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Sep

Apple Shares In-Depth Security Info on Face ID in New White Paper and Support Doc


Apple has already shared many details on the upcoming Face ID facial recognition feature in the iPhone X through its software engineering chief Craig Federighi, who did several interviews, but now the company has consolidated that information into a new support document and an in-depth security white paper released this morning. [PDF]

If you’ve been paying attention to Federighi’s interviews and all of the Face ID coverage on sites like MacRumors, you may already be familiar with the content of the support document, but it does a good job addressing all common questions and concerns in a single spot.

It outlines the way Face ID works, the conditions in which it works – in the dark, with sunglasses, with hats, etc., and how it’s set up, along with security information, including the conditions that will lead to Face ID being disabled:

– The device has just been turned on or restarted.
– The device hasn’t been unlocked for more than 48 hours.
– The passcode hasn’t been used to unlock the device in the last six and a half days and Face ID hasn’t unlocked the device in the last 4 hours.
– The device has received a remote lock command.
– After five unsuccessful attempts to match a face.
– After initiating power off/Emergency SOS by pressing and holding either volume button and the side button simultaneously for 2 seconds.

Face ID, as Apple has said, adapts to changes in appearance, and the document gives a bit more info on that topic. If there is a major change in appearance, like the disappearance of a full beard or a significant haircut, Apple will require a passcode and then update the stored facial data accordingly once your identity is confirmed.

It also covers privacy, explaining that Face ID is just like Touch ID: protected by the Secure Enclave and handled all on-device, using years of established security protocols. Accessibility and safety are also topics Apple addresses.

In fact, developers do not need to update their Touch ID apps for those apps to work with Face ID because the systems are the same.

The TrueDepth camera system will not cause harm to eyes or skin, says Apple, and if damage is caused to the infrared emitters, the camera will be disabled. Apple warns that repairs will need to be conducted by Apple or an authorized service provider, which should not come as a surprise as the same applies to the Touch ID home button.

The white paper, meanwhile, explains in better detail exactly how the TrueDepth camera and the A11 Bionic processor in the iPhone X work together to accurately identify a face and avoid spoofing.

To counter both digital and physical spoofs, the TrueDepth camera randomizes the sequence of 2D images and depth map captures, and projects a device-specific random pattern. A portion of the A11 Bionic chip’s neural engine–protected within the Secure Enclave–transforms this data into a mathematical representation and compares that representation to the enrolled facial data. This enrolled facial data is itself a mathematical representation of your face captured across a variety of poses.

Anyone who plans to buy an iPhone X and has questions about how the Face ID feature on the device works should take a look at both the support document and the white paper, as both together answer many questions on security and functionality.

Face ID will become available to the public starting on November 3, the official launch date for the iPhone X.

Related Roundup: iPhone X
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27
Sep

Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 11.1 to Developers


Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 11 update to developers, just over one week after releasing iOS 11 to the public and a day after releasing the first bug fix update, iOS 11.0.1. iOS 11.1, as a major point update, may bring a few new minor features to the operating system along with the standard bug fixes and performance improvements.

Registered developers can download the iOS 11 beta from Apple’s Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.

Several iOS 11 features did not make it into the first public release and these could potentially be included in the iOS 11.1 beta.

Apple has said both peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments and iCloud support for iMessages will be introduced in later iOS 11 updates, and new emoji characters are expected at some point.

iOS 11 marks a major update to the operating system, with systemwide design tweaks, a new Lock screen experience, a revamped Control Center, and an entirely new interface for the iPad that includes a Dock, Drag and Drop support, and a redesigned App Switcher for better than ever multitasking.

Related Roundup: iOS 11
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27
Sep

Apple Seeds First macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Beta to Developers


Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra update to developers, two days after releasing the new High Sierra operating system to the public.

The first macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed.

It’s not yet clear what improvements the first update to macOS High Sierra will bring, but it’s likely to include bug fixes and performance improvements for issues that have been found between the time the golden master was released and its final public launch.

