News and photo source: FORBES
So you’ve bought your iPhone 6 and your wallet is looking depressingly slim, but now what? The iPhone 6, together with iOS 8.1, comes with a range of new features that you might yet not be aware of.
Did you know that you can share your location with friends for a set period of time? Or how about muting text notifications from specific contacts? If not, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are my top iPhone 6 and iOS 8.1 tips and tricks.
Want to know more about the iPhone 6 ? Check out the iPhone 6 review here and the iPhone 6 Plus review here.
Easily share your location with friends
You can easily share your location with friends whilst you’re messaging them in iOS8.1. In the conversation thread, click on ‘details’ in the top right-hand corner and select ‘send my location’ and your exact coordinates will be sent immediately.
Also, if you want someone to constantly know your position then you can share your up-to-date location. Go to the same details menu, and select how long you want your location shared for; whether it’s one hour, until the end of the day or indefinitely.
Faster charging with an iPad charger
You can charge your iPhone 6 faster with an iPad charger without damaging the battery. The team over at iLounge found that both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can charge faster with a 2.1A power supply, even though both models ship with a 1A supply. This means you should be able to fully charge an iPhone 6 Plus in two hours flat.
Respond to a text without leaving an app
In iOS8.1 your notifications are now interactive. Which means you won’t have to leave the app you’re using to respond to a message. Simply pull the notification down from the top of the screen and type your response in the small text box provided.
What’s draining your battery?
One of iOS8’s niftiest features is the ability to monitor what apps are draining your battery. Previously shrouded in mystery, you can now see a full list of apps that are siphoning the most amount of battery power – even when they’re not in use. Go to General>Usage>Battery Useage to pinpoint the culprits.
You can now save yourself the embarrassment of accidently showing a friend one of your ‘personal’ photos with the new hide feature on the iPhone 6. You can select which photos you want hidden and they will be filed away in the ‘hidden folder’. Simply long-press a photo and select the option to hide. The photo will then be hidden away from Collections, Moments and Years, but still visible in Albums.
Do not disturb
You can mute alerts for text messages from specific people by selecting the ‘do not disturb’ option in the details menu in a message. This means that if you’re expecting a number of texts from one person, you can avoid having your phone constantly go off.
Credit card scanner
Instead of typing in your credit card details when you’re buying something via Safari, you can scan your card instead with the iPhone’s camera. The option will automatically appear above the keyboard. Select it and hold your card in-front of the camera and it will capture the relevant information.
Bring back deleted photos
If you’ve accidentally deleted a photo, you can resurrect it from the grave by heading over to the ‘recently deleted’ album, where deleted photos are stored for 30 days before they’re wiped forever.
Go Grey with dignity
You can turn on a Grayscale mode that turns everything black and white if you’re so inclined. Whilst there isn’t any practical benefits to going grey (it won’t preserve your battery life), it does look cool. Go to Settings>General>Accessibility>Grayscale.
You can send photos to other iMessage users that will self-destruct after a set period of time – à la Snapchat. When sending an iMessage, hold down the camera icon, which brings up the camera app, and any pictures of video sent from here will self destruct two minutes after delivery.
Location based app recommendations
If you walk past a business that has an iOS app, a little notification will pop up on the bottom corner of your iPhone. If you touch and swipe up on the notification, it will either take you to the app (if you’ve already got it installed) or the app store where you can download it. This is turned on by default, but you can turn it off by going into Settings>iTunes & App Store. Then slide off either My apps, App store or both.