While iOS 10 is still a few months away from release, we’ve got a sneak peak of 6 of the most awesome features on Apple’s newest mobile operating system.
6 Features You Need To Know About On iOS 10
At WWDC in San Francisco this year Apple unveiled iOS 10, their latest mobile operating system for the iPhone and iPad. This year’s new iteration of iOS is packed with new major features and redesigns, including animated text messages, an updated Control Center, overhauled notifications and improvements to Siri, News, Apple Music and more. While iOS 10 won’t be released to the general public until September, we’ve got a breakdown of some of the best features below.
(You can also sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program and get a beta version of iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad, but this should be done at your own risk because beta software is known to be riddled with bugs.)
#1: New Control Center
The Control Center on iOS 10 has been both redesigned and expanded, with an additional two panes to access your music and smart home controls (if applicable). Access the panes by swiping up to view the Control Center, then swipe left. Night Shift, which lets you adjust the color temperature of your display, is now available as a toggle on the main Control Center pane.
#2: Delete Built-In Apps
You know that folder filled with those pesky native iOS apps that you never use? With iOS 10, you can now simply delete them! Yes, that includes Stocks, Tips, Maps, Compass and more. In case you ever want any of the apps back, you can redownload them from the App Store.
#3: Facial Recognition
Apple has also included a facial recognition feature in iOS 10, which sorts photos of faces that it recognizes in a folder called People in the Photos application. Tap on a person and you’ll see all of the pictures that feature them and are stored locally on your device. This recognition feature not only works for faces—it can also be used to find objects and places.
Photos also has a new tab called Memories (in addition to Photos and Albums) that groups together photos taken at a specific location or during a certain timeframe. At the top of each “Memory”, you’ll find an autogenerated slideshow movie that you can play.
If you turn your phone horizontally, you can edit the slideshow video by changing the title, duration, photos and videos included in it and the music that plays in the background. Tap on the share button at the top right corner to save the video to your camera roll.
#5: Animated Text Messages
The Messages application has seen some of the biggest updates in iOS 10 and that includes animated texts. Access the effects by typing in a text and then holding down on the blue send button at the right of the text box. “Bubble” effects add slight animations to your text bubbles, including making the font smaller or slamming the bubble into the chat. “Screen” effects are a bit more exaggerated and fun, lighting up the entire screen with balloons, confetti, lasers and fireworks.
#6: Watch Videos In Messages
Another new feature in Messages are rich links, which allow you to preview article headlines and photos, as well as watch full on videos, all inside the Messages app. That way, you don’t get redirected to YouTube, Vine or Vimeo.
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