Remember when the iPhone was first released, 12 years ago? We gazed into its sleek, glass surface. We watched the screen adjust as we rotated the phone in our hands. In an instant, the Blackberry looked quaint and old-fashioned. The smartphone era had arrived, and there was no turning back.
The magic continues each year. Here’s the inside scoop about what the next iPhone due in a month or so will have in features.
1. Use the hidden touchpad
There’s a secret touchpad hiding out in your keyboard. Depending on your phone or tablet, there are a couple of ways to access it. On many newer iPhones, you need to press down on any key, and you will see the keyboard become blank. Now, you can move your finger around, and the cursor will move with you.
On some iPhones and iPads, you will need to hold down on the space bar to access this mode. It’s a great way to move around in a document, or simply place your cursor somewhere specific in an email, text or note.
2. Spice up your Home and Lock screens
If you don’t want your health and emergency information showing on your phone, try a new background. Change the appearance of your screen by going to the Settings menu, then tapping Wallpaper. Tap Choose a New Wallpaper and decide if you want to use a Dynamic, Still, or Live image. Then, select the location where you want to get the new wallpaper. You can get one from Apple’s gallery, your camera roll, or download one from a website.
Finally, if you don’t like the default settings for your specially chosen image, you can change that as well. For example, if it’s a photo from your camera roll, you can slide it around and pinch to zoom in and out to frame it the way you want it.
Now, tap Set Lock Screen if you only want to change the wallpaper of the Lock screen. Select Set Home Screen to change just the Home screen. Or, select Set Both to change both the Lock screen and the Home screen wallpaper.
3. Set up an alternate appearance for Face ID
If you have an iPhone that supports Face ID, then you probably enjoy the convenience of unlocking your device just by looking at it. But it’s annoying when Face ID doesn’t recognize you. This could happen for several reasons: You’re wearing readers, or maybe a winter hat is hugging your face. With iOS 12, you can set your iPhone to recognize an alternate appearance.
Head to Settings >> Face ID & Passcode >> Set Up an Alternate Appearance and follow the instructions to teach your iPhone to recognize your different look. Just make sure you’re wearing your eccentric apparel during the setup process, so the phone recognizes that funny hat as well.
4. Customize your notifications
Every time a text, call, or email comes through, we receive a notification on our home screen. Unless we switch it off, many apps will send us updates as well. There are other ways to receive these notifications.
Choose your own notification style by going to Settings, then Notifications, and select the app you want to change notifications for. Select from different Alerts, Banner Style, Sounds, and more.
Now, if you want to make receiving an email sound like a horn honking or receiving a text message sound like a dog barking, you can. You can use these alerts to differentiate the various notifications, so you can decide which ones deserve immediate attention.
5. Grab a cool new ringtone
Everyone tends to leave the default iPhone ringtone when they could be changing it to just about anything they could ever want. Many people stick to that ringtone out of habit, or because they believe changing it is more complicated than it is.
Really, all you have to do to change your ringtone is head into Settings, then choose Sounds. From there, choose Ringtone. Select the one that best fits your personality.
If you feel like the default options just aren’t cutting it, you can always head over to the iTunes Store to buy more ringtones later, whether you snag an Ariana Grande song or a Super Mario Bros. jingle. Or you can always make your own with this free program….Read more>>