On Upcoming Changes in iOS 10

UPDATE October 7, 2016: We’ve discovered a workaround for the issue with the un-launchable system apps in iOS 10 and a fix is now out in Launcher v2.2.3 now. Please note that this is just a workaround, it doesn’t mean that Apple changed their mind on the issue. In fact, it is quite possible that they could release a new version of iOS 10 that breaks this workaround, so beware when upgrading iOS 10 versions. We’ll try to keep everyone up to date if we discover that a new version of iOS 10 breaks the workaround.

UPDATE September 8, 2016: Apple has released the iOS 10 final candidate and they did not restore this functionality and these system apps are still not launchable. This is disappointing, but it is still possible that Apple could restore this functionality in an update to iOS 10 in the future. If this is something you would like to see, please send them feedback. Details on how to do this are in the original post below.

The only way currently to launch these system apps is to either remain on iOS 9 or downgrade your device back to iOS 9. However, you will only be able to downgrade back to iOS 9 until September 19, 2016 or so. Here are instructions on how to do that.

As some of you may have heard, Apple has made changes in iOS 10 so that some system apps can no longer be launched from third-party apps like Launcher. Namely, the apps that were previously launchable in iOS 8 and 9 from widgets, but can no longer be launched in iOS 10 are: Settings, Clock, Weather, Contacts, iCloud Drive, Voice Memos, and the Phone app (just launching the app is affected, you can still make phone calls).

Obviously the removal of this functionality is as disappointing to me as it is to you. In particular, Settings launchers are very popular because of the tremendous utility of being able to directly open specific screens within the Settings app without the burden of navigating to them when you want to quickly toggle a setting.

Several users have asked me if this loss of functionality is going to remain in iOS 10 once it is out of beta and only Apple knows the answer to that question. There is a precedent of Apple removing functionality in iOS betas only to add it back before the final version is released. Apple removed the ability to lookup the device’s Wifi SSID in iOS 9 betas only to have the functionality restored once iOS 9 was released.

This is where I need your help. I’m not sure that Apple understands how many users are relying on this functionality, and I hope that if enough users contact them to let them know how useful it is and that they don’t want to see it removed, perhaps Apple will change their mind before iOS 10 is released in September.

If you have the iOS 10 beta installed on your device, you can send them feedback using the installed Feedback app. If you don’t have iOS 10 installed yet, you can send them feedback here. Please remember that calm, well-reasoned justifications will go much farther than yelling and screaming.

The following is a good example of the proper feedback to send. Feel free to use it as a template for forming your own feedback.

Dear Apple,

Since widgets were introduced in iOS 8, certain system apps like Settings were able to be launched via their custom URL schemes from widgets. However, this functionality has been removed in iOS 10 as the “prefs” custom URL scheme no longer works. The ability to have a button to go straight into the Bluetooth screen within the Settings app to quickly and efficiently connect devices is invaluable to me and the loss of this functionality greatly diminishes the utility of my iPhone. Therefore, I would like to ask you to either revert this change or create an alternative way to allow the Settings app to be launched from third party widgets in iOS 10.

Thank you for your consideration.

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11 thoughts on “On Upcoming Changes in iOS 10

  1. I will do what I can as I come across them, but your example leads me to believe that the items you mention will fall under “repeating core functionality”

    I disagree though because most devices do not have 3D Touch. But the Bluetooth functionality I use directly from the settings app now.

  2. Thanks for letting me know. This is a feature I use frequently. I have used the link and your template to issue a request for reinstatement.

  3. […] As some of you may have heard, Apple has made changes in iOS 10 so that some system apps can no longer be launched from third-party apps like Launcher. Namely, the apps that were previously launchable in iOS 8 and 9 from widgets, but can no longer be launched in iOS 10 are: Settings, Clock, Weather, Contacts, iCloud Drive, Voice Memos, and the Phone app (just launching the app is affected, you can still make phone calls). ソース:Cromulent Labs […]

  4. […] “Apple has released the iOS 10 final candidate and they did not restore this functionality and these system apps are still not launchable. This is disappointing, but it is still possible that Apple could restore this functionality in an update to iOS 10 in the future,” Cromulent Labs, the company behind Launcher, explained in a blog post. […]

  5. Hi – have put in a request. Where I found them most useful was direct access to personal hotspot and accessibility screen feature so at night i could quickly get to invert screen and grey scale to give a poor simulacra of dark mode so I wouldn’t have a bright light annoying my partner.

  6. […] 「AppleはiOS 10の最終公開予定版でこの機能を復活させなかったため、システム設定項目を起動することはできない。これは大変残念なことだが、Appleが将来iOS 10をアップデートしてこの機能を復活する可能性は残っている」と、Launcherを開発したCromulent Labsが自社のブログで説明した。 […]

  7. I’ve send tickets regarding this matter to Apple for both iPhone and iPad. It’s also annoying that in iOS10 you have to take extra steps when viewing your widgets by going to the Notification Center and then swipe again to see the widgets instead of the way it was with iOS8/9 to see them immediately. I never use the Notification tab there and always want to see the widgets instantly.

  8. Hi, I just upgraded to iOS 10 due to another removed-compatibility created in the new OS (with the Kwikset Kevo app). That developer worked with Apple and after just a couple of weeks, functionality is now restored.

    Is the Launcher developer similarly working with Apple to get this functionality restored? Telling users to write a polite letter to Apple is all well and good, but the thousands of Apple discussion threads of users complaining (to no avail) about things like this are a pretty good indication of how effective user complaints are at getting Apple to act. The app developer is in a much better position to get this handled.

    In other words, please handle!

    • Hi, thanks for the comment. I have already contacted Apple and filed a bug with them on this issue. They closed the bug on this, saying it was a duplicate of an existing bug. That’s really the only way that developers can interact with Apple. Since that path was exhausted, I asked users to help by sending feedback to Apple. You may not be aware, but I have some experience in this in the past. Almost exactly 2 years ago, Apple pulled Launcher from the App Store saying that it didn’t want its functionality on iOS. After many users complained and filed petitions to bring Launcher back, Apple finally reversed course and allowed Launcher back into the App Store six months later.

  9. I really miss that functionality. Why the hell people are now forced to find switch for example buried deep in settings when it was possible to access that switch via easy to access shortcut? There definitely must be some people haters working for Apple 😦

  10. […] It’s already been a few weeks since iOS 10 launched, however the developer is hopeful that perhaps Apple will reverse the choice. If you wish to assist him out, you possibly can ship the suggestions to Apple (more on that here). […]

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