Apple's newest mobile operating iOS 10 is set to be released in September and there is definitely a lot to love about it. New features like the Messages revamp, new lock screen functions, voicemail transcriptions, an exclusive Home App, third-party functionality to Siri, and Maps are just some of the improvements we are excited about.
However, according to a few observant users, there is this one annoying thing about the whole iOS experience that is yet to be fixed. Connecting to a Wi-Fi network or pairing with a Bluetooth device still takes too long, with one excruciating step too many.
Signing in to a new Wi-Fi network or pairing with a new Bluetooth device on an iPhone means going through Settings, selecting the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth section, then and only then could you choose the device.
Unlike on Android, all one needs to do is to elegantly swipe down from the top, click the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth icon and BAM!, a list of all available networks or devices is there to do your bidding.
On an iPhone, swiping up from the bottom of the screen gives you the Control Center with comparable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons, but they are there to merely turn Wi-Fi and Bluetooth off. To connect or pair to a new network or device, one has to hunt and go through that pesky Settings section again. Oh, the humanity!
If one sets up a race between an iPhone and an Android device to see who could pair with a Bluetooth speaker faster, the Android device always wins, of course, clocking in at about five seconds. Meanwhile, the process the iPhone takes to navigate through that crowd of app icons to zero-in to the Settings page chews up more time than it should.
Kidding aside, this little nitpick is maybe something Apple could look at and fix in future iOS versions. I mean, going through the Settings section is such a time-waster, I'd rather do something else with those precious seconds. Like, watch a cat fish another cat, perhaps? BAM!