Best new features of iOS 10

iOS 10 is one of the biggest upgrades Apple has made to their mobile operating system. If you’re overwhelmed by all the new and upgraded features in iOS 10 you’re certainly not alone–but have no fear, we’ve been playing with it for months, and we’re happy to highlight all the really great features you should be using right now.

Apple has improved the lock screen experience with iOS 10. You'll now be able view your lock screen just by picking up your phone, as well as action notifications using 3D Touch. These features aren't quite as revolutionary as Apple is making out, but it's good they're finally landing on iDevices.

Talking of 3D Touch, Apple is filling out the usage of its big hardware addition of last year's iPhone 6S. You'll be able to press and hold firmly on app icons to bring up widgets - essentially providing you with key information without actually entering the apps.

Apple and open source software aren't normally found in the same sentence, but the Cupertino-based firm's hand has been forced to a certain extent and it's releasing the Siri API to the developer community. Some of the third-party integrations coming include Uber, WhatsApp, Skype and Slack. If you enjoy talking to your phone, this is actually kind of exciting.

There's a bunch of new AI functionality coming to Apple's native Photos app, including new facial and location detection capabilities, more powerful search, and a new tab called Memories that will turn your photos into highlight-style reels based around things like location and people. We'll have to see how this one pans out in the flesh – it sounds like a nicety rather a game-changer (and is more than a bit reminiscent of HTC's Zoe), but let's not poo-poo it before we've tried it.

Maps, like Siri and Photos, is getting smarter and more open. Developers will be able to access the Maps API in iOS 10 and beyond, so we can look forward to things like native restaurant booking and ride hailing.

There's some aesthetic tweaks, too, but more meaningfully there's loads more predictive functionality – things like nearby dining suggestions. There's also improved navigation, including traffic report integration, so Maps will now be able to offer you alternative routes when there's loads of congestion – all of which is coming to CarPlay too.

As with many other areas of iOS 10, Apple is integrating third party services into Maps. You'll be able to make dinner reservations with restaurants from directly within the Maps app, for example.

iOS will feature an all new native app called Home. Expanding on the HomeKit framework, it'll be one-stop shop for all your connected and smart home gear. It'll also feature in the Control Center, so you can access it from the lock screen.

In iOS 10, Messages is getting a pretty substantial overhaul. You'll be able to write messages in your own hand-writing, alter the way message bubbles look, send quick 'Tapback' responses, and even add animations.

Emoji are getting bigger (three times bigger) and easier to insert, with iOS recommending potential word replacements for you. Meanwhile, you'll be able to slap virtual stickers all over your message threads.

But potentially the biggest addition of all will be iMessage apps. Apple is essentially turning the app into its own platform, with third party developers able to make their content accessible directly through the Messages app.

We knew this one was coming, but it was good to see confirmation that Apple is going back to the drawing board with Apple Music nonetheless.

Apple Music's new approach looks a lot cleaner and simpler than before. Upon entering the app, for example, you'll be taken straight to the Library section.

You'll also be able to view lyrics while you're listening to your music. Well, someone must have asked for it...

Apple has made a couple of alterations to the iOS 10 Phone app. Chief among them is the way it transcribes your voicemail messages. It'll also be able to detect when an incoming unknown caller is likely to be spam.

There's a chance you're one of the ten people who actually use Apple News. If so, you'll be interested in this one. It's receiving an Apple Music-like design overhaul, with similar chunky titles. Subscriptions and breaking news notifications are also incoming.

Apple Pay is making its way to web purchases with iOS 10. There'll be a new 'Buy with Apple Pay' button appearing on website checkout screens, which will mean you can authorize payments using the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Apple Maps
Find My Car: Siri automatically detects when you’re driving and drops a pin at the location you stop, so you can easily find it later.

Avoid Tolls: when setting a route, you can now choose to specifically avoid toll roads. A nice Google Maps catch up feature.

Apple Maps gets a major upgrade in iOS 10, but you could remove it completely if you want. Image credit: Apple

Location Suggestions: In iOS 10 when you enter a Calendar event you will find locations are suggested automatically using Apple Maps. This is a catch up to Google Calendar in Android which taps into Google Maps for the same functionality.

Apple Mail
Fast Unsubscribe: emails with unsubscribe links will now automatically have them displayed at the top of each message with an easy to hit button.

Unread Only: when viewing your mailbox, look for the filter icon (bottom left corner) and change the default setting to ‘Filtered by: Unread’

Quick Actions: Swipe left on a message in the new threaded view and it will reveal quick actions such as flag, reply and trash.

