Android phones have since bragged about how customizable they are, and the experience can be tailored according to a user’s need while devices running in iOS like iPhones and iPads have since been known for their simplicity.
But, do you know that while iPhone’s UI is indeed simple, there are a lot of things that one can do in their phones that you probably don’t know about?
Yes, there are hidden features that only geeks were able to spot. The good thing is that there’s a community in Reddit that is willing to share those joyous finds for people to maximize their use of their iOS devices.
Now and then Apple sneaks in hidden features in their phones to make people’s life easier. But apparently, they would not unless they know that those features exist. Hence, in this article, we will compile four hidden features in an iPhone that may help users maximize the functionality of their phones.
HERE ARE FOUR IPHONE FUNCTIONS YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW TO EXIST
PUMPING UP THE VOLUME
Here’s the thing. We all know that the iPhone may not be the best phone for you if you want screaming sound as you listen to music. iPhone’s speakers are decent, they’re not as loud and as surround as that of Music-based phones like the Sony Xperia line, but it works.
However, do you know that you can even pump up your volume to 11? If you use your phone’s stereo loudspeakers to listen to music and you find that it doesn’t get loud enough, there’s a setting buried in your iPhone that will crank the volume up to 11. Open the iOS Settings app and scroll down to Music. Then tap on EQ, and select “Late Night.”
Yes, Do-Not-Disturb feature is quite helpful especially if you don’t want to hear notification when you sleep or when you want to concentrate. DND lets your phone continue to receive all those emails, Facebook messages, and everything else that floods your phone, but it remains silent so as not to disturb you.
There are helpful settings in your iPhone’s DND menu. One thing, in particular, is it allows you to turn on and off the DND feature at a specific location. It will enable you to set DND and let the feature run until you leave the said location.
Are you going to watch a movie and you don’t want notifications to swarm your experience? The location-based DND feature uses GPS technology to predict that you have already left a location intelligently. So when you left your bosses’ office, you can immediately receive your notifications without the worry of it to beep now and then while you’re on a meeting.
Just swipe down to open the Control Center on your iPhone, and then 3D Touch the DND icon that looks like a sliver of the Moon (press firmly). You’ll see the menu above pop up, and then you can tap on “Until I leave this location.”
APP NOTIFICATIONS IN FOLDERS
Are you one of those people who put a lot of applications in one folder and has to dig up several apps before they can see which app has a notification as the notif counter says in the folder? Then this next hidden feature is for you.
If you 3D Press (long press) the folder with a notify count, a window will pop showing you which app in the folder has and how many are there that you need to check. You can also directly open the app from the list in the window!
SLEEP TIMER FOR MOVIES OR MUSIC
Isn’t it annoying that you play your music or movies to get you to sleep and then wake up with a drained battery because the video and music were playing throughout the duration of your siesta? Or, have you experienced waking up in the middle of your sleep because a sudden scream from the movie you were watching to doze off just came off?
Your iPhone has an option to set a timer to stop movies or music from playing after the timer comes off. Just open the Clock app on your iPhone and tap the Timers tab in the bottom-right corner. Set a timer for however long you’d like, then click the “When Timer Ends” button. Now, scroll to the bottom and select “Stop Playing.”
There are many wonders on your smartphone that you’ve probably missed. If you do discover a new E-U-R-E-K-A moment after uncovering a secret feature, do let us know in the comment section.
Get To Know macOS 10.15: Catalina
Apple finally introduced the new macOS 10.15 named macOS Catalina during its WWDC event in San Jose, California. The new operating system is bringing a few changes that focus on improving performance and efficiency.
Probably the most expected change coming to macOS devices is Apple’s decision to break up the iTunes services. Over the years, iTunes has become a bloated mess that involved way too many functions crammed in a single application.
The macOS Catalina will differentiate Apple through its respective applications — Music, Books, Podcasts, and TV — after its two-decade dominance over Apple’s software and hardware devices.
iTunes was a revolutionary system that Steve Jobs created that enabled all devices under a single operating system to function as a singularity in means of its content. However, iTunes grew exponentially along with its user base and operating solely through iTunes for mundane tasks — importing music, adding books, importing photos — became a nuisance.