The update could also include features Apple has delayed for a later set of betas, such as iCloud storage for iMessages, and we’re also supposed to be getting some new emojis soon.

We’ll update this post with any new features that are found in macOS High Sierra 10.13.1.

Related Roundup: macOS High Sierra
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Sep

Apple Seeds First watchOS 4.1 Beta to Developers With Apple Music Streaming, New Radio App


Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming watchOS 4.1 update to developers, just over one week after releasing the new watchOS 4 operating system to the public.

Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS 4 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General –> Software update.

To install the update, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the charger, and it has to be in range of the iPhone.

watchOS 4.1 introduces support for streaming music from Apple Music or iCloud Music Library straight to the Apple Watch. There’s also a new Radio app that offers up access to Beats 1 live or any Apple Music radio station on the new cellular Apple Watch Series 3 models.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 4
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Sep

Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 11.1 to Developers


Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming tvOS 11.1 update to developers for testing purposes, one week after releasing tvOS 11 to the public.

Designed for the fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models, the tvOS 11.1 developer beta can be downloaded onto the Apple TV via a profile that’s installed using Xcode.

It’s not yet clear what new features or changes might be included in the tvOS 11.1 update, but it likely focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements and could perhaps offer up some outward-facing design changes and feature tweaks.

tvOS 11 was something of a minor update, introducing features like full support for AirPods, automatic switching between light and dark mode based on local time, Home screen syncing options designed to keep multiple Apple TVs in a single household in sync, and new background modes and notification support.

We’ll update this post when we find out what’s new in the tvOS 11.1 beta.

Related Roundup: Apple TV
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Sep

Windows Insider Preview build 16299 drops as devs make Ignite appearance


Why it matters to you

The latest Insider build isn’t too exciting, but that just shows that we are getting very close to the final release for the Creators Fall Update.

A number of the developers who worked on the newly released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16299 have taken the stage at this year’s Microsoft Ignite conference to answer questions from the audience. There can’t have been too many about this particular release though, as its list of changes and improvements is much shorter than normal.

In the build-up to the release of Microsoft’s Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, the company has been releasing more and more build previews to Windows Insiders to help get everything ready for the general public. That has meant a distinct lack of new features and more of a press for bug fixes and performance improvements. Although some chose to skip ahead, for the rest of the fast ring residents, the most common changes in recent months have been bug fixes.

That is what dominated preview build 16299 as well. Listed in the developmental blog, Microsoft detailed fixing an issue with optical drives disappearing from “This PC,” a Microsoft Edge crash issue, and automatic file-download blocking not working in some Universal Windows Platform apps.

It also fixed a problem with some Insiders seeing an error when trying to upgrade to the latest releases and one with Windows Defender that saw it downloading files which were selected to be online-only.

That’s about it for this release, which makes it a minor update compared to some of its predecessors, but it’s still an important step on the road to the Fall Creators Update release. Insiders on the fast and slow rings have been invaluable to Microsoft since their creation, helping to publicly test new features and fixes to make the overall Windows experience much more pleasant for the wider audience.

Microsoft showed its appreciation for that at the Ignite conference, stating in the preview blog how pleased the team of developers was to meet everyone.

“Thank you for everything you do — even getting on planes to come see us. We love you,” said Dona Sarka, software engineer of Windows and Devices Group. “It’s been such an honor and a privilege to have gotten a chance to meet you all online all these years and this week it’s been simply magical to meet face to face.”

Considering how well the event seems to have gone, it will be interesting to see whether Microsoft makes more of a point of increasing its developers’ exposure to the public in the future.




27
Sep

Best iOS app deals of the day! 6 paid iPhone apps for free for a limited time


Everyone likes Apple apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for free for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up while you have the chance. Here are the latest and greatest iOS app deals available from the iOS App Store.

These apps normally cost money and this sale lasts for a limited time only. If you go to the App Store and it says the app costs money, that means the deal has expired and you will be charged. 

Blue Days

​Blue Days gives you highly accurate hyperlocal weather in a simple interface. Using over a dozen high accuracy weather sources, Blue Days will display the forecast alongside animations and custom backgrounds.

