The iPhone is generally considered to be an easy-to-use smartphone. But most users don’t know how many ingenious tricks are in Apple’s iOS operating system. Here is a selection.
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While more prominent features such as dark mode, an eye and battery-saving system display with a black background, should hardly have escaped anyone’s notice, there are a number of not-so-obvious functions that are still exciting.
In the area of media playback, for example, Apple introduced several useful tricks for iOS 13, explains Leo Becker from the specialist magazine “Mac & i”. For example, Apple Music users could view their music playback history and play it again. This can be found in the playback view in the lower right corner.
Adjust video quality and share music playback
If you shoot a lot of videos, you will surely appreciate the quick selection of the video quality in the status bar. Before this, it had to be laboriously adjusted in the camera settings menu, explains Becker. But now it is possible to switch between the desired dimensions directly in the camera app – at least from iPhone generation 11. The frame rate can also be changed in this way. With a tap of your finger on the upper right corner you can switch through the different setting options. There is a choice of “HD” and “4K” resolutions, as well as refresh rates of 30 or 60 or 24 or 30 frames per second,
Owners of Airpods or Beats headphones can also enjoy shared music playback with iOS 13, explains Andreas Floemer from the I.T-Portal “t3n”. Your own music can now be sent to several compatible headphones that can be connected to a device. To do this, you first swipe into the iPhone display from above to open the control center. Here you tap in the audio tile at the top right on the music output symbol and then on “Share audio”.
Also new and linked to the Airpods is the reading function for text messages, which can then be answered directly by voice input.
Child protection and digital wellbeing
The healthy relationship to technology in yourself and your own children is in the I.T sector currently high on the agenda. There is also a lot going on with the iPhone in this regard: “With iOS 12, Apple introduced the screen time function, and since iOS 13.3 the usage limits for chat apps such as Facetime, Messages, iCloud contacts and the like can be set,” explains Floemer.
Screen time is a feature that shows how long and how often certain apps are used. The new limits can also be set for the children’s devices. In addition, there is the possibility for parents to limit the child’s contact list, explains Becker. Communication with strangers can thus be prevented or controlled. This can be set under “Settings” in the “Screen time” menu. In addition, iCloud accounts can be organized in the family network.
Efficient with new tricks
When it comes to efficiency, Becker recommends the new quick actions: Each app can now provide specific actions on the home screen that can be used to jump directly to a specific point in the app. This allows the remaining steps, such as opening and navigating the app, to be skipped. Quick actions are now also available for many third-party apps. To do this, place your finger on an app icon or an element in an app for a longer period of time so that additional actions are displayed.
Becker has another tip for iPad owners: The accessibility features include many practical tricks for a smooth workflow. For example the active corners, with which certain actions or functions can be placed on one of the four corners of the screen so that they can be activated quickly. If you have problems entering text on the small screen, iOS 13 has now also added a solution, according to Becker: If you tap with three fingers on the iPhone display, a small toolbar appears for cutting, copying, pasting or undoing text input .
Floemer adds: With a long press on the space bar in the digital keyboard, it turns into a kind of trackpad, with which the cursor can be moved to a specific text passage at lightning speed. And if you only have a few megabytes of data left at the end of the month, Floemer recommends the low data mode in iOS 13. This can be found in the settings and allows you to drastically reduce data consumption.