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7 ways you can get maximum out of your iPhone and iPad

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7 ways you can get maximum out of your iPhone and iPad
Apple has launched its new iOS 10, Apple's latest mobile software, rolled out last month. Like past Apple updates, it mostly maintains the previous operating system's clean-and-cool exterior but packs new features that are not always immediately apparent. Here's a primer on how to harness the useful new tools in iOS 10.

Today in this article we are bringing you the list of 7 tips which will help you optimize your iPhone and iPad.

Learn your control center

The control center – the little gray window that appears when you swipe upward from the bottom of the screen – has also been expanded to include music controls. Swipe right on the control center screen to reveal a second page where you can change your music without unlocking your phone. This page populates with info from whichever music app you've used most recently, including third-party favorites like Spotify and Pandora.
The control center has a few more hidden perks. If you're using Apple's Home app, you can swipe right one more time to reveal the third page with HomeKit shortcuts. You can also adjust the flashlight brightness: Press and hold the icon for bright, medium or low light options.

Home screen clean-up and shortcuts

For the first time, you can delete pre-installed apps. Whether you don't have a need for them (I'm looking at you, Stocks) or you're using a third-party app to do the same job better (ahem, Mail) you can finally delete and re-download them like you would any other app.

But when you attempt to delete apps, you may see a shortcut menu instead of the familiar icon shake. Deleting your apps in a 3D Touch environment requires lightly resting your finger on the app icon. If you press too hard, you'll see a submenu instead.

Customize the lock screen

It used to be that all it took to unlock the iPhone with the fingerprint sensor was a quick rest of your fingertip on the home button. Now, you have to physically push the button down to leave the lock screen. If that feels like too much work, turn the Rest Finger to Open option back on. This option is listed under Settings > Accessibility > Home Button.

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Beyond that small hurdle, the rest of the iOS 10 updates increase access to content when the phone is locked. For instance, the Raise to Wake feature offers easier access to notifications. When turned on, the lock screen appears when you pick up the phone, without pressing any other buttons. This setting can be turned on and off through Settings > Display & Brightness > Raise to Wake.

Swiping left to right from the lock screen launches an expanded widget screen, which shows items like upcoming calendar events and news items by default. Those new widgets are customizable, so if you're not happy with the default settings, change them.

To do so, simply scroll to the bottom of the Widgets screen and tap the round "Edit" button. You'll be taken to an "Add Widgets" screen, where you can add and remove content as you please. Not all apps have widgets, but they can often be a pleasant alternative to notifications. You still get information at a glance, but without annoying interruptions.

New ways to organize Mail

Apple's built-in Mail app received a few organizational upgrades that could help you wrangle an unruly inbox.

First, there are finally Mail-specific settings. Settings for Mail, Calendar and Notes used to be lumped into one category, which meant you couldn't delve too deeply into any specific app. To see your new options, navigate to Settings > Mail.

There is a new Preview option; you can now decide how much of each e-mail you'd like to see in your inbox before you open it (from zero to five lines). New Swipe Options allow you to configure what happens when you swipe left or right to an e-mail you're viewing (flag, mark as read, move, etc.). Threading options let you set preferences for how your messages are organized within their threads.

Lastly, message Filtering is made easier with a new icon that appears in the lower left of the inbox screen. The Filter icon is a little nondescript, so it's easy to overlook: It's a circle with three lines on it. Tap it once to filter the Inbox, and tap the blue word under "Filtered by:" to change the view. You can filter by unread status, attachments, VIP senders and more.

Collaborative Notes

iOS 10 adds a new collaboration feature to the Notes app that seems to be an obvious response to cloud-based tools like Evernote and Google Docs.

Just open a Note and look for the yellow "add a person" icon on the upper-right area of the screen. You have several options for sharing the note, including via Messages, e-mail or sending a link. You and your collaborators can now view and edit the note at the same time.

Hone your sleep schedule with Bedtime

The built-in Clock app has a new Bedtime feature that could supplant third-party alarm clock and sleep-tracking alternatives. To use it, open up the Clock app and tap "Bedtime" at the bottom of the screen. The first time you open it, you'll automatically be given a walkthrough, but you can change your settings at any time.

Open up the Bedtime screen, toggle the switch to the on position, and you can change your bedtime by tapping the moon icon or wake-up time by tapping the sun icon. To change your alarm sound or days of the week you use the alarm, click "Options" in the upper left corner of the Bedtime screen.

Bedtime also uses iPhone's built-in motion sensors to try and determine exactly when you fall asleep and wake up, though you'll need to sleep with your iPhone in your bed to use these features. The Sleep Analysis data on the Bedtime screen records and displays this information.

Use the Home app for smart appliances

If you don't have any HomeKit-enabled devices, you'll be glad to be able to delete this new stock app. But if you have smart appliances like lights, thermostats or locks, the Home app centralizes all of their controls in one place.

You still may need each product-specific app to do specifics like perform a manufacturer's software update, but otherwise, Home is like an all-in-one remote control. Fire it up and click the (+) button to start pairing your accessories.


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