Everything you need to know about iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, and more!

iPhone is a pocket camera, computer, and yes — communicator — all in one. It's Apple's most successful product and one of the most successful products of all time. Introduced by Steve Jobs in 2007, Apple has sold over a billion of them to date. Current models include iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, with enhanced cameras, water-proofing, virtual home buttons, and improved battery life. Last year's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are still on the market, available at a slight discount. And iPhone SE, which packs most of the features of iPhone 6s into the smaller, iPhone 5s package.

Best iPhone: 128 GB matte black iPhone 7

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The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are here and, once again, it is the Plus model where Apple’s greatest innovation is being shown. But more people will buy the iPhone 7 than the iPhone 7 Plus, so are they making a mistake and does the new Plus offer enough changes from the iPhone 6S Plus to warrant an upgrade?

You might be surprised…

Design & Size – Old Dog Learns New Tricks, One Bad

As much as it is superficial to complain about the exterior of the iPhone 7 Plus, it is disappointing to see Apple retain a virtually identical exterior design for the third year running. But there are a few important upgrades and one very controversial downgrade.

The good news is the iPhone 7 Plus is finally water resistant. Unofficially the old iPhone 6S Plus was actually pretty resistant to getting splashed, but now the iPhone 7 Plus is specifically designed to handle full submersion for up to 30 minutes.

The iPhone 7 (pictured) and iPhone 7 Plus are both now IP67 water resistant. Image credit: AppleThe iPhone 7 (pictured) and iPhone 7 Plus are both now IP67 water resistant. Image credit: Apple

The home button on the iPhone 7 Plus is also no longer an obvious breaking point as the mechanism has been replaced by a touch sensitive fixed surface with haptic feedback.

Rival HTC already made this switch successfully with the HTC 10 and it should prove a fairly seamless transition for most users.

But how Apple has found room to cram in the haptic engine for the new home ‘button’ is controversial as the iPhone 7 Plus removes the headphone jack seen on every previous iPhone to date. You may be frustrated, but it was coming.


Apple cites “courage” in the decision and its aim of moving users to a wireless wonderland is potentially admirable, but it is also divisive.
iPhone 7 Plus owners will have to use either Apple’s $159 wireless AirPods or Bluetooth headphones while those determined to stick to cables will have to either buy Lightning headphones or use a Lighting to 3.5mm adapter Apple bundles with the phone.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both remove the headphone jack so an adapter has to be used. Image credit: Apple

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both remove the headphone jack so an adapter has to be used. Image credit: Apple

None of which solves the problem of charging the iPhone 7 Plus while listening to music (you’ll need separate accessories for that) and the decision will prove a major test of customer loyalty.

In addition to this the iPhone 7 Plus is visually almost identical to the iPhone 6S Plus:

  • iPhone 7 Plus – 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in) and 188 g (6.63 oz)
  • iPhone 6S Plus: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29in) and 192g (6.77oz)

A keen eye will spot Apple has removed the antenna bands from the back of the iPhone 7 Plus for a cleaner look than the iPhone 6S Plus, but that won’t sell the new iPhone on its own. Of more substance, however, is a boost to the earpiece speaker at the top of the iPhone 7 Plus which means it has louder dual stereo loudspeakers for the first time compared to the iPhone 6S Plus which is stuck with mono.

Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now have dual speakers. Image credit: Apple

Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus now have dual speakers. Image credit: Apple

Lastly Apple is offering the iPhone 7 Plus in a wider array of colours: Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Black and (on 128GB and 256GB models) Jet Black. Space Grey has been canned.

Displays – Brighter But Ageing

If you think the changes to the exterior of the iPhone 7 Plus are small, however, it will take an even keener eye to spot the upgrades to the display:

  • iPhone 7 Plus – 5.5-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi), 67.7% screen-to-body ratio
  • iPhone 6S Plus – 5.5-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi), 67.7% screen-to-body ratio


Yes, while rivals have been using OLED panels with 2K resolutions for some time now Apple has again stuck with 1080p LCD. The good news is Apple has boosted the peak brightness of the iPhone 7 Plus by 25% compared to the iPhone 6S Plus and added support for a wide (P3) color gamut for greater display accuracy, but there’s no revolution here.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus displays have been upgraded but still lack the OLED panels and higher resolutions of their rivals. Image credit: Apple

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus displays have been upgraded but still lack the OLED panels and higher resolutions of their rivals. Image credit: Apple

3D Touch fans will be pleased to know that the feature remains, despite appearing to stagnate in recent months. The release of iOS 10 may help to kickstart this, but there are no obvious new features specifically aimed at making 3D Touch more intuitive and taking away the guesswork as to what elements of the UI and any particular app are and are not 3D Touch enabled.

