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How Do You Like Them Apples?


Remember when all we needed was a wireless phone call? Neither do we. Since its debut in 2007, the mobile device software formerly known as iPhone OS has given us endless reasons to stay loyal to our beloved iPhones and iPads, but could it be that being spoilt for choice leaves some cool tricks going unnoticed?

Year after year, the next generation of iOS is greatly anticipated. Every update brings more promise, more steps forward and more ease of use. Of course, there are always the tech aficionados amongst us who already get a heads up with the beta releases, but for the rest of us, here’s a little list of features you may have missed.

1. Create a custom vibration

Why? Because you’re unique – your mom was right
How? Settings > Sounds > Text Tone > Vibration > Create New Vibration and tap to compose your masterpiece



2. Customise your Control Centre

Why? To declutter your life, of course
How? Settings > Control Centre > Customise Controls and tailor it to you



3. Shake your device to undo typed text

Why? It sure beats holding in the backspace button forever
How? Literally shake it and the option to undo appears



4. Teach Siri how to pronounce someone’s name

Why? Because you’re tired of hearing Siri butcher your name
How? To Siri: “I want to teach you how to pronounce [my name/my dad’s name/etc.]” and take it from there



5. Take a video recording of your screen

Why? To show your gran how to use any of these tips
How? First, make sure that the Screen Recording functionality is present in your Control Centre (see Tip 2), then tap and a three-second timer will initiate; the recording will then start. Here you can start your little tutorial, for example, and end it off by tapping the same button. The final cut will be saved amongst your other photos and videos in the Photos app



These techniques will turn you into a pro in no time and leave you wondering how you could have ever lived without them, but sharpen up soon, because iOS 11.3 is already in its beta release phase and is said to include new Animoji, a battery health monitor, additional info on app updates and more. In the meantime, make sure your phone can pronounce its owner’s name.

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