Apps (In General)
App Widgets: Shortcut: 3D Touch on an app that supports widgets and you will get a preview of the widget and the option to quickly add it, along with the usual 3D Touch shortcuts.

Prioritize App Installs: when restoring a device or installing multiple new apps you can use 3D Touch to long press on any app waiting to be downloaded on the homescreen and you will get a ‘Prioritize Download’ option, to save you waiting around.

Hide Unwanted Apps: iOS 10 now lets users remove any stock app they don’t want (Stocks, Compass, I’m looking at you). This works the same way as removing third party apps: just long press on any app and hit ‘x’, they can be brought back in Settings

Apple Music
Optimized Storage: Apple Music settings now allow you to automatically free up space by removing downloaded tracks you haven’t listened to after a predefined period. Go to: Settings > Music > Downloads. They can always be re-downloaded later.

Smart Downloads: go to Settings > Music > Downloads and switch ‘Automatic Downloads’ to on and you will find any album can be quickly downloaded by tapping the ‘+Add’ button. Useful for those who do a lot of offline listening (such as frequent flyers).

Don’t Stop The Music: Apple has stopped the camera mode automatically killing any music recording from the device the moment it is opened. Great if your phone is also the source of music for a party. Music still stops if you want to record a video or Live Photo.

Bedtime Reminders: open the Clock app and you’ll find a new tab: ‘Bedtime’. This can be used to define the typical times you go to bed, wake up and the length of sleep you prefer. You then get reminders and along with tracking of your sleeping habits which can be viewed in the Health app.

‘Close All’ Shortcuts
Safari – Close All Tabs: Quickly ditch your browser tabs on iPads with a long press on the Tab View button, which brings up the close all tabs options. iPhones require an extra step: open Tab View then long press on ‘Done’, to generate the option.

Notifications – Close All: Sick of the tiny ‘x’ on each notification? In iOS 10 you can remove them all at once with a 3D Touch iPhone. Just use a harder press on the X at the top of the list and you will get a ‘Clear All’ option. A really useful feature hidden behind the glamour or ‘Rich Notifications’.

Control Center
Quick Timer Options: bring up the Control Center and owners of 3D Touch enabled iPhones can use a harder press to bring up 1, 5, 20 and one hour instant timer options.

Calculator Memory: 3D touch the calculator icon in the Control Center and you can copy in the answer to your last calculation, saving precious time.

Camera shortcuts: just like the Camera icon on the homescreen, 3D Touch options have been extended to bring up specific shooting modes for the camera icon in the Control Center.

Music & Home Hidden: strangely, Control Center in iOS no longer shows music controls on its mainscreen. To access this you have to swipe left and if you swipe left once more you get shortcuts for the Home app.

Flashlight Tweaks: For 3D Touch enabled iPhones (6S and above) open up the Control Center and use a harder pressure touch on the flashlight icon to get low, medium and high brightness options.

Read Receipts: users can now request notifications for when their messages to other iMessage users have been read.

iMessage in iOS 10 gains lots of new functionality, including gif libraries.

Image Search: When writing a message, tap the App Store icon and you can swipe to an images page and search for anything you want.

Save Data: Go to Settings > Messages > Enable Low Quality Image Mode.

Hello Third Party Apps: highlight a word in iOS 10 and you will find ‘Define’ has been replaced by ‘Look Up’ and includes the option to search for the term in the App Store, Apple Music, online search or Wikipedia. There’s third party app support for this as well.

Unlock – Old School
Restore Touch to Unlock: iOS 10 requires users to physically press the home button to unlock their devices, rather than just make contact for the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. If you don’t like this go to: Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button and enable: ‘Rest Finger to Open’ to get the old method back.

iOS 10 has a multitude of new features, but many rely on 3D Touch which is restriction to the iPhone 6S range and newer.

iOS10 has been really looked forward to. Here one of our writer, gives you a first hand experience at how iOS 10 works:

Within just days of release of iPhone 7, Apple has released the newest upgrade to their OS i.e., the iOS 10. The upgrade is made available for iPhone 5 or newer and iPad 4 or newer, which means we finally bid goodbye to our beloved iPhone 4s.

Making its way in a highly competitive market and already struggling through ‘bricking’ bugs, the latest iOS is actually a breath of fresh air as compared to its previous versions. I quickly upgraded my iOS and got back with the review for you right here. Check it out:

Getting Started:
The size of the upgrade significantly large, somewhere around 850 MB. So makes sure, you got space. After installing, the iPhone restarts, asks a few passwords and welcomes you to the home screen.