Although Apple may get rid of iTunes on all its hardware devices, other functions like device syncing will remain. Syncing your devices will now be handled by the Finder application, which can backup, update, or restore your device directly from its sidebar. Moreover, iTunes will not disappear wholly — Apple still needs to find a workaround for iPhone users with Windows laptops.
Meanwhile, in last year’s iOS 12 release, Apple introduced Screen Time — an iPhone feature that collects information on the number of hours a device owner spent on any of his/her iOS devices and then creates a trends pattern of that behavior. The feature specifies the weekly hours spent per application.
Screen Time was a feature that proved itself useful for most iOS users — iPhone was able to give a detailed information sheet on how users spent most of their time and adjusted accordingly to produce productive results.
This functionality will come with macOS Catalina with a new “One more minute” feature, which gives users more time to save your work or finish a game.
The incorporation of Screen Time with the macOS will also come with a cross-device analysis of personal screen time use. In other words, Apple will collectively combine information gathered from the entire Apple ecosystem that you own—including iPhones, iPads, Macs, etc.
For artists and creatives, Sidecar is one of the handiest features in the upcoming macOS Catalina. Sidecar enables Mac users to use their iPads like a second screen.
The announcement is a long-awaited release from Apple’s more creative set of customers who inevitably will need a second screen to accomplish tasks in a more desired manner, especially with the Apple Pencil that some iPads support — the feature opens a lot of creative possibilities.
Moreover, people can use the iPad as a touch-screen device to draw, write, and many more. The actions performed on the iPad Sidecar will automatically reflect on your Mac’s screen.
However, as innovative as it may be, third-party applications are facing a threat with this new feature. Developers like Wacom, Duet Display, and Cintiq are all popular choices for Mac users who need a secondary touch-screen device to meet their needs.
On the developer side of macOS Catalina, Apple also announced Project Catalyst, a framework that lets developers port iPad apps to the Mac — which, as of last week, was called Project Marzipan. Developers can access Catalyst today through allowing Xcode to extend support over to the desktop OS.
Moreover, developers currently using Mac products should consider switching from Bash to Zsh.
For over a decade, Bash has been the default and primary shell in macOS devices—it has been since OS X 10.2 Jaguar. However, due to licensing and out-of-date issues, Apple announced that it wants its users to start transitioning to Zsh—which functions similarly to Bash.
The macOS Catalina will be available in beta through this link. There’s also a developer version which should cost you a hundred dollars or so.
The software update officially rolls out “this Fall” as announced during WWDC, which should be around September based on previous macOS releases. Moreover, macOS Catalina will be available across these devices:
- 12-inch MacBook (2015 and later)
- MacBook Air (2012 and later)
- MacBook Pro (2012 and later)
- Mac mini (2012 and later)
- iMac (2012 and later)
- iMac Pro (2017)
- Mac Pro (2013 and later)
iPad OS: Can It Replace Your Laptop?
Apple introduced something big with the iPad during its WWDC event in San Jose, California. The iPad is swerving away from the current iOS that’s running the device and is getting introduced with an independent operating system of its own. iPad OS, which Apple calls, is a step towards the company’s vision of making the tablet device turn into laptop hardware.
The latest introduction to the iPad could answer engineering gaps when Apple shipped the current iPad Pro right after releasing iOS 12. The current iPad Pro included a USB socket that had no software to support it. That changes today — along with a handful of new features coming to iPads with the upcoming iPad OS.
The first thing users would notice on the new iPad with iPad OS would be the visually striking changes, and it’s not just the system-wide Dark Mode feature — in the new iPad, applications are placed in tighter grids allowing the user to maximize screen space and take less gray areas for more work efficiency.
In the past, the widget menu was accessed through making an expressive swipe down gesture from the top screen. Today, Apple is making it more relaxed with a simple left-swipe on the home screen to reveal preferred widgets.
