25 hidden features in iOS 8

1. Emergency Health ID

Powered by Apple’s new HealthKit, Emergency Health ID allows anyone to access basic and potentially life-saving health information from your iPhone’s lock screen. To set it up, open the Health app, tap Medical ID on the bottom right and add as much or as little information as you feel comfortable with. Now when you tap the Emergency button on the bottom left of your lock screen you’ll also find the option to view your medical details and emergency contact numbers.

2. Auto delete messages

If you’ve been using your iPhone for a long time, you’ll have built up quite an archive of text messages. This can take up a lot of unnecessary space (do you really need those texts and pictures from two years ago?). iOS 8 now allows you to automatically delete these old messages after either 30 days or one year, potentially freeing up gigabytes of storage. Tap Settings > Messages and scroll down to Message History before selecting how long you’d like to keep your old messages.

3. Snapchat-Like photos and videos
You can now send instant self-destructing videos, audio clips and pictures to your contacts via iMessage, not unlike Snapchat. To send a picture, go to your message window and tap and hold the camera icon on the left hand side. A small circular window will emerge, allowing you take a quick snap. A word of warning: once the picture or video has been shot, it will send immediately, there is no confirmation or edit screen, so make sure you don’t test this one while sitting on the toilet.

4. Swipe notifications individually

Swiping down at the top of your screen will display your phone’s Notification Centre. In here you’ll be informed of various alerts and app-related information. If you have a lot of apps and receive a lot of messages, this section can get cluttered and messy. In the past you could only clear these notifications all at once or not at all. However, by swiping left, you can now clear each notification individually.

5. Exposure control

It’s no secret that Apple’s iSight camera has always been lacking in terms of advanced features, especially when compared with the likes of Nokia or Samsung. Fortunately, Apple seems to be keen to change this with the introduction of exposure control. When taking a picture, tap where you wish to focus the screen (or tap and hold to lock the focus) and you’ll see a small sun icon appear. Drag it up or down to manually control the exposure levels on the fly.

6. Hide images from Photostream

If you have some unsightly or embarrassing photos in your Photostream that you wish to keep but would rather other people didn’t see, you’re in luck. Locate the offending image, tap, hold and select Hide from the menu that pops up. The image will now be quarantined in an album called Hidden, which you can access by opening your Photos app and selecting Albums in the bottom right corner. To put the image back where you found it, go to the Hidden album, tap and hold your image and select Unhide.

7. Swipe Quick Type away

iOS 8 saw the introduction of Quick Type, which is supposed to intelligently suggest words you’d like to use before you use them for speedy typing. It does however take up a lot of space and some people don’t find it particularly useful. Removing it is a breeze: tap anywhere on the suggest words and swipe downwards. A small grey bar is all that will remain; swipe the bar upwards if you want to bring the suggestions back.

8. Battery hogging apps

If you find that your battery seems to be running out of juice all the time but you don’t know why, this tip could be a godsend. Go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage. You’ll see a breakdown of all the apps you’ve been using and how much battery power they’ve been eating up, which will give you a better idea of what apps you might want to regularly close down or uninstall.

9. Quick reply to messages by swiping down on notification banners

Any time you receive a text or iMessage you can swipe downwards on the notification banner, which will open small message window. Type your reply and hit send. This feature is particularly useful for those who dislike the faff of exiting an app in order to send a reply before re-entering the app they were in prior to receiving a message.

10. Recover recently deleted photos

By default, iOS 8 will now save all your deleted photos in an album called Recently Deleted. They will stay in this album for 30 days before they’re ultimately deleted forever. To find the folder, head to Photos > Albums. You might be surprised how many old photos are in there. If you don’t like the 30-day buffer zone, I’m afraid you cannot currently disable this feature. Your best bet is to open the album, tap Select in the top right corner and then tap Delete All in the bottom right corner.

11. Request desktop/mobile sites

When using your phone to browse a website, a bit of code will often recognise this and send you to the mobile version of the site by default. This is not always preferable, particularly if you have the large iPhone 6 Plus or if the mobile version isn’t very good. Safari now has a new feature that lets you quickly choose between the mobile or desktop version of a website. To use it, tap the address bar and drag just below it to reveal the Mobile or Desktop options. Be warned: if you don’t have any favourites, the Mobile/Desktop options can be hard to see.