Performance – Speed Champ

Then again, if there are some complaints about the exterior of the iPhone 7 Plus, there will be no such issues with its internals. Performance looks set to be a knockout:

  • iPhone 7 Plus – Apple A10 Fusion chipset: Quad Core CPU, 3GB of RAM
  • iPhone 6S Plus – Apple A9 chipset, CPU: Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister; GPU: PowerVR GT7600, 2GB RAM

There are two highlights here. Firstly that Apple has released its first quad core Apple chipset and secondly that the iPhone 7 Plus has 3GB of RAM – 50% more than both the iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 7. This leads Apple to claim substantial CPU and GPU increases of 40% and 50% respectively over the iPhone 6S Plus.

Performance upgrades in the last two years are significant and the iPhone 7 Plus has extra RAM compared to both the iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 7. Image credit: Apple

Performance upgrades in the last two years are significant and the iPhone 7 Plus has extra RAM compared to both the iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 7. Image credit: Apple

Apple has also updated the modem in the iPhone 7 Plus to support 4G speeds up to 450Mbit (though unlikely to be noticed in reality from the 300Mbit capable modem in the iPhone 6S Plus), but the shocker is no CDMA support this year.


The problem stems from Apple adding Intel as a modem supplier for the iPhone 7 Plus and it has no support for CDMA frequencies. The iPhone 7 Plus will still be released on Verizon and Sprint, though both carriers have yet to explain exactly how this will work nationwide.

The biggest change in the iPhone 7 Plus is its new dual camera. Image credit: Apple

The biggest change in the iPhone 7 Plus is its new dual camera. Image credit: Apple

Cameras – The Reason To Upgrade

But the big reason to upgrade to the iPhone 7 Plus is its camera:

  • iPhone 7 Plus – Rear: Dual 12MP sensors (f/1.8, 28mm & f/2.8, 56mm), Focus Pixels, OIS, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash, 4K video recording. Front: 7MP sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 1080p recording
  • iPhone 6S Plus – Rear: 12 megapixel sensor, f2.2 aperture, Focus Pixels, OIS, dual-LED flash, 4K video recording. Front: 5MP Front Camera, f2.2 aperture, 720p video recording

There’s a lot to take in here, with the key change being the dual camera (wide angle and telephoto lenses) on the rear of the iPhone 7 Plus. This combination offers users a 2x optical zoom for the first time (and an improved digital zoom up to 10x) while the larger aperture and enhanced LED flash will allow for significantly better photos in low light. Even the iPhone 7 only has a single rear camera.

iPhone 7 Plus dual cameras have different functions. Image credit: Apple

iPhone 7 Plus dual cameras have different functions. Image credit: Apple

There’s also a new 6-element camera lens (the iPhone 6S Plus has a 5-element lens) which Apple says is re-engineered from the ground up for improved optics as well as a new Apple chipset for better processing of images after they are taken.

iPhone 7 Plus official photo sample. Image credit: David Klutho (for Apple)

iPhone 7 Plus official photo sample. Image credit: David Klutho (for Apple)

The front facing camera on the iPhone 7 Plus also gets a boost. It has jumped from 5MP to 7MP which enables 1080p video recording for the first time, though it would have been nice to see a larger aperture.

Apple has work to do to catch current smartphone camera king Samsung, but the iPhone 7 Plus looks capable of retaking the crown.

The iPhone 7 Plus dual lens can create a much greater 'bokeh' effect (blurring backgrounds) than the iPhone 6S, which is great for portrait shots. Image credit: Apple

The iPhone 7 Plus dual lens can create a much greater ‘bokeh’ effect (blurring backgrounds) than the iPhone 6S, which is great for portrait shots. Image credit: Apple

Battery Life And Charging – Better But Still Disappointing

Uses desperate for longer battery life from the new iPhones have to face some pros and cons here. On the plus side the iPhone 7 Plus will last up to one hour longer than the iPhone 6S Plus, but the downside is that’s not much for all the supposed extra space losing the headphone jack was supposed to free up.


Instead of extra battery capacity, Apple has used the space for the haptic motors which power the new touch sensitive home button (unlikely to have been the choice users would make) and there’s still no native quick charging. A 2.1 amp Apple charger speeds things up, but (ludicrously) remains an optional extra when all premium rivals have supported fast charging for years.

