With the introduction of iOS 10 Apple included some hidden gems that just haven’t gotten some attention, here are some of my favorites!
- Read Receipts Per Contact: Open the Messages app. Scroll around to find the specific person you want to change the read receipt setting for. Tap on them to open your conversation with them. Now tap on the “Details” button in the top right corner. Below the “Do Not Disturb” toggle, you will see the option to turn off/on Read Receipts for that person. Toggle the switch to change the setting!
- Quick Forecast: Force touch the weather app for the current temperature and chance of rain
- Quick Symbols: For the keyboard, if you need to type just one symbol or number, press the 123 button and slide to the symbol without lifting your finger. Once you’ve selected the symbol/number you want, lift your finger and it automatically switches back to letters. (This also works with the Shift key to make capital letters.)
- Faster Deletion: Force touching the backspace button deletes stuff faster. (Trust me, it works there is no feedback though!)
- Saving Data in Messages: Messages lets you send photos in low quality (at the bottom for messages in the Settings app), useful when you’re on a slow connection or capped plan and send them a lot.
- Where Did I Leave My Car?: Thanks to iOS 10 you’ll never lose track of your car again. A feature called “Show Parked Location” will drop a pin on your car on Apple Maps, and you’ll be able to get directions to your vehicle whenever you need it. You just have to do two things: 1) Turn on “Showed Parked Location,” by clicking on Settings, Maps and turning on the feature. 2) Connect your phone to your car’s Bluetooth or CarPlay stereo.
- Widgets!: When you press on an app’s icon, you’re typically only presented with any available shortcuts for the app. However, on iOS 10 if an app offers a widget compatible with the new OS you can view and add it to your list of active widgets with a deep press on the app icon then “Add widget.”
- Me, Me, ME!: Ask Siri to “take a selfie” to launch your front-facing camera. You’ll still have to actually press the shutter button yourself but it’s a handy way to open the camera.
- Hear, Ye.. Hear Ye: On your iPhone, launch the Settings app, and navigate to the Phone tab, then tap on Announce Calls. From there you can specify under what circumstances your iPhone should announce calls. You can choose to have it name the caller for every call, only for calls received when you’re in your car or wearing headphones, only for calls you receive when wearing headphones, or simply never.
- Sluthy! When in any app you can just drag down just a little bit from the top of the screen to run a spotlight search (Instead of a notifications view when on the Springboard).
- TV Meet Phone: If you’re running iOS 10 and the latest Apple TV software, data entry has never been easier. If you’re browsing around on your Apple TV and encounter a typing prompt, your iPhone will display an alert which will allow you to take advantage of the device’s virtual keyboard, all without having to go through Apple’s Remote app.
- Take the Long Road: If you walk everywhere or if you only take the train, you can streamline directions in Apple Maps to default to your preferred mode of transportation. You can set this up by going to Settings > Maps and then choosing between Driving, Walking and Public Transport options.