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iOS 10 Review

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The iOS 10 upgrade grants iPhone owners access to a number of conceptual interactivity upgrades that Apple has been developing and polishing for some time in advance. The visible interface adjustments are relatively minor upon installation, though the first minor cosmetic alteration that users may notice are the lightly redesigned notification bubbles.
Widgets extension functionality

The most significant change that iOS 10 is intended to facilitate is an boost to the performance capacity of certain apps. One of the more subtle but notable signs of iOS 10 empowerment is a streamlined window of access into information-streaming apps made possible through an upgrade Widgets extension capability.

If the user assigns their favorite information-streaming apps into the Widgets pane, then they’ll be able to view updates without needing to manually touch the app icons to pull up their feeds individually.

The new Widgets design places the Today View in three different positions: the lock screen, the notification feed, and to the immediate left of the home screen. In addition to the default widgets that Apple provides as a standard in all iOS 10 installations, there are a number of downloadable widgets that can be added as well

3D Touch display.

Miniature widget icons have been incorporated into iOS 10’s 3D Touch display. 3D Touch consists of three distinct panes: the smart homes control pane, the audio adjustment pane, and the system customization pane.

Third-party app incorporation with Siri

Though Siri is not compatible with all different third-party apps, a few categories of apps can now be accessed via Siri’s recognition. Some of the apps that have been confirmed compatible with iOS 10 Siri are LinkedIn, Uber, and a number of other lifestyle convenience apps designed for outgoing communication, photography and instant mobile payment.

Lock screen redesign

One of the more immediately noticeable updates is the redesign of the lock screen. Rather than going through with the familiar process of sliding a bar across the screen with a finger to unlock the main interface, users now have a two-step process that consists of a Touch ID input sequence and a single depression of the home button.

Summary

Ultimately, iOS 10 shows a willingness in Apple to start inching away from its interface’s status quo. Updates such as the lock screen makeover, Widget extensions, Siri’s new compatibility with 3rd-party apps, while not dramatic adjustments, offer appreciable convenience.

Reddit App

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The Reddit App is here! Redditors have been patiently anticipating the Reddit app launch and it finally happened April 2016. With about 50 percent of Reddit users being mobile friendly, Reddit  decided to make an in-house application to facilitate their mobile users and replace their Alien Blue third party application.

Advantages

  • Subreddits can be customized
  • iOS download is at 4.8 megabytes
  • A Night Theme Option to make night reading easier
  • A Sunlight Theme Option that will help read in the sunlight
  • Monthly Updates
  • Free

Recent Complains

Every new product has a few bugs in them until they are perfected, and they get perfected with use. Some users critique the app and say streaming content is slow. The Tech Info Group computer network specialists point out that the Android app  lacks features that third party apps currently have and the interface is less manageable.  Landscape mode is not available and  Imgur, an online image sharing and image host by Alan Schaaf, has slow buffering. We hope Reddit takes into consideration these recent complains in the next updates.

Limitations

Currently the app seems to be limited to the United States audience. Reddit seems to be doing a slow roll-out of their application, going country by country to prevent legal issues. So if the app is not available in your area,  stay tuned, it may reach soon.

The Reddit app can be downloaded for free on Google Play and iTunes for IOS devices. Here we will be focusing on the app for Androids.

YouTube for iOS

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Users have all the capabilities with the YouTube app that they need to enjoy all of YouTube’s features just like they would on a PC or TV app. You can search for videos, upload videos, manage account settings, playlists, and customize your favorite videos. Everything is organized and integrates well with the layouts on iPhones, iPads and any other Apple device you might be using to browse with.

Pros
Probably the biggest plus of this app is what’s called the picture-in-picture feature. This allows users who are watching a video to be able to shrink the video into a corner to continue watching, and then they can search for the next video they want to watch. Also when you want to find new videos with the discovery feature, the app does a good job categorizing videos and making your options easier. You also have all the share options on this app for when you want to share the video on your social media accounts or send it to a friend.

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