What you initially might have missed out, is that Apple finally let go off its very popular ‘swipe to unlock’ feature with this upgrade and replaced it with ‘press to unlock’. The new gesture is hard to get to use to but well, it’s seemingly cool.

After that, what you encounter next is the new ‘Home’ app. As the name suggests, the app is a homekit app and is your go to place to manage all your smart home gadgets in just one place. Kinda cool for Apple to bring in something new and probably employable in daily use, to the smartphone world.

Another new feature with iOS 10 are the new widgets that appear with swiping left onto the home screen. Apple has been continuously remodelling its widgets appearance and hands down, it has never been disappointing. With the new customisable widgets, it gives a lot of power to the user which is mostly the aim of any new upgrade.

Swiping down, we are faced with another new change. The ‘Notifications’ feature has also been stylised with this iOS, quite handy but takes a little time to get used to.

Getting into more details the complete makeover of the ‘Photos’ app is a remarkable change. It’s been long since any of Apple’s previous updates touched that area and as you can see it has quite been changed and for the better good. It’s easier and a bit sassy too.

The other new welcomed changed is that of the ‘Messages’ app. One of the most primer sources of communications between iPhone users, Apple’s ‘Messages’ app has been improved significantly.

Designed to compete strongly with Facebook’s ‘Messenger’ and ‘Whatsapp’ app, ‘Messages’ now allows third party integration alongside exciting additions such asGIF messages, handwritten messages, photo messages with doodles, messages with laser light (digital touch messages) etc.

Welcoming a list of changes, the ‘Music’ app has also been reorganised. Bolder and clearer, using ‘Music’ has actually become a lot easier since the last update, iOS 9. It’s not clumsy and traversing music has gotten a plenty of simplification.

Last but not the least, iOS 10 finally lands its users the authority to remove built-in apps and rid the iPhone of unnecessary factory installed apps. So long, ‘Stocks‘.

The Final Verdict:
iOS 10 offers the users a fresh new experience of Apple’s ever changing technology,without actually having to force them into buying the newest smartphone.

The inclusion of new features that are comparatively old to Google’s newest Android, the efforts are not completely redundant.

They add to the whole Apple experience more than any other upgrade up until now. There’s a lot of scope of developments in Music as well as in the Notifications scenario of iOS but, for now, the changes are welcomed.

Apple unveiled iOS 10, the next-generation operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, on June 13, 2016, releasing it to the public exactly three months later on September 13. At the introduction, Apple CEO Tim Cook described iOS 10 as the "biggest release ever" for iOS users, and the operating system includes major updates for a wide variety of apps, services, and features, including Messages, Siri, Photos, Maps, Apple Music, News, Apple Pay, Control Center, and more.

Some iOS 10 tips and tricks

Universal Clipboard
IOS 10 letting you copy and paste content across devices. Stop SMSing yourself that crucial bit of text or photo. It makes sense for content to live on multiple devices via the clipboard, and that's what will happen with iOS 10 and macOS Sierra.

QuickType understands context
Apple's QuickType keyboard now understands context. What that means is that, for example, if a friend asks where you are, the keyboard will realize that and suggest you send location data, which you'll be able to do at the tap of a button.

Siri is basically becoming a part of your keyboard. In fact, the keyboard will learn new works as time goes on, so if you type anything it will realize not to change. It will also know when you might want to schedule something in your calendar. All in all, your keyboard is going to become a whole lot more helpful. QuickType proactively gives you information it thinks you'll need, so you'll no longer have to look for it yourself. Contacts and your location are just one tap away.

Access the camera by swiping left
Until now, to access the camera you've had to slide from the bottom corner up. Now you'll be able to swipe from anywhere on the screen right to the left, which will automatically pull up the camera. It's a much bigger gesture target. Apple understands how important quick access to the camera is -- that's why it included camera access from the lock screen in the first place. This update should make taking a snapshot that much easier. You won't need precision to get to the camera app as soon as possible -- simply take your phone out and swipe to it.

Split View In Safari
When you are browsing a web page in Safari on the iPad you can now open up two pages next to each other. Press and hold on a link and then choose Open in Split view launching two web pages next to each other. You can use each page independently. It’s awesome for comparison shopping.

Quick Notification view
When you pick up your iPhone, you can now see all your notifications without pushing a button. Raise to Wake is on by default, but you can turn it on in Settings -> Display& Brightness -> Raise to Wake if it isn’t already working. This allows you to quickly see your new notifications without pushing the home button or power button.

Find Your Parked Car
With iOS 10 your iPhone knows when you get out of a car that has been driving and then marks the spot in Apple Maps. You’ll see a notification on your screen showing where your parked car is at.