Apple is taking notes from the success of the Slide Over functionality introduced in the iPhone X and later — iPads will soon have its Slide Over gestures.
The problem before with the iPad Pro pretending to be a desktop was the lack of multi-tasking capabilities. Typically, any other desktop would not have the same problem. In the new iPad, it’s taking the first steps on filling in the gap through Slide Over.
iPad users in the near future can add an additional iPhone-width screen by simply swiping right from the right edge corner (as seen on the image above) with the Messages app hovering.
Furthermore, users now have the choice to have other applications pop up from the right edge of their iPad screen by dragging them from the dock. Simple sliding gestures on the pop-up screen will change the application. Meanwhile, dragging from the bottom would fan out all pending applications in the pop-screen. However, Apple did not specify if the feature would also work with other third-party applications.
In addition to Slide Over, new typing gestures are said to make work experience with full touchscreen functionalities a breeze. During WWDC, Apple demonstrated that a simple drag across text would highlight; three-finger pinch to copy, and three-finger spread to paste.
Even more on Apple’s solutions to the multitasking problem is the Split View feature — users can have a virtually endless choice of pairing applications to split a screen together.
Split View functions as an in-app feature — where a user can drag other pieces of content on the screen and enlarge it. For example, a user can have the freedom of opening two Notes pages in a single screen by dragging another note and put them side-by-side one another, as seen in the photo above.
Moreover, Split View pairs across all applications. A user can split the screen between a Notes app and a Pages app — the feature also works across third-party applications, too.
Lastly, to form a sense of order and system with the multiple Split View screens, Apple introduced App Exposé — which simply mean holding the application on the dock would expose all background Split View screens, as shown on the second photo above.
Notably, Split View will significantly improve efficiency when working on an iPad. However, we say that this feature is merely a step rather than the solution. Users are still limited to conveniently having only two screens at ready (three if we count the pop-up screen) as compared to a MacBook that would easily let you access 16 applications with a few gestures.
The updates coming to the Files folder is set to turn things around for the iPad and make it even closer to desktop functionality.
Primarily, the Files folder now works with a column view display that would make accessing files and folders easier to accomplish. There are excellent preview and rich metadata.
But what makes the Files folder even better is the introduction of the USB port. Users can now access and transfer files by inserting a thumbstick into the iPad and optimize them through Folders.
Safari is also getting an update — a Download Manager will be included in Safari to finally allow an Apple device download files directly from Safari. Files are stored in the Folders app afterward.
On the other hand, Safari will soon support web browser for websites who previously displayed mobile versions on the iPad. Apple announced that Google Docs will work great on the iPad.
Overall, the iPad hardware is a great device on its own. The new features coming with the iPad OS will improve it for a more desktop-class experience. However, it’s still worthy to note whether or not the new OS is robust enough to replace a laptop once and for all.
But when a 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $999 before you even add a keyboard, conventional laptops may still be an open idea for more rigid performance tasks.
Apple Announces Winners For This Year’s Design Awards
Apple recognized App designers under its operating system for over a decade. They have given awards, and prizes for applications which showed exemplary features that best represents its platforms such as the iPhone, iPad, and MacOS devices.
This year, Apple officially announced the newest set of winners during the Worldwide Developer Conference — highlighting a range of apps that work as beautifully as they look, the company said.
Awardees are mostly comprised of apps ranging from puzzle games for the iPhone to powerful image editors for the iPad. Notably, this year’s winners are dominated by mobile games.
To take home the prize, the apps’ had to excel across three areas: visual design, technology, and innovation. Specifically, Apple looks for apps that take full advantage of its latest devices and technologies.
Aside from a cube-shaped trophy and exposure in the App Store, all Apple Design Award Winners will get the chance to take home an iPhone XS (512GB), a 12-inch iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, an Apple Watch Series 4, a pair of AirPods, an Apple TV 4K, a maxed out MacBook Pro and iMac Pro.
