eyes. The shortcuts have not changed much. However, a brand new panel solely dedicated for music controls has been added to the Control Center.



Apple Music: Apple Music has been refurbished with “greater clarity and simplicity to every aspect of the experience.” With navigable, accessible, and customized content, Apple Music has added several new tabs including “For You,” “Browse,” and “Library.” The new design also puts great emphasis on the aesthetics, highlighting the cover arts and leaving a whole lot of blank space baby.



Overall, these were the major renovations made on the iOS 10. However, just as eagerly anticipated as it was before the official release, the new upgrade after its debut has sparked controversy, proving its several pitfalls to rather unnecessary features.

Here’s what I think about the new overhaul.

I personally updated my iPhone the day of the release. Having always enjoyed new minor changes of every update, I was rather confronted by frustration when my iPhone reloaded after its completely new updated features.

Some more minor features and my opinions on it:

  1. Press Home to Unlock 

I would call this a change for the worse. No exaggeration, but one reason I had persistently clung to the iOS devices was because of their somehow satisfying “swipe to unlock” features. Unfortunately, Apple has completely reformed this motion to “press home to unlock.”

I don’t know, I think I am yet unsure. My fingers still remember the smooth, elegant glide as I swiped across the screen. But seeing camera activated after accidentally swiping the locked screen now bring tears to my eyes.

RIP, Slide to Unlock.

  1. New Emojis

Hundreds of emojis have had a makeover in this new update. Some noted changes are gender diversity to professions and sports (which I really like) and 72 new emojis including Sherlock Holmes.

However, the real evident change in my eyes is the new design. Claimed to have a design that is sharper, more detailed, and less glossy, the complete list of emojis has been restyled to give them a more human-like look. But having lost the original glossy shade and the drop shadow, iOS 10’s emojis have become more difficult to be differentiated from those of Android’s.

Smaller pupils for human emojis have lessened the sarcasm and sassiness that was conveyed in just one emoji.


See the Difference?


By the way, the real pistol has gone through an impeccable makeover to a green playful watergun. Yay, so exciting!pistol-emoji-ios10-emojipedia


  1. Apple Messages

At first glance, the new text messaging effects enticed me. Extra icons (Camera, Digital Touch, and App Store) have been added to messages allowing you to receive and send more than just text.

Digital Touch lets you generate animated drawings, including directly drawing in photos and sending “digitally touched” images. For instance, if you tap with two fingers, you can send a kiss. If you press with one finger, you can send a fireball.

In addition, you can send bubble and full-screen preset effects on individual text messages to really get that feeling across the screen. These animations include sending a message “slammed,” with “invisible ink,” “with fireworks,” “with balloons,” and the list goes on.

I guess this is what Apple meant by “More Playful.” These new message features are very creative and next-generation… to the point that they aren’t really necessary to me daily. It’s a bit like the 6S’s supposedly innovational 3D touch which I can never take advantage of ever. But I appreciate Apple’s attempt to make it playful.



  1. Redesigned Font

“Big. Bold. Beautiful” was Apple’s design mission. Apple has generally bulked up the size of its font and weighted bold to it. The enlarged font has not yet convinced me. Actually, it’s not just me, 67 percent of the tweets on the new font are negative. As someone who dug Apple’s former minimalistic aesthetic, I think the bolded text, especially that on the lock screen, is not satisfying to the eye at all.

Let’s take a look at a few KISian’s reactions:

“I like the new iOS 10 update! I appreciate how Apple is trying to make its utilities more versatile for usage, an aspect it was renown for lacking in. Because I like to customize my schedule and my priorities, the easily accessible tab for daily updates helped me organize and push me to be more productive concisely. Basically the new update is really practical in ameliorating the use my phone as opposed to constant resorts to apps that waste my time. There isn’t anything major that I dislike.”Elizabeth Lee (‘18)

“As a very organized “OCD” person, I have to say that I am a bit annoyed about how Apple has changed the Notifications Center. I insist on always having my notifications cleared up, and Apple has made it a bit harder for the users to erase all the notifications (for phones without 3D Touch). Up until iOS 9, the notifications could be organized in a user-defined fashion. However, iOS 10 is system-defined into a day-by-day organization that requires multiple touches to clear notifications from separate days, instead of organizing by app. Developers have been talking about this on the developer forums, but we don’t even know if this madness will change soon.”Nick Oh (‘18)

The Verdict: Overall, reactions to iOS 10 have been divided, with positive notes on its new built-in app advancements but negativity on the subtraction of Apple’s traditions and unnecessary additions. However, a majority has followed the process of anticipation, frustration, and regret. Perhaps we’re simply not ready for the yet unorthodox change. The paint hasn’t dried yet. Soon after, we may be perfectly adapted to this new world of iOS 10.

