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    The Best Hidden Features in iOS 7 that you should know about "CONT

    16. Make Siri Use Google

    One of the biggest and most controversial changes in iOS 7 has been Apple’s decision to ditch Google in favor of Bing for web search results in Siri. The web search results powered by Bing are now displayed within Siri’s UI, instead of launching Safari.

    However, don’t panic, you can still use Google for the web search as there is a workaround for it. Simply say “Search Google for” and your search term, it will launch Safari and display the search results on Google, just the way it works in iOS 6.x currently.


    17. Unlimited tabs in Safari

    Safari not only gets a cool new tabbing interface in iOS 7 with vertical scrolling, it finally allows you to open unlimited tabs on the iPhone, and no longer restricted to just 8 tabs.




    18. Access Shared links on Twitter in Safari

    You can now quickly access links shared on Twitter directly in Safari.

    Tap on the Bookmarks icon at the bottom and then the @ tab to access the tweets that include links, so you can open them directly in Safari. It’s a really neat feature.




    19. Hide Newsstand in a Folder

    You can finally add Newsstand app to a folder, it is no longer a folder type app. If you don’t use it, feel free to add it to a folder to hide it.




    20. Granular Cellular Data Tracking

    iOS has some amount of cellular tracking built into earlier and current versions, but you couldn’t see data usage broken down by apps. iOS 7 now lets you see per-app data usage, and includes a handy toggle that you can use to disable cellular data for certain apps.

    You can access this information by launching the Settings app and navigating to Settings > Mobile/Cellular and then scrolling down to the Use Mobile Data for section to see the list of apps and their app usage along with the On/Off toggle.




    21. Compass as a Bubble Level

    Hidden in the second page of the Compass app is a bubble level feature. It allows you to use your iPhone to tell if the surface is level or not.



    As David points out in the comments, if you turn the iPhone on its side or hold it vertically instead of laying it flat, the bubble level switches to a horizontal level, which looks like an airplane’s horizon gauge.




    Bonus

    This list would have been incomplete without mentioning these features, so I’m adding them in this bonus section.

    The Clock icon on the Home screen now displays the correct time, including the live second hand. In normal mode, the animation of the second hand is smooth, but when you try to delete an app, and the apps are in wiggle mode, the second hand animation starts the tick tock movement. It’s amazing (and a little crazy) that someone at Apple thought we would notice this when we’re trying to delete an app.

    You can turn your iOS device into a flashlight by tapping on the flashlight icon in Control Center.

    Maps in iOS 7 has a night mode that makes the UI chrome dark to make it easier on the user’s eye at night. The app automatically switches between the two modes based on the time of the day.

    Notifications you’ve seen on your Mac will no longer show up on your iPhone and vice versa thanks to the iCloud based Notification Sync feature.

    iOS 7 includes a new feature called Activation Lock that makes Find my iPhone feature more foolproof. Check this post for more details.

    In the Mail app, you finally have the option to mark all mails as read, or move them to archive or move them to folder when you tap on the Edit button. Thanks to reader, Ryu for the suggestion!





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    Shoot Photos in Burst Mode with the iPhone Camera



    Continuous burst mode is a camera feature that rapidly takes a bunch of photos in sequence. It’s a new camera feature that has been toted with the iPhone 5S, but lesser known is that all iPhone models get a variation of this burst mode on their cameras too thanks to the iOS 7 software update. Burst mode is excellent for snapping action shots of sports, animals, people, or activities, and it works impressively well on the iPhone 5 and 4S, though it’s a bit slower on the iPhone 4. There is no obvious indicator that the burst photo feature even exists in iOS 7′s Camera app, but it’s extremely easy to use and there is basically nothing to it.


    Rapidly Shoot Multiple Photos with Burst Mode


    Open the Camera as usual, then tap and hold on the shutter button to start shooting bursts
    Continue holding the shutter button for as long as you want to rapidly snap pictures, let go when finished
    Burst mode photos are stored alongside one another in the Camera Roll, accessible through the Photos app. The grouping makes it easy to send them on to others or perform other tasks with the burst pictures.


    Some General Burst Mode Camera Tips




    Try to focus before the first shot is taken, using focus lock and exposure lock will maintain those settings throughout the burst captures
    Burst mode is best used in bright lighting conditions, or with silhouetted objects against bright backgrounds, like birds flying in the sky
    Composition can be difficult when objects are moving, enabling the grid lines for Camera app can be helpful
    Some blurry shots will be captured, avoid dim lighting when possible for best results
    There is probably some limit to how many photos you can take, but whatever that limit is appears to be very high, and I racked up 25+ photos in continuous fashion very quickly without any slow down in saving the pictures.

