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iOS 10 beta's best parts

If you download iOS 10's public beta, here's what to look for.

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I started with CNET reviewing laptops in 2009. Now I explore wearable tech, VR/AR, tablets, gaming and future/emerging trends in our changing world. Other obsessions include magic, immersive theater, puzzles, board games, cooking, improv and the New York Jets. My background includes an MFA in theater which I apply to thinking about immersive experiences of the future.
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Those Control Center buttons now support 3D Touch. Not all of them. Flashlight does, though.

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3D Touch in Control Center

So does Camera.

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Control Center has extra panes

Music now gets an extra part of Control Center, but it doesn't really do all that much that's new.

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Apple Music redesign

Speaking of which, Apple Music has a whole new look. The fonts have changed, the layout seems cleaner.

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Apple Music redesign

Albums are more clearly labeled, but is it any easier to find things? Yes and no.

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Apple Music redesign

It's a little easier finding recommended music versus the stuff in your own library.

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Home app

A new app allows HomeKit accessories and appliances to directly hook into a centralized hub.

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New wallpaper

Yes, that's new wallpaper. Everyone loves new wallpaper, right?

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Bedtime

One of my favorite new iOS 10 features is an extra part of the Clock app that sets waking and sleep cycles, with new gentler alarm music tones.

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Apple News

News has a design similar to Apple Music, but it still feels pretty similar to how it was before.

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Notifications and Raise to Wake

Notifications now look more bubbly, and you can see them right away by lifting the iPhone and not pressing a single button.

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Widgets are off to the side, now

Widgets are found by left-swiping from the notifications pane. Some feel a bit too large for the screen space.

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Apps with 3D Touch widgets

Apps can now show widgets just by pressing in on them. Right now, it's just Apple's apps.

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Delete Apple apps

Finally, you can "remove" (or hide) core Apple apps -- even iTunes. But some are still fixed, such as Health and the App Store.

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New Maps app

Apple Maps looks redesigned, and mostly that means it looks better while driving.

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Apple Health

Health has four new panes for things like Mindfulness and Nutrition. It's trying to be more cleanly laid-out and friendly as opposed to the weird, clinical thing it was before.

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Messages

Messages has many odd novelties now. For example, messages can be sent with varying levels of intensity or style.

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Messages

You can add several effects to messages: meet lasers.

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Messages

Fireworks, anyone?

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Messages

Confetti just landed on this conversation.

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Messages

Balloons! You can only pick one of these per message, and you can't combine with text styles.

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Messages

Meet the new text-to-emoji keyboard translator.

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Messages

If you can discover how, you can scribble doodles to a friend like you can on Apple Watch.

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Or send a simulated heartbeat.

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Messages

Some of the few available stickers you can send in Messages. This classic Mac sticker pack is the best.

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Messages

I'm doodling on a 10-second video clip just because I can.

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Memories in Photos

Memories is a new feature, scanning the photos in your iCloud library and curating them into collections locally on your device.

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Memories in Photos

It's like what Facebook and Google do already, organizing by faces, places and days, and even making slideshow videos.

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