Available on:

iOS

Holidays 2017

Insert the holidays of the countries listed below into your iPhone calendar with one tap. The holidays will be added as all-day events, you don’t need any subscriptions.

Available on:

iOS

Ruler

Use this iPhone ruler to measure small distances. Just put your finger on the screen and slide your phone with the other hand. Pull the arrow down to reel off.

Available on:

iOS

Universal Doctor Speaker

Universal Doctor Speaker is a multilingual app providing key medical phrases translated across 17 languages, with audios to facilitate communication between patients and healthcare professionals who don’t share a common language.

Available on:

iOS

dB meter

The dBA Meter is a well-calibrated app. You can use it to measure sound SPL levels as well as noise, and save your measurements.

Available on:

iOS

Edge Music

View the top artists from major music labels side by side with emerging indie artists, all in one place. Edge Music is your source for an unrestricted music video experience.

Available on:

iOS




27
Sep

The best wireless routers you can buy right now


Your router might just be the most under-appreciated but essential part of your home or office. Without it, you couldn’t stream Netflix, HBO Now, or Skype conference calls to your smartphone, tablet or laptop without cumbersome Ethernet cords or weird workarounds. When it’s doing its job well, you never give it much thought. But when it isn’t, well, you notice.

Thankfully, routers have come a long way since the early days of broadband, and the market is now saturated with different models serving different needs. Whether you’re a PC gamer looking for the best, customizable wireless connection possible, or simply want easy, whole home/office coverage, chances are we know a router that will get the job done. Welcome to our list of the best wireless routers you can buy.

Our pick

Why you should buy it: This system combines two technologies: the complexity of a single router, and the coverage of a multi-unit system.

Who it’s for: It’s for anyone looking for full coverage in the home or office, and want a solution from a long-time brand they know and trust.

How much will it cost: $300

Why we picked the Netgear Orbi RBK40 system:

There are actually three flavors of the Netgear Orbi system, but we chose the middle tier version due to its performance versus price ratio. It’s an awesome setup, and the real-world connection speeds – not the ones advertised by Netgear – are impressive as you move throughout the house.

What makes the Orbi system unique is that it’s not a standalone device that connects to your service provider’s modem. It consists of at least two units — one that physically connects to the modem and serves as the main hub/router, and one that you can place anywhere else in the home or office to serve as an access point.

The beauty of this setup is that the two Orbi devices communicate with each other through a dedicated, high-speed connection. That means the data passed between the two units isn’t mixed in with all the data passing between your wireless devices and the overall Orbi system. This produces a faster, cleaner flow of data to and from the service provider’s modem.

Having a two-piece networking product is essential because you won’t see major performance drops as you move about the home or office. With the typical stand-alone router, the further you move away, the slower data moves between you and the router, similar to the way your favorite radio station fades as you drive away from the city. With a two-piece kit like the Orbi, your device automatically hops from one unit to the other as you move about for consistent performance, similar to how smartphones move from tower to tower nationwide.

But the Netgear Orbi kit isn’t like most whole-home solutions. You don’t use Bluetooth or a mobile app to set it up. The main unit’s backend is everything you’d expect from a standard router, providing plenty of settings for tweaking the network to suit your needs. You can also purchase additional satellite units to expand coverage horizontally or vertically. We love this kit, and highly suggest any of the three versions offered by Netgear.

The best high-performance router

Why you should buy it: This router packs insane hardware for insane performance, and its even suited up with support for the new Wireless AD connectivity.

Who it’s for: This wireless router was obviously designed for PC gamers and enthusiasts, but it’s also ideal for customers who want to be set networking-wise for another five years.

How much will it cost: $450

Why we picked the Netgear Nighthawk X10:

Yes, the Netgear Nighthawk X10 is expensive. We get it. But look at what’s under the hood powering all that connectivity: a four-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz that’s fit for a desktop PC, an architecture supporting more than 20 connected devices, and high-end antennas to pierce through walls and provide steady performance no matter where you are in the home or office.