Quick Checklists
With iOS 10 there are new 3D Touch features or Notes. One of the best is the 3D Touch Quick Action that allows you to create a new checklist. Whether you use this to make a daily to-do list or use it to make a grocery list every few days — it’s an awesome addition. This is only available on the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Find Who Is Calling
iOS 10 now lets Siri tell you who is calling you. You can set this up to happen all the time or simply to have it tell you when you are using headphones or connected to the Car. Go to Settings > Phone > Announce Calls - Choose when you want to hear a caller identification.

Control Third party apps
Now that Siri connects with third party apps you can use Siri to hire an Uber. You need to install the app, sign in and be completely set up. From there you can say Siri get me an Uber to a location, or get me home in an UberX. Siri will show you the time and other important details and then you can request it. You also need to go to Settings -> Siri -> App Support to turn this on.

Choose Travel Preferences
You can tell Apple Maps your preferred method of travel in iOS 10. This is an awesome addition for anyone who walks or takes public transit instead of drives. Go to Settings -> Maps and then choose the option you use most.

Read All Voicemails
About 10 to 30 seconds after someone leaves you a voicemail in iOS 10 you’ll get a transcription of it in the Phone App. Go to check your voicemail like you normally would, but instead of pressing play, you can read the voicemail. This is in beta, so this isn’t 100% reliable, but it is good enough in many situations. You can rate voicemail transcriptions to improve the service.

Edit Live Photos
You can edit Live Photos in iOS 10. Now you can crop, edit and even add filters to Live Photos without losing the Live part of the photo. Take a Live Photo and tap on edit. That’s all there is to it. You can also turn off the Live part of the photo if you don’t like it.

Search Related Photos
Siri can look up photos for you using a variety of search options. This includes asking to see photos of a specific person, but also on a specific date or at a specific location. Hold the home button to access Siri and say, “Show me photos from Hawaii.”, or a similar command to make this work.

Search for Specific people In photos
The iOS 10 Photos app can now show you photos of people using Facial Recognition. In the Photos app you can to Albums -> People to see people that are identified and to identify more people. You can also ask Siri to show you photos of a specific person and she will show you all the photos of that individual.

Write Your Own
You can send handwritten notes through Messages on iOS 10. These appear as a written message on the other user’s screen. You can choose from pre-written beautiful handwritten messages or you can scribble out your own with your finger. You can turn your phone sideways to landscape to see these options, or you can access it by tapping on the App Store icon in Messages.

Send Quick Reply
Tap and hold on a message inside a conversation in iOS 10 and you will now see Tap back options. These quick reply options let you respond to a message like you would a Facebook status. You can heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, laugh, share which shows up on their screen next to the message.

Speak Messages
You can speak messages in iOS 10, similar to how you could in iOS 9. This isn’t dictation, but actually sending a short voice message inside Messages. Apple changed how this works in iOS 10. Go to Messages, open a message and then hold the microphone icon to start recording. You don’t need to hold it the whole time. When you are done you can tap on Stop and then you can tap the up arrow to send the message. Messages expire soon after you play them.

Read only Unseen Mails
At the bottom of the Mail app screen, tap on the circle with three lines in it. This lets you filter your Inbox. By default, this will show you only unread messages. You can also tap in the center to change the filter if you need to see Flagged or if you want to only see messaged that are to you, cc’d to you, with attachments or only from a VIP.

Use Gesture To Clear Notifications
When you are looking at notifications in iOS 10, 3D Touch the X in the upper right corner to clear all notifications in one go. This only works on the iPhone 6s or newer versions.

Send Photos Fast
The new iOS 10 Messages app makes it super-fast to send photos in a conversation. Tap on the camera icon and you can now quickly take a photo with the front or rear cameras. Slide to the right to access recent photos. Slide to the left to go to your library or launch the full camera app.

Manage Your Smart Home
Gone are the days when you'll have separate apps for each aspect of your smart home -- now you'll be able to control your entire smart home straight from the Home app. Smart light bulbs, locks, thermostats, and so on -- all should show up in Home, as long as their HomeKit-enabled. The Home app is likely to play a bigger role in your life as time goes on and your home gets smarter, and its release makes sense if Apple wants to be competitive in the smart home business.

Better Apple Music
When you open the Music app up now, you'll be taken straight to the "library" tab, which shows what you've been listening to recently and what you might want to listen to at that moment. That should help you avoid having to dig through your music to find something to listen to, and if you're halfway through an album that you want to finish, you'll be able to get straight to it. Other changes include lyrics embedded into the app and larger fonts for easier viewability. It's all about less time navigating inside and outside the app, and more time listening to songs.