Apple takes advantage of the iPhone as a platform on which it incorporates functions that arrive through updates of software, always free. The arrival of iOS 13 incorporated important and expected news, but as usual in the brand, many of them are not publicized but it is the user who discovers them with use. We have summarized some of the most interesting, not only from iOS 13, but also from previous versions.
The iPhone says the name of the caller
There are many occasions when the iPhone is left and, as we move away, a call comes in; For these types of situations and above all, for people with vision difficulties, Apple has had a function through which the iPhone ‘sings’ the name of the user as we have it included in the agenda. In this way, we know who is calling us without the need to approach. To activate it, just go to Settings / Phone / Announce calls and select Always there.
Notification of calls and messages by blinking
In the Accessibility section there are several jewels that can be used to improve the experience of using the iPhone and one of them is to activate the notification of messages and calls using the flash light: every time the iPhone has to warn the user of something, In addition to the vibration and sound set, with this function activated the flash will flash a few times to warn the user. It is a frankly useful function since it helps to easily locate the mobile, especially when there is low light. It is activated in Settings / Accessibility / Audio-Video and Flashing LED Notices must be selected.
Automatic filter for unwanted calls
If many calls are received after the day and most of them are totally unproductive, it can be a great idea to prevent these contacts that we don’t know from invading the iPhone. Apple has foreseen this circumstance and has a function that automatically sends to the voice mailbox all those calls without a sender (the classic, ‘hidden number’) used by commercial companies, and also of all contacts unless they are in our schedule. To activate this filter, you need to go to Settings / Phone and activate Mute unknown numbers.
‘Selfies’ using only the voice
Selfies have become almost pandemic among mobile users, but the activation of the front camera requires several steps that can be uncomfortable over time or cause the magic of the improvised to be lost. In this sense, not everyone knows that Siri, Apple’s disgusted virtual assistant, can save this step for us and take a selfie without practically touching the iPhone How to do it? Simply invoke Siri (either by pressing the corresponding button, or by ordering a “Hey, Siri”) and then say “take a selfie”, and the assistant will activate the front camera.
Swipe on the calculator to delete
Another example of Apple’s policy of letting the user discover the potential of the platform is found in the calculator: a Swede discovered that in this useful tool integrated in the system if it slid to the left the last number entered was deleted . It is not known how long this function had been present, but its publication on Twitter went viral and now there are countless iPhone owners who take advantage of it daily.
Create tone and vibration for the chosen contacts
A platform function allows you to create a new sequence of vibrations and sounds to the contact you choose. To do this, simply go to Settings / Sounds and vibrations / Vibration / Create a new vibration and generate the desired sequence to assign it to the chosen contact.
Automatic call in case of emergency
There are many stories of iPhone owners who have been in a life or death situation and resorting to the emergency systems of the device has taken them out of trouble. How? The virtual assistant Siri is prepared for this type of circumstance and in case of trouble, once it is invoked by means of the corresponding key or the command “Hey, Siri”, if the word ‘Help’ is pronounced, the assistant will call the police informing of the location of the device, and additionally, will contact by message with the emergency contacts that we have determined. To configure these contacts, simply go to SOS Settings / Emergency and activate Automatic Call, while determining the emergency contacts. These contacts will be alerted as well as emergency services and will receive the exact location of the terminal; The advantage of this system is that it does not depend on the coverage of the operator in question, but on the general signal of the area in which it is located.