Mobile phones have come a long way from being just something we use for making calls and sending texts. We use them to connect on social media, browse the Internet, learn languages, and play games among others. If you have an iPhone in your pocket, you are probably aware of the many apps you can get and the cool things you can do. But the iPhone might have kept a few secrets from you. If you’d like to learn a few tricks or know more about the revolutionary smartphone, here are eight interesting facts you probably didn’t know about the iPhone.
1. Boosting charging with a trick
Charging is the bane of owning a phone. Not only do we love to complain about the battery life on our phones, but we also hate waiting for charging to finish. Luckily, there’s a secret trick to boost your iPhones charging speed. Before plugging the phone it’s charger, simply change it to ‘airplane’ mode from the Settings. This will speed up the charging process slightly and help you enjoy your phone’s great abilities quicker.
2. Switch vibrate to lights
The vibrating feature is great for those occasions when you don’t want to have the sound on, but still need to stay on top of incoming calls or messages. But occasionally, even the vibrating feature can make a little bit too much noise. To avoid it from causing a problem, use the lighting feature instead. This allows you to emit an LED flash whenever you get a call or a text. You can do so by going to Settings -> General -> Accessibility. And if you don’t mind the vibrating feature, you can customise it to a specific pattern!
3. Keep an eye on the ads
Apple is known for paying a lot of attention to detail and iPhone advertising isn’t any different. The company is famous for the 1984 ad for its computer, but next time you see an iPhone ad, look at the time. It will most likely show all the featured phones displaying a specific time of day: 09:41. This is not a coincidence, since that happens to be the time of day Steve Jobs first unveiled the iPhone in 2007.
4. Shake your head
Did you know you could control the phone by simply moving your head? It’s possible to enable the head gesture control and access Siri by simply moving your head. The function is available from the Accessibility section and it’s a great little tool for people with limited hand functions, for example. It’s also rather cool to be able to control your phone by just tilting your head to the left!
5. Go multilingual
If you speak more than one language, then you might know the frustration of typing with your iPhone. Setting it up on one language (like English) and then texting a friend in another can be a struggle. But if you’ve updated your operating system to iOS 10, you can forget about the trouble. The keyboard will now allow multilingual text prediction, which can help you communicate faster and without breaking into a rage!
6. The phone might have been called ‘mobi’
The iPhone wasn’t always known as the iPhone, as the company considered a few different options when it was developing it. The project to develop the new phone was codenamed Project Purple, with the team throwing around a few ideas before settling with the iPhone. What do you think? Would ‘mobi’, ‘telepod’ or ‘tripod’ have sounded quite as cool as the iPhone? In fact, the team even considered the name iPad, which of course is the name of their other revolutionary gadget.
7. DIY tools at your service
The iPhone can be a handy help if you are doing a bit of DIY around the house. The phone can be used as a level to ensure your surfaces are straight and flat. Go to the compass app and swipe left to reveal this hidden feature.
8. Going grey
If you’d like to save your iPhone’s battery and dim colours of your day for a moment, you can use the device in grey scale mode. You can turn the colours off from the Accessibility section and immediately dim the screen and use less battery. The function can be useful during nighttime or when you are just trying to ensure the battery lasts just a tad longer. It also looks rather cool and unique!