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New features to check out

By Staff | Oct 31, 2019

In this issue, I’m going to show you some new features you might like… or might not.

Remember that big old clunky scanner sitting on your desk? Well, trash it, because you can now scan using your iPhone. The new Files app now lets you scan documents and save them directly to your iPhone or cloud storage very easily. Open the Files app, select the Browse tab, tap on the three-dot icon in the top-right corner, then Scan Documents. Hold your device over the document you want to scan, and it should automatically capture the page. You can scan multiple pages into one PDF file and then save it to iCloud, or import it into another app once you’re done.

Searching for past messages in the iMessage app has always been horrible. It simply hasn’t worked. Well, that’s changed. You can now search for a single word or phrase, and results are almost instantly displayed. You’ll also notice there’s now a microphone on the far-right side. Tap on the new icon to enter your search query by voice, instead of having to type it out, and you can use the Microphone to search in apps like Settings, Mail, Notes and Calendar.

Yep, folks – it’s true. You can now use a wireless Bluetooth mouse or trackpad on your iPhone or iPad. To connect a mouse to your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Accessibility> Touch > Assistive Touch (turn this on) > Pointing Devices to customize how it works.

You can now download files when using Safari on an iPhone and iPad. The Download Manager icon won’t show up unless you have an active (or recently active) download. Your download is automatically saved to a Downloads folder in your iCloud Drive account, which you can access in the Files app.

Apple has finally given us the option to remove App Store download limits. Meaning you can, if you want, download a game that’s over a gigabyte in size on your cellular data plan. Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store > App Downloads to get rid of the limit or have the App Store ask you if you want to download any apps over 200MB.

Here is a neat new feature you might want to check out. It’s called “Look Around,” which is similar to Google Street View. Look Around lets you get a street-level look at what’s around you or what you search for, which is great for scoping out restaurants, shopping and more. Maps has other neat features like lists of Collections and Favorites, and when Siri gives directions, you’ll notice that they’re much more natural. Siri will say things like “turn left at the next stoplight” instead of “turn left in 500 feet.”

You can also edit videos for the first time ever, which is a fun new addition to iOS 13. It works just like editing photos, so it’s a simple and quick way to trim down video footage or add cool effects.

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