I’m sitting in the audience at the Castro Theater for the San Francisco International Film Festival. The film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot has just ended and Gus Van Sant and Danny Elfman, director and composer respectively of the film, take the stage for an interview. I panic.
“Is my iPhone on? Or is it off? I’m pretty sure I turned it off before the movie. Or did I put it in airplane mode? What if I don’t? “
Unsure, I put my hand in my pocket and with my thumb I turn on the mute switch. Instantly I’m sure my phone won’t interfere with the talkback.
Every iPhone has a mute switch since. It’s not a flashy feature. There is no line for this on CNET’s specification table. I do not remember . But this mute switch has helped me so many times.
There are a lot of little things on the iPhone that are handy like the mute switch. Here are some of my favorites:
Apple calls it the “ring / mute switch.” It’s a material reminder of a time when our phones were primarily intended for making calls. But as our iPhone habits have evolved, it’s still useful as a last line of defense for all audio alerts except.
Back to the top of a page
If you’re on a webpage in Safari or using a scrolling app – think Instagram – you can tap the time at the top of the webpage or app as a shortcut to get back to the top. In Safari, you tap once to show the web address field, and then tap the time again.
If you have a, or one , you have one of the most beloved camera features ever for a phone: . Basically, Apple made the camera flash actually usable. Goodbye, goodbye red eyes, and more like being caught in a pair of headlights when your photo was taken.
IPhone takes the photo at a slower shutter speed while firing the flash quickly. With the shutter open longer, the background is more exposed, making it brighter. The results are impressive:
If you need to share photos, videos, or files with other Apple devices, AirDrop is the way to go. It’s incredibly easy. Just press the share button and a row of possible devices to AirDrop will appear. Then you tap on a friend’s icon and once they accept, the file or photo is sent.
When AirDrop was first deployed, it seemed to work intermittently at best. But five years later, AirDrop is the primary way to transfer things between devices. To verify.
The smallest and cheapest Apple phone you can buy is the. He has the body of / , but the internal components and the camera of the . It’s almost impossible to find a new phone that’s actually small and good. Oh, and he still has a headphone jack.
There are rumors that Apple will update the small phone with a. But nothing has been officially announced.
Share your Wi-Fi password
One of the many pleasures of iOS 11 is joining a new Wi-Fi network and aask their permission for the password. Once they accept it, the devices do the rest. (I have to note that the other person has to be a contact in your address book.) This feature made the impossible a reality: it’s actually fun to share a Wi-Fi password and protect your privacy – the actual password is never displayed.
When Apple released the juggernaut, he added . It has worked fairly easily on all iPhones since, apart from the iPhone SE.
Double tap the home button and the on-screen content lowers a third, making it accessible with your thumb. This gesture is second nature to me. On the iPhone X, there is a setting in the Accessibility menu to enable the feature.
Perfectly level photos
With the release of iOS 11, a pair of crosshairs – one white, one yellow – appear when taking photos from top to bottom. You maneuver the iPhone lightly until the crosshair merges and turns yellow, indicating that your phone is level with your subject – think food photography.
I feel likeknowing that my photo of avocado toast is perfectly framed and level.
When Live Photos came out,. A live photo consists of a 3 second photo and video made up of a 1.5 second recording before and after the photo was taken. Over the past year I have and I’m so glad I did. It captures some truly amazing moments that a single photo can sometimes miss.
Once i was playingon my and my pussy Stella decided to sit in front of the TV. I paused the game and took a picture with my . The game’s pause screen has also become a wonderful juxtaposition to Stella – a great time for live photos. Check it out:
The failurekeyboard on any 3D Touch iPhone has a hidden trackpad. To activate, firmly press any key until you see the keys go blank and feel a haptic touch. The keyboard essentially becomes a trackpad, and when you slide your finger across the keyboard, the on-screen cursor follows.
During WWDC 2018, Apple announced iOS 12, which will be released this fall. It adds features like, and among others. Discover our story on .
Your favorite little things
What are your favorite little things about iPhone? Let me know in the comments.
And Android users, don’t worry. I am working on a similar part for Android phones.