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(Pocket-lint) – With new iPhones come new features. For 2022, this comes in the form of iOS 16 running on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. We’re sure you already know some of the big news, but there’s still plenty more to look out for to make your life a little easier.
We’ve picked out a few of the features that we think are the most useful – or just handy – to know about. Watch the video above if you want it in that form, or read below for a written guide.
1. Disable always-on display (14 Pro only)
The iPhone 14 Pro has an always-on display feature that dims the wallpaper and highlights the clock. It’s on by default, but you might find it’s not very useful, or drains your battery. If you wish to disable it, you can do so.
Open Settings and tap on “Display & Brightness”, then turn off the “Always On” option. It’s simple.
If you don’t want it to be off all the time and stay on during the day, you can set it to turn off at night as part of sleep mode. Go to Settings > Focus > Sleep. Here you can schedule a sleep focus that will activate at a specific time each night under the “Schedule” tab. When it activates, your always-on screen will no longer show up at night.
2. Enable Haptic Keyboard
As part of iOS 16, Apple added haptic feedback to its own standard keyboard. Finally. This means that when you type, you may feel taps or subtle vibrations under the screen. To activate it, just go to Settings > Sound and Haptics > then choose “Keyboard feedback”. Activate the “Haptic” option.
3. Battery percentage indicator
As we mentioned in our iOS 16 video earlier, there’s a new battery percentage indicator that you can turn on to show the actual percentage in the battery icon in your status bar. To activate it, just go to Settings > Battery and toggle on the “battery percentage” option.
4. Change the style of your notifications
By default, iOS 16 displays a number – or “count” – of notifications at the bottom of your lock screen to let you know how many notifications are pending. But you can change this view to either a list of actual notifications or a stack of notification windows.
Just open Settings > Notifications and choose one of the other two options at the top of the screen under “Show as”.
5. Lock a private note behind Face ID
In Notes, you can now lock a specific note behind FaceID authentication. You are no longer limited to locking by your phone’s passcode. To enable this feature, go to Settings > Notes, find the “Password” option and tap it. On the next screen, select the “Use Device Passcode” option, then enable “Use FaceID.” Now you no longer need to use a specific password to unlock your notes.
To lock a specific note, simply long-press on the note you want to lock in the app, then click “Lock Note” from the pop-up menu that appears. The next time you try to open it, the app will use FaceID to verify that it’s really you trying to access it.
6. Edit or cancel iMessages
Sometimes when you send a message, you might either a) immediately regret it and want to cancel it, or b) make an embarrassing typo. Maybe even both. Fortunately, in iOS 16 there is a solution to these problems. You can now cancel, or edit, iMessages.
Open Messages, type your message as usual, and once you’ve sent it, long-press that message. The options “Modify” and “Cancel Send” appear in the drop-down menu. Choose the one you want to use at this time. But be careful, if the person you send the message to does not have iOS 16, the message will not appear as unsent for them, but they will see it anyway.
7. Remove Duplicate Photos
Apple’s latest Photos app lets you quickly and easily delete duplicate photos to help you save storage space on your iPhone and iCloud.
Just open Photos and tap on “Albums”. Scroll down the list until you see “Duplicates” at the bottom of the page. Now you can either click “merge” near each match, or click “select” at the top, then manually choose each image you want to delete and click the delete trash can icon at the bottom.
8. Drag foreground subjects away from backgrounds in new documents.
One of the new features in iOS 16 is the ability to remove subjects from their photographic background and then share them to any app as a cutout. With the right technique, you can quickly drag and drop them into another document or onto an image you’re working on in Photoshop, Pages, or something similar.
Just touch and hold the subject as usual to remove it from the background, then hold it with the same finger and use your other hand to exit the app and open the app in which you want to drop it off.
For example, if it’s Pages, just open it, create a new document – or open an existing document – and then drop the image. (If you have trouble doing this, check out our video at the top of the page for the technique).