    Burst mode works very well on the iPhone 5 and shoots with tremendous speed, it works pretty well on the iPhone 4S, and it even works on the iPhone 4, though performance is much slower on the 4 and there is about a half-second delay between photo snaps. For now, the iPhone 5S works best of course, because it has a faster A7 processor and thus burst mode shoots even faster, and the 5S also offers real-time analysis suggestions for what images to save or toss, which does a good job of reducing blurred images. Other devices just save all the photos, and you have to pick out the ones you want yourself






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    Apple Adds 'Tips and Tricks' Guide for iPhone 4s, 5c and 5s to iPhone Website





    Apple has added new 'Tips and Tricks' sections to its iPhone marketing websites, giving new and old iPhone users a handy guide to the new features of iOS 7 and the new iPhone models.

    The three pages, one each for the iPhone 4s, 5c and 5s, include sections about photography, swipe gestures, FaceTime, Maps, Siri, Calendar, Music, Mail, Safari, AirPlay and Wireless, Settings, Compass, and Find My iPhone.

    The pages, which are linked at the bottom of every iPhone marketing webpage on Apple.com, appear to be something of a quick start guide, complimenting the more in-depth iPhone User Guide.





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    Apple Adds 'Tips and Tricks' Guide for iPhone 4s, 5c and 5s to iPhone Website





    Apple has added new 'Tips and Tricks' sections to its iPhone marketing websites, giving new and old iPhone users a handy guide to the new features of iOS 7 and the new iPhone models.

    The three pages, one each for the iPhone 4s, 5c and 5s, include sections about photography, swipe gestures, FaceTime, Maps, Siri, Calendar, Music, Mail, Safari, AirPlay and Wireless, Settings, Compass, and Find My iPhone.

    The pages, which are linked at the bottom of every iPhone marketing webpage on Apple.com, appear to be something of a quick start guide, complimenting the more in-depth iPhone User Guide.





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    Your iPhone is a Multi-Tool with These 3 Awesome Built-In Utilities



    Sure your iPhone can make phone calls, check your email, browse the web, play games, and a million and one other things, but thanks to iOS 7 your iPhone can now double as a multi-tool digital swiss army knife too (minus the blade, of course). A fair amount of users will already be aware of these features, but you’ll also find plenty of people who are in awe that an iPhone is able to become a flashlight, a level, and a compass, just with a tap or two, and that’s what we’ll show you how to do.


    1: Make iPhone a Flashlight

    There have long been third party apps that use the cameras flash to enable a flashlight on the iPhone, but now this surprisingly useful feature is finally built into iOS. Accessible from just about anywhere via a swipe up to Control Center, this is one of those features that once you start using you simply can’t live without:




    This may sound like a funny claim, but Flashlight may be one of the single most useful features added to iOS 7. Left your porch light off? No more fiddling in the dark to find the doorknob. Parked in the corner of a dark parking garage? No sweat. Walking the dog a little too close to sunset, and realized you’ll be out past dark? You already have a flashlight with you just by bringing your iPhone.

    Leaving the Flashlight turned on seems to drain the battery at about 0.5% to 1% per minute, meaning you’ll have more than enough time for most common usage situations, but you wouldn’t want to rely on it for some extended spelunking journey within Carlsbad Caverns.

    I use the Flashlight constantly since it has been bundled as part of Control Center, and I can pretty much guarantee that once you start using it you will too. If you happened to have turned off Control Center use from apps, be sure to leave Control Center access turned on from the Lock Screen to get the most use out of this. Really, the Flashlight is a incredibly helpful feature, and it should really be considered another wonderful usability addition.


    2: Use iPhone as a Digital Level

    The Compass app doubles as a digital level, which means you’ll never need to hang an uneven picture frame again, or have an off-kilter pingpong table. Plenty of us geekier folk know about this feature, but just about nobody else seems to. All you need to do is launch the Compass app, then swipe to the left to bring up the level feature. The level color turns green when the item is flat at 0°.

    Turning the iPhone onto it’s side enables the level, excellent for hanging pictures on the wall and making sure something is set just right:




    Setting the iPhone on it’s back switches to the plane level, which is useful for making sure things are flat, like a dining table or pool table. :





    The level has proven very accurate throughout personal experience, though there are some mixed reports that certain iPhone 5S models have inaccuracies with it’s functionality. If that’s true, it’ll likely be resolved through an upcoming iOS software update.


