iOS 10 grabbed headlines for adding stickers, apps and animations to Messages, ride-hailing to Maps and personalized playlists to Music. Now that we've had time to use the update on our iPhones, we've started to appreciate it as much for its little touches — such as discoveries in Photos, the improved lock screen camera shortcut and new sound effects — as we do for those marquee features. Here are our 11 favorite little things about iOS 10.
GIF search engines existed on iOS 9 within individual apps, but Giphy and Twitter made the image-pulling process clumsy. Native integration in Messages makes for a smoother and easier way to find animated images of Adventure Time, Drake and all the other pop culture content you could ask for.
Apple featured widgets existed in iOS 9, but you were stuck with the ones Apple offered — app suggestions, nearby restaurants and the like. With iOS 10, there appear to be more widgets than ever as developers have the chance to add widgets to their apps, and they're a lot more useful than what you may be used to. The Up Next calendar widget is better at highlighting upcoming events and alarms than the Today widget was and Microsoft Pix offers buttons for rear, selfie and video photography.
It's amazing what some bubbles can do. Apple breathed life into the new swipe-down notifications screen by moving from a flat, black background with white text and thin dividing lines to a series of individual notifications in white bubbles with black text.
We don't know about you, but we often open the clock app at night, to set alarms for the following morning. Apple seems to understand that usage, as it flipped the color palette from white to black, so we're not filling our face with white light right before bed.
Reaching a finger all the way down to the bottom right corner of your phone’s lock screen to swipe up and open the iOS camera app is a thing of the past. You now just slide left from anywhere on the right half of the screen.
The Memories feature in Photos packages related images into collections, automatically creating albums so you don't need to. Scroll to the bottom of a specific Memory, though, and you'll find related images, from deep in your library that you may have forgotten about.
When you're listening to a song in Apple Music that you want to save for offline, it's now as easy as a single tap to download a song. From the Now Playing view, just tap the plus button (+) in the bottom left corner and the track will copy to your device.