For starters, routers communicate to wireless devices in streams. The more each can support, the wider you open the data faucet, hence faster speeds. This router provides the maximum four streams, so if your wireless device includes four incoming/outgoing antennas (aka 4×4), then it will see 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz band (4x 200Mbps), and 1,733Mbps on the 5GHz band (4x 433Mbps). Check the wireless aspect of your device to see its internal antenna setup (it’s typically 2 x 2), and then you can calculate the speed it will support.

And because this router supports the new Wireless AD standard, which is a huge step up from Wireless AC, you’ll see a third 60GHz connection on compatible devices. This provides speeds of up to 4,600Mbps, which translates into 1,150Mbps per stream. That’s insane, but devices supporting Wireless AD are just emerging on the mainstream market. Thus, if you purchase this router now, you will be set when smartphones arrive in the near future supporting this standard. Unfortunately, Wireless AD adapters for laptops and desktops are hard to find.

Adding to all this tech talk is the use of MU-MIMO technology, or Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output. In the past, routers could only converse with connected devices one at a time, like Santa Claus whittling down a line of eager children. Yet with MU-MIMO, routers can now talk to devices simultaneously.

Outside the connectivity, there’s plenty to love with the Nighthawk X10. It provides new channels, so you’re not sharing the same invisible space with your neighbors, two USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports, and six gigabit Ethernet ports, two of which are linked together (1x in, 1x out) to speed up your wired connection. The router even includes a 10 gigabit fiber Ethernet port for lightning-fast connections to media servers and storage devices.

The best easy-to-use router

Why you should buy it: It has a built-in touch screen for easy network management, and it doesn’t break the bank. How cool is that?

Who it’s for: This router targets customers in the home or office who want an affordable solution that’s easy to setup and manage.

How much will it cost: $133

Why we picked the TP-Link Touch P5:

If simplicity and easy management is what you’re looking for, the TP-Link’s Touch P5 is the router for you. Originally sold for $200, this router packs a built-in 4.3-inch touch screen with a colorful resolution of 480 x 272, to provide easy on-device controls without the need for a connected PC or wireless device for management. With this screen, you can configure app-style settings with just a touch such as parental controls, wireless settings, device access management, and loads more.

On the connectivity front, the Touch P5 provides three incoming and three outgoing streams. That translates to up to 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band (3x 200Mbps), and up to 1,300Mbps on the 5GHz band (3x 433Mbps). That said, if your smartphone only has a 2×2 wireless component, then the maximum you’ll see is 400Mbps on the 2.4GHz connection, and 867Mbps on the 5GHz connection.

Under the hood, the router relies on a two-core processor clocked at 1GHz to handle all the connection requests. The architecture is also designed to function in three different modes — router, Repeater, and Access Point. It’s supported by four gigabit Ethernet ports on the back, which play a part in the Access Point Mode.

As for other Touch P5 bells and whistles, the router includes a USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A port, and a USB 2.0 Type-A port for sharing storage and printers. TP-Link promises coverage of up to 10,000 square feet, although expect that number to be lower given the design of your home or office, and if neighboring networks are invading your space. You’ll likely see that 10,000 square feet of coverage claim on the moon.

The best cheap router

Why you should buy it: You get a lot of bang for your buck, and it’s even manageable through a mobile app.

Who it’s for: The Archer C7 is designed for the home or office that needs lots of performance for very little money.

How much will it cost: $80

Why we picked the TP-Link Archer C7:

If you don’t want to spend more than $100 on a router for the home or office, then the Archer C7 is your ticket to connectivity heaven. There aren’t any gimmicks like a built-in touchscreen or linked ethernet ports. Instead, the Archer C7 focuses on packing performance per dollar, so you can simply connect it to the modem, endure the easy setup process, and be on your way.

TP-Link’s router provides three incoming and three outgoing streams. In connection numbers, that means you’ll see speeds of up to 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz connection (3x 150Mbps), and up to 1,300Mbps on the 5GHz connection (3x 433Mbps). As with the other routers we listed above, you’ll need to check the wireless hardware specifications for your connected device to see if its supports a 3×3 connection. Modern smartphones typically only handle 2×2 connections.

