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The Best Hidden Features of iOS 10

Know Your Mobile logo Know Your Mobile 16-06-2016 Michael Grothaus

The Best Hidden Features of iOS 10© The Best Hidden Features of iOS 10 Apple showed off an insane amount of software yesterday (June 13), previewing updates iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS operating systems. iOS 10 took up the lion’s share of the WWDC event with Apple spending a lot of time on the new Messages features, as well as the Siri SDK, Apple Music and News app revamps, Apple Pay on the web, and updated Photos capabilities.

You can check all those features out in our roundup here. However, as usual, there are a ton of smaller features that Apple wasn’t able to go into due to time constraints. That’s why we’ve put this list together of the coolest iOS 10 features Apple didn’t show off.  

The Clock app gets a new wake alarm

© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited The Clock app is iOS 10 gets a brand new feature called “Bedtime”. This is a new tab at the bottom for the app that allows you to access a new wake alarm. This wake alarm analyses your sleep needs and lets you know when you should go to bed and when you should wake up. It also tracks how many hours you slept and provides detailed sleep analysis.

Individual Messages read receipts

© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited A very welcome feature is the ability to set Messages read receipts on a per user basis. This means you can allow, say, your girlfriend to see when you’ve read her message but not allow your boss to see when you’ve read his. Previously read receipts in iOS were an all or nothing option.

Music storage optimization

© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited This is a cool feature that allows your iPhone to automatically remove music from your device if you are getting low on space. The feature allows you to set the minimum amount of storage you want to guarantee is available for music, which means that at least this much music will remain on your device at all times. 

Bye-bye Game Center

The leaderboard hub app that has been on iOS for years is now officially no more. As of iOS 10 the Game Center app is gone. As Apple explains in the iOS 10 beta 1 release notes, Game Center features still exist, but developers must build them in to their apps manually. “The Game Center app has been removed. If your game implements GameKit features, it must also implement the interface behavior necessary for the user to see these features. For example, if your game supports leaderboards, it could present a GKGameCenterViewController object or read the data directly from Game Center to implement a custom user interface.”

New wallpapers

As expected, there are some new wallpapers in iOS 10.

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Avoiding toll roads in Apple Maps

© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited Apple Maps in iOS 10 gains a feature that allows you to get directions that avoid taking your down paying toll roads. 

3D Touch support for Control Center’s flashlight

© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited Now you can 3D Touch the flashlight isn in Control Center to see a popup giving you three different options for the flashlight’s intensity.

New keyboard click sound

New iOS keyboard sound is weeeird

— Owen Williams ⚡️ (@ow) June 13, 2016

Apple has given keyboard clicks a new sound.

Health app gets major UI update

© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited The Health app has gotten a major design overhaul. Now each health metric has a nice large graphic explaining what the metric is. Each metric also includes a video about the metric.

Mail now offers unsubscribe feature

© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited This is a really cool feature. Mail now offers you a quick “Unsubscribe” button for emails that appear to be from mailing lists. Simply tap the Unsubscribe button to be removed from the list. 

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