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IDF Exclusive : Apple iOS 10: Tips and tricks you might not know
Apple iOS 10 is here, ready for download on iPhones, iPads. And as with any new update, there are always some big changes, and it takes a while to figure out exactly what is new. In iOS 10, Apple has gone for a louder, more colourful update, with changes to iMessage, Siri, Photos. We explain all the tricks and tips of iOS 10 from notifications to Siri to the Locked Screen.

Notifications, Widgets

First, let’s start with the notifications, which are now much bigger and prominent. If you have an app open, and a notification comes in, it is now much more promiment. Just pull down the notification and you’ll see an action menu pop-up. So in case of a WhatsApp message, when a notification comes through, at the bottom you’ll see the option to reply instantly. Or just hit cross on the top and dismiss the notification.

Just like notifications, widgets have gotten better in iOS 10, and are bigger. Now when you slide left from the main home screen, the entire widgets menu appears. Widgets are a quick way to access your apps, scrolling through the screens to get to them. To add more widgets to the menu, scroll to the bottom, tap the edit option, and at the bottom you’ll see which ones can be added. Hit done, once you’ve managed it. The list will also let you remove widgets.

Locked Screen

In iOS 10, the iPhone and iPad now support ‘Raise to Wake’. Just lift your iPhone, and the screen will come to life, so yes you don’t need to tap on the power button anymore.

The Locked Screen now has four different features. You can slide left to see your widgets, recent apps, slide right for the complete camera app. Also tap home button and it unlocks. And yes swiping up, still brings the new redesigned Control Centre. To access Apple Music from Locked Screen, just swipe left on Control Centre and it will show up.

Locked Screen now supports interactions with notifications as well and it is possible to take actions like reply, etc straight from this screen.
Siri now supports third-party apps like WhatsApp, Zomato and Uber


Siri has a lot more uses now, and the third-party support means, more features could be on the way soon as developers start taking advantage. Booking an Uber is now possible via Siri, and you even get the option of choosing between UberGo or UberX. Zomato has also taken advantage of Siri, and now requests like order food from Zomato, or order biryani will show some results. WhatsApp is another app which has Siri integration. You can send WhatsApp Messages from Siri itself or even make voice-calls. But you’ll need to go to Siri’s privacy settings and give her access. Go to Settings>Siri> App Support (right at the bottom) and toggle on access for the required apps.

Photos app

Photos app has a new memories tab. You’ll see some albums created already in your app depending on how many pictures you have in the iPhone. These Memory albums are based on location, date, time when the pictures were taken. So you might your weekend getaway put together into an album with a cover and a title all added.

Memories also creates a memory movie; just tap on the play symbol next to the album title image and it will play automatically To edit title, movie, tap the black background and you’ll see options to tinker with the music. To change the title, tap on the little settings tab below; fix title, text style, number photos, name of the Memory album.

Apple iMessage

iMessage is the real star in Apple’s new iOS 10. The messaging app now supports add-ons from App Store and Digital Touch function
iMessage has many features and it doesn’t look anything like the app from iOS 9. You’ll now see the App Store symbol and Digital Touch (Heart with Two Fingers) next to the camera symbol on an iMessage thread. The App Store Symbol will show options like Recents, Music Images and Store. Store is from where you can download apps, stickers etc. Apple Music is for sharing Apple Music, Images is for GIFs.

In order to scribble on a photo, you can just tap on it before sharing, and then hit ‘Markup’ and go ahead and do some colourful annotations, depending on how good your skills are. In order to send Digital Touch, just tap the Heart symbol. A little blackboard sort of space opens up with a video camera option at the bottom. Tap on that, record your video and drawn on it as you do so. Once done, just send. The Digital Touch space also gives detailed instructions on how to send hearts, kisses, etc in case you’re into that sort of thing.

In order to send handwritten notes, switch to landscape mode and the pre-written notes appear. Add more text if you feel like. For invisible ink, confetti, balloons, just long press the blue send button and another menu pops open. All the options will appear there itself and you can choose from a variety of effects. Read our full set of instructions on iMessage here.

Deleting Apple Apps

Yes iOS 10 finally gives you the power to remove in-built Apple apps like Stocks, iBooks, FaceTime, even Apple Watch app and Contacts. No you can’t delete the Settings, Photos, Camera, Apple Wallet, Phone, Safari, Find My iPhone and Clock app just yet.
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