iOS 10, like every new release of Apple’s mobile operating system, is a compelling update that’s full of new features, including a beefed up Messages app, redesigned Apple Music and Maps apps, richer notifications and better widget support.
A less sexy reason to update to iOS 10 is for its the security updates, which will protect you from getting hacked.
But while iOS 10 adds a slew of new features, you may not actually want to update. Here’s why.
1. It’ll slow your iOS device down
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. New software updates are nice, but when applied to old hardware, especially from two years or older, you’re bound to get a device that’s even slower than it was before.
iOS 10 is compatible with iPhones as far back as the iPhone 5, which is four years old. As you can see in EverythingApplePro’s annual speed test comparison, older iPhones running iOS 10 take longer to boot up and launch apps.
2. New features eat up more storage
Message’s overhaul, with all of its GIFs and stickers and fancy animations and full screen effects is arguably the best thing about iOS 10. Same goes for the “Memories” that the revamped Photos app generates using videos and pictures.
But all of that content fills up your iOS device quicker. You’ll be in absolute hell if you own an 8GB iPhone 5C or a 16GB iPhone anything that can be updated to iOS 10.
3. Apple Music still sucks
OK, Apple Music is better than the original version that launched last year, but not by much. As I said in my review, the fonts are huge and the app still insists on weaseling in Apple Music features even when you turn the settings off.
Some of the controls are also more confusing. Like why are the repeat and loop buttons a swipe up from the music controls?
If you like your Music player without Apple Music shoehorned in, don’t update to iOS 10.
4. You prefer the gun emoji over the water gun
Apple replaced the gun emoji with a water gun in iOS 10. Really? Yes, really. If you’re on an older version of iOS, you’ll still be able to send the gun emoji, but the recipient will see a squirt gun. And when someone on iOS 10 sends you a squirt gun, you’ll see a gun.
5. It takes more swipes to do things
The goal with touchscreen interface design should always, always be to require fewer steps. The new Control Center is one example where it takes more swipes to do something than in iOS 9. For instance, to access the music player controls, you now how to swipe one from the right. Before, it was all on one panel. Requiring more taps and swipes is the opposite of progress.
6. Reducing motion turns off Message effects
This one is an annoying one if you have Reduce motion turned on like I do. Reduce motion, as I detailed in a previous story, turns off the home screen wallpaper parallax effect and the folder zooming for less nauseating fade transitions.
But for some reason, on iOS 10 it also turns off Message’s bubble and fullscreen effects. Hey Apple, please fix!
7. You just hate change
Maybe you’re just a grumpy person who is adverse to change. You don’t want to learn new things and adjust your habits. Totally reasonable. Stay on iOS 7 or 8 or 9. At least you’ll still have swipe to unlock instead of press home to unlock!