Of course, in the real world, you’ll never see those numbers on a wireless connection. Your download and upload speeds are also capped by the limits imposed by your internet subscription. But there’s plenty here in the Archer C7 for streaming Netflix to your devices, backed by three external antennas that promise great range throughout the home or office.

Baked into the Archer C7 are four gigabit Ethernet ports, and two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, for sharing content and printers across the network. The device can be managed through the web-based backend, or through TP-Link’s Tether app for Android and iOS-based devices. With this app, you can schedule the next firmware update, establish guest access, manage the connected devices, and more.

The best whole home router kit

Why you should buy it: This networking kit sheds the single-unit design to blanket your home or office in a web of connectivity through three units.

Who it’s for: Eero is designed for customers who want full, reliable coverage and don’t mind shelling out the extra bucks.

How much will it cost: $361

Why we picked the Eero Home Wi-Fi System:

Hands down, the Eero kit is an extremely reliable networking solution that provides fast, full coverage throughout your home or office. It’s based on the budding “mesh” networking technology that creates a web of connectivity between access points, generating an invisible blanket throughout the home or office. In contrast, the typical stand-alone router broadcasts from a central point, which degrades the further you move away from the device.

The original first-generation Eero kit consists of three identical, hockey-puck like devices. One serves as the main hub that connects to your modem, while the others can be placed anywhere. These units connect wirelessly to the hub unit, and to each other. All the while, your device will only see one connection, so when you move throughout the home or office, your device will automatically move from one Eero unit to the other without any manual input. Eero also chooses the best connection, too.

The latest Eero kit includes one hockey puck-style unit serving as the hub, and two PC mice-like “beacons” that are slimmer than the hub, and plug directly into an electrical outlet. These beacons even sport a built-in night light to fend off the monsters lurking in the dark.

Setting up the kit is a brainless project, and doesn’t involve digging through detailed settings in a browser-based interface. All maintenance is performed on a friendly mobile app. With the app, you can test your internet connection, manage a guest network, block unwanted devices, and more.

The Eero kit includes a dedicated 5GHz connection between all units. That leaves a second 5GHz connection providing speeds of up to 867Mbps for your devices, and a 2.4GHz connection providing speeds of up to 400Mbps. The hub includes two gigabit ethernet ports (one for devices, one for the modem), but the beacon units do not. If you want a kit like the first-generation Eero setup where all units have Ethernet ports, then you’ll need to go “Pro” for a heftier $500. Ouch.

Deciphering router numbers

When you’re shopping for a new router, you’re going to see a lot of different numbers thrown around. The one that you’ll see the most follows the letters “AC,” such as AC1750 or AC1900. Router manufacturers love to combine speeds into one big number, which is misleading given that you’ll never, ever see that specific promoted speed.

As of late, most network routers provide two connections on two different frequencies — 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Unlike computer CPUs and monitors, these numbers don’t define a specific rate or speed. Instead, they represent a specific radio frequency – the spectrum of the radio band on which your router is transmitting information.

Most wireless devices on the market typically rely on the 2.4GHz band, which means that frequency is crowded like Times Square on New Years Eve. If your router can only broadcast on 2.4GHz, you might experience low performance due to congestion in the local area. If your neighbors have a wireless network, their traffic is mixed in as well, slowing data movement even more.

That’s where 5GHz comes in. Modern “dual-band” routers are capable of broadcasting on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. The 5GHz spectrum is a lot less congested, as it’s not used by as many devices, so your connected device will see faster upload and download speeds than the 2.4GHz connection.

The drawback is that the 5GHz spectrum has difficulty penetrating obstructions, whereas 2.4GHz has no problem shooting through walls and furniture. In other words, you get better range at slower speeds on the 2.4GHz band, and a lower range pumping faster speeds on 5GHz.

