1/ Ch-ch-changes — The iOS 10 changes to notifications depend largely on whether the device is equipped with 3D Touch. Swiping left on a message now offers View and Clear on non-3D Touch devices; just Clear on 3D Touch devices. Users can now also view photos and videos or respond to messages directly from notifications without having to open the app itself.
On 3D Touch devices (iPhone 6s onwards), press on the notification to reveal the notification actions menu. For example, a Calendar notification hard-pressed will now show your day-long view when you get a meeting reminder. Overall, users can now use 3D Touch to gain a compact view of the app a notification is sent from, such as message content from an email in Mail or the last few messages from a contact. This works similarly if a device is unlocked and a notification banner shows up on the top of the screen. Now, with 3D Touch, users can hard press that notification to open the message and interact with the notification without opening the app.
For non-3D touch devices, hitting View will open the alert and allows interaction with the notification.
2/ With Apple TV — Apple TV Remote gained greater utility in iOS 10 and tvOS 10 thanks to rich notifications. Instead of relying solely on Siri Remote and the clunky tvOS keyboard interface, rich notifications let users quickly enter text directly from the iOS lock screen. Notably, the system works even while browsing tvOS with Siri Remote.
tvOS sends a push notification to a connected iPhone whenever the onscreen cursor hits a text entry box. For example, navigating to the search bar in YouTube’s tvOS app will trigger a push notification on iOS.
Interacting with the rich notification through a 3D Touch press on iPhone 6 and 7 series devices summons a text entry box with familiar iOS keyboard. After entering text and tapping “Go,” control is returned to Siri Remote.
Rich notifications appear in the lock screen and as banners or alerts when iPhone is unlocked. As a true push notification, the interactive alerts show up even when Apple TV Remote isn’t running in the background. The feature is enabled by default and can be configured in the iOS Settings app under Notifications > Apple TV Remote Keyboard. From here, users can opt to allow notifications, show alerts in notifications center, enable sounds, activate lock screen access and select their desired alert style. (Apple’s legacy Remote app —the former text entry mode of choice —is incompatible with fourth-generation hardware.) Apple TV Remote is a free download from the iOS App Store.
3/ Change the volume of your messages — Sometimes you want to whisper; other times you need to shout. No problem. Tap and hold on the send icon, then make your choice of loudness or quietness from the subsequent screen (main picture, above). The available options are gentle, loud, and slam. Plus, there’s an invisible ink option that means the recipient has to rub to reveal the text. Alternatively, switch to the Screen tab, and you can add some animated effects including balloons, confetti, and fireworks.
4/ Share your location more easily — A feature to let you do this is now built right into the Messages app. Tap the tiny info icon (an “i” in a circle) in the top right-hand corner of any conversation window, then opt to send your current location (as a one off) or share your location for a longer period of time. People who don’t use Apple Messages get an embedded maps link on a contact card.
5/ Filter people — Head to the front page of Messages and you should see two headings at the top: one says ‘Contacts & SMS’ and another is ‘Unknown Senders’. Anyone who’s not already in your address book who tries to send you a note in Apple Messages automatically gets dumped into the second category.
If you don’t like the way this works you can turn it off through the Messages screen in the iOS Settings app (look for the Filter Unknown Senders switch).
To give someone the all-clear for messages in the future, just add his or her details to your Contacts app.