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New features of iOS14

By BY GEORGE GORDON/Computer Guru - | Jan 29, 2021

In this issue, we’re going to look at iOS14, which is the new operating system on the iPhone that just came out.

One of the best features that I use a lot is screen shot. Let’s say that you’re on a website looking at new cars, spot one that you want to buy and show off to your new girlfriend, who you want impress. Pressing the right side button and the left top volume up button at the same time takes the shot, and instantly a small image appears on the bottom.

Quickly press on it, and a menu pops up allowing you to use mark up to edit it, and also the box with an arrow in it pops up allowing you to send it as an e-mail, message, Facebook post or even print it out.

You can take a screen shot of anything that pops up on your iPhone screen.

If you’re getting a text message from someone asking your location, just type in I’M AT — below a message with an up arrow showing Current Location appears. A map shows up, and if you click on Allow Once, your location is sent.

Now let’s open up Apple Music, and when your library appears, press and hold on a song. A menu pops up, so press on Create Station. That will create a staton of similar songs.

When you’re in Safari and surfing through many websites, you can press the lower left forward arrow and hold. You can see the previous sites that you were visiting. That’s what is called History.

I use my speakers to make phone calls instead of holding my iPhone up to my ear. Here is a way to make your speakers louder. Go to Settings, Music, EQ and click on Late Night. You’ll notice a big difference.

With the new iPhone 12, you can take RAW photos, and if you open up Photos on your iPhone 12, there is a section called RAW.

For all you “selfie” nuts, there is a new feature that allows you to take a selfie without turning the front camera around. You can use the backside to take your selfie. Go to Settings, Camera and click on Mirror Front Camera.

Now if you need to scan a QR code, all you have to do is open up your Camera and place it over the code. If you’re going to eat at the new Tommy Bahama Restaurant. they have a sign before the front desk that has a QR code for their menu. Now, you can stand off to the side, look at the menu and decide what you want to eat before approaching the front desk.

There is a new search engine called Ecosia, and if you go to Settings, Safari, Search Engine, you can choose it. Believe it or not, every time you use it, a tree will be planted!

Another feature is the Backtap. You can now double- or triple-tap the back of the iPhone, and it can take a photo, zoom in, take a screen shot and many more cool things. I really like this, because I can take a quick photo anytime by double-tapping on the back of my iPhone.

To set this up, go to Settings, Accessibility, Touch and scroll on down to Back Tap — choose either Double Tap or Triple Tap, and choose what you want.

Want to put a Widget on your desktop? Just press and hold your finger on the screen until everything wiggles, and then swipe to the right. Tap on the Plus button on the top left, choose a widget and tap on Add Widget. Now you can. Hold and swipe it to the right, and it’s placed on your desktop.

Ready? Here is the cool part with widgets. You can press and hold on the desktop until everything wiggles, and if you have two widgets, you can drag one on top of the other. When finished, you click on the widget and just scroll up to see the other one. That will save you space.

In the Photo App, you can open up a photo. swipe up and add a caption to input a place, name or date of the photo. Later you can search for that photo.

Try this: pinch on the photo library, and it displays tiny images of all your photos.

I have a habit of leaving the water running, or sometimes I can’t hear the doorbell. Now there is a feature in the Sound Recognition that will alert you of these sounds.

Go to Settings, Accessibility, Sound Recognition, click on it ad then click on Sounds. Choose anything!

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