With that out of the way, we circle back to the big “AC” number. Manufacturers will take the maximum speed of both connections (2.4GHz and 5GHz), and add them together to get an impressive “holy cow that’s fast” speed. You simply won’t hit that number, but you can use it to figure out the maximum speeds of each band.

For instance, an AC1750 router provides speeds of up to 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, and speeds of up to 1,300Mbps on the 5GHz band. Devices supporting those speeds must include three incoming and three outgoing antennas on the inside, as routers send and receive data using up to four individual streams, depending on the manufacturer. In this case, the router is broadcasting three streams on the 2.4GHz band at 150Mbps each, and three streams on the 5GHz band at 433Mbps each.

But as we’ve shown in our list, routers compatible with the Wireless AD standard are now hitting the mainstream market. They include a third 60GHz connection, promising even faster speeds than what we see with Wireless AC. But the technology is inching into the mainstream market at a snail’s pace, and likely won’t replace Wireless AC as the new wireless default for another year or so.




27
Sep

Bellroy wallet-inspired bags are designed to carry tech without the bulk


Why it matters to you

When every inch matters, the new slim bags from Bellroy carry tech without the bulk.

Bellroy might be known for its slim wallet designs, but the company is now expanding into bags. On September 27, Bellroy launched its first set of bags, carrying over the idea of less bulk into bags designed for work and play. The new Bellroy bags includes six bags with versatile carry options and dedicated pockets for tech like laptops and smartphones.

“With wallets, every millimeter matters,” said Bellroy co-founder Andy Fallshaw. “If cards don’t fit perfectly or there’s any dead space, you notice. Being fanatical about how contents sit and stack and play together means that, as we scale that up to bags, we can design pieces with less bulk and better freedom.”

The new series starts by adding two everyday backpacks to a growing number of tech-focused backpacks. The classic backpack uses the familiar front zip design but adds new tech pockets as well as lumbar support. The bag accommodates a 15-inch laptop as well as sporting a iPad sleeve and an external quick access pocket for valuables like a smartphone or wallet.

The slim backpack is designed with a top-open style with a magnetic clasp, and is designed as a minimalist, streamlined bag. Fitting a 15-inch laptop in a padded sleeve, the bag is able to keep its contents dry in the rain.

The new line also includes two slim work bags, one a vertically oriented slim work tote and the other a slim but traditionally sized work bag. Both fit a 15-inch laptop and have a smaller soft-lined pocket for smaller devices.

The lineup finishes out with two dual carry bags. The duo totepack can be worn as a backpack or carried as a tote while the duo work bag can be carried tote-style or over the shoulder. Both bags use weather-resistant fabric and zippers and can accommodate laptops up to 15 inches in size.

“Bellroy has always loved bags,” said James Jeffrey, a Bellroy designer. “The core design team has been built on bag designers and soft goods enthusiasts, so we’ve been keen to move into designing bags. A lot of the considerations of storage and access that are developed in the bag world have informed our wallet designs. Now it is time for our years of design focus in wallets to impact our take on bags.”

The new collection is now selling on bellroy.com, with list prices starting at $150.




27
Sep

These 30 essential iPhone 6 tricks and tips will help you master it


Life is hard enough without having to factor in modern technology. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were two of the most lauded and intuitive smartphones to ever hit the consumer market. The phones are packed with an impressive set of hardware and integrated with Apple’s robust ecosystem of apps.

Nonetheless, the aptly titled Tips app directly built into iOS doesn’t cover all the bases, especially considering just how vast and varied the innate features baked into Apple‘s latest mobile can be. Most of us need a little extra help to get the most out of this powerful smartphone, whether you’re simply trying to traverse the device’s expanded real estate or capture slow-motion video of your dog drooling on the sofa. Below are 30 of our favorite iPhone 6 tricks.

Are you looking for tips on the latest devices and software from Apple? Don’t forget to read our iPhone 8 and 8 Plus tips, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus tips, and iOS 11 tips and tricks.

