by Caroline DeMasi
Recently, Apple released iOS 10--the newest and biggest update of iOS ever. While there’s been positive and negative responses to the new interface, it’s something everyone eventually will have to download and install. The update brought a whole collection of new and exciting features, such as the Bedtime tab in the Clock app and the new iMessage system. Some of these features are hidden gems, buried deep within your iPhone just waiting to be discovered and tested. iOS 10 brings a whole new shiny interface to the table. Letters are bolder, the lockscreen shows more notifications, and iMessage has a fresh coat of paint. You can’t swipe left to unlock your phone anymore. Now, you have to tap the home button and it brings up your passcode. Here are 5 useful features that come packed with iOS 10.
Widgets appear when you swipe left in the lock screen. They allow you to access information from other apps, such as upcoming events in Calendar, scheduled alarms in the Clock app, Weather, News, Reminders, and more! This is very useful for quick and easy access to important dates and other information.
Remember those annoying apps that you never use but come pre-installed on your phone? With the new update, Apple lets you delete some of those stock apps to free up space on your phone. This is super helpful if you need to better manage your storage, or if you are simply annoyed by having extra useless apps on your home screen.
If you listen to music on your iPhone, you probably used to use the Up Next feature to skip to a better song. In the updated Music app, this seems to be a thing of the past. Fear not, this useful tool is still there! It is simply hidden; instead of tapping “Up Next”, all you have to do is swipe up and a long queue of upcoming songs will scroll into view.
Control Center has been expanded to two panes with the new iOS 10 update. The first pane that appears gives you access to toggle airplane mode, wifi, bluetooth, do not disturb mode, and orientation lock, along with brightness controls, AirPlay and AirDrop, and the flashlight, clock, calculator, and camera. The second pane, which is accessed by swiping left, is the audio control center, which lets you adjust your music volume and skip forward, backward, and play/pause a song. Additionally, if you use HomeKit, Control Center will have a third pane that allows you to access this app and use its controls.
iMessage has a new look, and with it, new features. When you send a link to a video or a website, a preview image and name of the website will appear. If you send a YouTube video or other video link, you can watch the video right in the iMessage app. If you turn your phone in iMessage, a drawing keyboard will appear, allowing you to draw right in the app! By tapping the icon that looks like “>”, you will be given three new icons: the camera, Digital Touch, and the app store. If you tap the App Store icon in iMessage, you will be able to find games you can play right in the app. You can also send stickers with your messages by clicking the App Store and selecting apps that support stickers. If you have an iPhone 6 or later, you can send animations within your messages by holding down the blue send arrow button. Digital Touch allows you to send animated drawings to people by using different tap combinations.
There are too many other new features to note in one article, but with a bit of exploring and button pushing, you will find exciting new things to use on your phone. iOS is Apple’s biggest update ever, and it truly lives up to that description.