12. Mute individual people

If you don’t want to mute your entire phone but there’s someone constantly texting you, you can now mute individual people from your contact list. Open their message window, select details in the top right corner and then swipe the Do Not Disturb button. You will no longer be notified of their messages until you turn Do Not Disturb off.

13. Turn your iPhone grey

You can now remove all the colour from your iOS device, making it entirely greyscale. This is a great option for some visually impaired people, or for those who don’t like colour. To activate this go to Settings > General > Accessibility and swipe Greyscale.

14. Automatically send last location of phone before it dies

If you misplace your iPhone, Find My iPhone will use your device’s GPS to pinpoint its exact location. However, your phone will need some power for this feature to work. A good way to combat the power issue is to tell your phone to broadcast its last location right before the battery dies. Turn this on by going to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone.

15. Format words and insert pictures

A much-needed update for Apple’s pleasantly minimalist note-taking app sees the introduction of some useful formatting options such as the ability to use italics, bold and underline. You can now also import photos. For maximum convenience, be sure the notes app is interacting with iCloud (Settings > iCloud > Notes) so you can access your updates from any other iOS device. You will need a free iCloud email address for this.

16. “Hey Siri” talk to Siri when plugged in

It’s 4am. You’ve just woken from a disturbing dream. Something about the owls not being as they seem. You feel compelled to Google owls, in search of answers. But wait, you’re comfortable in bed, this is no time for typing. Don’t worry, Apple thought of this situation. Settings > General > Siri has an Allow “Hey Siri” option. Enable it and you can control Siri by bellowing “Hey Siri” at your iOS device whenever it is plugged in.

17. Siri Shazam

Siri’s power continues to grow in iOS 8 thanks to its recent marriage with Shazam, a music identification service. Hold down your home button to activate Siri and say “Siri, what song is this?” wait for it to say “Let me listen” then hold your device up to the song that you’re trying to identify. This service is surprisingly accurate.

18. Share your location
If you’ve arranged to meet a friend somewhere, don’t bother trying to explain where you are, show them. iOS 8 comes with the ability to share your exact location. Tap Details in the top right of your message window and select Send My Current Location. The recipient will get a snapshot of your current whereabouts. If you’d like to share your location that updates as you move, select Share My Location instead.

19. Delete specific pages from your history in Safari. Clear various days.

If you’ve been up to no good online but don’t want to clear your entire history, you can now delete specific web pages rather than nuking the lot. In Safari tap the open book icon in the bottom right corner, then select History from your Bookmarks. Now swipe left and select Delete on any of the web pages you would like to remove.

20. Lock screen now has location-based shortcuts

This one’s more of a heads-up. Did you know that your lock screen can now house location- based shortcuts? If you have the Starbucks app and you enter one of their chains, a small Starbucks icon will appear in the bottom left of your screen before you’ve even unlocked your phone. Expect to see these features arriving in other apps soon.

21. Mail swipe options

The Mail app now comes with more swipe options. Swipe to the right and you can Mark as Read. To the left and you can Archive, Flag or tap More for a long list of other options. You can change how this behaves by going to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Swipe Options. Another new Mail feature let’s you swipe a draft to the bottom of the screen, allowing you to multi-task in the app instead of having to delete the draft entirely.

22. Widgets

iOS 8 finally allows widgets, a sort of app extension that provides basic functionality within the Notification Centre. To view your widgets, open the Notification Centre by swiping down from the top of your iOS device’s screen. From here you can also remove, add or edit your widgets by scrolling to the bottom of the Notification Centre and tapping on Edit.

23. New editing options for photos

Apple has added a substantial amount of additional photo editing options to iOS 8. Once you have taken your photo, select Edit in the top right hand corner and at the bottom of the screen tap the third icon from the left, which looks like a small control knob. From here you can edit light and colour settings, such as exposure, highlights, shadows, brightness, contrast, black point, saturation, grain and tone – to name just a few.

24. DuckDuckGo search engine option

DuckDuckGo is an internet search engine that attempts to provide a less intrusive and more private search alternative than the likes of Google or Bing. This is achieved – according to the company – by avoiding personalised search results. This search engine is now available in Safari on iOS 8. If you would like to activate it, head to Settings > Safari > Search Engine.

