Raise to wake

It’s my favourite feature! You don’t need anymore to press the home or power buttons to see your notifications and time. In iOS 10, the phone’s accelerometer will respond to you picking it up by lighting up the lock screen.

To be fair, this might be one of those features that you don’t know you need until you’ve tried it. Especially since Touch ID is now so fast that it’s hard to press the home button without unlocking your phone.

Rich lockscreen notifications

Apps will get a lot more useful without you having to actually open the app itself – quick read and replies available directly from the home screen!

You can see that notifications are broken up into bubbles now and using 3D Touch on them will show additional options – like reply for messengers, complete/remind later for reminders and much more other useful options.

Delete default apps

I guess many of you like me never used some default apps – like Home, Compass, Watch. Some users just prefer to use custom apps for mail and stocks. And now you are able to delete them.

Lockscreen camera and widgets

Now it’s easier to access camera and widgets from lock screen. Swipe right to show today widgets, swipe left to show camera.

Stickers and Apps in iMessage

With the official launch of iOS 10 now here, you’ll see new and familiar apps available right there, within iMessage. You’ll be able to do things like send money or book lunch reservations while you coordinate with friends. Extra goodies like stickers and emoji packs can be downloaded, too.

A new Apple Music

Apple Music appears to have been a success since it launched last year, with more than 20 million paying subscribers on the streaming service, but it did have its critics.

For iOS 10, the software has been rebuilt from the ground up showing a cleaner design. Or in Apple’s words: “It uses a new design language that allows the music to become the hero and a new structure that makes it easy to navigate and discover new music.”

Siri for developers

Siri now works with third party apps. And that means that you can give it a command to order a ride via Uber, or search for a hotel on HotelLook.

Better Maps

Yes, Apple Maps was a bit of a joke when it first launched, but in recent years it has improved significantly, and added features such as public transport.

In iOS 10, Maps will get a huge redesign with larger buttons, making it much simpler to use. And it will be open to Extensions, allowing you to book an Uber to a destination or reserve a table with OpenTable.

Photo Memories

Apps like Timehop have become a popular way to relive past memories, but they don’t have access to your whole photo library like Apple does. In iOS 10, Apple will debut a new “Memories” feature that automatically stitches together a video of a time and place, such as holidays or weddings.

The feature uses computer vision software that is able to group together pictures of places and people to create personalised collections of images.

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