How To Get The Most Out Of iOS 8 iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus – All You Need To Know About Apple’s Latest Additions
With the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus records already have broken records, many of you out there have undoubtedly gotten your hands on one as well. And many more might still be waiting for their device. So, to make things easier for everyone and to help pass the time for those still waiting, we have made a list of the top 30+ tips for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. These will help you ease into your devices much quickly and ensure a smooth transition.
1) Use The iPhone 6 Plus In Landscape Mode.
Landscape mode is finally here for the iPhone folks. You can now use your iPhone 6 Plus in landscape mode, enjoying the accessibility offered by the larger screen even more.
2) Set Up Family Barriers To Restrict In-App And App Purchases.
3) Control Exposure Manually In iOS 8 While Taking Photos.
With iOS 8, Apple has made several changes to the photos app. One of these allows you to control the exposure of your photos while you’re taking them. Saves a lot of hassle later right?
Another great feature added in the photos app is the ability to restore pictures you might end up deleting accidentally. Photos that you delete accidentally will remain in the recently deleted album in the photos app for up to 30 days after deletion.
5) Record Your Videos In Slow Motion.
With the iPhone 6 you can now record videos in frame rates of up to 240 fps for slo-mo clips. Options of 120 fps and 60 fps are also available. To access the 60 fps option you’re going to need to go into Settings>Photos and Camera>Record video at 60 fps.
6) Shoot Selfies In Burst Mode With Timer.
With the iPhone 6 and iOS 8, you can take selfies in a way not thought of in any previous Apple device. Not only can you now shoot selfies with a timer for the perfect selfie, but with the iPhone 6 you can shoot selfies in burst mode, allowing better capturing of that perfect moment.
7) Use Third Party Keyboards For A More Customized Experience.
With iOS 8, you now have the benefit of third party keyboards on your iPhone 6. Third party keyboards such as swiftkey allow you to compose data simply with gestures.
8) Mobile Payments.
With the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus comes the options of mobile payments for the first time. With your iPhone you won’t need a credit card any more since you can use Apple Pay for the same purposes.
9) Manage Mail Differently.
With iOS 8 comes a redesigned mail app. You can now swipe to ignore mails that you don’t like, receive notifications for mails that are important and much more.
10) Send Your Phone’s Last Location To Apple Before The Battery Dies.
If you’ve lost your iPhone then you can set an option in Settings that sends it’s last location to Apple before the battery dies. This feature also makes iCloud retain your device’s location information for a longer period of time.
11) Use Your Apple Earpods To Snap A Photo.
With the iPhone 6 you can now snap a photo simply through using your earpods. All you need to do is connects the earpods to your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, open the photo app and press the volume button on the earpods/headset to snap a photo.
12) Scan And Use Credit Cards Directly Through Your Device.
With Safari in iOS 8, if you need your credit card to make a payment, you can simply use the camera to scan the card rather than entering your details manually.
13) Use Siri To Purchase And Identify Songs.
iOS 8 now comes with Shazam integration on board. And since Apple has always had a rather unique connection with music, this integration will now allow you to ask Siri to tell you which song is playing at the moment. You can also use Siri to purchase this select piece of audio.
14) Use Family Sharing To Share Apps You’ve Purchased.
Family Sharing on iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 allows you to share your app purchases with the rest of your family simply thorough family sharing.
15) Health Kit And Emergency Medical Info.
Health Kit is an app that has had it’s fair share of controversy around iOS 8. While facing initial troubles in app store at the time of iOS 8’s launch, the fix to the issue saw service going down in iOS 8.0.1. The issues have been solved in iOS 8.0.2. The Emergency Medical Info option now allows your personal medical information to be stored on Medical ID for emergencies.
With iOS 8 you can now make calls over Wi Fi if your have carrier signal or data problems.
17) Better Safari And Web Browsing.
Safari also has received a major overhaul in iOS 8 and the iPhone 6. The improved Safari comes with several new features. Apart from enabling RSS feed subscriptions and tweaking the bookmark icon, Apple has also enabled App Store add blocking options and a new private browsing option called DuckDuckGo which disables online tracking to a significant extent. You can also request the desktop version of a site in Safari which, as the name suggests, loads the desktop version rather than the mobile version.
18) More Accessibility Options.
Accessibility options have also received a significant overhaul in iOS 8. You now have access to a multitude of features such as Greyscale, improved zoom, speakscreen and guided access. These allow easier usage for users with eyesight and other disabilities. Guided Access ends up increasing control you have over your device’s usage.
19) More Options For Mail. All The Swipe Gestures You Will Need.
Need to quickly trash a mail? Do a continuous swipe from right to left. Need to flag a mail or do more? Do a simple swipe from right to left and get a host of options. Swipe from left to right to mark as read. And don’t like the swipe gestures? Change them using Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Swipe Options.
Go to Mail > Mailboxes > Edit and select Unread to check how many unread mails you have. And to mark all of these as read, simply tap edit on the top right of your inbox and tap mark all as read after tapping mark all at the lower left.
With the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus came increased screen size. Increased screen size meant that the days of using your iPhone with one hand were gone. But for all of you who still want to use your iPhone with one hand, Apple has a Reachability option in the iPhone 6 which can be activated simply by double tapping the home key.
21) More Options In Messages.
In iOS 8, you can use messages in a more interactive way than on previous versions. You can now send iMessages over SMS, set a timer for deleting messages by going to Settings>Messages, send photos by pressing and holding the camera button and send a voice message by tapping on the new mic button on the keyboard.
22) Edit Your Photos Like Never Before In Photos.
To edit a photo of your choice, simply open the image up in photos and tap on the edit option on the top right. This will allow you to enhance or change your image with a variety of options. Tap on the wand on the top right of the image and make iOS 8 enhance your photo automatically. Tap on the icon on the far bottom right and you’ll be exposed to controls for light, color and black and white options for your image.
Tap on the icon in the center and you’ll get to adjust the color tone of your image. And the icon beside that allows you to straighten your photos out. Oh and need to hide a photo from moments, collections and years? Tap and hold your image and you’ll see two options come up. Tap on hide and the photo will only be visible in albums.
23) Time Lapse.
iOS 8 adds a cool video option called Time Lapse. Using Time Lapse you can shoot cool vines on the go by simply accessing the time lapse option when your camera is on. Just make sure you shoot at least 30 seconds of video to make sure that the end file is worth watching.
23) See Which Apps Drain Your iPhone’s Battery.
iOS 8 now let’s you monitor your device’s usage even more closely. By accessing Settings>General>Usage>Battery Usage, you can now see your device’s battery usage in detail and choose to remove apps if they’re draining battery needlessly.
24) Change Display Settings On The iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus.
On the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, you can toggle between standard and zoomed in the display options. Simply go to Settings > Display > Display Zoom to see what suits your style.
25) Hey Siri.
Don’t want to activate Siri on your iPhone 6? Simply say ‘Hey Siri’ to your device while it’s charging to get Siri to work. To activate the feature go to Settings > General > Siri > Allow “Hey Siri”. And keep in mind that this option can only be use if your iPhone is connected to a power source.