Every year, many iPhones are found under the tree on Christmas Eve. Many lucky people will therefore have in their hands an apple smartphone for the new year 2021 Some of them will be connoisseurs, but for many, it will perhaps be the first machine running iOS 14, or even the first iPhone or iPad at all. So to welcome newcomers to the world of iOS, here are 25 tips to test immediately for a (very) small overview of what can do with the newly unboxed Apple tablet or smartphone, whether it is an XR model. , 11, 11 Pro, 12 or 12 Pro, or an older one, under iOS 14 at least. We have more than 400 articles with tips and tutorials, you can then go further!
- Picture in picture: iPhone and iPad can display video in windowed mode, since iOS 14 released in 2020. This allows you to follow a video while going about other business on your iOS device. The operation is very simple. After switching the video to full screen, just return to the home screen. See the detail there
- A funny shortcut on the back of the iPhone: in iOS 14 or newer, by tapping two or three times on the back of the iPhone, you can initiate an action, such as turning up the volume, switching to silent mode, or even opening a shortcut. To activate the function, go to Settings> Accessibility> Touch> Touch the back of the device. And for more explanation, see here
- Widgets: iOS 14 released in 2020 introduced new app widgets. Practical, they are also a very nice effect on the home screen. We have detailed how it works here
- The app library: this very special home screen page is a list of all the apps installed on the iOS device. It has intelligent automatic storage and can also display hidden apps from other classic app pages. Do not hesitate to take a look to understand how it works and the benefits you can derive from it.
- Dark mode: dark mode can be activated manually or automatically in the “Brightness and display” section in the Settings app. It is also possible to activate and deactivate it quickly from a new shortcut in the control center
- Optimized battery charging : this “Optimized battery recharging” option limits the aging of the battery during recharging. When this option is enabled, iPhone will use the user’s daily charging habits to limit charging below 80% and wait until the iPhone is used again. Because above 80%, recharging degrades the battery cells more quickly. The setting can be found in Settings> Battery> Battery status
- QuickPath keyboard : the virtual keyboard of iOS allows you to enter text quickly with one hand by sliding your finger continuously over the different letters. See the detailed operation of this feature here
- Connect a PlayStation or Xbox controller : It is possible to connect a PlayStation PS5 or Xbox One controller to play iOS games compatible with the controllers. Note that a large number of games from the Apple Arcade service are compatible with controllers
- Graphs to learn more about battery consumption : the monitoring of the autonomy and the use of the battery of the iPhone or the iPad is much finer since iOS 12. In Settings> Battery, it is now possible to see complete graphs of the energy consumption of your device, in the last 24 hours, but also the last two days
- Hide an app page: you have too many application pages? You can decide to hide one or more of them simply, with a long press on an app, followed by “Change the home screen” before touching the circles at the bottom of the screen
- Siri pulls your portrait : Just ask Apple’s virtual assistant “Take me selfie” to automatically open the Photos app with FaceTime camera enabled. Enough to easily immortalize the discovery of your new device!
- Flashlight shortcut : a long press on the flashlight icon in the control center allows you to quickly change the intensity of the flashlight
- When the camera serves as a magnifying glass : useful for the visually impaired, but not only that, a “Magnifying glass” mode is integrated into iOS. It allows you to perform large zooms to make it easier to read small print, for example. To use it, go to the device settings, in the section General> Accessibility> Magnifier, then activate the corresponding function. Back on the home screen, press the “Home” button three times, then choose “Magnifier”
- Quick access to the camera on the locked screen : A simple swipe of your finger to the left on the locked screen takes you to the camera without even having to unlock the iPhone. To photograph faster than your shadow… or almost!