As we showed in our iOS 16 video, if you want to share them in another way, you can just touch and hold the subject, wait for that white line to appear around it, then touch “share” and choose where you want share or “copy” it, then open the app manually and paste it.
8. Take 48 megapixel photos.
This is another feature that’s only available on the iPhone 14 Pro for now, and it shoots at 48 megapixels, using the full number of pixels available to the camera’s sensor. main picture.
Go to Settings > Camera and select “Formats” at the top of the list. Enable the “Apple ProRAW” option and under it select the resolution and make sure you have chosen 48 megapixels. Now, when you open the camera app, you’ll see a “RAW” toggle at the top of the screen. Tap it to enable 48-megapixel RAW shooting.
9. Manually Enable or Disable Macro Mode
The manual macro mode switch is also useful, as for a few generations of phones the automatic switching between 1x mode and macro mode can be a little unsettling. Open Settings > Camera again, and enable the “Macro Control” button.
Open the camera app and bring your camera closer to an object. You should see the macro logo appear in yellow on the screen. It’s on by default, but if you want to turn it off, just tap the logo when it appears.
10. Customize spatial audio
With iOS 16, there’s a neat feature that uses the FaceID sensors on the front to personalize your Spatial Audio in your AirPods. It works with AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro (first and second generation).
To use it, just open your AirPods case, make sure they’re connected, and go to the Settings app. Tap on the AirPods in the list, then in the next screen find ‘Personalized Spatial Audio’. Then tap on the “Customize Spatial Audio” option on the next screen.
It’ll now walk you through a process where it uses the front-panel depth sensors to measure your face and ears, and uses that data to create a Spatial Audio profile that works for you when you have your AirPods connected.
11. Check the password for the Wi-Fi network you are on.
One feature that should probably be around for a long time is the ability to see the password for the network you’re connected to. In iOS 16 it is possible. Just open Settings, tap “Wi-Fi” and tap the information icon next to the network you’re connected to. On the next screen, you will see “Password”. Tap it, and it’ll use FaceID to verify it’s you, and reveal the password.
12. Add stops to your Apple Maps route
In Apple Maps in iOS 16, you can add additional stops along the way to your final destination. Just navigate as normal by entering your desired endpoint in Maps and then tapping the drive/car icon.
Before starting the turn-by-turn navigation, you will see a list under “Route” where you can click on “Add stop”. Tap this button, add the places you want to pass through, then rearrange those stops. Now press “Go” to start navigating with your stops already included.
13. Quick Note
iOS has a feature called Quick Note that lets you – unsurprisingly – quickly start writing a note in the Notes app. Just go down to the Control Center and find the command that looks like a notes page and a plus icon. Tap it and you’ll immediately start a new note in the Notes app.
14. Go back to screenshot
There’s a cool trick that lets you double-tap or triple-tap the back of your iPhone to perform actions like taking a screenshot or pushing down notifications. And this is part of the accessibility settings.
Open Settings > Accessibility and now find “Touch”. At the bottom of the next screen, you will find “Back Tap”. Select ‘Double Tap’ and choose ‘screenshot’ from the list, or any other function you want. Now when you double tap on the back of the phone, a screenshot is taken.
15. Tap on Siri
Another accessibility tool – for those who might have difficulty speaking or listening – is the ability to type Siri requests. But first you have to activate it.
Open Settings > Accessibility again and find “Siri” at the bottom of the page. On the next screen, just toggle on “Type to Siri” and now when you launch Siri by pressing and holding the side key, you can type requests instead and see the responses on the screen.
16. One-Handed Mode (aka Reachability)
There’s a feature in iOS that lets you reach the top of the screen more easily with one hand, or more technically, with your thumb. It’s called Reachability, and when it’s active, you just need to swipe down the screen to make the top half of the screen more accessible.
Just open Settings > Accessibility > Touch and enable the “Accessibility” option.
Written by Cam Bunton.