The craze for Apple iPhone series is perennial among the masses. Be it for the brand, its sleek metallic body engraved with that iconic apple logo or it's quintessential features, iPhones can never go out of the trend. Recently, people went gaga when Apple unveiled the red colored variant of its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The limited edition was brought out in collaboration with Apple's 10-year old partner RED, an organization that fights against AIDS. Even though the iPhone users claim to know it all about the handset, there are a few features that are relatively unknown. So, if you own an iPhone or are a gadget enthusiast, this article bets to escalate your interest to another level as we bring you 15 incredible facts which you probably didn't know iPhones can do.
1. It can charge much faster if you turn it on airplane mode- Just put the phone on airplane mode and see how fast it charges. This is definitely a quick trick at emergency situations of low battery.
2. If you make a mistake while writing an email, editing a photo, or texting, simply shake your phone- Just shake your iPhone and get an instant undo option to resurrect the error easily.
3. See the timestamps of text messages by sliding the texts over- Just slide the text chart towards left and you can find the time details of every text message.
4. Set your phone to emit light for notifications instead of noise- Instead of having your phone vibrate or ring when you get a call or a text, you can have it emit a LED flash. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility, then scroll down and turn on 'LED Flash for Alerts.'
5. If you want to listen to music or audiobooks before you go to sleep, set a timer so it turns off- Launch your Clock app with a tap and then tap on the Timer button in the lower right. Once there, set the timer for however long you want your media to play. Next, tap “When Timer Ends,” and scroll down to the bottom. Tap on “Stop Playing.” Now, when your music will stop playing when the timer runs out.
6. Respond to texts without unlocking your phone- You can respond to texts directly from your lock screen by pulling down on the notification bar and swiping over to the left on the text notification. You'll see a “Reply” option, and tapping it will let you type a response without having to unlock your iPhone.
7. Send audio and video messages that self-destruct- You can send audio snippets and video messages that expire after two minutes. If you head to Settings > Messages and scroll to the bottom, you'll notice a section for audio and video messages. You can choose to let them expire after two minutes or never.
8. Rapid photo shots- By holding down the capture button, the iPhone will automatically go into burst mode and take a series of shots, ensuring that you capture the perfect shot.
9. Use Speak Selection on iPhone and Ipad, so it reads texts out loud- Begin by opening the Settings app. Scroll down, choose General, tap Accessibility, then turn on Speak Selection. For voice, you can choose from a wide range of voices from the Speak Selection Menu. These include Australian, British, Spanish accents and much more. To speak words out loud, highlight any text (by double-tapping or tapping and holding on it), then tap the Speak button in the pop-up menu. If you can’t see the Speak button, tap the small right arrow on the pop-up menu, then choose Speak.
10. Access emergency medical information directly from the lock screen- If you set up a Medical ID in the Health app that comes with iOS 8, you can access medical information without having to unlock your iPhone. Tap the “Emergency” button that appears with the keypad for entering your passcode and you'll see the Medical ID button on the lower left corner.
Besides, there are a few things which Siri can do for you that you may not know:
11. Use Siri hands-free- You don't always have to hold down the home button to launch Siri. If you have the new iPhone 6S, just say the phrase “Hey Siri” to launch Apple's virtual assistant (any phones older than the iPhone 6S must be plugged into a power outlet for this feature to work). Just head over to Settings>General>Siri and turn on Enable Hey Siri first.
12. Teach Siri how to pronounce words- There are a few things Siri can do for you that you may not know about. Whenever Siri mispronounces a word, just say, “That’s not how you pronounce “_____” and she’ll offer you alternatives. You can select the proper one.
13. Have Siri read anything- You can enable Siri to read articles on websites, books, text messages, and more thanks to one of the iPhone's lesser-known accessibility features. Head over to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech. Then turn on Speak Screen and Speak Selection. Now, when you swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers, Siri will dictate the content of whatever is on the screen.
14. Control your iPhone by simply moving your head- This is another feature buried in the Accessibility section. Navigate to Settings > General > Accessibility and then scroll down to the Interaction subhead and tap “Switch Control.” Tap “Switches” and “Add New Switch.” Select “Camera” and choose “Left Head Movement” or “Right Head Movement.” Then pick an action under the “System” menu, which essentially tells you what task your head movement will trigger. I chose Siri, so each time I tilt my head to the left it automatically launches Siri.
15. Have Siri remind you to read a text message or email at a later time- If you just received a text or email but can't take the time to read it right now, you can ask Siri to remind you later on. When you receive the notification, just ask Siri to remind you to read it later. This works with Messages, Mail, Notes, and Safari as long as your iPhone is running iOS 9.
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