We can't speak on behalf of everyone reading, but can we just go ahead and admit that updating software on an iPhone is the absolute worst? There's never enough storage, it needs to be plugged in to an outlet, the Wi-Fi has to be perfect, it needs to be 73 degrees and sunny — OK, that last one was a stretch, but still. It's a real pain in the butt. The only real reason any of us bother doing it, is because generally speaking the new features that come with it are pretty dope. Take the new iOS 11 update, as an example. There's now a new "Do Not Disturb" driving feature, Boomerang live photos, and of course, Siri assistant.
There are so many amazing new features however, that Apple hasn't even gotten around to sharing all of them with the public. Take a look...
Despite all of the amazing features, there are, of course, some glitches. Some of these glitches are pretty yawn worthy for Apple users. You know, like your battery life getting cut in freakin' half. What else is new?? Others are a bit, let's call them — stranger.
In addition to these glitches, though, come some pretty awesome tricks for Apple users to know and understand, too! For instance, take this one that a Reddit user recently posted, which is a lifesaver for those who struggle with moving a bunch of different apps into folders on their iPhone home screen.
Essentially, as the video above shows, even those iPhone user who aren't super tech savvy can keep things nice and tidy. Holding your finger on an app icon to enter the "jiggle mode," users can drag and drop the app icon into the folder of choice — which, in the past, could be tricky because of the sensitivity to corners and such. With the trick above, while it does it involve using two hands, tapping and holding one app icon and dropping into a folder is as simple as typing a phone number in; which is sure to help with any annoyance that it's caused you in the past.
Why Do My Texts Have Question Marks?
As you can see in the hilarious Tweet above, capital "I" is being replaced with a strange question mark emoji for apparently no reason at all. It wouldn't be that big of a deal if it weren't for the fact that "I" is one of the most popularly used characters in all of texting!! So, how do you fix it? According to Apple's support page it will be fixed in a future software update and in the meantime you should follow the following steps:
"Go to Settings >General >Keyboard >Text Replacement to add an autocorrect replacement for the lowercase “i” with an uppercase one."
Alright, fair enough. It's still pretty ridiculous though...considering iOS 11 is fairly new and this glitch isn't exactly minor, but that's just how the cookie crumbles when it comes to owning Apple products. There's a steep price associated with being part of the "technologically elite". We suppose it's better than having a phone explode in your pocket à la Android.
Apple Pay Cash
For those of you familiar with Venmo or PayPal, Apple Pay Cash is essentially the same thing, except it's exclusive to iOS users via Messages. The following devices will need to running iOS 11.2 or later to access Apple Pay Cash:
iPhone 6 or later
iPad (5th generation)
iPad Air 2
iPad mini 3 or later
Apple Pay Cash is taken from the Apple Pay card(s) you already have set up. With that, you'll be able to send money and transfer money into your bank account. The fees and limitations associated with Apple Pay Cash can be found through a company called, Greendot:
P2P Transfer using a credit card: 3% of the transaction amount.
P2P Transfer using a debit or eligible prepaid card: 0%.
P2P Transfer using your Apple Pay Cash Card balance: 0%.
Purchases made using your Apple Pay Cash Card with merchants outside the U.S.: 3%.
High Efficiency Image Format
- This feature allows all of your photos to be shrunken down to the smallest possible size without compromising the quality. Ultimately, this feature will make it so it takes a lot longer to run into the age old problem of running out of storage on your device. In order to do this go to the Settings menu of your phone, then camera, then formats, followed by selecting — “High Efficiency” as your format.
- In order to access the emergency SOS feature, you'll need to quickly press the power button 5 times when your phone is locked — but wait! Please don't try it for fun. This is meant to keep users safe. Emergency SOS will have your iPhone emit a siren followed by counting down from 3 before calling the police.
- Screen recording, similar to screen grabbing is ultimately the ability to share the contents of your phone with other people, except with iOS 11 it can be in moving video! This will surely help with trying to explain how to set up or download something.
New Special Effects In Messages
- The two new special effects features added to iOS 11 include Echo and Spotlight. Echo will repeat your messages in rapid succession (as seen in the video above) and spotlight shines a light around your message — pretty accurate names given their descriptions, wouldn't you say?
- Apple really stepped their game up with this one. If nothing else, it's a true testament to how technological evolutions are mostly just dictated by humans being really lazy. God forbid we should have to text with both hands! According to Mirror:
"You can access the new one-handed mode by holding hold down the emoji (or globe) icon on the keyboard. This will bring up three little keyboard icons. If you select the one with an arrow pointing to the right, the keyboard will shift to the right. Select the one pointing to the left, and it'll go left."
QR Code Scanner
- For iOS 11 the QR scanner is located directly in the camera app — how effective! All y'all to do in order to scan something is open up the camera app, point your phone at a QR code and tap the drop-down notification to take action.
We'll be sure to continue to update this piece as more tips and tricks for iOS 11 make their way to the surface. Unfortunately, as with all things Apple — by the time we figure everything out, it'll be time for another update!
Lead image via YouTube.