I also think this is the year Apple should have adopted wireless charging – again common on rivals – as it would give a convenient alternative for the aforementioned charging / listening to music dilemma. So its one step forward with the iPhone 7 Plus, one step back.

iPhone 7 Plus battery life is only slightly better than the iPhone 6S Plus. Image credit: Apple

iPhone 7 Plus battery life is only slightly better than the iPhone 6S Plus. Image credit: Apple

Storage And Price – Upgrades, But All Round

Apple has added $20 to the asking price of each iPhone 7 Plus storage option, but that matters little when it has also doubled all capacities. So out go: 16/64/128GB and in comes new 32/128/256GB tiers.

On paper this makes the iPhone 7 Plus far better value than the 2015 iPhone 6S Plus, but for owners who don’t own either model Apple has a surprise: it has unleashed a 2016 tweak of the iPhone 6S Plus which also upgrades their storage (though there’s no 256GB option):

  • iPhone 7 Plus – 32GB ($769), 128GB ($869), 256GB ($969)
  • iPhone 6S Plus – 32GB ($649), 128GB ($749)

In some ways Apple’s generosity with the old model could cause problems. For a saving of $20 buying a 128GB iPhone 6S Plus instead of a 32GB iPhone 7 Plus is tempting (especially for those wedded to the headphone jack), but I do think the added durability and camera capabilities of the new model are worth the extra if you don’t own either model.

The iPhone 7 Plus has two new color options but Space Grey has been discontinued. Image credit: Apple

The iPhone 7 Plus has two new color options but Space Grey has been discontinued. Image credit: Apple

Bottom Line

Pick up the iPhone 7 Plus with no knowledge of what’s inside and you will be disappointed. Apple really should have done more to modernise the exterior of the new model after three generations (smaller bezels, better grip, etc) but there’s still a lot here to enjoy.

From a practical standpoint the iPhone 7 Plus is more durable, water resistant, longer lasting and much faster than the iPhone 6S Plus and it packs a potentially game changing camera. Then again I do think in the year 2016, Apple should have basics like fast charging out the box, wireless charging, a 2K resolution and OLED panel in such an expensive phone.

Would I upgrade from the iPhone 6S Plus to the iPhone 7 Plus? No. In fact it isn’t certain I’d upgrade from the iPhone 6 Plus to the iPhone 7 Plus. That said iPhone 7 Plus owners are likely to find just enough this year to keep them happy until Apple rips up the rulebook next year

Source : forbes

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Camera & Pictures

Want to get the most out of the iPhone’s camera and photos? Follow along as we guide you show you some well known (and not so well known) features of iOS 5 and the iPhone.

1. Use Your + Volume Button as a Shutter on Your iPhone…

Taking a picture by holding your iPhone with just one hand is an easy way to get out of focus images. Fix it by holding your iPhone with two hands horizontally, and then push down the + button usually reserved for raising the volume. Now you’ve got a stable picture!

2. … and Your Headphones, Too

The same trick above works for the volume button on your headphones, too. This comes in particularly handy if you have a Glif or similar tripod mount for your iPhone. If you couldn’t already guess, this works for Bluetooth headphones as well.

3. Add a New Photo Album

If you find that your photo album selection lacks a little pizzaz, feel free to add more using this simple trick. Go to the Photos app, click Edit in the top right corner and then click the Add button that shows up in the upper left side of the screen. Now just title the album whatever you want and you’re golden.


4. Quick Look for Pictures You Just Took

Want to look at the most recent image you shot? Open up the camera app and slide the screen from left to right. It’ll show the last picture taken, and you’ll be good to go.

5. Take a Picture With a Double Tap

Stuck on the lock screen but want to take a picture? Double click the home button and look just to the right of your Unlock slider where you’ll find a little camera icon. Touch it, and away you go to taking pictures.

6. Edit Your Photos

Man, those red eyes in that shot look horrible, right? If only you had some kind of way to tweak your shots so that they looked perfect. Turns out you do, all baked into iOS. Just hit Edit on any image, and you’ll be presented with your tools along the bottom row. They’re not super extensive, but it’ll get the job done in a pinch.


Text & Email Functions

Everyone has to type things out on their iPhone, whether it’s text messages or just responding back to an email. Why not make your life a little bit easier? Here are a few tips that will help you out when you’re working behind the keyboard.

7. Text Expansion

Do you find yourself typing the same thing a million times a day? Go to Settings > General > Keyboard and look for Shortcuts after you scroll down just a bit. Then just enter the phrase and appropriate shortcut, and the next time you type that shortcut the phrase will appear. This is particularly handy for things like BRB or your email address.

