Hidden iOS 7 Features: Day Four

We are four days into exposing hidden iOS 7 features and there are still 3 more days to go. If you missed any of the first 3 days you can visit them before or after you read todays hidden features:

iPhones and iPads are exceedingly more advanced than when they first hit the market. I’m sure all of us can remember the first iOS device we bought. If we were to compare it to what we have now, they would be vastly different and the features, apps, and settings are highly evolved too. In order to fully expose all your iOS device has to offer, it requires some time and effort to uncover all the features. Not everyone has the time and/or patience to tinker around with our device. In an effort to help you save time, I have found 14 features you should know about and over a 7 day period, I will share them with you. Come back daily to see the hidden features you should know about. Follow me on Twitter @iOSAppCritic to receive notifications when new their are new posts about this and other important iOS information. 

  1. Is your battery life draining a bit faster with iOS 7? There could be numerous reasons why this is happening, but one may simply be the background motion and the parallax effect of icons. I simply did not like this effect iOS 7 added, it seemed weird and drained my battery. If you would like to turn this off and save some battery life, go to Settings > General > Accessibility and scroll down to Reduce Motion to disable this feature. Your battery life will thank you. Some users were getting a slight bit of motion sickness from this effect, so your stomach may thank you as well.
  2. Setup custom vibrations to assign to certain contacts, phone calls, texts, etc. This is a great feature that a lot of people don’t know about. To start using this go to Settings > Sounds > and under Sounds and Vibration Patterns, select the function you want to edit. If you want to change the Voicemail setting, select that function and scroll to the top and then select Vibration. In there you will find Standard vibrations or you can create a Custom vibration. Once you create your custom vibration, you can name it for quick reference. To add a specific ringtone and vibration to a specific contact, go into your contacts and select the contact you want to edit. Once you selected the contact, tap edit and scroll down to edit vibration for either the Ringtone or Text Tone. If you want the custom vibration to be used for phone calls and texts, you must select it for both functions. It’s a pretty neat way to know if someone specifics from your contacts is trying to get ahold of you without having your phone in plan view. Think of this as your smartphones way of helping you mind your manners in professional settings.
If you haven’t already, make sure to visit my other posts that reveal other features within iOS 7. A few adjustments to your device can allow it to serve you to its full potential. With as many changes and updates developers make to each operation system, it’s hard to uncover all of them without a little bit of help. Check back tomorrow for day five where I expose two more features of iOS 7. See you tomorrow.

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Jeremy McGinty

Jeremy McGinty is an iOS expert and has written over 350 articles relating to Apple and their products over the past two years. Writing about iPhones, iPads, and anything relating to Apple is what Jeremy does in his free time and you’re going to love reading how he’s a normal guy just like you. Jeremy is the most approachable person you’ll ever meet and you should try it out for yourself, send him a message here!

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