    3: iPhone as a Digital Compass

    Admittedly, this is going to be less useful for the average user, but your iPhone takes the Boy Scout motto of “be prepared” fairly seriously and gives you a digital compass to help point you in the proper direction:




    Compass will also provide your precise current location through GPS coordinates, should you need them for emergency purposes, or just for fun.

    Many of the Compass features are also built directly into both Apple Maps and Google Maps, but the mapping apps tend to drain battery a bit faster, which could give Compass some advantages.





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    Burst Mode Improvements Added to iPhone 5s Camera With iOS 7.0.2

    Apple quietly added Burst Mode improvements to the iPhone 5s with its iOS 7.0.2 update, reports GottaBeMobile. First debuted in late September, iOS 7.0.2 was introduced to fix lock screen passcode vulnerabilities.

    Burst Mode, an iPhone 5s feature, is designed to capture 10 photos per second while the camera capture button is held down, which is useful for getting shots of moving targets but uses up quite a bit of storage space.

    Before iOS 7.0.2, Burst Mode asked users to save favorite shots but did not delete the whole roll of photos, while after iOS 7.0.2, users are prompted to choose to save just their favorites and given the option to delete the rest of the photos by tapping a button. This is a useful addition that saves Burst Mode users from having to manually delete multiple photos, a time consuming process.




    While iOS now offers to delete photos not saved to favorites after a Burst Mode capture, users can also elect to save the entire line of shots. iPhone 5s users should already have iOS 7.0.2 as it was released in September via an over-the-air update. Apple has also released iOS 7.0.3, which includes iCloud Keychain, new motion reduction options, and a fix for an accelerometer issue.





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    Change the Alarm Sound on iPhone



    Many of us rely on the iPhone as an alarm clock these days, but unless it has been changed, the default alarm clock sound effect is usually the same as the default iPhone ringtone. That can cause some frustration and confusion as you’re half asleep and the alarm goes off, sounding like you’re getting a phone call, but fortunately if you would rather hear something else play it’s really easy to change the alarm tone.

    You can either change an existing alarm sound, or set it when you create a new alarm. Here is how to edit an existing alarm sound, but the process is practically identical for setting a new alarm as you can select a sound option during that configuration as well.

    Open the “Clock” app and choose the Alarm tab
    Tap the “Edit” button in the corner, then tap on the alarm you wish to change the sound effect for




    Tap on the “Sound” option and choose the new tone to set as the alarm, all ringtones and text tones are possible to select
    Tap on “Back” then choose “Save” to set the new alarm sound effect




    There are plenty of good choices for the alarm sound, from fairly mellow to incredibly annoying, so you can choose however you want to be woken up. Because the alarm clock provides access to all the ringtones and text tones on the iPhone (or iPad and iPod touch), you can also easily create your own ringtones or text tones using iTunes or QuickTime, and add them to the sound choices by syncing them to the iOS device. That option allows you to wake up to your favorite song if you’re into that sort of thing.

    It’s a good idea to have the alarm clock sound be completely different from the general incoming phone call and text message tones, both to help prevent confusion and also so you know what’s going on in your half-asleep state of mind. Similarly, it can be helpful to have unique text tones and ringtones assigned to specific contacts and callers.





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    Remove Alarm Clock Clutter on the iPhone with Siri



    Many of us have an iPhone sit on our nightstand to use as a primary alarm clock. But over time, with schedule changes, early flights to catch, sound changes or new music selections, sleeping in on some days, waking up early on others, the iPhone alarm clock can get extremely cluttered with way too many alarms for just about every conceivable time. Furthermore, as you migrate from old iPhone to new iPhone, these alarms will transfer with, which means you may be retaining an ancient alarm time that was set sometime in a prior presidential administration for a long forgotten reason. If your Clock apps alarm section is cluttered up like this, you’re certainly not alone, but fortunately there’s a very simple way to remove every single alarm and start from scratch; just ask Siri.


    Clear out and remove every alarm time on the iPhone:

    Summon Siri and say “Delete all my alarms”
    Siri will ask to confirm that you want to remove them all, so either say “Yes” or tap on the “Yes” option as it appears on screen.





    Just don’t do this early in the morning when you’re barely awake or you may oversleep… of course you can always use Siri again to set a new alarm by saying something like “wake me up every week day at 6:45 am”. Or, you can go with a less drastic option and just turn off every alarm rather than remove them…


    Turn off every alarm clock instead:

    Summon Siri and say “Turn off all my alarms”





    This silences all the alarms which is great if you’re trying to sleep in on a weekend, but don’t forget to turn the important ones back on again.