8. Go Emoji

If you love using emoticons, add the Emoji keyboard to your setup. Just go to Settings > General > Keyboard, then add the Emoji keyboard. This also works if you want to use keyboard in other languages.


9. Use Extra Characters

Want to make sure the accent mark in Montréal is correct? Just hold down the letter you need to accent, and all of the extra characters will appear. Just pick what you need and go from there.

10. Turn On Caps Lock

If you’re really mad and want someone to get the point, or you just like typing in all caps, turn on caps lock by double tapping the shift key. Now you can type with fury!

11. Look Up a Word in the Dictionary

Stumped on what that word in your favorite novel in iBooks means? Wondering why your friend used such a complex word in a text? Look it up using the iOS dictionary. Just hold down on the word that’s got you befuddled, and then touch Define. Now you know the answer and can respond appropriately.

12. Flag an Email

If you’re one of those people who flags every email that comes through, make your OCD happy with iOS 5’s new flag an email feature. To do so, go to your Inbox, hit Edit then select the email(s) you want to flag. Select the Mark tag in the bottom right corner and then select Flag, and you’re good to go.

13. RTF Emails

For those that prefer their email fancy, RTF is now available. Just highlight the word or words you want to accentuate per your usual steps, then select the arrow and then the BIU button to pick between bold, italics or underline.

14. Read Receipts in iMessage

IOS 5 brought us iMessage, and with it the ability to get receipts when other people read your messages. It’s an opt-in deal though, so to turn it on, go to Settings > Messages and turn on Send Read Receipts.

Siri Only

Siri changed the way we communicate with our iPhones, and is one of the big features for the iPhone 4S. If you’ve got one, here are a few tweaks that should help you out along the way.

15. Tweet With Siri

Wouldn’t it be great if Siri allowed you to dictate your tweets? Turns out you can, but it’s a bit of a workaround. First, read up on sending your tweets via SMS, which is available on Twitter’s site. Once that’s all squared away, just add Twitter as a contact in your Contacts, and then treat the service just like it was any other person that you want to send a message. (By the way, if Siri cramps up on you because you used the word Twitter, change it to something different that you’ll remember and it’ll be fine.) You can do this with Facebook too, The Next Web has a great writeup.


16. Get Siri by Holding Your iPhone Up To Your Ear

Not everyone knows about this one, but there’s another way to call up Siri that doesn’t require holding down the home button. Go to Settings > General > Siri, and then select Raise to Speak. Now the light sensor on the iPhone will detect when you’ve got the phone up to your ear, and Siri will pick up. It’s a handy way to use Siri in public without looking like a jerk.


One of the best things about the iPhone when it first came out was that it provided a really good web experience, where viewers could see full pages, not just mobile-optimized garbage. If you want to get the most out of your web browsing experience, here’s a few tips to make things go a little smoother.

17. Private Browsing

Want to make sure that your information isn’t getting sent out to the Internet via Safari? There’s a quick way to fix that: Go to Settings > Safari and then click the tab for Private Browsing. Now all of your activity on the web is top secret, so proceed at your own discretion.

18. Make a Reading List

If you don’t use services like Read It Later or Instapaper, but still want to read a webpage without advertisements, just check out Reader, built into Safari. Just click on the little Reader button next to the URL and your article will come up stripped of all distractions and in easy-to-read text.

19. Tap to the Top

Doesn’t it suck to scroll through a long webpage and then flip back up to show the Address bar again? Just tap the top of the screen by the clock and Safari will zip back up and reveal the address bar, no problem.


20. Saving Images

If you found an image on a website that you want to save for yourself like a wallpaper or icon, just hold down your finger on the picture for a second or two. A menu will slide in from the bottom of the screen giving you the option to Save Image or Copy it to the clipboard. Once it’s saved it’s in your Photo Library, ready for whatever you want.


There’s a lot you can do in iOS just by playing around with a few settings. Don’t believe us? Let’s show you, then.

21. Update Your OS

One of the nice benefits in iOS 5 is over the air updates, and if you want to find out if you’re eligible, it’s as easy as cracking open the Settings app. Go to Settings > General > Software Update and you can find out if you’re in the clear, or needing to update.

22. Adjust Your Notifications

You’ve probably already played around with your notifications, but there are tons of different ways to manipulate your apps and how they alert you, making it just about perfect to make each app function properly. To get there, it’s Settings > Notifications, and there you can adjust what’s in the Notification Center, and then get even more specific and tell the OS how you want each app to notify you. Everything is clearly described, so you know what you’re getting into beforehand.

