With stable OS and multi-choices on screen sizes, many people have begun to switch over to Apple’s iPhone line. This came in conjunction with the March release of the new iPhone SE, which was considered more user friendly given its iPhone 5S design and updated iPhone 6S features. If you are one of the many new iPhone users, here are some tips we have gathered to help you get by with your brand new phone.
The Back Button
This has been a much demanded, yet simple feature for the iPhone for years. The back button appears on its own, rather than always being there. You first have to open a new application, then when you look at the top-left of the screen, you will see a notification that says “Back to…” and the previously used application. We admit that at first we hadn’t noticed this feature until well into our iOS 9 update.
Picture in Picture
Picture in picture is a feature that is often available on televisions when you want to watch two things at once. Honestly, this was actually a feature we had been begging to get for a long time, considering you had to close a YouTube video just to open a message.
Using this feature can be a little more picky. You have to make sure you are using the right app that is compatible with the feature. Luckily, common streaming apps such as YouTube and Netflix are compatible. What you do is just select the picture-in-picture button at the bottom left when you open the video. You are now free to browse online while watching YouTube, or send messages to your friends while binging on Netflix!
This seems insignificant at first, but after setting it up you won’t know how to lived without it. What it does is help you view your iPhone at night, which, as we all know, can be a blinding experience when you receive a message at 3 A.M. while you are in the dark and in bed.
All you have to do is open up your settings, then go to display. Under this section there is the Night Shift setup. You pick warmer colors to help your eyes at night, and you can also schedule a range of times that would be convenient for your phone to switch and it will do so automatically, kind of like an alarm.
This feature is best used on devices with big screens, such as iPads or the iPhone 6 Plus. What it does is allow you to open an app while in another app. Say, for example, we want to call our friend while browsing the internet. All we have to do is swipe from the right side of the screen.
With some apps you can even have one app occupy half of the screen (such as maps) and another occupy the other half. This is a great way to multitask with two different apps at the same time.
This is a small feature, but helps in a big way. In the past, we all had to accept that Safari, Apple’s browser, was limited to one color, one text size, and one type of text. Nowadays, you can switch the font in Safari by using the browser bar at the top of the screen. You just tap the small “aA” next to the page address and you get a list of customization options such as font, font size, and color.
Apple’s new low power mode really helps you save battery if you are in a pinch and there is no charger on hand. It is really simple to use and pretty much a life saver. All you have to do is activate it in the battery section of the phone’s settings. At 20%, your phone will activate this mode.
In low power mode, you phone will shut down some background apps, such as Mail and apps that refresh or download automatically in the background. It also reduces visual effects and disables others that can be considered battery drainers. Overall, it can extend your phone’s battery life for a few hours, at least.
With these tips, you are well on your way to mastering your new iPhone. Within a few days, you will find that iOS is easy to use and has really quick performance to help you throughout the day.