You can take photos while filming a video on iPhone

You can take photos while filming a video

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.

You can send handwritten text in iMessage for iOS 10

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 can send handwritten text in iMessage for iOS 10

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.

send handwritten text in iMessage for iOS 10

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.

Instapaper Premium is now free

Instapaper Premium is now free

Instapaper has killed off its $29.99 per year Premium subscription service, making all the Premium features free for everyone. This put Instapaper well ahead of its competitor Pocket.

Instapaper Premium includes an ad-free Instapaper website, full-text search, unlimited notes, text-to-speech playlists, unlimited speed reading, send to Kindle and Kindle Digests of up to 50 articles.

To migrate from Pocket, run the export tool at Then at Instapaper go to Settings > Import

You might wonder how can Instapaper be an on-going concern with no subscription income and ads revenue. These are the replies from Instapaper:

There’s no catch. Our operational overhead is low, and now that we’re owned by Pinterest we can focus on just delivering the best product to our users.

The value that Pinterest gets from Instapaper are improvements to our text parser and aggregate information about links on the web. We have no plans to serve ads.

Enable App Extensions in Apple Maps for iOS 10

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.

Enable App Extensions in Apple Maps for iOS 10

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.

You can disable Raise to Wake in iOS 10

Raise to Wake is a convenient feature that is enabled by default in iOS 10. It automatically wakes up your iPhone when you pick it up. This feature is available for iPhone 6s and above.

You can disable Raise to Wake in iOS 10

You can disable it if you find it annoying. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness. Tap to turn off the “Raise to Wake” switch.

How to disable “Reply with Message” on lock screen in iOS 10

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. 

How to disable Reply with Message on lock screen in iOS 10

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.

Apple is making it difficult to choose the right iPhone 7 model

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.

LTE Modem

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.

A test performed by Cellular Insights suggests that iPhone equipped with Qualcomm modem “had a significant performance edge” over the one with an Intel model.

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.

So not all iPhone 7 are born equal.

Switch to 3G if you’re in a crowded place

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.

Switch to 3G if you are in a crowded place

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.