23. Custom Vibrations

One often forgotten customization available in iOS 5 is setting your own custom vibrations. To do that, first go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on Custom Vibrations under Hearing. Then, go to Settings > Sounds. Scroll to the bottom, and there’s Vibration Patterns. Tap it, and now you can make your own custom vibration on the bottom of the screen. Just tap on the glass the pattern you want, holding down your finger for longer notes. Then you can assign these vibrations to a contact, or use them system wide.

24. Set Your Camera Flash For Alerts

That LED in the back of your iPhone isn’t handy for just taking pictures in the dark, it can also be used for a notifying beacon, similar to the LED on most BlackBerry phones. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on the slider for LED Flash for Alerts, and the next time something comes in, the LED will flash accordingly.


25. Customize Your Alert Sounds

Who wants their iPhone to sound like everyone else’s? Not us, so we customize our alert tones using this simple trick. Go to Settings > Sounds, and now everything from your Calendar notifications to Ringtones can be customized, just pick what you want and there you go.

26. Automatic Downloads

If you have multiple iOS devices, or you purchase things on your computer as well, one option for keeping things in sync is to allow Automatic Downloads of your Music, Apps and Books. To get there, go to Settings > Store and check off whichever of the three you want. Now all of your stuff will work in harmony. How very zen.


27. Fun With AirPlay

If you have an iPhone 4S, iOS 5 brought mirroring to the table, making it possible for you to display your iPhone’s display on your AppleTV. To do so, double tap the home button to bring up the multitasking bar, then swipe to the right twice. Tap the AirPlay button and select what AppleTV you want to deliver to, then check off Mirroring. Now what’s on your iPhone will be on your AppleTV at the same time.

28. Change Your Default Alert Times

If you use your Calendar app, then you know that there are default alerts built into the system, but did you know how to change them? Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts & Calendar > Default Alert Times (which is close to the bottom) and adjust your times accordingly.

29. Change Your iCloud Storage Size

If you find yourself always bumping into the size limit on your iCloud account, you can up the storage levels right on your iPhone. Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Buy More Storage and select what level you want to use. You can also downgrade sizing if you think you have too much, too.

30. Tweet It

Twitter is now integrated into iOS 5, so if you ever feel the need to send that pic of Grandma drinking a bit too much wine off to the Internet, now’s your chance. First, setup your Twitter account by downloading the official Twitter app, then go to Settings > Twitter and enter your username and password (if you have more than one Twitter account, no worries, it’s all supported). Now whenever you take a picture, you’ve got the option to send it to Twitter without ever opening the official app.

31. Dissect Your Storage

We’ve got lots of apps that all vie for space on our iPhone’s flash drive, but what if you could find out who was using what? Go to Settings > General > Usage and there’s a list of all of your apps, and how much space they’re taking up. This way, if you find yourself low on space you can delete the offending apps entirely, or just preen them down using the app itself.

The Stuff That Doesn’t Fit Anywhere Else

There are lots of other good tips floating around in iOS, but not all of them are big enough to denote their own category. That’s why we’ve created this one; it’s a general grab bag for whatever other secrets don’t fit somewhere else. Get it? Good. Here you go.


32. Get Week View By Turning Over Your iPhone

It’s new in iOS 5, and it’s fancy. If you want to check a rolling week view of your calendar, just turn it over to a horizontal orientation. Then you can scroll up and down to see hours, or left and right to move through weeks. It’s pretty handy to have when you just want to see what’s coming up in your week.

33. Get Hourly Weather Reports

This one is easy. Pull up the Weather app to get your weekly weather report. Tap anywhere in the week and the current day will expand to reveal the hourly forecast for the rest of the day. It doesn’t work days in advance, but then again, neither does the local weather guy.

34. See Street View in Maps

Pull up Maps and search for something — anything — and you can usually see a little orange dude that shows up on the left side of the destination. Touch that and you go to street view where you can rotate 360 degrees. But what if you don’t have a search destination or just want to see a random area on street view? Just drop a pin. Usually that orange dude will show up again and you can scope out the area before you head down.


35. Take a Screenshot

All these pictures up above? They were all taken using this little trick. Press the home button and the lock button simultaneously and the screen will flash white. As an added bonus, if you have Photo Stream via iCloud, all those images go right into your stream (which is great if your business is posting screenshots like ours is).

