Today, we will talk about some hidden but very useful features which you probably were not aware of before reading this article.
Apple and the Evolution of Technology in iDevices
Apple is one of those companies that has reached impressive levels of technological evolution. When you say Apple, you say iOS. They manage to impress us every year with a new launch, making things more amazing and exciting every time. Apple focuses on improving the overall experience for iOS users. Thus, they launched iOS 12, adding a lot of features that you had never thought about. Are you curious? Then keep reading this article.
10 Hidden Features of iOS 12 You Didn’t Know About
1. Improved memory info
One of the biggest problems smartphone users have nowadays is the continuously depleting battery. There are so many applications available today for users, which drain the device’s battery extremely fast. Therefore, users are forced to always have an external battery in their bag or be always close to a plug point to charge their smartphone. But, what if you could investigate which applications are the ones consuming your phone’s battery? iOS 12 comes with this benefit, offering you various charts, breakdowns, and graphics to help you understand which apps are the biggest consumers. Furthermore, you can also find out when those applications have used your battery the most.
2. Set Up Alternate Appearance
Touch ID is already history. iOS users started to become familiar with to Face Recognition Feature. However, if you want to let your spouse or friend check your phone, even though it is not recommended, now Apple allows you to use an alternate appearance feature. All you have to do is go to Settings, Face ID & Passcode, choose Authenticate, and then tap on Set Up Alternate Appearance. It is as simple as that. On the other hand, you can always reset your Face ID recognition. All you have to do is follow the same steps and choose this option instead.
3. Advanced Do Not Disturb Features
Even though this is not a new feature, it comes with something special. Probably you are not too open to use it as you might forget to turn it off. Just imagine how your friends or relatives would react if they tried to contact you and you forgot to turn off the Do Not Disturb feature. iOS combines it with 3D Touch in Control Center which allows you to turn on Do Not Disturb for a set amount of time. For instance, you can turn it on for an hour or until the end of an event. It will turn off automatically once it has reached the set period. This is an important feature to consider as it can be your ally whenever you want to use your phone less and stay away from distractions.
4. Receive Notifications Quietly
Is it even possible? With iOS 12 everything is possible. When you want to work on a very important project or you want to focus on a private conversation, you certainly don’t want notifications to constantly pop up on your lock screen. Now you can receive your emails quietly and get rid of that annoying phone buzz that attracts your attention and the person’s standing next to you. Once you are free and you want to see them, you can manually pull them up from the Notification Center.
5. Emoji Turned into Memoji
If you are still using emojis in your messages, then you need to upgrade yourself. Memoji is in trend now helping you communicate with your friends easily and establishing stronger connections. You can even take selfies with your Memoji. Just let your imagination work and leave everything to Memoji to customize your photo or message.
6. Lyric Search
How many times have you heard a song and you couldn’t remember its name? Isn’t it annoying to hear a song in your head and not be able to find it online and add it to your playlist? iOS 12 puts an end to this nightmare allowing you to search your music by lyrics. Type the lyrics you remember in Apple Music and iOS 12 will do the rest. You will be amazed to see how fast it returns the results and helps you find the song which you were obsessing about.
7. AirPods Become Hearing Aid Devices
Live Listen is an amazing feature that you can use with your AirPods. Thanks to this, you will be able to clearly hear what is happening around you even in a noisy environment. Therefore, if you have problems with your hearing, iOS 12 gives you a helping hand and helps you enjoy the outside world. You can also easily reconnect with the events around you even while playing music or listening to a podcast. How cool is that?
Editor note - Even I was unaware about this one. It sounds great.
8. New Password Management API
If you are currently using a third-party password manager, then iOS 12 will make it more powerful than before. Therefore the next time you log in to your favourite apps, the password will immediately appear thanks to this new feature. Thus, you won’t have to worry about getting locked out of your accounts because of forgetting passwords.
9. Disabling USB Accessories
This is a new security feature since many hackers or other people with ill intent might be able to crack and overcome an iPhone’s lock screen password by connecting the device to another device via the USB port, Apple added this feature which disables the Lightning port on the iOS devices if it hasn’t been unlocked in an hour.
You can access this feature by opening Settings > Face ID & Passcode and then scrolling towards the bottom of the screen and toggling the required switch to On position.
10. Automatic Updates
This is not as much as a hidden feature, but surely a feature which deserves to be mentioned. You can access it by opening Settings > General > Software Update > Automatic Updates. Once enabled, new iOS updates will be downloaded via WiFi and installed overnight automatically without much user interaction.
Of course, Apple is not going to stop here. iOS 12 comes as an upgrade to iOS 11, offering various features that amaze Apple users. All these features have only one purpose, to simplify users’ lives easier and help them keep pace with the trends.
Which features did we miss? What’s your favourite feature? What features do you want to see in future updates? Tell us your views down in the comments.
Guest Author Bio
Daniela McVicker is an editor at Top Writers Review. She is passionate about technology and is always excited to share the latest information available on the market. Daniela is fascinated by the evolution of technology and is constantly keeping an eye on corporations to ensure that she can be the first to spread the news when a new product is launched.