Apple introduced the new iOS 10 on September 13, 2016, to much fanfare. And though the new mobile operating system from Apple has had its problems in terms of over the air updates and lagging menus, overall the new iOS 10 has been lauded as the smartest mobile operating system ever conceived for smartphone devices.
And if you happen to an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, then you’re all set for a mobile bliss as far as the next couple of years are concerned.
The iOS 10 has an almost infinite number of cool features hidden behind it’s sleek and simple menus.
If you want to discover the most useful features then you’re going to have to set aside a bit of time to play around with the new mobile operating system from Apple, iOS 10,
However, if you want to get to those not-so-apparent new features without breaking a sweat then these are the nine most awesome extra tricks that our beloved mobile operating system, iOS 10, has learned since the launch of its predecessor.
So without further ado, here are the nine cool things you can do with iOS 10 that weren’t possible with iOS 9.
1- Locate The Position of Your Parked Vehicle With The Help Of iOS 10 Built-in Features
Yes, now iOS 10 allows users to find out where they have parked their car. The new mobile operating system does that with the help of Apple Maps, which has become quite a handy application over the years.
Apple Maps actually memorizes where you parked your vehicle so that you can utilize your time doing other things than searching your car all over the parking lot.
If you don’t want to waste your time finding out where you parked your cars by walking to different parking spots and searching for your vehicle in similar-looking car parks or streets, then Apple Maps have got you covered.
Just that you know, iOS 10 enables Apple Maps to perform this function automatically.
Essentially, when you stop your car and park it at some specific location, Apple pops up a notification on your smartphone’s screen to alert you that the OS has marked the vehicle with a pin at the relevant location.
If you tap the alert box then you can view more details about where you parked your car and how the iOS 10 has stored its location parameters.
Needless to say, you can use the pin (that was added when you parked your car) to safely and quickly navigate back to your vehicle without wasting minutes wondering where you parked your car.
In fact, iOS 10 does you one better as you can also add a photo of your car to make it even easier to find.
2- Apple’s iOS 10 Allows Users To Unsubscribe From Unwanted Mailing Lists Quickly
The most annoying thing about subscribing to different blogs and various websites is that, when the time comes to unsubscribe to some of these services, there isn’t a quick or an easy method available for users.
This is especially true for mobile users. Perhaps blogs and websites intentionally make it difficult for subscribers to unsubscribe since it allows them to inflate their subscription numbers artificially.
In any case, iOS 10 now can help you to stop receiving unwanted messages from differently mailing lists.
This new feature is just one of the many improvements that Apple has made to its latest mobile operating system, iOS 10. More specifically, the Mail app in iOS 10 has been upgraded with some much-needed features.
Starting from iOS 10, users will be able to make use of a new feature that appears on the screen as an “Unsubscribe” link.
This Unsubscribe links can be used to opt out of mailing lists that send you annoying emails that you don’t want anymore.
In all likelihood, the Mail app runs through a user’s messages for any appearance of an “unsubscribe” option. But you don’t need to worry about that for now.
If you want to utilize this new feature then all you need to do is to tap on the blue shortcut links. After that just confirm your selection when the next pop-up menu appears.
When that’s done, the Mail app will automatically send a message on your behalf to the specific mailing list you just unsubscribed to.
In other words, it will tell the sender of that email that this user no longer wants to receive any messages from the sender’s mailing list and basically wants to unsubscribe from the mailing list.
3- Now iOS 10 Users Can Get To Their Frequently Used Apps/Places Much More Quickly
As indicated before, Apple Maps has received a bunch of extremely useful updates in iOS 10. The iOS 10 is the most advanced mobile operating system not because it has the greatest number of features (although that might be true) or runs the fastest of slower devices, but because it is the only mobile operating system that goes the extra mile when it comes to saving time and making it more convenient for users to get to their desired places on their smartphone devices.
To save time getting to your frequently used apps/places, go to your front screen first and then swipe in the upwards direction on the search box.
This will allow you to see your regularly visited places or searched terms.
According to Apple, this feature is just one of the features that are based on an agile learning system which underpins Siri in iOS 10.
Essentially, it will study the destinations a user has been to in the past, the places a user has searched for recently and locations recorded on the user’s calendar to make it easy for the user to access some of those with the help of a single tap.
4- iOS 10 Allows Users To Stop During The Course Of A Journey Without Interrupting The Original Route
The iOS 10 mapping tools are truly smart because once a user has begun a journey to a specific destination, the iOS 10 mapping tools constantly work in the background to bring the user live traffic information while he/she is one the road traveling.
