Katie's Week In Review: September 18, 2016

This week saw the release of iOS 10 and watchOS 3, and new iPhones being delivered. Here are the links of note from around the web for the week ending September 18, 2016:

  • iOS 10: The MacStories Review iOS 10 was released to the world this week and Federico Viticci has released his epic review. This 10,000+ word review covers soup to nuts everything you could possibly want to know about the new operating system and in-depth analysis of what the new features mean for iOS users. Snuggle up in a comfy chair with a nice beverage and check it out.
  • The iPhone 7 reviews were also released this week, here are a look at a few of my favorites:
  • iPhone 7 Plus Teardown - The folks at iFixit quickly went to work tearing apart a new iPhone 7 Plus. (They also tore down an Apple Watch Series 2) Overall iFixit gives the iPhone a 7 out of 10 on the repairability scale (with 10 being easiest to repair). They say the battery is straightforward to access and the new solid state home button eliminates a common point of failure. They also praise the iPhone for improved water and dust protection which eliminates the need for repairs associated with accidental spills. However, with the additional waterproofing, the removal of the display assembly is more difficult.
  • tvOS 10 is missing its best feature, but this show ain’t over yet - Writing for Macworld, Dan Moren that tvOS 10 was released this week, however it’s landmark feature, single sign-in didn’t make the cut. Instead Apple has updated their tvOS page to ay the feature is “coming soon.”
  • PSA: iOS 10 No Longer Supports 3rd-Gen Apple TV as HomeKit Hub - Speaking of the Apple TV, Jim Tanous at The Mac Observer points out that with iOS 10, the 3rd Generation Apple TV appears to have actually lost a feature, the ability to act as a HomeKit hub. As a partial compromise, iOS 10 does introduces the ability to use an iPad as your Hub instead, which is helpful if you have an iPad you keep primarily at home.
  • Can’t access iMessage effects in iOS 10? Here’s the culprit. Admittedly, I’ve been a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to some of the new features of Messages in iOS 10. I have a certain friend who shall remain nameless who insists on sending me messages with ridiculous effects an animations. As Dan Moren writing for Six Colors notes, if you turn on the Reduce Motion option in Accessibility it prevents you from sending, or receiving some of the new iMessage effects. Some call this an annoyance. Some may call this a feature.
  • Switch your Apple Watch to a new iPhone - Every time I have to swap out my iPhone I mess up my Apple Watch. I feel like Apple should give an explicit warning about his. Before you make the same mistake I did, here’s an article from Apple on the steps to properly switch your Apple Watch to a new iPhone.
  • Tim Cook went on Good Morning America to talk about the new iPhone 7 and AirPods.