More Handy Tips and Tricks for iPhone 5
I recently posted a partial list of helpful tips on hidden features of the iPhone 5. As I said before, those were just the tip of the iceberg! The iPhone 5 has so many handy features, I decided to bring you a few more.
Built-In Camera HDR
The camera that is included on an iPhone 5 is a lot better than many of the other smart phone cameras out there. However, we all know that there are just some environments that don’t photograph well, no matter how hard you try. With the iPhone 5’s camera, high-dynamic range (HDR) photography is possible. HDR permits the camera to change an image as it is being captured. This results in the best possible picture that can be taken in a particular environment.
When the HDR mode on your camera is engaged, your camera takes three images of varying exposures successively and at a very high speed. These three exposures are intended to capture three different areas of the photograph independently. One of these is optimized for darker areas, one for lighter areas and a third for the mid-range of light and dark areas. Your iPhone then parses out the best of each of these images and puts them together to form the full, final, high-quality image. In the event that you’re not satisfied with how your iPhone renders the image, the HDR and non-HDR images are both saved to the memory, allowing you to use the one you like best.
If you want to activate this option, simply bring up your camera and then go to Options. You’ll see a toggle switch for HDR. Turn it on and you’re all done.
The HDR mode works best when used for close-up photos and outdoor shots, as well as in darker environments when a flash is not appropriate. HDR will not provide good results in bright lighting conditions or when the camera is in motion.
Reply With Message
If you’re in the middle of something and your phone rings, you may not be able to answer it. No worries, though, because in this situation, you can reply to the caller with a text message. It’s simple and easy to do and can save a lot of rounds of phone tag. Letting someone know that you can’t talk right now also allows you to head off additional calls that you won’t be able to take.
When a call comes in, you’ll see an icon representing a phone located next to the green button you would normally use to answer the call. When you find that phone icon, just swipe up for a menu, then choose “Reply With Message.” This will prompt three messages to appear on your screen. You can choose one to reply with immediately, or you can create your own custom message when the call comes in. Your caller gets routed to your voice mail while you’re sending the text.
You can even choose to personalize the preset messages that pop up when using the “Reply With Message” function. To do this, navigate to Settings>Phone>Reply With Message. You can change any or all of the preset messages with a message of your own devising.
Safari’s Reading List
Safari allows you to make a reading list by tagging pages so that they are saved and can be read at a later time. Saving a page to your Reading List is very easy. You can do so simply by tapping the menu button (found at the bottom of the Safari page screen) and from the menu that pops up, choose “Add to Reading List.”
It’s not hard to find your tagged pages, either. Just access Safari and go to Bookmarks>Reading List.
Have you ever been irritated by the fact that you can’t find an “n” with a tilde when you want to talk about the jalapeño poppers you had last night? Your iPhone 5 can help you with that! The iPhone 5 has a penchant for global languages, so if you’re actually bilingual, or you just want to be able to type jalapeño correctly, your iPhone 5 will take care of it if you know what to do. You just need to hold your finger on a letter that you’re wanting to change; your iPhone will pull up a variety of versions for that letter in many different languages. Select the one you need and poof, you’re international!
These are just a few of the additional, helpful tips to help you get the most out of your iPhone 5. I’ll be hunting down more of these useful tips, so stay tuned to get the best performance from your device.