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iOS 10 Hidden feature: Collaborative Notes

David Pogue
Tech Critic

When Apple released iOS 10, the latest system software for the iPhone/iPad, it made a big deal out of the major features, like a redesigned Music app and contextual predictions in autocorrect.

But Apple’s engineer elves worked for a year to overhaul iOS 10, and they’ve planted lots of hidden gems. Today, I’m happy to present another of the best iOS 10 features that Apple forgot to mention.

You and your buddies can now edit a page in Notes simultaneously, wirelessly, across the Internet. Fantastic for planning an event, building a wish list, working together on a little brainstorming document, and so on.

Open the Notes app. Find the page you want to share, and then tap the round Person icon at the top. You’re asked to share the page using any of the usual methods: by message, email, AirDrop, and so on.

Once your colleague accepts your invite, you’ll briefly see yellow highlighting appear on the note to indicate where that person is making changes.


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