iOS is almost 10 years old. That’s a decade of updates and new features. Though, when you simply look at the Home screen of an iPhone running iOS 10, you might question yourself if anything has really changed much over the years. It has, just not in the most obvious, in-your-face way.
By now, you must be familiar with the long press action in iOS. Like when you tap and hold on an app icon and they all start to jiggle. When you press harder on the screen (don’t worry, you’re not going to break anything), you’ll engage 3D Touch. You’ll know because one, there will be a vibration feedback on the screen. Second, something will happen on screen.
The “iPhone 8,” which is believed to be Apple’s flagship for 2017, is rumored to feature a ton of changes and new additions when compared to previous generations.
I don’t know about you, but I find myself opening a new tab in Safari at least a dozen times a day. Instead of going through Spotlight search, I directly jump to Safari when I know what it is I’m looking for – checking latest stories on iPhone Hacks, opening a TV show page in Wikipedia, or just googling something.
iOS 10 brings a lot of different changes. Lock screen has been redesigned completely. There a whole different way to interact with notifications. Major apps like Music and News have been redesigned from the ground up. That’s a lot of change, especially when it hits you the second after you upgrade your iPhone.
Ever since I got my iPhone 6s Plus, I’ve had workarounds that would let me quickly open the Mobile Data options in the Settings app. Toggling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth has always been easy – Control Center or the Settings 3D Touch action. But no such thing for Mobile Data existed.
Whether you’re brewing a cup of coffee, doing some cooking, or just taking a nap, we all need to set up timers sometimes. And iOS 10 makes this process ridiculously easy, thanks to the new 3D Touch Quick Actions for the Timer icon in Control Center. You can now set a timer for 1 minute, 5 minutes, 20 minutes or 1 hour without even unlocking your iPhone! Here’s how it works.
iOS 10 has seen a 3D Touch overhaul and frankly, I’m a fan. There’s just so much more you can do with 3D Touch now. While a lot of it are little things, they’re little things that end up shaving off seconds from your total interaction. Case in point, the new 3D Touch gesture for controlling app downloads.
I’m one of those people who you really can’t judge based on the apps I have installed. As this is kind of my job, I test and use a lot of different apps. And when my friends see me use a new hot app (offline or online), they instantly want me to send them the link to the app. iOS 10 is going to make this process much easier for me.
3D Touch is the flagship feature of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. It is capable of detecting the amount of pressure exerted on the screen and can perform actions based on how firmly you press. 3D Touch is mostly used to view quick shortcuts of of apps by performing a hard press on their icons. You can also do a soft press on a particular content such as mail to get a quick preview, also known as “Peek”, and hard press to open the selected mail, also called “Pop”.