10 awesome hidden or little known iOS 10 features Apple didn't talk about

10 awesome hidden or little known iOS 10 features Apple didn't talk about
With iOS 10, Apple introduced those in-your-face interface changes its predecessor couldn't, as iOS 9 was mainly focused on under-the-hood optimizations, like speed and security. We have a brand new Lock screen with rich notifications, widgets and quick camera access, a more interactive Peek preview that utilizes 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as a brand new Apple Music.

Not only that, but Apple decoupled the stock apps from the operating system for faster updates, and significantly enhanced iMessage, making it possibly the most full-featured secure chat app out there. That's not all, however, as when we installed the iOS 10 Developer Beta 1 we noticed a veritable smorgasbord of even smaller, but svelte features that Apple didn't have time to mention in the keynote, or list them on its website.

We aren't even talking about the new folder expansion or app launch animations, too - these are cool, but nonessential. We don't know if and in what form this new stuff will make it into the final commercial iOS 10 release, but here are some of them to give you a taste of what's in store once the big update hits your handset.


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28 Comments

1. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

OK, the flashlight feature is the first really cool thing I've read that can be done with 3D touch. Maybe there's more cool tricks, I don't really read up on it all that much, but thus far all I've seen is it being used as a method to open settings windows.

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I primarily use the 3d touch features of the keyboard, messaging and phone app.

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

What are you talking about? That is the dumbest way to do that function. Why not make it so a single press turns on the flash light at full intensity or a force touch turns on the flashlight only while you hold the press at the intensity of the force touch? That would be far more useful since most people don't need to turn on the flashlight indefinitely and usually for short tasks.

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It ever occur to you that maybe you want to use the flashlight for something you don't want maximum brightness for? Sure there are other methods to doing this, but I feel like the execution in this particular instance is an intuitive one.

13. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

He means if you push it hard it will turn on at full brightness and if soft it will be at low brightness.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Wait.... is that not what the article was saying? "use 3D Touch with the torch icon in Control Center to change the light intensity of the LED flashlight on the back of your iPhone".

22. AlikMalix unregistered

This is really great for those with little kids... iPhone flash is to bright. I used another app to insure lower intensity when I turn it on because I don't want to wake up my kid looking for something in his room while he's sleeping. This is a welcome addition - well thought of.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Some nifty new features, and some cool spins on existing features, is making for a cool ios 10.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree, this has me pumped more and more.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple has redeemed itself a bit with me.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You said that you're going to stop using your iPhone until the release of iOS 10.... you ever consider trying out the Beta?

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'll never enroll in the beta program again, it was a nightmarish experience. In the end, I had to take my iPad to Apple and do a restore.

21. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, Yeah, I had Android N on my Nexus, after a week I reverted back to Marshmallow. Waaaay too buggy.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah bro, it made my iPad nearly unusable. I was like never ever again lol. I'll wait til September.

17. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

You pumping what?

3. Unordinary unregistered

_________ HAD THIS FIRST!' ______ also had a small d*ck first, you aren't alone.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You know this statement is probably going to bring every troll in existence here right? God knows they think they have something to prove, I can't seem to figure out what though :D.

5. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

*these statements are*

6. Unordinary unregistered

I won't be here. I'm shocked at the Actives 8.7 review rating.... great phone

20. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It's funny because a lot of features that come to ios/android were usually already on Windows mobile. I use all of them so to me it doesn't matter. As long as there's no patents then why not copy each other? Let all the users enjoy these things. I think all operating systems do it in reality. Some try to enhance them which is a good thing. I mean windows mobile is likely going to be copying the Google Photos stuff as they have had plans for it. There's just a lot of stuff that can co-exist on all operating systems.

28. Patty_M

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 02, 2016

But the project of Windows mobile is closed now :)

30. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I think it was misinterpreted. I'm on the insider program and they constantly update it. They just wanted to retrench till they have something mature and feature rich that goes with good hardware. But they don't want to be in the phone market but rather the next iteration of phones which most companies are eventually going to adapt. Treat a phone like a computer, because it is. Don't limit it to screen size/input type etc.. Let it be truly a mobile computer.. At this point w10m is not finished so no point bothering with it, rather focus on their strengths while they work on it in the background. The fans enjoy it so they take advantage of that and release some reference hardware so they can get feedback. I don't think they will ever kill the behemoths in the industry but I think they can start a new market like they did with the 2-in-1s and slowly build up on that. I'm open to anything. Samsung, Apple and MS will be releasing something in 2017. I'm curious about what Samsung comes out with as their bendable tech seems very interesting. So I'll go with whatever I like best at that point.

8. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Clear All notifications are cool, wish we could soon clear all apps at once

12. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

As an Android user, I have to say that those are some nice features/options to have and will be useful. iOS10 seems like its going to be a nice upgrade for its users.

25. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I agree with your statement 100%, iOS may be so fluid yet it's comparatively inflexible in terms of features and customizability than Android.

18. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

My body is ready

24. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Some of it are really cool stuff here, ios 10 is turning out to be pretty exciting. Still, I want that "dark mode"!!!

27. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

sooooo basically what samsung has had for awhile now...?

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