When you’re recording a video on iPhone, you might notice a white color shuttle button on the screen. The button is located at right bottom corner if you’re shooting in horizontal position, or at left bottom corner when in portrait. Tapping on the button will capture what you’re filming into photo. A very convenient feature indeed.
Messages app for iOS 10 comes with a neat tool that allows you to scribble and send handwritten message. This feature is build right within and there is no need to install additional plugin or app.
The handwriting ability for Messages app is a little hidden though. To activate it, start by tapping into the text entry box. Then rotate iPhone into the horizontal position.
You should now see a full screen blank panel that you can scribble text on it. There is an even a handy “Undo” button on left-top corner. Once you’ve scribbled enough, tap the “Done” button on right-top corner. This will bring you back to the familiar chat screen. Simply hit the up arrow button as usual to send the handwritten message.
If you can not see the handwriting input panel while on horizontal position, tap the cursive loop icon button on right bottom corner of the keyboard.
“Hey Siri” command is a convenient way to start engaging Siri. But there are certain situations where you don’t want Hey Siri to activate. A quick way to temporarily disable Hey Siri is to place your iPhone face down. It is that simple.
In iOS 10, Apple Maps has a neat App Extensions feature that allows for third party apps to integrate with the Maps app. You can for instance call a ride with Uber and book a restaurant with OpenTable all without leaving the Maps app.
App Extensions for Apple Maps however are not enabled by default. Go to Settings > Maps and scroll down to the Extensions section. Toggle the switch to turn on any apps you want enabled.
For the very first time, you can now buy refurbished iPhone directly from Apple. If you intend to get last-gen product and don’t care if the hardware is completely new, Apple’s refurbished lineup is an attractive choice. You get about 15% off discount, unlocked phone, brand new battery, brand new outer shell and one year warranty same as new phone. Check out Apple’s lineup for its refurbished iPhone.
One new notification feature in iOS 10 is the ability to reply to messages directly on the lock screen without a passcode or Touch ID authentication. This default settings may not be desirable to you due to privacy concern.
To disable, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. Scroll down to “Allow Access When Locked” section and locate the switch “Reply with Message” and tap to turn it off. You will no longer be able to reply to a message on the lock screen without a passcode or Touch ID.
It is easy to get lost in the decision making when choosing the right iPhone 7 to buy. First you have to decide the display size that you want, either an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. Next is to decide if you want the better dual camera capabilities in the iPhone 7 Plus. Then it is the choice of body color and the memory size. Apple is making it ever more difficult by making published and subtle differences between various iPhone 7 models.
Jet Black Model
Apple introduces new color body for each new generation. This year’s Jet Black color stands out from the rest due to its highly glossy finish. It might seems an obvious choice for those who want the gorgeous look. But Apple has clearly warn buyers that its high shine may show fine micro-abrasions with use.
To make matters worse, the “iPhone” name and regulatory labels at the back of the Jet Black model is prone to be ‘peeled’ off and transposed onto the protective device skin.
For the past few iPhone generations, Apple uses only Qualcomm modem. Apple however chooses to use LTE modems from Qualcomm and Intel for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. iPhone 7 models A1660 and A1661 have Qualcomm MDM9645M modem inside and supports GSM/CDMA/WCDMA/TD-SCDMA/LTE. Models A1778 and A1784 use Intel XMM7360 modem that is compatible with GSM/WCDMA/LTE.
At -121dBm, the Intel variant performed more in line with its Qualcomm counterpart. Overall, the average performance delta between the two is in the 30% range in favor of the Qualcomm
In addition iPhone with Qualcomm modem is compatible with more carriers. In the US, you can find iPhone 7 with Qualcomm modem from Verizon and Sprint. But please do verify the model if you’re particular about getting the most carrier compatibility for your iPhone 7.
32GB Significantly Slower
According to testing done by GSMArena and Unbox Therapy, the writing speed of the memory is significantly slower on the 32GB iPhone compare to 128GB or 256GB models. It can be 8x up to 10x slower in the tests.
Generally a lower capacity memory will have a slower read and write speed, but NOT 8x or 10x slower. This suggests there are some hardware design differences between the 32GB version from the rest, some software bug or Apple is simply using a slower memory to improve its margin.
There is a limit on how many people a 4G carrier can support at a given location. That’s why you might find it impossible to get online or even send out an SMS when you’re in a large crowd such as in a concert or at year end street party. Switch to 3G to get a better connection.
To switch to 3G on iOS, you have to disable 4G. Go to Settings > Mobile Data > Mobile Data Options. Under Enable 4G, tap Off to switch off 4G.