iOS updates aren’t as exciting as they used to be, so the best stuff is often the little features that slip through the keynote cracks but make your iPhone or iPad work much better. Case in point, some of the hidden stuff in early iOS 10 betas is way more exciting than what Apple actually announced.
Before we get into this, we should note that iOS 10 is currently in beta, some of these features may not make it into the final release., That release is set for sometime this fall,. But the developer beta is available now, and the public beta is coming sometime in July.
You Can Finally Remove Unwanted Stock Apps
You Can Set Read Receipts on a Per-Conversation Basis
In any conversation thread in Messages, you can now choose to send (or not send) read receipts. This is great if you want some closer friends know that you saw a message but don’t want read receipts for every single person. Just tap the “i” icon in the top-right of a conversation, then tap the toggle next to “Send Read Receipts.”
Maps Automatically Remembers Where You Parked
There are countless apps that’ll tell you where you parked in the App Store, but if you’re okay with using Apple Maps (which looks much nicer now), they’re now useless. Use Apple Maps to navigate somewhere, park your car, and the app sends you a notification, then drops a pin saying where you parked. When it’s time to head back to your car, its location will pop up in Apple Maps as a “recommended destination.”
Slide to Unlock Is Gone
There’s a Dedicated Unsubscribe Button in Mail
Like Gmail, Outlook, and other modern email apps, Apple Mail now has a dedicated unsubscribe button for the newsletters you get.As long as Mail can identify it as a newsletter, you’ll have the option to unsubscribe without clicking a link or setting up a filter. Just open up a newsletter in Mail, tap the unsubscribe button, and you’ll never get that obnoxious email again.
The Flashlight Intensity Is Adjustable (and More 3D Touch Options in Control Center)
This is a small, silly, little thing that I personally am excited about. You can now adjust the intensity of the flashlight with a hard-press of the icon in Control Center. You can choose between three options, low, medium, and high. This is one of those weirdly useful little things that will come in handier than you’d think. Beyond that, the other apps in Control Center also now get custom 3D Touch options, which means you do things like can set a timer quickly, or open up to a specific setting on your device’s camera.
The Game Center App Is Gone, but the Game Center Service Is Still Alive
Game Center, the app that lets you see all your mobile game high scores, achievements, and a friend list, is gone in iOS 10. Game Center is still sort of accessible in the Settings though. This suggests that Game Center’s getting demoted to a service, which is likely what most people use it for. You’ll still have your user ID and you can still use it to play games online and connect with friends. Yet, for now, the app itself, and the achievements and challenges that come with it, are gone.
Opening the Camera App No Longer Pauses Music
One of the weirdly annoying features in previous versions of iOS was how opening up the camera app automatically paused any music you were listening to. It no longer does that for still photos (it still does when you want to record video, but that makes sense.) This annoyed the heck out of me in iOS 9, so I’m glad it’s gone.
You Get a Warning When You Connect to an Unsecure Network
When you connect to a Wi-Fi network with terrible security, you’ll get an alert saying so. This includes obvious stuff like open networks, but also seems to pop up at other times, like when a network uses older protocols like WEP. The Wi-Fi screen also now tells you if the network is local only and isn’t connected to the internet, or if the connection is weak.
It’s these little features that end up making iOS a joy to use. We’ll keep an eye on them as they come and go in the various versions of the betas, and there will certainly be more secrets to uncover in the final version of iOS 10.