Top 10 Iphone tips

Crop Your Images For a Better Result

Sometimes you might capture an image and later discover something in your photo you want to crop out. That was the case with this old rusty piece of mining equipment. I did not care for the vertical pole on the left side of the background and decided to crop it out. This left the subject more centred in the frame. To use the Crop feature, choose the picture from the camera roll and open it, then select Edit. At the bottom next to Cancel, is the crop tool. Click on that, and then you can drag the sides or corners anywhere you wish on the image. And if your horizon is tilted, use two fingers to rotate and straighten. Or drag on the dial right below the picture.

Change the Default Browser or Email

On previous iOS versions, if you tapped on a link or an email, it would lead you to the Safari Web Browser and the Mail client App. But now, with iOS 14, you can choose your default web browser and email client app to your liking. To select a default app, go to Settings and search for the web browser or email client you wish to choose as the default. Tap on the desired app, and you will be given an option to select the “Default Browser App” or “Email Client”. Tap on your preferred web browser or email client and confirm your action.

Picture-in-Picture Mode

The iPad had been bestowed with the Picture-in-Picture mode since the iPad OS 9, and iPhone users were missing out on this useful feature. Now, iOS 14 finally brings this feature to iPhone devices. Currently, iOS native apps like FaceTime and some third party on-demand streaming services are enabled with this feature. When you are on a FaceTime video call, simply swipe up the screen, and your video call will continue in Picture-in-Picture mode. You can drag the mini display anywhere you want on the screen.

Apple Translate

Apple wants you to use their own services and apps so that their users don’t wander off to other competitors, so they have bundled the Translate App with the iOS 14 (which can be removed). The Translate app is straightforward and intuitive to use for real translating needs or casual fun. The interface is very simple. On the right and left, you choose the language you want to translate from. You have the option to type or use the microphone to begin the translation. The Translate App is convenient for people who are traveling very often foreign countries.

Undo deleted Text.

Most iPhone users don’t know this trick, but you can easily undo deleted text on the iPhone. This can be very helpful if you are typing or editing a long paragraph and accidentally delete some text. Steps to undo deleted text are: 1. Shake to undo. Hold on to your phone tight and shake it. You will see “Undo Typing” option on your screen. 2. Landscape keyboard. Rotating your keyboard in landscape mode will show an undo button on the keyboard which can be used to recover deleted text on iPhone while typing.

Nightshift.

This is a very less used but equally useful feature on your iPhone. Night shift is used to set warm colours for your iPhone to make it easier to use. This helps comfort your eyes at night as well as leads to better sleep. There are also automatic rules you can set up for the night shift.

Remove Home Screen Pages

With iOS 14, Apple offered an option to hide home screen pages. iOS 15 takes it a step ahead and allows users to remove home screen pages completely in the app. Long press on empty screen on the home screen and select dot menu above the Dock. First, disable the home screen page that you want to hide and tap on the ‘–‘ icon at the upper left corner to remove the home screen page.

Back Tap (For iPhone 8 and Above)

The Back Tap on iOS 14 (iPhone 8 and above) does what it says. The Back Tap accessibility feature allows you to set functions when double or triple tapping the back of the iPhone. You can assign tasks to these and limit the screen swipes you need to perform daily, like double-tapping for taking a screenshot. To assign a double or triple back tap function, go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap and then assign a function for double or triple tap.

FaceTime HD Calls

Thanks to 5G, you can perform FaceTime video calls in 1080p HD on your iPhone 13. Go to Settings > Cellular > Data Mode and select Allow More Data on 5G  to FaceTime in HD over 5G. You can also do enjoy FaceTime HD calls on Wi-Fi.

Adjust the Exposure in a Manual Way

The iPhone’s metering is, for the most part, automatic. Average scenes with average lighting may have correct exposure. But there may be times where the iPhone falls short. Adjusting exposure is quite easy and can make a huge difference in the photos. This full tonal range image is easy to meter and expose. Here is a scene I chose due to the high contrast of backlighting. This exposure is the iPhone’s average metering. It preserved some shadow detail and highlight detail. While that is what it is designed to do, it feels too dark. That makes it a perfect image for using the spot metering feature. Wherever you tap on the screen to set focus, you also are choosing that spot to meter exposure. I clicked on the shadows of the tree trunk. The result was an adjusted exposure for better shadow exposure. This is a good approach for selecting zones that need a change in exposure. But it won’t work for everything. In that case, you can adjust the global brightness with the exposure slider. Start by tapping on the screen where you will see the Sun symbol next to the yellow box. The sun symbol is the slider to adjust exposure so slide the symbol up or down to lighten or darken. The image below is a perfect example of adjusting global exposure. There are high contrast lighting and deep shadows in the rear. The camera exposure was off quite a bit. It compromised to maintain detail in shadows and some highlights. To get a correct exposure, I used the sun slider. I darkened the whole image until the highlights were set to proper exposure. This created a darker background, but that is okay since the subject is the flowering plant.

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