The new mobile operating system from Apple, iOS 10, allows users to zoom in and out of the map to get a better idea of where they are no the map. It also has the pan ahead feature which allows users to look ahead for long queues.
When a user taps the route summary panel that is located at the bottom of the mobile’s screen, they can search for services such as restaurant and gas stations that are expected to come in their way.
This new feature also allows users to add nearby places such as restaurant and gas stations.
Moreover, one a user is done with his/her selected detour, the iOS 10 (with the help of Apple Maps of course) returns the user to his/her primary journey/destination.
5- Apple’s Latest Mobile Operating System, iOS 10, Can Help You To Get Rid of Audio Content You Never Listen To
As the years have gone by, it has become harder and harder to win the battle against low storage on mobile devices.
You always need more space on your smartphone device. But to free up enough space on a smartphone isn’t as easy a task as it sounds.
Luckily, we have iOS 10 which has a couple of new features that can help you to free up some much-needed space on your smartphone device.
If you want to free up space on your smartphone then tap on the Settings menu and then select Music.
When that’s done, you should be able to locate a new option called Optimize Storage.
Make sure that you have the iCloud Music Library activated for your account. If you have already enabled the iCLoud Music Library then all you really need to do is to flick the toggle switch beside the option to on position.
This will allow iOS 10 to work on your content to free up space on your smartphone. It will remove all the local copies of audio tracks that you have not accessed in a while after ensuring that you’re indeed low on space.
6- iOS 10 Brings A more Intelligent Search Box To The Photos Application
According to official sources (that’s Apple by the way), the company has added some new and smarter picture processing features in the new mobile operating system, iOS 10.
Consequently, the Photos application on the new iOS 10 can search for your desired photos in a more robust manner.
In other words, the upgraded Photos application can find what you’re looking for more readily than before.
It doesn’t matter if you want to search for a date or a place. You can even search for people in the Photos apps.
If you want to take the new Photos app feature on a test run, then try to search for terms like “sunrise” or “monument” or “park” to see what you get in your search results.
If that wasn’t enough already then the new Photos app feature can, much like Google Photos, suggest smart and relevant highlight reels created from your pictures and videos.
The Photos app does that by taking into consideration the times and dates, of the pictures you took with your smartphone device.
7- If You Want To, Then iOS 10 Can Alter The Brightness Level of The Flashlight
Mobile phone flashlights have become a reality now and people do use the feature from time to time when a need arises.
But if you really think about your own usage of your smartphone’s flashlight, you’ll (hopefully) come to realize that you don’t necessarily need the flashlight to have the same brightness level for any and every situation that demands a flashlight.
Apple’s iOS 10, tries to address that problem by providing you with the option of changing the intensity of your mobile phone’s flashlight.
To do that, just pull the Control Center and then do a hard-press on the flashlight icon.
If you do the aforementioned steps correctly then you should be able to see an intensity menu.
This is where you’ll able to select the intensity level for your flashlight. There are three options: low, medium and high. Choose the one that best suits your current needs.
But as is the case with most good features, this feature isn’t available to every Apple smartphone owner.
This option is only available for those Apple smartphone owners who have the 3D Touch feature installed on their device.
In other words, if you think that being able to alter the brightness level of your flashlight is something that is worthwhile, then you’re going to have to buy an Apple smartphone that supports the 3D Touch feature.
8- iOS 10 Allows Users To Be More Expressive in Their Messages
It is a pretty safe bet that the iMessage part of Messages in iOS 10 is now on par with the like of WhatsApp and Snapchat.
The new upgrades brought to the application in iOS 10 have enriched the Messaging app with new features.
Some of those features include doodles, stickers and of course the old GIFs.
If you want to send someone some sketches or video (or even video with sketches on top) simply hit the heart icon and your Messages app will do the rest.
If you don’t like the idea of tapping a heart icon every time you want to insert a sketch or a video in your message then you can follow another method to achieve the same result.
First, write out (or rather type out if we’re being super accurate) your desired message. After that, press and hold the blue send button.
When you’ve done that you should be able to see a list of options. From the given choices you can choose options such as the message’s weight. You can also turn on another feature called “invisible ink”.
The invisible ink features, when activated on a specific message, needs to be scratched off the screen in order to become visible to the receiver of the message.
There are plenty of new features in iOS 10 that we haven’t talked about there. Of course, we’ll keep on updating you about other new iOS 10 features as we discover them.
In the meantime, you can fiddle with these features in order to enrich your iOS 10 experience.
Needless to say, to experience iOS 10 you need to have the latest Apple smartphone. Right now, that’s iPhone 7. Go to this Amazon link if you want to buy one.