The 3 most annoying changes in iOS 10

Despite offering a laundry list of useful features, there are some annoying aspects to the iPhone and iPad's latest operating system.

Jason Cipriani Contributing Writer, ZDNet
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The new iOS 10 beta is full of fun and useful features: Messages is completely revamped, you can delete Apple apps you hate and the Music app kind of makes sense now! Yet, as with any new release, there are some annoying aspects to iOS 10.

I need a tutorial for the lock screen

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Despite using iOS 10 for the past three weeks, I still struggle with the previously simply task of navigating the lock screen. Apple did away with the slide to unlock gesture we've used from day one of the iPhone. Instead, you now have to press the Home Button to unlock your phone. I know, that seems simple. Maybe it's just me. For whatever reason, the process of unlocking my iPhone now follows the pattern of picking up my phone, putting my finger on the Touch ID sensor... and waiting. A couple of seconds later I realize I have to press the home button to go to my home screen. Other times I pick up my phone, swipe to the right and stare at my screen as a list of widgets are displayed.

Eventually I'm sure I'll get the hang of it, but thus far it's one of the more annoying changes to iOS.

Can't truly delete apps

Hey, guess what? You can now delete Apple apps from your iOS device. Long press on an app icon until it does its special dance, then tap on the X.

See ya later, Stocks. Sayonara, Tips. I won't even miss you.

Neat, right? Kind of. When you delete an Apple app you're basically removing the icon from your home screen along with any user information stored within the app. You aren't actually deleting the app itself, potentially freeing up precious storage on your device. Buy hey, I suppose it's better than having a folder full of junk apps you never open.

Still can't set default apps

Speaking of deleting Apple's apps, after doing so you can't set a default app to take its place. For example, if you remove Calendar and Reminders and want to use Fantastical 2 as your default app for appointments and task lists, you're out of luck.

In fact, if you invoke an action that would normally launch one of Apples' apps (such as tapping on email address when Mail is deleted), you're greeted with an error message.

What's the point of deleting an Apple app if you can't truly replace it?

Admittedly, it's still early and there's time for Apple to alter the unlock process. Although, it's unlikely fully deleting apps or setting a default app will be added with this year. Maybe iOS 11?