Apple’s iOS 10 has tons of great hidden features

“Apple iOS 10 is here and the case to upgrade is a strong one thanks to a multitude of major new features,” Gordon Kelly writes for Forbes. “And this case gets even stronger given all the secret features iOS 10 also hides beneath the surface.”

Some examples:

• Find My Car: Siri automatically detects when you’re driving and drops a pin at the location you stop, so you can easily find it later.

• App Widgets: Shortcut: 3D Touch on an app that supports widgets and you will get a preview of the widget and the option to quickly add it, along with the usual 3D Touch shortcuts.

• Smart Downloads: go to Settings > Music > Downloads and switch ‘Automatic Downloads’ to on and you will find any album can be quickly downloaded by tapping the ‘+Add’ button. Useful for those who do a lot of offline listening (such as frequent flyers).

• Flashlight Tweaks: For 3D Touch enabled iPhones (6S and above) open up the Control Center and use a harder pressure touch on the flashlight icon to get low, medium and high brightness options.

Restore Touch to Unlock: iOS 10 requires users to physically press the home button to unlock their devices, rather than just make contact for the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. If you don’t like this go to: Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button and enable: ‘Rest Finger to Open’ to get the old method back.

Twenty more hidden iOS 10 features here.

MacDailyNews Take: Bonus iOS 10 hidden feature: How to easily use your iPhone as a magnifying glass.

WSJ reviews Apple’s iOS 10: Your older iPhones and iPads will feel new – September 13, 2016
Apple releases iOS 10 – September 13, 2016


  1. Sir Jonnies ultimate versions of iPhone and Mac will be a totally seamless black slab not more than 1/8 of an inch thick. Will be operated by a touch interface with no feedback until you magically discern the place he wants you to touch.

    “If you truly loved me, you would know what to do without my telling you”

    So There!

    1. I think he’s headed a different direction. Have you noticed the printed instructions on the screen now (“Press Home to unlock” followed by “Press Home to open”)?

      Hint for Apple: If you have to print instructions for every step to get the device to function, you’re doing it wrong. What ever happened to “Simple, intuitive interface”? Things are trending toward “Cluttered and arcane.”

      1. Well, lets just say I don’t think any of us know where he is headed, and more of often that not it’s not a good thing. Some people think of it is a creative asset, but there is a fine line between creative genius and random chaos. VERY fine.

  2. iOS 10 – Am I missing something: when I press on an image in Mail and Safari that is also a link, there is no longer an option to save the image.
    If image isn’t a link, the option is still there.
    Is this one of the new features?

  3. Why are they hidden? If they are useful why not make them apparent to use? This is all so anti-Steve, anti-human interface standards, all the things that made Macs easy to learn to begin with. All of the commands were right there in the menu bar. 70% of the menu commands were in common with every other Mac program. Once you learned One program you only needed to learn 30% of another. This is one of the main things that made Apple great. My impression is that nobody there even knows or remembers this.

    1. Aw geez. My wife, who uses her iPad Pro pretty much esclusively, just asked me where the search bar in her Mail went, since, you know I am Mr. Apple and know everything. I looked and found nothing. Then poked some icon and lost what little sense there was and couldn’t get it back. The only hope seems to poke icons until something happens, then some other icon or screen appears and maybe somthing different will happen there. But I never got a search box. Horrible design, horrible consideration for the user, horrible degredation of the Apple way of doing things. Or, well, the way Apple got to where they are now. As usual the second or third generation of a hard won success just pisses it all away.

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