By Brahm Shank
iOS 10: First Impressions
After only 3 days with iOS 10 we've already found several new hidden features that Apple didn't mention at its "Hello WWDC" Keynote event Monday. Below are just some of the new features we've uncovered. We'll be back each week to review any new features as we discover them. iOS 10 Beta 2 is also expected to release in about two weeks and we are sure to find many new features after we get our hands on it in late June. Without further ado, here are some of the hidden features we found.
Redesigned Health App: The Health App has been redesigned in iOS 10 to include informational videos and album art for each health category such as sleep, nutrition, exercise etc. The health dashboard now includes smaller health widgets so you can see more data without having to scroll, and the ability to change the appearance of your dashboard using categorical filters.
Redesigned Clock App- Along with an all-new dark black UI theme in the Clock App, Apple also added the ability to configure alarms based on a user's bedtime. A tab at the bottom of the screen titled "Bedtime" allows users to select how many hours of sleep they wish to get, as well as what time they'd like to be woken up by an alarm in the morning. The Clock App will then intelligently alert the user when it's time to go to bed, and then sound an alarm to wake up that user at the appropriate time, based on how many hours of sleep they wished to receive.
Hello iOS 10 & Goodbye Game Center: In iOS 10 the largely unpopular Game Center app has officially been discontinued 5 years after its debut in Summer of 2011. Even though Game Center no longer has its own dedicated app, it still exists as a service within other apps, that allows users to compare scores and send invitations to compete with one and another in games.
Delete Stock Applications: iOS 10 finally gives users the ability to delete pre-installed stock applications such as Mail, Find My Friends, FaceTime, and Stocks. If you want them back, all stock applications will be available for re-download in the App Store this Fall.
Turn Off Read Receipts In iMessage: iOS 10 gives users the ability to turn off read receipts for individual contacts in iMessage. This is great if you only want specific people to know when you've read their message.
3D Touch Improvements: In iOS 10 you can use 3D Touch on the home screen to share your installed apps with other iPhone users just by firmly pressing on them. 3D Touch also allows users to peek inside notifications to view relevant information. For example, if you receive a message you can firmly press down on the iMessage notification to peek into a conversation you were having with that person before you respond. In addition, 3D Touch now works within Control Center to allow users to control the intensity of their flashlight, set timers, copy the last result on their calculator, and even launch specific camera functions with just a press.
Find Out Where You Parked In Maps: The Maps App in iOS 10 automatically marks your parking spot on the map after your navigation session has ended and you've reached your destination. No more trying to remember where you parked!
Mail Improvements: In iOS 10 the Mail App allows users to quickly filter mail to only show mail that is unread, flagged, or belonging to a specific account, with an all-new filter button. Mail will now also have the ability to recognize when you're on a mailing list and automatically send an email on your behalf to delete you from that mailing list with just the tap of a button. The 12.9 inch iPad Pro will now also have a triple-pane menu view that will allow users to see their accounts, mail messages, and mail previews all on one proportionate screen.