100+ iOS 10 Hidden / Secret Features For iPhone And iPad [List]

Here’s a full growing list of more than 100 hidden and secret features in iOS 10 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that you likely don’t know about as yet.

Did you know that the latest version of Apple’s mobile platform packs over 100 new hidden / secret features that Apple has made no fuss about? It’s always extremely exciting for iOS device owners to be able to watch the live stream of Apple’s keynotes in order to get a better understanding of what is coming in future version of the platform. With that said, it’s often the features that aren’t mentioned during the keynotes that have the most appeal, and iOS 10 has a ton of them it seems.


When Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior VP of Software Engineering, took to the stage back at WWDC in June, he almost instantly announced that he was going to use his stage time to talk about the ten most notable additions and improvements within the new iOS 10 release. What he didn’t mention was the seemingly never-ending list of additions that make iOS 10 such an impressive feat of engineering. After all, iOS 10 is, at least according to Apple, the “biggest iOS release ever”.

For one, he didn’t mention the ability to customize read receipts in iMessage on a per contact basis. He certainly didn’t touch on the high fact that stock apps can now be deleted and then re-installed from the App Store at will, or mention the fact that the Control Center can now make use of 3D Touch. Removal of Game Center is another one. On the lighter side of things, intensity adjustment for the flashlight/torch? You got it.

Here’s the list of iOS 10 features that you likely don’t know about as yet:

  1. Read receipts by conversation in iMessages
  2. iCloud Drive Desktop folder
  3. Air Quality Index for China
  4. Faster Camera launch
  5. Continuity Clipboard
  6. Autocorrect improvements for Korean & Thai
  7. Notes collaboration
  8. Unlimited tabs in Safari
  9. Male and female Siri voices for Russia, Spain & Italy
  10. Definition dictionary in Danish
  11. Live Photos stabilization
  12. Markup in Messages
  13. Side-by-side Mail compose iPad
  14. Location suggestions in Calendar
  15. New iPad Camera UI
  16. Live Filters for Live Photos
  17. Conversation view in Mail
  18. Discover in iBooks
  19. Improved Auto Enhance in Photos
  20. Faster FaceTime connectivity
  21. CarPlay app reordering
  22. Split View in Safari on iPad
  23. Rest & type iPad keyboard
  24. Sort Favorites in Apple News
  25. iCloud Drive Documents folder
  26. Bilingual dictionaries in Dutch & Italian
  27. Apple Pay in Safari
  28. Mail suggested move folder
  29. Air quality in Maps for China
  30. Found in Messages
  31. Brilliance adjustment slider in Photos
  32. Mail filters
  33. CarPlay on ultra wide screens
  34. Bedtime alarm
  35. Siri in South Africa & Ireland
  36. Definition dictionary in Traditional Chinese
  37. Live Photos editing
  38. Avoid tolls in Maps
  39. Mailbox column
  40. Faster attachment sending in Messages
  41. No Game Center app, service is still there
  42. Delete stock Apple apps
  43. Re-download stock Apple apps from App Store
  44. Panes in Control Center
  45. New animations for opening and closing apps
  46. 3D Touch in Control Center
  47. New Back button
  48. New Folder view
  49. App Store gets back Categories tab
  50. Slide to unlock is gone from Lock screen, replaced by “Press home to unlock”
  51. Read receipts for individual Contacts in Messages
  52. New keyboard sound
  53. Cellular Data option in 3D Touch Quick Actions
  54. Take photos while listening to music
  55. Optimized storage for Music
  56. iOS 10 kernel is left unencrypted intentionally
  57. Widgets now show up on left side of Home screen, as well as left side on Lock screen, and even on left side of Notification Center system-wide
  58. Low Light, Medium Light, Bright Light options for Torch/Flashlight in Control Center
  59. New file system called ‘Apple File System’
  60. Home screen widgets in 3D Touch Quick Actions
  61. Get notifications on where you last parked your car
  62. In-line video playback in Messages, Safari and other apps.
  63. ReplayKit now allows live video streaming from apps and games, as well as screen-casting
  64. iPad as hub for HomeKit instead of Apple TV
  65. RAW support in Camera app
  66. Notifications for publishers in Apple News app
  67. Continuity Keyboard (tvOS 10 required on Apple TV)
  68. Magnifier feature under Accessibility setting
  69. 100+ new emojis
  70. Warning when connected to open and unsecured Wi-Fi networks
  71. Raise to Wake
  72. Warning if Liquid is detected in Lightning port
  73. “Hey Siri” now activates only one device at a time
  74. “Rest Finger to Unlock” option is still there
  75. Photos app can detect 7 facial expressions
  76. Photos app can detect 4432 type of objects
  77. Prioritized app downloads
  78. Warning for apps that aren’t 64-bit compatible
  79. Improved landscape mode for Safari on small screen devices
  80. Close all tabs in Safari at once by tapping and holding on the tabs button.
  81. 3D Touch to clear all notifications at once in Notification Center
  82. Search bookmarks and Reading List in Safari
  83. Tap and hold links in Safari to get new “Share” option, clicking on which invokes Share Sheet
  84. Swipe up on a photo to view related photos in Photos app
  85. Spotlight Search can now search iCloud Drive app
  86. Markup in Photos app
  87. Song lyrics in Music app
  88. Siri now provides suggestions when editing the query manually
  89. Access Spotlight Search from anywhere system-wide
  90. System-wide Look Up feature
  91. 3D Touch on app’s icon on the Home screen to share that app
  92. 3D Touch to rename folders on Home screen
  93. 3D Touch on the app’s icon on Home screen which is being downloaded from the App Store to pause/resume or cancel the installation
  94. 3D Touch on folders on Home screen to see pending notification at a glance
  95. 3D Touch on Spotlight Search suggestions
  96. Calendar now suggests events based on prior events
  97. Emergency Bypass in Contacts for Do Not Disturb
  98. Find My Apple Watch available in Find My iPhone app for watches running watchOS 3
  99. Split View on iPad works for App Store
  100. Health app redesign
  101. Health app adds new Organ Donation option
  102. Announce Calls feature for audibly announcing incoming caller’s name

So, are you updating to iOS 10?

Update x1: We now have a video showing most of the above mentioned hidden features of iOS 10 in action:

You may also like to check out:

You can follow us on Twitter, add us to your circle on Google+ or like our Facebook page to keep yourself updated on all the latest from Microsoft, Google, Apple and the Web.