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I used the Notes app on my iPhone a lot, and now that I can share notes it just got way better.
Gone is the notification center. In its place is the Today view, which can be accessed by swiping left from the home screen–and on the lock screen too.
You can also customize it with widgets, though that isn’t new to iOS 10.
Third-party map integration
Geographically aware apps like Yelp and Uber can integrate with maps, giving you a seamless way to see restaurant ratings, book a table, find a ride, and whatever else you can think of.
Siri can get you a lift
Tell Siri you want a ride and she’ll find a way to make it happen, provided you have an app like Lyft or Uber installed.
Better photo editing options
You can do more without a third-party photo editing app. Filters, rebalancing, and other features are available right from the Photos app.
Improved photo sorting
Start typing a location, name, or even object into the search feature in the Photos app and it will return all kinds of results. While the object recognition capabilities of the Photos app is a bit disconcerting it is convenient.
The Photos app also automatically sorts your pictures into animated slideshows based on location and activity. You can make simple edits and share them–just like vacation slides from the 1970s!
Tip your phone into landscape mode while composing a message and you get the handwriting screen. What’s more, the writing space responds to the force of your touch: harder and slower equals darker lines. They even bleed a bit like a pen!
There are a few options for sending text that animates: it can slam onto the screen and raise some dust, appear sheepishly small or ridiculously large, or be blurry until the recipient swipes it (great for more personal messages).
Animate your messages with balloons, confetti, lasers, fireworks, or a shooting star.
(Tap and hold on the Send button to bring up the options for both expressive text and backgrounds.)
Digital touch messages
Digital touch messages can share your heartbeat, a glowing blob, a kiss, and other neat little animations. Previously only on the Apple Watch, they’re now in iOS 10.
Want to grab a pizza? Just start typing the word and get the pizza emoji as an auto replace option. Now you can regress from tapping words on a screen to sharing pictographs even more easily.
Neat 3D touch options
Stock apps like the Flashlight and Settings got some nice additional 3D touch options. There are a couple examples above, but be sure to check out the rest of your frequently used apps to see what was added.
Delete stock apps
You aren’t stuck with a folder full of useless stock apps anymore: you can delete them just like third-party ones.
Add events from apps to your calendar
The Calendar app can automatically import events from apps like Facebook. To turn it on or off open the Settings app, then tap on Calendar. It’s a simple toggle under that screen.
Do you frequently forget to go to bed? Find yourself awake at 6 a.m. wondering what happened? Rely on your smartphone to replace almost every other normal human function of your life?
If yes, then bedtime reminders are perfect for you!
Your camera is a magnifying glass
There’s an option buried in the accessibility options that allows you to turn your camera into a magnifying glass–and it works great. You can adjust magnification, change the colors, and play with several different options to make things more visible.
App download priorities
There are so many apps to download–what happens when two of them are downloading at the same time? Now you can set priorities with a 3D touch.
Find your watch
Ever lose your Apple Watch somewhere in the house? With iOS 10 it will show up in the Find iPhone app.
Time to leave alerts
No, these aren’t alerts that get you out of meetings or awkward social situations: they tell you when to leave your current location to make it to a calendar event on time. iOS accounts for traffic, distance, and other variables to give you a good estimate.
Send voicemails via text or email, or add them to iCloud. Sharing embarrassing messages with friends is easier than ever!
Sing along with Apple Music
The Music app can now give you lyrics while you listen to a song. Just tap the three dots in the lower-right corner of a song’s Now Playing screen and then tap lyrics.
Unsubscribe from mailing lists painlessly
The Mail app now knows if an email came from a distribution list and shows an option to unsubscribe. Just tap and it does the rest.
Voicemail: no one really likes it anymore. In fact, most of what needs to be said in a voicemail can be expressed just as easily in a text or email.
Now you can simply read your voicemails right from the app–no additional taps or swipes necessary.