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What The Tech? iOS10 Secrets

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iPhone users probably know about most of the features in Apple's new iOS 10 operating system that was released about 2 weeks ago, but there are plenty of features you really have to go looking for to use them.

After using the OS for a couple of weeks and delving into the things Apple has not talked about, I've found several little things that will make a big difference in how you use your phone. I'll call them iPhone secrets. 

  • Dude where's my car? Well, Siri doesn't recognize the word "dude" apparently but if you ask where you parked she'll give you step by step directions. This feature has been around since one of the iOS 9 updates, but in iOS 10 it's automatic. Here's how it works: your phone has to be connected to your car over Bluetooth, whether than be from Apple's car kit or just connected through the car's bluetooth. iOS 10 can recognize when you've stopped your car and will automatically drop a pin in Apple Maps. When you lose your car in a parking lot just ask Siri "where's my car" and she'll walk you back. This is extremely helpful at shopping malls, ballgames and other big events. 
  • Turn down the light. I use my phone's flashlight sometimes when I creep back upstairs for bed. My wife is usually asleep and if I use the flashlight, the brightness fills the room and draws her ire. In iOS 10 using force touch in an iPhone 6s or 7, you get the option to turn down the light. Press on the flashlight and hold, you'll see options to make the light bright, medium or low. 
  • Shooting photos quickly is easier and, more importantly, faster in iOS 10. Instead of tapping the camera icon, hold it. A menu pops up to take a selfie, shoot video or slo­mo. The take a photo option is conveniently at the bottom of the menu. This will definitely speed up the process of taking a photo. 
  • Lookup is a new feature in iOS 10 that allows you to search for a word in Safari or Chrome just by highlighting it. I tested it out on an article about Arnold Palmer. The article mentioned how other golfers and fans referred him to be "humble". Highlighting that word I got the option to "Look up". By tapping that button iOS 10 showed me the definition, how it's spelled in other languages, the Wikipedia entry. It also found (without me asking) bands and songs in iTunes. If a movie with the word 'humble' in the title it would show me where the movie is playing and the showtimes. It also searched YouTube for videos that include the word and showed a Tim McGraw music video for the song "Humble and Kind"
  • In calculator you can finally copy a calculation. I don't know why this hasn't been included before and I've often wished it were. I added up a series of numbers, held my finger over the answer and chose to copy it. I was then able to paste that answer in another equation. This will prove to be helpful in doing math, no more writing it down on a sheet of paper

Like I said, these features have not been discussed or even mentioned casually. I thought you'd like to be in on a few iOS secrets.

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