Ordia (England)Ordia is a one-finger action platformer that blends simple gameplay and rich visuals with a clever concept. As a new life-form exploring its primordial world, you’ll slingshot yourself through a burbling alien landscape. Playing couldn’t be simpler: Drag to aim, leap from dot to dot, avoid hairy-looking obstacles, and try to keep up as the game gets trickier over its dozens of levels.
Available on iPhone and iPad
Flow by Moleskine (Italy)Flow is a practical and artful note-taking app worthy of the Moleskine name, coupling powerful functionality, and elegant design. It’s packed with helpful touches: a hidable interface to help you stay focused on the task at hand, colors for every last pen (everything from Corellian Gray to Electric Pink), and more paper options than a big-city print shop. If you’re serious about your scribbles, Flow is a notable choice.
Available on iPhone and iPad
The Gardens Between (Australia)The Gardens Between is a stirring example of how games can be powered by heart. Yes, it’s a surreal puzzler in which you control the passage of time instead of characters. But it’s also the story of two best friends and how their relationship is changed over the years. The beautifully crafted graphics alone make the game worth playing, but it’s the sweet narrative that truly hits home.
Available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac
Asphalt 9: Legends (France)Asphalt 9: Legends is no stranger to acclaim. For more than a decade, the Asphalt series has offered console-grade arcade racing with all the trimmings: incredible graphics, blazing speed, exceptional production value, and gameplay that pushes the boundaries of hardware performance. Like previous editions, Asphalt 9 is deep enough for advanced players but easy enough that anyone can get behind the wheel. It once again proves an unyielding truth: Racing games are awesome.
Available on iPhone and iPad
(Lithuania)Pixelmator Photo manages to deliver impressive editing power in a beautiful, uncluttered interface. For beginners, Pixelmator is surprisingly approachable (your edits are conveniently nondestructive). For experts who wish to maximize every last pixel of their iPad screen, it offers a robust toolset and support for RAW images. Most helpful of all, it offers machine-learning-powered editing tools that have been trained using more than 20 million photos.
Available on iPad
ELOH (Austria)ELOH is the rare puzzle game that keeps you pleasingly perplexed while also totally chilling you out. The goal is to shift blocks to help bouncing balls get from point A to point B — but with the aid of rhythm and percussion. Rearranging blocks builds a soothing beat that adds a whole new dimension. ELOH’s hand-painted visuals and charming animations belie the game’s trickiness, which sneakily compounds over its many levels. But the organic vibe and earthy soundtrack transform the game into your own moment of Zen.
Available on iPhone and iPad
Butterfly iQ — Ultrasound (USA)Butterfly iQ is an innovative whole-body ultrasound app that’s CE-approved, FDA-cleared, and a total game changer. When coupled with a supported device, it enables mobile ultrasounds anywhere. Simple enough to be operated by laypeople but advanced enough to use AR and machine learning to guide users along the way, Butterfly iQ offers an uncluttered UI that can be operated with one hand. Its images can be uploaded to a secure cloud for remote review by a medical professional — or elated family members.
Available on iPhone and iPad
Thumper: Pocket Edition
(USA)Thumper: Pocket Edition, a heavy-metal rhythm game, is all about blistering speed, glowing electric visuals, and adrenaline. The idea is simple enough — tap the screen to keep your metallic beetle on a sleek chrome track. But the masterful combination of ’80s neon, thumping electronica, and smooth 60-fps gameplay is like nothing else you’ve tapped.
Available on iPhone and iPad
HomeCourt – The Basketball App
(USA)HomeCourt has revolutionized basketball practice more than anything since the advent of the orange cone. Thanks to real-time A.I.-powered shot tracking, advice from real coaches, and clean design, HomeCourt has established itself as the go-to for players of all skill levels who want to grow their game. And its excellent social features let players interact with coaches thousands of miles away or in a gym down the street.
Available on iPhone and iPad
Apple also announced that a video of the Apple Design Awards ceremony will be available online soon, and it will be seen on the Apple Design Awards website.
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