25. Scan credit card option in Safari

Some websites, such as Amazon, which require payment information now allow iOS 8 users to scan their credit or debit card details with their camera phone instead of typing it all out. When the time comes to add your card details, an option will appear at the bottom of the screen asking if you would like to use the scan option. Simply click it and snap a picture.

8 ways to extended you iPhone battery life

1. Disable location and background app refresh for Facebook
The Facebook app for iPhone consumes a huge amount of memory and processing power, even when you’re not using it. Turning off background app refresh can actually cause your battery percentage to increase.

2. Disable background app refresh for apps you don’t care about
Background App Refresh was a feature added in iOS 7, to allow apps to check for new content and download updates even when they’re not running. However, it can use up a lot of power, and you don’t necessarily need it running for every app that supports it.

3. Stop quitting your apps in multitasking
A lot of people tell you that closing your apps will save your battery life because it keeps the apps from running in the background. However, this can actually make your battery life worse if you do it on a regular basis. Closing the app, removes it from the phone’s RAM, so when you open it again your device has to load it back into memory again. The truth is, apps in your multitasking menu are not running in the background at all: iOS freezes them where you last left the app. Unless you have enabled Background App Refresh, most of your apps are not allowed to run in the background.

4. Disable push email temporarily
Push email allows your device to receive instant notifications every time you get an email. It is great if you need to know when every single email comes in, but does impact battery if configured incorrectly. Try changing the setting to fetch emails every hour, thirty minutes, or fifteen minutes and see if the drain stops. You could also trying disabling Push on individual accounts if you have multiple.

5. Disable push notifications for annoying apps
Every time you get a push notification, your phone wakes from sleep for 5 to 10 seconds to light up your screen and wait for your potential action upon each notification. If you receive 50 notifications during the day and never act on them, that will add 4 to 8 minutes to your Usage time.

6. Turn off battery percentage
People that are anxious about their iOS device battery life are constantly checking it to see the percentage and how much it has dropped from the last time they checked it. So if you check your device twice as much, simply to check on the battery life, you are essentially halving the time your device will last.

7. Enable airplane mode in areas of poor cellular service
When the iPhone detects that you are in a place of low signal, it will increase the power to the antenna in order to stay connected enough to receive calls and maintain a data connection. This will destroy your battery life if you are constantly in a location with one bar or no service at all.If you still need to receive calls there is nothing you can do, but if your service is so poor that you can’t receive calls anyway, turn on Airplane mode. You can then turn Wi-fi back on if you need to.

8. Go to an Apple retail store
Apple has rolled out a new ‘Extended Battery Life Test’ for all iOS technicians that allows them to see a detailed report of battery usage on your device. If your physical battery is defective, the technicians can replace it for free if your iOS device is under warranty.

Apple Release iOS 7.1

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Apple this week have released iOS 7.1 to the public, the first major update to iOS 7 since its release last September. The update includes much-needed improvements to the Touch ID fingerprint recognition system built-in to the iPhone 5s, an fix for a home screen crashing issue, and it brings CarPlay support. unveiled by Apple last week.

 Improvements include :

 Accessibility  – a new “Button Shapes” option that indicates where tappable areas are located, a “Darken Colors” option, and an enhancement to Contrast allowing users to reduce iOS 7’s white point.

CarPlay

Announced by Apple in early March, CarPlay is an in-car infotainment system. The company wants to make using your iPhone in the car safer and more fun. CarPlay will give users access to maps, GPS routing, iTunes, Siri, and the ability to make calls and send messages via the iPhone and iMessage.

Music

iTunes Radio will now let you buy albums based on the song that’s currently playing with just one button press. Apple is also adding a search field above featured stations and allowing users to subscribe to iTunes Match via iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. In addition to the changes made to iTunes Radio, Music applications now have Shuffle and Repeat buttons .

Calendar

Apple’s  Calendar app now offers you the option of displaying events while in ‘month view.’ In addition to this, they have added country-specific holidays for new countries (though the release notes don’t offer a list, so you’ll have to check yours and report back in the comments). Apple has also redesigned the list view.