Yet, you read through the article and still fell in love with the new changes, here’s how you can update your device:

Settings > General > Software Update

–Yoo Bin Shin (‘18)

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Back to the Future: iPhone SE

Big phones may certainly be in, but Apple is making “compact” and “palm-friendly” the new cool. Several media analysts have duly reported that Apple has been working on a new 4-inch iPhone, its first device since the launch of the iPhone 5S in 2013. The company introduced the 4-inch iPhone SE on March 21, 2016, with the official launch following on March 31. Described as the “most powerful 4-inch iPhone ever,”, the iPhone SE features the design of the iPhone 5S with many of the internal components from the iPhone 6S, resulting in the latest and greatest mobile processor that is available in a smaller package than the previous model.

Basically, this time around, Apple did not come up with a new design for the smaller iPhone SE. Instead, they’ve recycled the old iPhone 5S model with multiple new components, which is basically reusing the same looks of a phone model three generations in a row. It’s definitely an odd move, witnessed for the first time in the technological industry.




First thing’s first –  the breakdown of the device. The new 4-inch iPhone is fundamentally a mixture of the iPhone 6 and 6S but in a body resembling an iPhone 5 (with the availability of the new rose gold color as well). The iPhone SE has the 4″ Retina display of the iPhone 5s, its first-generation Touch ID sensor, and an identical frame. However, in the internal aspect, it comes with the new Apple A9 chip with 2GB of RAM, the new 12MP main snapper, and a slightly bigger battery capacity.


These are the key advantages for the new iPhone:


  • 4″ 16M-color LED-backlit IPS LCD of 640 x 1136px resolution, 326ppi
  • Apple iOS 9
  • Dual-core 1.8 GHz Twister 64-bit CPU, PowerVR GT7600 GPU, 2GB of RAM, Apple A9 SoC
  • 12MP F/2.2 camera with True tone LED flash, phase detection auto focus, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, @60fps and @120fps video recording, 720p video recording @120fps and 240fps
  • 1.2MP F/2.4 front-facing camera, HDR mode, 720p@30fps video
  • Comes in 16 and 64 GB of built-in storage
  • First-gen Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • 4G LTE Cat.4 (150Mbps); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.2; Lightning port; GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS; NFC (Apple Pay only)
  • 1,624 mAh battery, Power saving mode


However, as usual, several disadvantages follow the phone as well:


  • No 3D Touch
  • No microSD slot
  • Lacks optical image stabilization
  • NFC functionality limited to Apple Pay
  • No wireless charging, an infrared port, or FM radio
  • No enhanced resistance to liquids or dust
  • No user-replaceable battery


Of course, these supposed limitations are a no-brainer to every Apple customers out in the world. Apple’s restrictions have been around for years, so they shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, although one can still capture Live Photos with the new model.




As for the meaning of the device’s name, Apple’s Phil Schiller told the mass that “SE” stands for “Special Edition”. Also, in the personal aspect, it is also an homage to the Macintosh SE.

In terms of the price, Apple is currently offering the iPhone SE in two compositions: 16GB of storage for USD $399 and 64GB of storage for $499. Also, it is planning to launched initially in countries including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US, with a plan to expand availability to additional countries starting in early April (hopefully Korea as well).

Critics have come up with two reasons to interpret this move, one being that Apple is trying to take the easy road. Basically, they have concluded that the company is striving toward the main goal of reusing an existing design to produce a lower, cost-effective iPhone without having to hurt margins. Another possible interpretation that they have come up with is that Apple is attempting to revive the much-anticipated iconic iPhone 5 design in an effort to appeal to a group of users who not only want a reasonably-priced alternative but would also prefer the smaller size. After all, about one-third of all Apple users are still using older 4-inch models, refusing to move on.

The verdict is out: iPhone SE has a nice nostalgic feeling of the past, back to the days of the smaller iPhones when they were dominating the smartphone market – its compact size and powerful hardware appreciated by many. Given the recycled design, it may hardly attract any new users to Apple’s platform, but will definitely cater to those who are stuck in the past to level and open up to the added features.


What do you think about the new iPhone design?