It appears that Apple has finally listened to us for better features in iOS 10. Many of the features they announced at the keynote Monday have been requested for years. They also have brought many features that we have never even dream about. With all this in mind, I have created my list of the top features of iOS 10 that I am most excited to use.
Clear All Notifications
The ability to clear notifications has to be one of the most requested features. Apple first teased us by adding this feature to the Apple Watch last year, but now the new operating system update for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will have an easy way to clear all notifications in the Notification Center. You can simply deep press the (x) in Notification Center to clear all notifications.
Control Center Refreshed
The very cluttered Control Center will be a lot more organized in iOS 10. Instead of a mixture of quick action apps, like Calculator, with quick settings, like Night Shift, being on the same line, they are now separated. To create space within the center, Apple removed Music. They designed a new Music-only Control Center which has more details and shares album artwork. The bottom row of the regular Control Center is now all quick action apps, Night Shift is on its own line, and it appears to be more user friendly.
More 3D Touch Functions
Initially the 3D Touch functions of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were limited to quick viewing content like emails or conversations and accessing shortcuts on the Home screen or in other apps. Apple has expanded the capability to be in more apps and brought in Glances from the Apple Watch to the Home screen of the iPhone. When an app is deep pressed, it will display the regular shortcuts but now there is additional information. With Weather, the current conditions are displayed, and with Stocks, we will likely see current prices for our favorite stocks.
Health Updated with Videos
Health is updated with a more colorful and user friendly interface with videos that explain each metric. Currently the videos are inactive in the developer’s beta of iOS 10, but I figure they will give details about the metric, how to measure it, and why it matters to keep track of it. The app has also been updated with new metrics, like Mindfulness.
The Flashlight switch in Control Center now has three different intensities which can be activated with 3D Touch. When the switch is deep pressed, a menu with low intensity, medium intensity, and high intensity opens. This will allow changes to the rear flash brightness setting for different environments.
Lock Screen Phone Calls
Apps that support VoIP will no longer have small notifications on the Lock screen that appear when someone is calling. Instead, it will transform the entire Lock screen to the incoming phone call just like Phone does. It will also show details from the contact, like their picture, name, and where they are calling you from.
Unlimited Tabs in Safari
Safari is currently limited to a certain number of tabs, which I always seem to reach on a weekly basis. In the iOS 10 software update, Safari can have as little as one tab open or as many as five million. The number of tabs is only limited by your creativity.
Quick Unsubscribe in Mail
When you receive an email from a random mailing list that you are sure you did not sign up for, it can be very annoying. When this happens to me, I usually just delete the email and pretend I never saw it until the next month when it happens again. Unsubscribing is unfortunately not very easy to do since many companies make the font tiny at the bottom of the email and mix up the wording so you hopefully give up. Apple has taken notice and added a new button to the top of the email that says “Unsubscribe.” In a few clicks, you can easily get your email off of that mailing list and you can move on with your life.