36. Location Based Reminders

One of the big selling points with Siri was integration into the new Reminders app, but there’s some cool GPS features built in, too. Make a reminder, and then select to remind you At a Location. You’ll be presented with your current location and the options When I Leave or When I Arrive, or you can just make a custom spot up of your choosing. Just know that this can eat up your battery life because the GPS will be on all the time.

37. Add Twitter Handles to your Contacts

There are two ways to handle this one (see what we did there?). If you start at Settings > Twitter, you can click on Update Contacts and all of your current contacts in your address book will be trolled and connected to their appropriate Twitter accounts. If you want to do it manually (or Twitter can’t find it for you), then go into the contact, hit Edit and then Add Field. Scroll down and you’ll get to Twitter, and then you can manually enter the info.


38. Perform a Hard Reset

Sometimes nothing seems to work on your iPhone, and apps are giving you problems. The answer is a hard reset, which shuts the iPhone off completely — even mid task — and then restarts it. To do this, hold down the lock and home buttons simultaneously for at least 5 seconds, or until the Apple logo appears. When it boots back up, it should be good to go.

39. Give Your Contacts Nicknames

We’ve all got friends that we call by their nicknames, whether it’s KJ, Little T or Jackstands, and sometimes we can’t remember their actual name. To fix that, you can add their nickname into Contacts pretty easily. Go to the contact, hit Edit, then Add Field. Right there at the bottom of the first box is Nickname. Once you get back to the main Edit screen, just add in their nickname and now Siri will recognize it, as will Voice Command.

40. Customize Your Music Controls

There’s only so much room on an iPhone screen, and that’s problematic with the Music app. Some people prefer to search by Artist, others by Playlists, and some don’t even listen to music and just focus on Audiobooks and Podcasts. To customize your Music app, just open it up, hit More then Edit. You’ll see a whole grouping of icons, and then you can drag them to their new location on the bottom of the screen. Fancy.

Got Any Other Good Tips?

If we forgot one here, or didn’t include one of your favorites, feel free to leave us a comment below! The more secret tips we can amass here, the better it is for all iPhone users, right? 

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Life is hard enough without having to factor in modern technology. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are two of the most lauded and intuitive smartphones to ever hit the consumer market. The phones are lined with an impressive set of hardware and integrated with Apple’s robust ecosystem of apps. 

Nonetheless, the aptly-titled Tips app directly built into iOS 9 doesn’t cover all bases, especially considering just how vast and varied the innate features baked into Apple’s latest mobile can be. Most of us need a little extra help to get the most out of the $750 megaphone, whether you’re simply trying to traverse the device’s expanded real estate or capture slow-motion video of your dog drooling on the sofa.

Below are 30 of our favorite tips and tricks for the iPhone 6.

10 great iPhone 6 tips

How to capture multiple photos simultaneously

Burst Photos

You no longer need to repeatedly press the shutter icon in the Camera app in order to take multiple photos. By holding down the icon or one of the volume keys, you’ll enable the iPhone’s Burst Mode and take a series of photos. A picture is taken every half second or so, and this will continue until the shutter icon or volume key is released.

How to duplicate images and video

Duplicate Images and Videos

Before you decide to edit an image or video, you should save a copy of the original. To do so, head to the Photos app and select the image or video you wish to duplicate. Tap the share icon in the bottom-left corner and select Duplicate from the resulting list of options.

How to add custom vibrations

Custom Vibrations

While you could use the vibration options that come with your iPhone, it’s far easier to tell who’s calling or texting if you create your own personal vibrations. Head to Settings, then Sounds, and select Ringtone, Text Tone, or whatever notification you want to outfit with a custom vibration. Then, tap Vibration at the top of the screen, which will take you to a menu that hasCreate New Vibration near the bottom. Tap that, and begin tapping out your own vibration patterns.

How to activate and schedule Night Shift

Night Shift

First introduced with iOS 9.3, Night Shift will help you get a better night’s sleep by changing your display colors. It uses your iPhone’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your area, and will change the colors to the warmer end of the spectrum come sundown. To enable the feature, go to Settings and Display & Brightness. Next, select Night Shift and schedule an activation time for the feature, as well your desired color temperature.

How to add password protection to Notes

Notes Password Protection

Another new feature with iOS 9.3 is the ability to add passwords to important or private notes. You can create a password for these by going to the Notes section housed under Settings, selecting Password, and typing in a password of your own choosing.


Keep in mind that you must enable the password lock in the Notes app, and that it only works with notes stored on the iPhone 6. Once done, select the note and press the share icon in the upper-right corner to lock the note.

