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Apple iOS 10.3: 5 hidden iPhone, iPad features you should try out

If you're upgraded to iOS 10.3, here’s all the secret tricks your iPhone, iPad has up its sleeve.


Yesterday, Apple finally rolled out the latest iteration of operating system for iPhones and iPads — the iOS 10.3. The update, which was quite a prominent one, came with a handful of improvements and new feature additions, like the iPhone s ability to locate AirPods using Find my iPhone, more ways to use Siri for payments, ride booking and automaker apps, updates to the Settings app, developer benefits, among other things. And with the update, the list of tips and tricks your iPhone has, also increases. So here s revisiting what your iPhone, iPad can secretly do. Also Read - Apple could launch a foldable iPad with the micro-LED screen in 2023

The Mail app now lets you Unsubscribe

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To begin with, the iOS 10.3 has an hidden improvement for the Mail app, which brings the new Unsubscribe feature to the app. Most of us already use this feature on the Gmail app and it has been on the desktop version for a while now. But Apple s default Mail app never had the feature. Also Read - Apple iPhone 12 camera optics on schedule, says supplier

As the name suggests, it makes it easy for a user to remove themselves from an unwanted mailing list by simply opening the email and tapping on Unsubscribe at the top of the email.

Optimize iPhone storage

While you could always manage your iPhone storage by keeping smaller, space-saving photos and videos on your device while all of your original, full-resolution versions are stored in iCloud. You can now also Optimize Storage in Apple Music to automatically remove older tracks you haven t listened to in a while to make room for new content.

Siri will be your friend in need

You can use your iPhone to call your emergency contact without actually touching any physical button on your iPhone or iPad. Although, without this feature enabled, you can still use Siri to contact emergency services, but you need to activate Siri by holding down the home button. Siri will respond with Calling Emergency Services in five seconds followed by a countdown in case the user wants to cancel the request before the call is made. ALSO READ: Apple iOS 10.3, WatchOS 3.2, MacOS 10.12.4 released: Here are the top 9 features

Medical ID

Ignored by many, I personally feel the digital Medical ID on the iPhone is a very useful future. Although it was more useful when it was upfront on the lock screen in iOS 9. However, now Siri is deeply integrated with the Medical ID info you feed in, so that works well in your favor. The Medical ID essentially carried emergency medical and contact information useful to care providers, in case of an unpleasant event. Categories such as medical conditions, allergies and medications, spouse/partner info, blood type, and organ donation selection are important need to knows if you re hurt or injured.

SOS on Apple Watch

Similar to the SOS feature on the iPhone and iPad, the watchOS 3 also has an SOS feature, which lets you alert your SOS contacts in case of emergency.

When you make a call with SOS, your Apple Watch automatically calls the local emergency number. In some countries and regions, you might need to choose the service that you need. You can also add emergency contacts within Medical ID, who will be alerted via text once you ve completed your SOS emergency call.

Read receipts in Messages

While iMessage since forever indicates read receipts, with the new update, users can also customize the feature for specific individuals. To manage by individual, go to Messages on iPhone or iPad, tap on the conversation, then head to Info icon in the upper right hand corner, and Toggle Send Read Receipts off or on, based on your preference for that person.

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  • Published Date: March 29, 2017 6:23 PM IST

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