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Useful Features You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Even Had

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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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Version of WhatsApp for iOS Business

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WhatsApp service owned by Facebook, has announced the release of business applications in September 2017 and released it in January 2018. However, the app was only available for Android, and the developers have spared a release for iOS.

Finally, in February of this year, the app Business WhatsApp for iOS now in beta version. It seems that the test was successful because the stable version has already appeared in the App Store. Note that officially, the app has not been announced, at least not yet. It is known that the application is available in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and France.

Вышла версия приложения WhatsApp Business для iOS

Unlike WhatsApp Messenger, WhatsApp Business is a separate application designed for business. There are such features as the message about absence of the addressee, a welcome message and quick responses. It also allows you to add profile information such as working hours, mailing address, links to an account in a social network or web page.

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The Apple iPhone will also get SoC technology EUV

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In the smartphone of 2018 is used single-chip system A12, manufactured according to the norms of 7 nm by TSMC company. This year, contract manufacturer of semiconductor products will begin production of chips according to the norms of 7 nm, but with the use of lithography in the hard ultraviolet range (EUV).

Смартфоны Apple iPhone тоже получат SoC, изготовленную по технологии EUV

As we already reported, the first single-chip system fabricated using the EUV can become Huawei Kirin 985. According to the source, according to this technology , which will provide a small, but increasing the density of the layout (20%) and energy reductions (6-12%), will be issued a SoC Apple A13. More progress is expected in 2020. Then should begin the release of the A14 SoC for smartphones iPhone standards 5 nm.

The transition to the provisions of 5 nm will provide a performance increase compared to A13 14.7-17.1%; and the density of the layout of 1.8-1.86 times. Allegedly, Apple has already finalized the A14 and prepares for the transfer of SoC into production for the manufacture of test samples.

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The Apple iMac computer updated for the first time in almost two years of production: they got new Intel and 3D-card AMD Radeon Pro Vega

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It took 652 days from the date of the announcement of the iMac desktop computers of the current generation in June 2017, before Apple decided to update them. No changes in part appearance or, for example, the characteristics of the screen, no. What to say about processors and graphics cards.

Компьютеры Apple iMac обновлены впервые за почти два года производства: они получили новые CPU Intel и 3D-карты AMD Radeon Pro Vega

The base model with a screen diagonal of 21.5 inches now could be equipped with six-core CPU Intel Core i5 frequency of 3.0-to 4.1 GHz, while the predecessor offered a maximum of a Quad core CPU. The same six-core Core i5 is now part of the basic equipment of the older model with a screen diagonal of 27 inches, and for a fee offers OCTA-core Core i9 with a frequency of 3.6-5.0 GHz. “Intermediate” version of the 27-inch iMac equipped with Intel Core i5 frequency of 3.1 and 4.3 and 3.7-4.6 GHz.

Компьютеры Apple iMac обновлены впервые за почти два года производства: они получили новые CPU Intel и 3D-карты AMD Radeon Pro Vega

Now in the maximum configuration the youngest iMac installs the AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20 c 4 GB of memory HBM2, starsiege — AMD Radeon Vega Pro 48 with 8 GB of memory HBM2.

The volume of DDR4 RAM has not changed (the maximum for a younger model — 32GB, high — 64GB), but slightly increased the frequency of the modules is up to 2666 MHz. The updated iMac is already available for order in the United States. The cost of the Junior model starts at $1300, the eldest, naturally, more expensive — from $1800.

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