Not much is known about the devices that Apple Inc. will produce this fall. Although they are without any official commentary, the rising number of leaks and supply chain commentary creates a very good picture for what fans can expect. Aside from the rumors though, the workings of the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 — expected this Fall — can already be viewed today.
Apple iOS 10 beta 2
The new beta releases of Apple Inc. OSs offers us a better glimpse at the company’s next generation of gadgets. Today, the second beta versions of iOS 10, WatchOS 3, tvOS 10 and macOS Sierra are have been availed to developers. They let the public test-drive the workings of upcoming Apple hardware and lets the U.S. tech giant fine-tune its software in the process. Casting away the doubters, it is an even stronger indication that some new releases will definitely be coming our way this Fall.
Fans of the iPhone are eager to hear about how the next edition will be. In terms of physical properties, leaks have the public looking forward to a more durable and waterproof smartphone. Some changes will be made the device’s audio plug-in. Users can also expect some wireless charging qualities and a few inches shaved off the iPhone 7 range.
In terms of software, the first beta version of iOS 10 was launched 3 weeks ago. The software came with a lot of impressive fixes, but a lot of bugs too. This is no problem though. The time building up to September is a fine-tuning period and Apple uses it to gain feedback and make fixes to its software. IOS 10 beta 2 is now being tested and here are its improvements.
Apple Music got a text revamp. In iOS 10 beta, the music tool boasted large font displays that many developers weren’t too fond of. It appears as though that has been replaced with normal text. The updated platform also lets users shuffle music by artist — a feature that has been missed in recent versions. For those who prefer large aggressive fonts, a trip to Settings can restore the large texts.
Apple News is now no longer a fixed feature of the Home Screen.
More ways to take advantage of the company’s 3D Touch tech are here. They have been instilled in just about every native app as well as the Unlock Screen.
A bit touchy about 3D Touch
Apple’s iMessages has a few new 3D touch properties in the second beta version of iOS 10. Like in every other tool, the feature opens users up to shortcuts and other ways to interact will the app. This all depends on how hard you press down on it. Keeping with iMessages, there is a new iMessage App Store and compressed, low-quality images can be sent via the tool as well.
It seemed as though the first beta had Apple going crazy with its 3D Touch tech, making it an almost in-your-face sort of feature. Showing off is fine, but it was a hassle when it came to dealing with simple tasks, like viewing your notifications. Now checking your notifications without 3D Touch is much easier. A simple down swipe reveals your feed.
Staying with notifications, widgets are now usable in the Notification Center. The first beta needed users to be either inside an app, the Home Screen or Lock Screen in order to use widgets. That is no longer an issue on the second beta.
There is no need to press the TouchID button anymore. Users need only rest their fingers on the button for their fingerprints to be read. This is seen in the new “Rest Finger to Unlock” feature.
The above are but a few of the major changes on iOS 10 beta 2. There are a number of others too. The iOS platform is available to registered developers and is downloaded through the Developers portal.