It’s possible to get quick shortcuts to popular actions, right from the Home screen.
You can access Quick Actions by using a long-press on an app icon to activate Haptic Touch. When you do, a menu appears with options to choose from and, for some apps, a widget (more on this below). Tap any one of the options to launch the app straight into the chosen function.
These include quick access to popular actions like Take Selfie from the Camera app icon, Play Beats 1 from Music or Directions Home from Maps. You can slide your finger to any of these options or just tap it to launch the action. Many of Apple’s native apps already support Quick Actions, plus a handful of third party apps – most notably Facebook and Instagram.
In addition to the quick shortcuts, some apps will also show a widget previewing important information straight from the app – for example, your next planned event in Calendar, the current weather in Weather, or the time it would take you to get home in Maps.