The launch of the iPhone 6 had seen much hype, with everyone rushing to Apple stores to get their hands on a piece. In the first four weeks after their launch, sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus combined exceeded 21 million units. With the iPhone 6 being firmly established as the “must have Smartphone” last winter, you should probably know these interesting features that iOS 8 offers, as they will offer you the most favourable user experience possible. Here are 7 lesser known iOS 8 tips & tricks that the new Apple iPhones have to offer…
Quickly Respond Via Notifications
With the new iOS 8, replying to messages has never been this effortless. All you got to do is pull a notification down to reveal a bunch of actions to choose from. Let’s say you receive an iMessage, you can simply pull down that notification and reply from right there without having to enter the app!
Siri Helps You Find Films
Simply ask Siri “What’s playing nearby”, and this faithful virtual assistant will display a list of movies playing in theatres around you. From here, you can read reviews about the film, watch trailers and even buy tickets should you wish to go for a show. Siri makes life simple, no?
AirDrop Makes Sharing Files A Breeze
With apps that support the AirDrop feature, you can seamlessly share photos, videos and documents with other iOS users nearby. All you need to do is select a photo, video or document, tap the Share button and select AirDrop from the list. Select the person you want to share it with and let Apple’s magic do the rest! Did we mention that the transfer speed is pretty quick too?
Take Manual Control Of Your Shots
If you aren’t fully satisfied with automatic settings while taking photos, you always have the option of setting your own focal point. To do this, all you have to do is touch a point on your screen that you wish to lock onto and hold it till the yellow rectangle pulses. Now, to take this one step further, you can touch and swipe the exposure icon up and down to increase and decrease brightness. There are also paid features in the stock camera app that grant you full access to manually control exposure, shutter speed, ISO settings and much more!
Siri Knows What You’re Listening To
Ever had a moment where you really liked the music playing at a cafe but just couldn’t guess the name of that song? Well, fret no more! Siri has collaborated with Shazam to help accurately name songs playing around you. All you need to do is ask Siri, “What song is this?” and she’ll do the rest!
Improved Reading Experience
Reading web pages has become a lot easier thanks to a nifty little Safari feature that removes all the clutter for you. If the page you’re reading supports this feature, just tap the icon that resembles a bunch of lines on the top left corner of the page. Safari will automatically remove ads and other distractions and leave you with only a clear view of the text and photos, that are perfect for reading!
Recover Accidentally Deleted Photos
Ever had a moment where you were at a party, drunk as a skunk and you’re like, “Oops! I just deleted a priceless Selfie! OMG, my social life is like so over”? The good news is that the kind farmers (engineers) over at Apple made a failsafe just for the selfieholic in you. So in case you accidentally deleted a photo, don’t panic. Open albums and head to the “Recently Deleted” album. Tap on the photo you were looking for and hit Recover. Your priceless selfie is back where it belongs, and you can upload it on Facebook for all your friends to laugh… Err… Like!
We hope you enjoyed getting to know these 7 awesome features of iOS 8. Cheerio!