10 great iPhone 6 tips

How to capture multiple photos simultaneously

You no longer need to repeatedly press the shutter icon in the Camera app in order to take multiple photos. By holding down the icon or one of the volume keys, you’ll enable the iPhone’s Burst Mode and take a series of photos. A picture is taken every half second or so, and this will continue until the shutter icon or volume key is released.

How to duplicate images and videos

Before you decide to edit an image or video, you should save a copy of the original. To do so, head to the Photos app and select the image or video you wish to duplicate. Tap the share icon in the bottom-left corner and select Duplicate from the resulting list of options.

How to add custom vibrations

While you could use the vibration options that come with your iPhone, it’s far easier to tell who’s calling or texting if you create your own personal vibrations. Head to Settings, then Sounds, and select Ringtone, Text Tone, or whatever notification you want to outfit with a custom vibration. Then, tap Vibration at the top of the screen, which will take you to a menu that has Create New Vibration near the bottom. Tap that, and begin tapping out your own vibration patterns.

How to activate and schedule Night Shift

First introduced with iOS 9.3, Night Shift will help you get a better night’s sleep by changing your display colors. It uses your iPhone’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your area and will change the colors to the warmer end of the spectrum come sundown. To enable the feature, go to Settings and Display & Brightness. Next, select Night Shift and schedule an activation time for the feature, as well your desired color temperature.

How to add password protection to Notes

Another feature introduced with iOS 9.3 was the ability to add passwords to important or private notes. You can create a password for these by going to the Notes section housed under Settings, selecting Password, and typing in a password of your own choosing. Keep in mind that you must enable the password lock in the Notes app and that it only works with notes stored on the iPhone 6. Once done, select the note and press the share icon in the upper-right corner to lock the note.

You can also lock an individual note. To do so, open the note that you want to lock, tap the share icon on the top right-hand corner, and select Lock Note.

How to reach the top of the screen using one hand

Apple has always wanted consumers to use the iPhone with a single hand — hence, the Reachability feature. Simply double-touch the Home button to shift the screen down closer to your thumb, and once you make your selection, it will conveniently slide back up to its natural position. No second hand required.

If the feature isn’t working for you, it might be turned off. Head over to Settings > General > Accessibility > Reachability and make sure it is turned on.

How to opt out of group iMessages

Certainly a long-sought-after feature, iPhone 6 users can now opt out of iMessage threads. To do so, launch the Messages app as you would normally, and choose the group thread you’d like to opt out of. Afterward, tap Details in the upper-right corner, and select the Leave this conversation option at the bottom of the menu. It’s a really nice feature, but sadly, it only allows you to leave conversations when everyone included on the thread uses iMessage. If you’ve got a friend who texts via SMS — ahem, Android users — the feature won’t do you any good.

How to create a medical ID

When Apple issued iOS 8, the company added the highly rumored Health app to its arsenal. The somewhat complicated app provides a quick means for charting various metrics regarding your health and physical activity, along with a way for others to access a wealth of information vital to your health in case of an emergency. You can create a Medical ID that’s accessible via the Emergency function located on your device’s lock screen.

To create a Medical ID, launch the Health app as you would normally, and select the Medical ID tab in the lower-right corner. Afterward, enter any information you want accessible through the lock screen — i.e. allergies, medications, blood type, emergency contact numbers — and click Done in the upper-right corner before enabling the function at the top of the app window.

How to capture smoother video

The iPhone 6 has stellar video recording capabilities, especially when you enable 60 FPS. The feature essentially doubles the amount of frames per second when recording, taking iPhone 6 videos from 30 to 60 frames per second. To enable this feature, tap the Photos and Camera option within the main Settings, and toggle Record video at 60 FPS to on.

How to capture slow-motion video

Unlike previous iPhone models, the iPhone 6 is capable of capturing slow-motion videos, which are great for recording action videos. To enable the feature, launch the Camera app as you would normally, and select SLO-MO from the sliding wheel at the bottom of the screen.

The camera app will record 1080p video at 120 fps by default. If you want to record slower you can change this by going to Settings > Camera > Record Slo-mo and pick 720p HD at 240 fps.

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