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7 secret iOS 10 features used by the pros

7 secret iOS 10 features used by the pros
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If you are a fan of Apple, this is a very exciting time. Earlier this year the tech giant released the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and finally made some much needed upgrades to the MacBook Pro. All of that AND 2017 is the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone, so we are expecting some very exciting things to come.

Apple even made the biggest update to its operating system in September when it released iOS 10. In fact, there are probably a number of iOS 10 features that you don't even know exist.

To help you have the best experience with the operating system, here are 7 iOS 10 features that you're going to love.

1. Siri announces who's calling

When your iOS gadget is connected to your car or headphones through Bluetooth, Siri will let you know who's on the line when you are getting a call. This is a great safety feature for when you are driving, since you don't have to look at the phone. To take advantage of the Announce Calls feature you need to enable it. Go to Settings >> Phone >> Announce Calls. 

From the Announce Calls screen you have a few options to choose from. You can have Siri announce who's calling Always, when you're connected through Bluetooth to Headphones & Car, Headphones Only, or you can select Never.


2. Find your parked car

If your car can connect to your phone through Bluetooth or Apple CarPlay, you can get help remembering where you parked your car. Once you park, Apple Maps marks your car's location and it will be shown on the map. You have to be able to receive a GPS signal for this feature to work, so it might not function properly in an underground parking garage.

You will need to turn this feature on to use it. Go to Settings >> Maps and then slide the toggle to the right to enable it.


3. Closing Safari tabs

If you use Apple's web browser, Safari, you know how easy it is to lose track of how many tabs you have open at one time. It can be time consuming closing each of those tabs individually. Apple has made this process much easier with iOS 10.

You are now able to close every open tab at once. Open Safari and from the new tab page, hold down the Done button in the bottom-right corner. This will open a menu with the option to close all open tabs. Select Close Tabs and they will all disappear.


4. Choose your stopwatch style

Did you know that there is a stopwatch feature in the Clock app? If so, you might already be tired of the plain old style that has been around for years. Good news, Apple has added another style that you can use.

To change the face of the stopwatch feature, open the Clock app. You will see a menu at the bottom of the screen of different features, such as World Clock, Alarm, Bedtime, Stopwatch and Timer. Tap the Stopwatch option. There you can swipe left or right to choose between the old and new style face. You just have to tap the start and stop button to use the stopwatch feature.


5. Use less bandwidth

Do you send tons of photos through the Messages app? Today's high quality images use a great deal of bandwidth when you send them this way. They also take up plenty of space on the recipient's phone.

Now you can turn on a feature called Low Quality Image Mode that will help alleviate these issues. When the feature is on, images sent will be lower quality, saving both bandwidth and space. Go to Settings >> Messages and slide the toggle next to Low Quality Image Mode to the right to enable the feature.


6. Create a magnifying glass

Do you ever come across really small text and wish you had a magnifying glass handy? You are now able to use your iPhone's camera as a magnifying glass and the great news is that it is really easy to use.

Go to Settings >> General >> Accessibility >> Magnifier. From there you will slide the toggle to the right to enable this feature.

To use the magnifying glass feature, triple-tap the Home button and the camera will open already in magnifying mode. You will see a yellow button that you can slide left or right to make whatever the camera is pointing at smaller or larger.


7. Voicemail transcription

When you receive a voicemail, iOS 10 will transcribe it for you. This can be especially handy in situations where you can't answer the phone or listen to a message.

To see a voicemail's transcription, open the Phone app >> tap on the Voicemail button located on the bottom right >> tap the voicemail message that you want to read. The text will appear on the screen.

You still have the option to play the message and listen to it whenever you get a chance.

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