How to reach the top of the screen using one hand

Using one hand to reach screen iPhone

Apple has always wanted consumers to use the iPhone with a single hand hand — hence, the iPhone 6’s new Reachability feature. Simply double-touch the Home button to shift the screen down closer to your thumb, and once you make your selection, it will conveniently slide back up to its natural position. No second hand required.

How to opt out of group iMessages

Leaving an iMessage conversation thread

Certainly a long-sought feature, iPhone 6 users can now opt out of iMessage threads. To do so, launch the Messages app as you would normally, and choose the group thread you’d like to opt out of. Afterward, tap Details in the upper-right corner, and select the Leave this conversation option at the bottom of the menu. It’s a really nice feature, but sadly, it only allows you to leave conversations when everyone included on the thread utilizes iMessage. If you’ve got a friend who texts via SMS — ahem, Android users — the feature won’t do you any good.

How to create a medical ID

Medical ID iPhone

When Apple issued iOS 8, the company added the highly-rumored Health app to its arsenal. The somewhat complicated app provides a quick means for charting various metrics regarding your health and physical activity, along with a way for others to to access a wealth of information vital to your health in case of an emergency. You can create a Medical ID that’s accessible via the Emergency function located on your device’s lock screen.


To create a Medical ID, launch the Health app as you would normally, and select the Medical ID tab in the lower-right corner. Afterward, enter any information you want accessible through the lock screen — i.e. allergies, medications, blood type, emergency contact numbers — and click Done in the upper-right corner before enabling the function at the top of the app window. 

How to capture smoother video

Recording at 60 FPS settings

The iPhone 6 has stellar video recording capabilities, especially when you enable 60 FPS. The feature essentially doubles the amount of frames per second when recording, taking iPhone 6 videos from 30 to 60 frames per second. To enable said feature, tap the Photos and Camera option within the main Settings, and toggle Record video at 60 FPS to on.

How to capture slow-motion video

Slo-mo recording on iPhone

Unlike previous iPhone models, the iPhone 6 is capable of capturing slow-motion videos, which are great for recording action videos. To enable the feature, launch the Camera app as you would normally, and select SLO-MO from the sliding wheel at the bottom of the screen. Then, choose between 120 and 240 frames per second.

How to capture photos using the volume keys

Apple iPhone 6 Plus review

Snapping photos using the volume button is as easy as it sounds. With the Camera app open, simply press either the volume up or down button housed on the left-hand side of the smartphone. The process even works when using a pair of headphones featuring an inline remote and volume keys.

How to identify which apps are draining your battery

Battery Usage

The iPhone 6 battery is certainly better than past models, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep an eye on which apps are draining your battery. To discover which are the most intensive, select General from within the main Settings panel. Afterward, select Usage followed by Battery Usage on the resulting page to see the list of culprits.

How to instantly send voice messages

Text message exchange

Sending long-winded texts can be difficult, but fortunately, iOS allows you to send voice messages with ease. To record your message, tap and hold the microphone icon to the right of the text field when viewing a thread. Then, when finished recording, simply swipe up to send your message or slide right to cancel.

How to listen and respond to Audio messages like you would a phone call

Raise phone to listen setting

Love sending audio messages, but hate listening to them alongside everyone in your vicinity? Enabling the Raise to Listen feature allows you to listen and reply to audio recordings like you would a normal phone call. To do so, select Messages within the main Settings panel, and toggle Raise to Listen to on.

How to change Siri’s pronunciat

Pronounce Siri

Siri isn’t always the sharpest tool in the shed, at least when it comes to pronouncing more obscure names and words. That’s why Apple included a way to change how Siri pronounces specified terms. To do so, simply say “That’s not how you pronounce that” after Siri mispronounces a name or term. Afterward, Siri will ask you for the correct pronunciation and you’ll be given a list of viable pronunciation options to choose from.

How to look at another message when composing an email

Reference Image

Few people know you can quickly reference another message when composing a reply or an entirely new email. Simply swipe down on the title bar, directly between the Cancel and Send options, when composing your message to access your inbox or the email you’re replying to. Then, just tap New Message at the bottom of the screen to return to your message.

How to define a word

Define Photo

Knowing the correct definition of a word is crucial in many scenarios, after all, it’s how we properly communicate with one another. When using apps such as Safari and Mail, you merely need to press and hold a word before selecting Define from the resulting options menu to view a dictionary definition of your desired word.