- Send hand written message : in the Messages app, go to the desired conversation then move to the text box as if you were going to write a classic message. Switch the iPhone to “landscape” mode. A new screen opens to write a message with your finger. Press “OK” to validate then click on the arrow to send
- Create a secret message in Messages : you can send messages that the interlocutor must decipher by passing the finger over them. To do this, write your message, make a long press on the send arrow and choose “Invisible ink”, then send
- Siri and third-party apps : Apple’s voice assistant can work with third-party applications, provided they are compatible. To take advantage of this function, simply quote the name of the app in the Siri request, for example: “Hey Siri, send Hello to Jerome on WhatsApp”
- Markup image editing : this editing function allows you to write and draw on images and photos or to apply a zoom, so as to emphasize certain details. It’s available in Messages and Photos. To access it, nothing very complicated, follow the guide
- Smart searches in Photos : Photos is able to search according to the object present in the photo. To test it, click on the small magnifying glass at the top right in any tab of the Photos app. We can for example try the word car, so that all the photos on which there is a car are displayed. Even more impressive, just type a letter and Photos automatically offers a wide choice of keywords.
- Video recording of the screen : it is very easy to start a recording of what is happening on the screen of the iPhone or iPad. We must add the “screen recording” function in the control center, by going to Settings> Control Center. Then, once ready to start recording, bring up the control center and press the corresponding button. To stop everything, just press the button again
- Easy and powerful screenshot : once a capture is done, by simultaneously pressing the “Home” and “Power” buttons on iPhone 8 and older, or the “Volume +” and “Power” buttons on iPhone with Face ID, all you have to do is click on the capture that appears at the bottom left. Annotations, drawings, colors, etc., everything is there to highlight certain elements of the image or directly write a comment
- The Notes app scans your documents : no need for third-party apps to scan paper documents with the Notes app. The function is accessible via the “+” button in Apple Notes and offers automatic edge detection, manual cropping, as well as several filters to produce a result in grayscale, black & white or in color
- The iPhone becomes an instrument of “Measurement” in Augmented Reality : taking advantage of the augmented reality capabilities of the iPhone, this app makes it possible to measure real objects using a virtual meter
- How to use the side keyboard : this function makes it easier to reach certain letters at the other end of the screen, especially on large iPhones or simply for small hands. To take advantage, when the keyboard is displayed, just click on the change keyboard icon to the left of that of the microphone and choose the left or right orientation
- Drag and drop on iPad : here is a feature seen on Mac and PC and welcome on iPad. It is indeed possible on iPad to perform drag and drop commands, for example, to drag a photo seen on Safari in an email, or to drag a piece of text seen in an email to a new note, etc.
- Long press on the “Reader” button in Safari : on the left in the address bar of Safari is the button to switch to reader mode. This mode displays for example only the text and images of an article. A long press on this button allows you to use reader mode, either for the site currently open or on all the websites consulted subsequently
- Network settings shortcut : by pressing hard or long on the settings app icon, you have quick access to the wireless, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G-4G connectivity settings, ditto by clicking a long press or louder on the Wi-Fi icon in the control center
- Shortcut “rename a folder” : by pressing hard or long on an icon folder, you quickly access the function allowing you to rename the latter
- Create your Memoji (iPhone with Face ID) : evolution of Animojis, Memojis are in fact the customizable alter egos of animated figures. These are avatars that the user can create, modify and adapt according to the features and characteristics of their own face. It is of course possible to create a totally quirky Memoji with no link to an existing person. The avatar thus created will then be able to come to life by detecting and following the face, eyes, mouth and even the tongue of the person using the iPhone, thanks to its special Face ID camera. To create your own animated man, go to the messages and choose Emoji, the creation of Animoji is then proposed (“+” sign otherwise)
- For iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus and newer, how to use portrait mode : the sensors of these iPhones allow, like the human eye, to measure the depth of what they “see”. This results in a photo by a blurring effect of the background and a focus on the foreground. To use this mode, you must select “Portrait” in the iOS shooting application
There you have it, you have certainly tamed your new iPhone or iPad a little and learned some techniques to wow the gallery. Now is the time to really get your hands dirty and see what iOS really does.
All the information about iOS 14 can be found here.