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Useful Features You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Even Had

The more time goes by the more ridiculous it feels to call smart mobile devices “phones.” It’s a disservice. Phones are just for calling people. Android and iOS devices are some of the most powerful supercomputers on the planet. You carry them around with you to perform so many different vital tasks throughout your day, which sometimes includes calling people.

Devices like the iPhone X can do so many different things that it’s tough to even remember them all. We’re not complaining. When a phone costs a thousand dollars it better do a lot. But you know features are hard to keep track of when the settings app needs its own search engine. So to help jog your memory, or illuminate you about your new purchase, here are some useful features you didn’t know your iPhone even had.

Battery Throttling

Apple recently took some heat for secretly decreasing iPhone performance as the quality of its battery degraded over time. But after the outcry (and price slash for battery replacements) you can now choose whether or not to activate this battery throttling “Performance Management” feature. Just go to Settings, Battery, and the Battery Health beta.

Screen Recorder

Everyone knows you can take a quick snapshot of your phone screen by pressing the Home and Power buttons at once. But now you can record whole videos of what’s happening on your screen. Under Control Center go to Customize Controls and enable Screen Recording. The recording button will now appear under Control Center.

Squeezed Keyboard

Phones are way bigger now. Everyone but me seems to like this. But a bigger screen means a bigger keyboard, and potentially a keyboard too big for your thumbs to comfortably navigate. The simple solution would be just get a smaller phone, but you also have the option under keyboard settings to shift the keys to the left or right for easier one-handed typing.

Live Photos

For a while now Live Photos have been letting us live our Harry Potter dreams by turning snapshots into brief videos that come to life when we press on them. If you never want the illusion to stop, you can also loop a Live Photo, kind of like an Instagram Boomerang. Just swipe up on the photo to see the new potential effects.

Animojis in action (via Apple)

Face ID Alarm

Arguably the most attention-grabbing aspect of the iPhone X is its ability to deeply recognize your face using Face ID. Some folks use this for security reasons, others use it to turn themselves into animoji puppets. But the most mean muggingest use of Face ID to me is just staring at your phone in the morning to shut up the alarm.

Black Wallpaper

This is more of a hack than a feature, but because of the way the OLED screen works on newer iPhones, “black” images essentially allow that part of the screen to turn off. So if you use dark images as wallpaper and night themes in apps, you can potentially save a lot of battery power during everyday use.

Do Not Disturb in Car

Hey! Don’t text and drive! You could get somebody hurt or worse! But if you need extra motivation, go to Control and Customize Controls to enable “Do Not Disturb While Driving.” As the name implies, thanks to CarPlay your phone won’t even attempt to distract you while on the road.

Virtual Home Button

In order to accommodate its even bigger screen, the iPhone X has no physical home button. You navigate via intuitive touch gestures. But if you’re not ready to give up on a home button yet, or one of the other physical buttons is broken, you can add a virtual home button to your screen by going to Accessibility and then Accessibility Shortcut.

Files

Apple’s slavish commitment to making its computers seem like magic instead of computers meant that for years the way iOS handled files was weirdly obfuscated. No more. The new Files app easily shows you content you’ve saved to your phone across apps and even across other devices using iCloud.

Drag and Drop

The more powerful iPhones become they more they just start letting you use them like honest-to-Grodd computers. You’ve been able to drag and drop files easily on computers for years. But on iPhone it’s almost revolutionary being able to move a link, text snippet, photo, or file from one app to another like it’s nothing.

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Shazam will soon cease to display the advertising

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The company Apple announced the purchase of the company Shazam, known for the eponymous app for music recognition in December 2017, but only in the beginning of this month the purchase was approved by the European Commission, and today on the Apple website was posted a message about the completion of the transaction.

Shazam скоро перестанет показывать рекламу

Service Shazam can identify songs by “hearing”. In addition, it searches for music and videos. Interestingly, the app Shazam was one of the first in the App store. It is very popular — from the App Store it downloaded over 1 billion times.

Now Shazam shows ads, but Apple has already promised that soon the app will be completely free for all users.

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The specialists of iFixit appreciated maintainability of smart hours Apple Watch 4 at six points

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Specialists iFixit disassembled Apple watch 4. The device differs significantly from its predecessor, having a bigger screen and more efficient components. The stuff got a kind of supporting LTE.

Специалисты iFixit оценили ремонтопригодность умных часов Apple Watch 4 в шесть баллов

Examining the clock, the experts iFixit noted a more thoughtful design and careful layout compared to the original model. However, looking ahead, we say that the overall assessment of maintainability is not affected.

Специалисты iFixit оценили ремонтопригодность умных часов Apple Watch 4 в шесть баллов

As before, a significant part of the internal volume is battery capacity which in the case of the Apple Watch in 4 equal 291,8 mA∙h. by the Way, it can be relatively easily replaced, it was assigned to the pros.

Специалисты iFixit оценили ремонтопригодность умных часов Apple Watch 4 в шесть баллов

In addition, the praise easy replacement of the strap. To replace the screen harder, but still possible.

Специалисты iFixit оценили ремонтопригодность умных часов Apple Watch 4 в шесть баллов

Doubtful moment professional repair found too many tiny screws. By cons, they took the fact that some of the cables are soldered directly to the single system S4, and is not captured through connectors. In fairness it should be noted that the case is not enough to make the split all the connections. In addition, fixation at the level of the printed circuit Board is impossible because of features of the S4 (monohull system is filled with epoxy resin). In the end, the experts iFixit appreciated maintainability of smart hours Apple Watch 4 at six points.

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Ireland got Apple’s 14.3 billion euros

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In August 2016, the European Commission came to the conclusion that Apple has received in Ireland the unfair tax breaksthat result in underpaid a substantial sum — more than 13 billion euros. Apple and Ireland tried to appeal the decision, insisting that taxes complies with Irish and European legislation.

However, as a condition of consideration of appeals was putting all underpaid according to the Commission the amount on Deposit. Where then will this money — back or Apple will go into the coffers of the European Union depends on the outcome of appeals.

According to the source, Ireland has just received a EUR 14.3 billion. In addition to the arrears, this amount includes interest in the amount of 1.2 billion euros. The corresponding agreement was reached about a year ago.

Ирландия получила от Apple 14,3 млрд евро

Because the proceedings can take several years, Ireland has appointed investment managers, whose task will be to maintain the disputed funds from depreciation. This is to be achieved at the expense of investment solutions with low risk.

The Ministry of Finance of Ireland said that his appeal got priority and passes through the various stages of a private written proceedings in the Main court of the European Union (GCEU), the second largest court in Europe. Meanwhile, the European Commission intends to cancel the claim against the Republic of Ireland, initiated last year due to delays with the refund.

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