From flashy iMessage enhancements to third-party access to Siri, iOS 10 boasts its share of high-profile changes. But smaller improvements are sprinkled throughout the mobile OS update, as Apple continues to roll out iOS 10 updates into 2017. And while not every feature is the kind to grab a lot of attention, they're still aimed at making your iPhone easier than ever to use.
Here's a quick look at some iOS 10 enhancements and other iOS tricks you may have missed.
Messages isn't just for texting anymore. Apple has opened up the messaging app to developers, allowing them to creating mini-apps for use within its texting app. From within Messages, you can now send payments to friends via Circle, text game scores from the ESPN app and debate where to grab a bite to eat through Open Table. To add apps, all you have to do is select the Apps icon next to Messages' text field, tap the four-circle icon in the bottom left corner of the screen and follow the links to Message's own mini-version of the App Store.
Maybe you see all those emoji popping up in texts and wouldn't mind getting in on the fun. But how do you know which emoji is the right one to send? iOS 10's Messages app has you covered. Just type out the message you wanted to text, but before hitting Send, switch over to the emoji keyboard. If there's an appropriate image or icon for any of the words in your message, they'll appear in orange. Just tap them to make the appropriate emoji appear.
Prior to iOS 10, when you texted someone a link, that's what they would see — just the URL and nothing else. Now Messages adds details to those links like an image and a description so you know if that link is something worth tapping on. It's especially helpful for YouTube clips, which even play directly in the Messages app.
iOS 10 supports multilingual keyboards, which can be helpful if you switch back and forth between languages when composing texts or emails. Simply go to Dictionary section of Settings > General and grab the languages you need. If you've got predictive typing turned on, words from those languages will spring up as QuickType options.
When you're trying to find a certain set of emails in your mailbox, search might come in handy, but it might not be the most efficient way to see the results you want. In iOS 10, Apple has added filtering to its Mail app.
Just tap the filter icon in the bottom left corner of the screen to quickly get a look at only certain messages. To adjust the filtering criteria, tap the Filtered By item in the middle of the toolbar. From there, choose your filtering options: unread, flagged, whether you're the addressee or cc'd, and whether it should only include mail with attachments and/or mail from VIPs.
When you're done, tap the filter icon again to return to the full view. The filter criteria will stay the same until you change them, just in case that's a search you need to carry out frequently.
Rather than burying message threads another level down, Apple added the threaded conversation view from its Mac mail client to its mobile devices in iOS 10. You can now tap a message thread to display it as a single series of messages that you can scroll through. You can also tap the double arrows listed next to a thread in the Inbox to expand the conversation if you want to pick a single message to read.
If you manage your inbox by moving messages into folders, iOS 10 looks to save you some extra taps. The Mail app wil try and predict the folder you're moving a message to based on the sender and the message's content.
Tap the folder icon on the bottom of a message. If Mail recognizes the type of message you're looking to file, it will suggest a folder; if Mail guesses wrong, you can tap the Move Message option to get a full list of your Inbox folders. The feature doesn't always appear, nor does Mail always suggest the right folder, but it still saves you some scrolling when the right suggested folder appears. And Mail figures to get smarter the more you use the feature.