Upgrade Apple Devices to iOS 10 - dummies

By Ryan C. Williams

Upgrading your current Apple iOS device to iOS 10 brings a few new features and options to you. The question is — should you make the upgrade?

Can your device handle iOS 10?

The oldest iPhone that can make the upgrade is the iPhone 5, although these owners might want to hold off for a bit. Typically, the oldest eligible devices tend to see a slow down when they make the switch, and you’ll be perfectly fine without it for a while. The same applies to iPad owners with 4th-generation models or iPad mini two models.

What will iOS 10 give you?

If you believe what Apple pushes in their advertisements, it’s all about messages. Specifically, the Messages app receives a huge upgrade, and you can make your messages bounce, shake, and leap across the screen with all sorts of new emoji and stickers of all sizes and shapes.

You can send your own handwriting, draw on the screen, or use an “invisible ink” feature that requires the recipient to swipe across the screen to see the image. Sadly, this feature does not involve lemon juice or an open flame. In fact, keep those two last things far away from your iPhone or iPad.

Siri also gets a major upgrade, but you’ll notice the upgrade mostly with how Siri interacts with your other apps. The good folks that make the apps for the iPhone get more access to Siri, which means Siri can now use the apps almost as much as you can.

This feature might not be readily apparent when iOS 10 first rolls out, but soon you’ll be asking Siri to order delivery, pay with your preferred app, choose your preferred delivery service, and maybe even have her open the door when the delivery arrives. Soon, every lazy notion you ever had will find fulfillment.

Apps like Maps and Photos also get major upgrades, including upgraded routing and search capabilities. The News and Music apps get fresh redesigns.

But all of these upgrades revolve around a more tightly integrated operating system. Basically, iOS 10 is designed to give you more access to what you want to do without having to bounce through multiple apps to get it done. You can answer messages from any screen, just pick up the phone to see notifications, and other enhancements that let you find what you need more quickly.

Theoretically, this step would get you to put your phone down faster, but you know that’s not going to happen. Instead, think of it as maximizing the time you have before cruel reality pulls you back into the business meeting or family life. Oh, the agony.

So should you upgrade?

iOS 10 sure offers a bunch of new and useful features, but hold off on the initial upgrade for a few days after the release if it’s absolutely vital to use your device. Not that the upgrade will really mess things up for you. Plenty of design and testing went into this release, and it’s highly unlikely the release will brick your phone.

But the first few days always bring some bugs to light, and waiting until the first patch is released a few days later may spare you some pain and heartbreak. Users of older devices will want to see how others fared with the upgrade as well. Take your time and know what you’re jumping into, but you should be okay.