Apple doesn’t tout every new features in iOS 10. There are the obvious add-ons, like Messages now has its own App Store, and Siri can work with apps, but there’s much more to iOS 10 than that. Control Center now has 3D Touch, read receipts can be turned on or off for individual contacts and there’s even a button to clear all notifications at once.
Here are 10 features you need to know about in iOS 10.
Messages has built-in image search
You may want to delete all of your GIF keyboard apps, because you can now search for an animated image directly within the Messages app. When writing a message in Messages, tap on App Store icon, then swipe to the images page. Enter a search term or pick a category from the list.
Send smaller photos to save data
Open Settings > Messages > scroll to bottom > Enable Low Quality Image Mode. It’s unclear how scaled down the images are exactly, but when you’re on a tiered data plan, every bit helps!
Mail gains filters
The Mail app can now quickly filter messages with just a tap. When viewing a mailbox, tap on the filter icon in the lower-left corner of the screen. The default filter is set to show you only unread messages. You can change the filter by tapping on Filtered by: Unread and selecting the category (or categories) you want to see.
Tap the filter icon again to turn it off.
View two Safari tabs at once on iPad
Because browsing the web viewing one tab at a time is for rookies. There’s a few different ways of activating the feature, here’s what we’ve found:
- Drag a tab to either side of the screen.
- Long press on a link, then select “Open in Split View.”
- Long press the tab view button, then select “Open Split View.”
Quickly close all tabs
Not only can you have limitless tabs on mobile Safari now, but for the first time ever Apple now lets you close all tabs at once. On an iPad, long press on the Tab View button the select Close X tabs.
On an iPhone, open Tab View then long press on Done > Close X tabs.
Define has been replaced by Look Up
Prior to iOS 10, you could highlight a word and select “Define” to view its definition. With iOS 10, however, Define has become “Look Up” and instead of seeing just the definition, you are now presented with various searches across the App Store, Apple Music, websites or Wikipedia; it also appears third-party developers will have the chance to integrate with the new feature later this year.
Markup in Photos and Messages
Markup is Apple’s own version of Skitch, only it’s built in to the OS. Previously, it was only available within Mail. Now you’ll find it in Messages when previewing a photo or document you’re about to send, or directly in the Photos app itself.
After selecting a photo to send in Messages, tap on it to preview it. In the lower left-hand corner will be Markup or the Markup icon, depending on the device you’re using. Draw, write and color over the photo and then send way.
When viewing a photo in Photos, tap on the Edit icon, then the extension button and select Markup.
Share, work on Notes together
You can now share a note in the Apple Notes app with a contact or colleague. When viewing a note, tap on the new Share button along the top of the screen. Select how you’d like to send the invite, enter a contact’s name, and press send.
Once accepted, anyone invited to the note will have the ability to add, edit or remove content.
Clear all notifications
You no longer have to tap the teeny-tiny X above each day’s notification stream in the iOS Notification Center if you have an iPhone equipped with 3D Touch. Pressing on the X at the top of the list will bring up a “Clear All” option. Huzzah!
Go to bed on time
In the Clock app, there’s a new tab called “Bedtime.” The first time you open it, you’re asked how many hours of sleep you want to get each night, and the time you typically wake up in the morning. Your iPhone then calculates what time you should go to bed, and sets an alarm to wake you at the right time. You can view a chart of your sleeping habits, along with a more detailed list of stats in the Health app.