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Should you download iOS 10 public beta on your iPhone or iPad?

It happens to me every year: I get excited after Apple announces a new iOS and install the public beta a month later just to be disappointed.

The new mobile system has a few interesting features up its sleeve. “Digital touch” are drawn message that displays an animation; the keyboard in Messages detects specific words in your conversations and replace them for emojis with just one tap.

Notes enables you to start a collaborative “document”, and Maps is supposed to be more helpful, suggesting places to visit during your commute.

Apple also added new widgets – that look a lot like Android, and Home was introduced as a new app to help you control all your intelligent appliances.

News and Music saw the most “radical” change. Typography is displayed more prominently throughout both apps, and Music has an entirely new layout, one that I’m not sure I like.

The “Playing” section is sidelined to the right on the iPad and resembles a pop-up window. “For You” is not the same useful feature it used to be; I miss refreshing the page to get playlists based on the day or mood. Apple’s new iOS 10 brings a set of sections with no upgrade option to get a new list of recommendations.

I enjoyed Music’s Lyrics tab that renders MusixMatch and other similar apps useless. (Apple loves destroying thirds party services by offering the same functionality right into its native apps.)

Oh, did I forget to mention app folders has a news animation? Tap on a folder and it will pop up to the centre of the screen while the background is blurred.

I’d have to spend more time with iOS 10 but think you can stay clear of the beta. Apple didn’t offer anything groundbreaking, again.

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