How to undo your last action with gestures

Shake Undo

Some tips might seem a bit frivolous on first glance, sure, but it doesn’t mean they’re not convenient. If you shake your iPhone after typing an error in Safari or Mail, for instance, you’ll bring up an option to Undo your last action. Just tap the Undo button when prompted, or simply hit Cancel if activated in error.

How to selectively clear your browsing history


Clear browsing history on iphone

If you use Safari and iOS 8, you can now clear selective items from your browsing history without a trace. To do so, launch the Safari app as you would normally, and tap the book icon located at the bottom of the window before selecting the History option. Afterward, swipe left to delete individual sites or tap Clear in the bottom-right corner to erase history within one of four resulting time frames.

How to enable DuckDuckGo to ensure privacy when browsing

DuckDuckGo Search Engine default

Simply put, DuckDuckGo is a Web browser designed for safe broswing. Enabling the browser allows you to search the Web without having your IP address stored, thus preventing third-parties from collecting your information and giving you greater anonymity than what’s offered by default. To use the feature, select Safari within the main Settings panel, tap Search Engine at the top, and choose DuckDuckGo from the list of available search engines.


How to use multitasking

iPhone multitasking options

Multitasking is one of the iPhone’s flagship features — and why wouldn’t it be? The function allows apps to perform certain tasks in the background while you’re using other apps or not using your device. To cycle between various background apps, double-click the Home button and swipe left or right before tapping your desired app. Doing so will also bring a list of your most recent contacts, along with a list of those you’ve favorited. You can also close apps here.

How to identify a song

Siri Shazam

Thanks to Siri’s recent integration with Shazam, it’s become easier than ever to name a piece of music that’s playing around you. To identify the particular song playing in your vicinity — whether on the radio or in a TV advertisement, for instance — just ask Siri “what song is playing?” or “name that tune?” Siri will then name the song and artist after listening for a brief moment.

How to toggle predictive text on and off

Predictive Text

Predictive text can be either a help or a hindrance depending on how you like to respond. To turn the pivotal feature on or off, begin by touching and holding the smiley face or globe button while viewing the keyboard. Afterward, just tap Predictive or swipe above the option to toggle it on or off. 


How to share your location

Location sharing on iPhone

Telling someone you’re by the large pine tree adjacent to the park only gets you so far. With iOS 8 and the iPhone 6, you can quickly share your exact location via iMessages

To do so, tap Details in the upper-right corner when viewing a message thread and select the Send My Current Location option from the resulting list of options. Once done, your recipient will receive a map with your GPS location conveniently pinpointed on it.

How to use Siri without pressing the Home button

Siri Hey

Although iPhone users can’t talk to Siri hands-free all of the time, you can access voice commands without touching your phone whenever your device is charging. If you want to enable the feature, select General within the main Settings panel, tap Siri, and toggle Allow “Hey Siri” to on. Afterward, just say, “hey Siri,” when your device is charging to access the feature.

How to find out when a message was sent

iOS iMessage Time Stamp

Sometimes it helps to know when someone texted you or sent you a video message. In order to find this out, open the conversation with your contact or contacts, and swipe from right to left to view a time stamp on the right-hand side of the screen. 


How to schedule Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb

Instead of turning Do Not Disturb on when you want to silence calls and alerts, you can set a schedule for it in a very similar way to how you schedule Night Shift. To do so, go to Settings > Do Not Disturb and toggle Scheduled. Tap the From and To times beneath it to set your quiet hours.

How to set an alphanumeric passcode

iOS Alphanumeric Passcode

You can set a simple, four-digit passcode to add some extra security to your iPhone, but if you want to add even more protection without using your fingerprint, you can set a longer alphanumeric code, which uses numbers and letters. To set one up, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Change Passcode/Turn Passcode On. When given the option to set a new passcode, tap Passcode Options and one of the choices will be to create a Custom Alphanumeric Code. 


How to delete in the Calculator app 

iPhone Calculator app

If you type out the wrong number while trying to do some quick calculations, you don’t need to clear the entire calculator and start over. Instead, you can delete your typos by swiping left or right on the number in the black area at the top. For each swipe, you’ll delete a single digit from the end of the number.

How to find words and phrases in a web page (Safari)

iOS Safari Word Search

If you’re looking for specific words or phrases while viewing a web page, tap the URL/search bar at the top of the screen and type the word or phrase. Don’t tap “Go,” but instead, swipe to the bottom of the screen to find the On This Page section and tap the “Find ‘__'” option. You’ll be returned to the web page with all the search results highlighted.

Source : digitaltrends.com

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