The 15 things that iPhone can do that you didn’t know about

The 15 things that iPhone can do that you didn’t know about
The 15 things that iPhone can do that you didn’t know about

iPhone users are constantly looking for tricks and features that will improve their experience with the device. (REUTERS/Loren Elliott)

Since their introduction in 2007, iPhone devices have always stood out for their innovative features that often become industry standards, such as Face ID and Siri. However, there are many features that users may not be aware of.

It is important to note that this device is known for its distinctive design and high quality materials. In fact, each model reflects a focus on detail and build quality, contributing to its premium status in the market.

Additionally, Apple has created a robust ecosystem that allows iPhone users to enjoy a seamless experience across all their devices, including iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, and more. This interconnectivity increases the functionality and usefulness of each device.

One notable feature is the iPhone’s ability to identify plants or animals by simply taking a photo and using the info option to reveal details about the species. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

These are 15 useful tips and tricks that can make the lives of iPhone users much easier:

  • Identify plants or animals: When capturing a photo of a plant, flower, tree or animal, it is possible to find out exactly what it is by tapping the Info button at the bottom of the screen. If the iPhone recognizes the object, a star symbol will appear, offering details and the option to search for more information.
  • Turn your phone into a white noise machine: In Settings, go to Accessibility > Audio and Visual > Background Sounds and choose between sounds such as Ocean, Rain and Stream. The sounds are relaxing for both adults and babies.
  • Have Siri read content: By opening the Safari app and commanding the assistant with phrases such as “read this” or “I want to listen to this page”, it is possible to adjust the reading speed and pause when you need.
  • Automatically sort a shopping list: Reminders app can organize some lists by users. When creating it, select Groceries from the drop-down menu and as items are added, the app will sort them into categories.
  • Keep people out of private tabs: If a user has been out of Safari for 15 minutes, the iPhone may require authentication before showing private tabs, which is ideal for when other people are using the phone.
  • Create voice activated gestures: iOS accessibility features can play any series of touch actions with a voice command. This is useful for performing tedious actions in apps or even drawing a signature.

Siri’s support for reading content aloud in Safari is another valuable feature, allowing users to listen to web pages and adjust speaking speed based on their preferences. (REUTERS/Loren Elliott)

  • Quickly remove background from photos: By long-pressing any image stored in the Files app, and then tapping Quick Actions > Remove Background, iOS creates a duplicate of your original photo without a background.
  • Use two fingers to select all– Swipe down with two fingers to mark all items as read or to mass delete within apps like Messages, Mail, Notes, and Reminders.
  • Copy or translate text with the camera: Point the phone lens at a block of text, touch the icon that appears and you will have the option to copy, select all, search, translate or share that text.
  • Research clothing care icons: After photographing a clothing care label, select Find Laundry Care in the information to learn the meaning of each symbol.
  • Delete a digit on the calculator: Swipe in any direction on the calculator screen to delete one digit at a time, instead of deleting everything with the Delete or Delete All buttons.

Users can also take advantage of iOS accessibility features, such as creating custom gestures that can be activated with voice commands, simplifying repetitive or complicated tasks. (REUTERS/Michaela Rehle)

  • Prevent others from snooping on my phone: A setting called Guided Access keeps your phone locked to an app, useful when you let the kids play with your iPhone. It is activated in Settings > Accessibility.
  • Become a faster photographer: Swiping left on the lock screen opens the Camera app. It’s easier to shoot photos using the physical volume button.
  • Limit screen time for specific apps: If you spend a lot of time on apps like TikTok or Instagram, you can activate a setting that restricts access. Select apps or app categories in Settings > Screen Time.
  • Move a group of apps to another page on your home screen: Press and hold an app, tap Edit Home Screen, and while holding down, tap each app you want to move. The iPhone will group them all to move them together.

These tips and tricks not only show the versatility of the iPhone, but also can significantly improve the experience of the user, simplifying everyday tasks and discovering new device functionalities.

Users can take advantage of iOS accessibility features, such as creating custom gestures that can be activated with voice commands, simplifying repetitive or complicated tasks. (REUTERS/Stephane Mahe)

The iPhone stands out for several key reasons that have consolidated it as one of the most influential and popular mobile devices in the global market:

  • Security and privacy: Apple places a strong emphasis on the security and privacy of user data, with features such as end-to-end encryption, Face ID, and Touch ID, ensuring that personal information is protected.
  • Optimized operating system: The iOS operating system is designed specifically for iPhone hardware, resulting in smooth and efficient performance. Apple also ensures regular updates that improve security, add new features, and keep the device running smoothly for years.
  • App Store and quality applications: Apple’s App Store offers millions of iPhone applications, rigorously selected to meet Apple’s quality and security standards. This ensures that users have access to a wide range of high-quality and reliable applications.
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