Apple’s forthcoming iOS 10 update was unveiled one week ago, and even in its current beta form, it’s already transforming the way developers use their iPhone and iPad.
The best new iOS 10 features involve shortcuts to make your daily phone and tablet faster and easier, and there were a flurry of new time-savers announced at WWDC 2016.
Before we all get to play with the iOS 10 public beta next month, here are 12 of the coolest new iOS 10 features that will help you streamline how you use your iPhone and iPad.
1. Universal Clipboard
If you’re a long-time Apple user, you probably have more than one Apple device. In fact, there are plenty of people out there with a Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch. Apple has done amazing things in making sure these device play well together, but this year it took things a step further — letting you copy and paste content across devices.
This could actually prove a lot more useful than it sounds. No longer will you be stuck with content on one device — simply copy photos or text on one device, then paste it on another, all without any special commands or hard-to-learn features. It works just like copy/paste did before, except now it works across multiple devices.
How does this save time? Stop SMSing yourself that crucial bit of text or photo. It makes sense for content to live on multiple devices via the clipboard, and that’s what will happen with iOS 10 and macOS Sierra.
2. QuickType understands context
Apple’s QuickType keyboard is getting significantly smarter in the new version of iOS — it now understands context. What that means is that, for example, if a friend asks where you are, the keyboard will realize that and suggest you send location data, which you’ll be able to do at the tap of a button.
Of course, this goes beyond location data — Siri is basically becoming a part of your keyboard. In fact, the keyboard will learn new works as time goes on, so if you type “bae” enough, it will realize not to change that to “bar.” It will also know when you might want to schedule something in your calendar — in case, for example, you just planned a meeting with a friend in iMessage. All in all, your keyboard is going to become a whole lot more helpful.
How does this save time? QuickType proactively gives you information it thinks you’ll need, so you’ll no longer have to look for it yourself. Contacts and your location are just one tap away.
3. Access the camera by swiping left
A small new feature, but one you’ll use everyday nonetheless. Until now, to access the camera you’ve had to slide from the bottom corner up. It was tiny and often out-of-reach. But now you’ll be able to swipe from anywhere on the screen right to the left, which will automatically pull up the camera. It’s a much bigger gesture target.
Like I said, this is a small change, but it could prove very useful. Why do people open the camera app in the first place? To capture a moment, and if opening the camera takes too long, that moment could be missed. That, or you just have to take that selfie as soon as possible. Apple understands how important quick access to the camera is — that’s why it included camera access from the lock screen in the first place. This update should make taking a snapshot that much easier.
How does this save time? You won’t need precision to get to the camera app as soon as possible — simply take your phone out and swipe to it.