Camera ( 5s only )

Owners of 5, 5c & 5s will now notice a new setting in the Camera application that automatically enables HDR. You can also use the new ‘Upload Burst Photos’ option, which is accessed via iOS Settings.

Siri

You can now manually control when Siri listens by holding down the home button and releasing it when you’re finished. Previously, Siri had to ‘notice’ by itself when you had finished talking, now by releasing the home button, you’re telling it you’re finsihed. Siri now has some new voices, including some more natural sounding ones for Mandarin, UK and Australian English, and Japanese. These are available in both male and female versions.

Performance

If you’re still an iPhone 4 user, Apple is promising you an improvement in performance.

FaceTime

If you FaceTime across multiple devices, you’ll be pleased to learn that call notifications will now automatically be cleared when you take a call on another device.

User Interface

Apple has also made a few tweaks to the user interface that you’ll no doubt run into sooner or later. These include a new ‘Dark Keyboard.’ You’ll find this under the iOS Settings – > Accessibility. There you can also navigate to the ‘Increase Contrast’ tab where you’ll find a ‘Darken Colors’ option. You’ll also notice that the bold font option now extends to the keyboard and calculator, and the Reduce Motion option includes Weather, Messages, and multitasking UI animations.

The dialer has gotten a refresh, too, as has the slide-to-power-off UI. TouchID and Passcode now feature on the main menu when you navigate to iOS Settings and ‘Touch ID requires your passcode when iPhone restarts’ will now pop up when you restart your phone.

Bug Fixes

– New Camera setting to automatically enable HDR for iPhone 5s

– iCloud Keychain support in additional countries

– FaceTime call notifications are automatically cleared when you answer a call on another device

– Fixes a bug that could occasionally cause a home screen crash

– Improves Touch ID fingerprint recognition

– Fixes display of Mail unread badge for numbers greater than 10,000

– Continued user interface refinements

The update officially disables the evasi0n iOS 7 jailbreak, patching key kernel exploits.

For a full graphical view , got here http://www.apple.com/ios/ios7-update/

How to create custom ringtones for iPhone 3G using iTunes for free?

The following steps show how to create free ringtones for your iPhone using only iTunes and songs you already have on your computer.

Note: This method only works with songs that are DRM free. To make iPhone ringtones using DRM protected songs please follow this guide to remove the DRM protection first.

To make iPhone ringtones using only iTunes:

1. Right click on the song you are going to make into a ringer and select “Get Info”.

2. Go to the “Options” tab and go down to the “Start Time” and “Stop Time” check boxes. Check both boxes and input the time you want your ringer to start/stop. The ringer has to be 30 seconds or less. Click “OK” when you’re done.

3. Right click on your newly “clipped” song and select “Convert Selection to AAC”. The song will be re-encoded using the start and stop times determined (If your menu item does not read “Convert Selection to AAC” and reads “Convert Slection to MP3” (or some other format) please go to iTunes -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Importing and change the “Import Using” drop down menu to “AAC Encoder”).

 

4. After the song is done encoding navigate to your iTunes Music folder, locate your song, and drag it to your desktop. After the song is on your desktop go back to iTunes and delete the clipped version from you iTunes library (It won’t delete it from your desktop, it will only remove it from iTunes).

5. Go back the song on your desktop and right click on your song and chose “Properties”. Go to the name and extension section and change the extension from .m4a to .m4r (or you can just change the extension right from your desktop).

6. After the extension is changed simply double click on the file to add it to your iTunes library under the ringtones section. Sync your phone with iTunes and you’re done!

Note: Remember to go back into iTunes and uncheck your custom start and stop times for the original version of your song.

How to Remove the iPhone SIM Card

The SIM card in the iPhone is removable, but it’s hidden. To remove the SIM card, you need the sim card removal tool that came with your iPhone.

 1. Locate the SIM Card Slot

The slot is located at the top of the iPhone, between the headphone jack and the power button. 

2. Open the Slot

Take your removal tool and insert it into the little hole. Then firmly push down until the slot pops up, as shown below.


 3. Remove the SIM Card

The SIM card is in a cradle. You can pop the card out of the cradle. To replace the SIM card, put the card back in the cradle. The cradle and card are notched in a way that forces you to replace the card on the proper side. Then just slide the card back into the iPhone.