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    Turn Off the iPhone Flashlight with a Quick Camera Tap



    Maybe I’m just a total boring square, but the newly built-in iPhone flashlight is probably my most used feature of iOS 7, and the Control Center in general is really my favorite feature of all the changes brought to the iPhone software. I use the flashlight setting just about every evening, whether just for unlocking the front door at night or serving as a basic flashlight on a nighttime walk (it seems to last about 1 minute per percentage point of battery life, for those who are wondering how long they can rely on the light). With something that gets so much use, it sure is nice to find a quicker way to use the feature, and here is a super simple trick to quickly switch the flashlight back off again:

    Use Control Center to turn the iPhone flashlight on as usual, exit out of Control Center or hit the power button to lock the screen
    Hit the Home button to show the lock screen, then tap the Camera icon to turn off the flashlight instantly (no need to slide on Camera to access it, just touch the icon)
    With a simple tap, the Camera icon hops up slightly, which will indicate the camera has been turned off. So simple, and it really is faster even if by just a few seconds – but hey, it can add up over time right?





    Presumably this works because the Camera app wants to gain access to the flashlight for use as the standard camera flash function, which is it’s original intention anyway. Thus, by tapping on the Camera button, the flashlight turns off, without having to go back to Control Center and tapping the other button again. If you’re a regular flashlight user, give it a try.





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    3 Tips to Prevent iPhone Overheating & Temperature Warnings



    Have you ever seen the Temperature Warning on the iPhone before, saying “iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it”, appearing seemingly out of nowhere? If you’ve ever left your iPhone outdoors on a hot sunny day for too long, you probably have. And if you haven’t seen that warning, let’s try to keep it that way by heeding some simple advice.


    In case you’re thinking “who cares” and wondering why overheating matters, here’s why: Prolonged exposure to excessive temperatures and heat can damage an iPhone and the internal battery (this applies to most electronics and Macs too, by the way). These things are expensive and a major part of many of our digital lives, so we want to keep them in the best shape possible for as long as possible, and avoiding heat is a good way to help an iPhone last.

    To be clear, you should never see this temperature warning during any normal iPhone operating situation, it almost always requires some external heat source to cause. If you’re sitting indoors minding your own business and you see that warning, your iPhone may have some other problem and you might want to contact Apple Support to get it looked at.


    1: Avoid Direct Sunlight on iPhone

    Even on a medium temperature day, leaving an iPhone in direct sunlight can cause the device to quickly overheat, so you’ll want to avoid leaving the device in direct sunlight. I’ve experienced the Temperature warning simply by leaving my iPhone screen-up on an outdoor table on a fairly moderate 75 degree afternoon, so it can happen even in moderate climates if the conditions and sunlight are right.

    For what it’s worth, the black / slate colored iPhone models are particularly vulnerable to overheating in sunlight due to their coloration attracting the sun


    2: Don’t Leave iPhone In a Hot Car

    The interior of closed cars can get extremely hot – as in cookie baking hot – on sunny and warm summer days, so even if you use your iPhone as a dashboard navigational aid, don’t leave it in the vehicle if you plan on spending some time outside of the car. This includes leaving it on a car seat or in the cupholder while you’re running errands, either bring it with you or put it somewhere that it’s not going to be subjected to sun and the full brunt of a hot day.


    3: Avoid Any High Heat Sources

    This seems fairly obvious, right? But how many times have you just set your phone down somewhere new without thinking twice about it? I’ve had friends leave their iPhones on closed waffle irons and right in front of heating vents, each received the temperature warning (and an extremely hot-to-the-touch device, that’s really not good). So just be cautious about where you’re setting it down, particularly if you’re in an unfamiliar place.





    Too late, I have the Temperature warning saying my iPhone needs to cool down, what should I do?

    Remove it from the heat source right away and try to help cool it down. Whether that’s placing it on blasting AC vents in a car, putting it in front of an air fan, stuffing it in a refrigerator for 2 minutes, or whatever is reasonably safe and effective, just try to cool it down to a normal temperature to avoid any damage. Once it cools down and you can use the iPhone again, follow the aforementioned advice to keep it cool, and avoid situations where it could be operating in an abnormally warming environment.

    Finally, keep in mind that some third party cases can make overheating happen faster, and can even make it worse, by preventing the iPhone from dissipating heat as it’s built to. Thus, if your iPhone is overheating and you have that warning screen, you may want to pull off the case to help it cool down quicker. You can always put it back on when it’s back to normal again.





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