Apple Haven’t Announced All Awesome Hidden Features of IOS 10
IOS updates aren’t as fun as they used to be, so the best things are often small features that elude major issues, but make your iPhone or iPad work that much better. Case in point : Some of the hidden stuff in early iOS 10 beta is much more interesting than what Apple actually announced this week.
Before we get to that, we must point out that iOS 10 is currently in beta testing, some of these features may not make it into the final release. This release is scheduled for this fall. But the developer beta is available now, and the public beta will be out sometime in July.
You can finally uninstall unneeded stock apps
Since the App Store was originally launched in iOS 2, people have been asking for an option to uninstall Apple’s stock apps. Now you can. (Sort of.) Long press on an app icon can now remove most of the default apps from the home screen. This includes :
- The calendar
- Find my friends
- iCloud Drive
- ITunes store
- Notes (edit)
- Voice Notes
- Viewer application
However, this does not actually uninstall the applications. It just removes hooks, user data, and an icon from your home screen. So, if you uninstall the Maps app when someone sends you a location in Messages, it won’t work. There is currently no way to set another app like Google Maps as the default app, so when you uninstall an app it breaks when another app tries to link to it. To return an app, simply go to the App Store, find the app you want, and tap the link in the cloud to return it to your home screen.
It’s not the perfect solution people have been asking for, but it’s a great way to get rid of junk apps that aren’t very system-bound, like tips, stocks, videos, watch app, and whatever is likely on the system. the Apple Junk folder on the third page of the Home screen.
You can set read receipts for every conversation
In any thread of a conversation in Messages, you can now choose whether to send (or not send) read receipts. This is great if you want a few of your closest friends to know that you’ve seen a message, but don’t want to receive read receipts for every person . Just tap the “i” icon in the upper-right corner of the conversation, then tap the switch next to Send read receipts.
Maps automatically remember where you parked
There are countless apps that tell you where you parked in the App Store, but if you don’t mind using Apple Maps (which look much better now), they are now useless. Use Apple Maps to navigate somewhere, park your car, and the app will send you a notification and then mark where you parked. When it’s time to head back to your car, its location will appear on Apple Maps as a “suggested destination”.
Slide to unlock
The “Slide to Unlock” prompt, which was part of iOS from the beginning, is now gone. Now, to unlock your device, you press the Home button. If Touch ID is set up, it will automatically unlock your phone using your fingerprint. Otherwise, pressing the Home button brings up the password entry screen.
However, you can still swipe your finger across the screen. When you do this, the widget screen appears, which is essentially the Today screen from the current Action Center.
New “alarm clock” helps improve sleep patterns
This is one of the weirdest updates here. In addition to the usual alarm clock, to which we are all accustomed, there is now an “Alarm” setting. You start by determining how much you want to sleep and when you want to wake up. Apart from an alarm in the morning to wake you up, you will also get an alarm for when it’s time to go to bed.
It’s a pretty dumb thing to do, but if you’re an adult who needs an alarm clock for bedtime (and to be honest, we’re all busy enough that some of us can), now you have one. If you do use this feature, you will get a new sleep analysis feature that shows how much you sleep each night so you can make sure you are actually sticking to the schedule you set for yourself.
You can free up space by automatically deleting music you haven’t listened to for a long time
If you have a ton of music on your phone, you know how painful it is to empty storage when you need to download a system or app update. There is now a setting to automatically delete music that you haven’t listened to recently. In Settings> Music> Optimize Storage, you’ll find a toggle that lets you set the “minimum storage” for your music. Choose a storage tier (1–8 GB) and iOS 10 will delete old songs so you don’t go over that limit. Many podcast apps have a similar feature, so if you’ve used one of them, you’ll be right at home here.
There is a special unsubscribe button in the mail
Like Gmail, Outlook, and other modern email apps, Apple Mail now has a dedicated unsubscribe button for the newsletters you receive. If Mail can identify them as newsletters, you will have the option to unsubscribe without clicking on a link or setting. up filter. Just open the newsletter in Mail, click the unsubscribe button, and you will never receive that nasty email again.
Flashlight brightness is adjustable (and other 3D Touch options in Control Center)
This is a small, stupid little thing that pleases me personally. You can now adjust the intensity of the flashlight by hard-pressing the icon in the Control Center. You can choose from three options: low, medium and high. This is one of those weirdly useful little things that will come in handy more than you think. Other than that, other apps in the Control Center also now get customizable 3D Touch options, which means you can do things like quickly set a timer or open certain settings on your device’s camera.
Game Center app disappeared, but Game Center service is still running
Game Center, the app that lets you see all of your highscores, achievements, and your mobile gaming buddy list, has disappeared in iOS 10. However, Game Center is still available in Settings. This suggests that Game Center is downgraded to a service level, which is probably what most people use. You will still have your User ID and can still use it to play online games and chat with your friends. However, at this point, the application itself, as well as the achievements and problems associated with it, have disappeared.
Opening the camera app no longer pauses music
One of the oddly annoying features in previous versions of iOS was that opening the camera app would automatically pause any music you were listening to. It no longer works with static photos (it still works when you want to record video, but it makes sense). This annoyed me as hell in iOS 9, so I’m glad it’s no longer there.
You receive a warning when connecting to an unsecured network
When you connect to a Wi-Fi network with terrible security, you will receive a notification about it. This includes obvious things like open networks, but also seems to pop up at other times, like when the network uses older protocols like WEP. The Wi-Fi screen now also tells you if the network is only local and not connected to the Internet, or if the connection is weak.
It’s these little features that make using iOS a pleasure. We’ll be keeping an eye on them as they come and go in the various beta releases, and there will certainly be more secrets in the final iOS 10 release.