Just got a new iPhone and need to know what to do with it? Good – because we’ve spent far too much time finding you 15 great tips to help you get to grips with your new handset.
Apple’s latest iPhones are certainly its greatest and while their design doesn’t look very different from previous models, there are lots of goodies that make them even more useful and fun than before.
Our collection of iPhone 7 tips and tricks will show you how to get the most from the latest iPhone – and if you’re a fan of taller phones you’re in luck because these tips cover the iPhone 7 Plus too.
Here are our favourite iOS 15 tips and tricks
1. Wake without any fingers
Pressing buttons is so 2015. This year’s iPhones wake up when you pick them up thanks to a new feature in iOS 10, the latest iPhone and iPad operating system. That’s really useful for checking notifications, as you don’t have to go through the hassle of unlocking your phone to see what’s new.
It doesn’t sound like a huge time saver, but when you consider that the average person checks their phone 46 times per day (and under-25s do it 74 times a day) it soon adds up.
According to one study, the average person clicks, taps or swipes some 2,617 times per day. It’s a wonder we get anything else done.
2. Throw it in a river
No, don’t do that – but you can bask in the glow of satisfaction from knowing that if you were to do that damn foolish thing your phone wouldn’t be broken.
The iPhone 7 is water resistant, so it can withstand spills and even be dropped into water, and it will also display a warning if it detects any moisture inside the handset.
If that warning pops up, EVERYBODY PANIC! Or, more usefully, disconnect anything that’s plugged into the Lightning port and keep your phone switched off until it’s completely dry.
3. Get to the camera quicker
Something’s happening! Let’s get a pic! In the old days, that meant swipe, passcode, swipe, tap and maybe another swipe to get the camera into the right mode.
Not with the iPhone 7 and iOS 10. Lift your phone, swipe right on the lock screen (or up/down if you’re holding it in landscape mode) and the camera app is ready to go.
Don’t worry about thieves getting into your phone this way though, as opening the camera doesn’t unlock the phone or any photos already on your iPhone.
That means there’s no need to worry about that, if you get a friend to take a picture, they’ll also see the nude selfies you’ve been sending to Donald Trump.
4. Make the home non-button feel more like a button
If it looks like a button and feels like a button, it still might not be a button: the new home button on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus uses haptic feedback instead of clicking.
This is a fancy way of saying that it vibrates to mimic the feel of pressing a mechanical button – it’s weird to try the same thing when the phone is turned off, as you’ll be sure it normally clicks inwards.
Rather brilliantly you can change that vibration intensity in the Settings menu to make the home button vibrate more or less dramatically, depending on your tastes.
5. Take even better photos with the iPhone 7 camera
Apple’s iPhone cameras have always been good, but the ones in the iPhone 7 are better than ever.
The main camera has a new, 12MP sensor with optical image stabilization (OIS), 60% faster performance, wide colour capture and a lens that brings in 50% more light, so even poorly lit scenes are crisp and clear.
The big tip here is to get back on board with the flash: where you might have given up on hoping that a phone light can capture your friends in a dark club, the iPhone 7’s flash is 50% brighter and reaches 50% further, plus it can compensate for the flickering light too.
Things are even more impressive with the iPhone 7 Plus, which has an extra lens.
This enables the new Portrait mode in the camera app (just swipe to the right a few times and hold the phone in – you’ve guessed it – portrait), which delivers DSLR-style portrait shots where the person is in focus and the background is blurred.
It can be a bit hit and miss, but when it’s good it’s very, very, very good.
6. Take even better selfies
It’s not just the main camera that’s better on the new iPhone range. The front-facing camera is now 7MP, up from 5MP, which means better quality selfies and FaceTime video chat.
The tip here is to use the iPhone 7 as a tool for selfies in low light, as the new range packs image stabilization and the screen of the iPhone acts as a flash, to ensure your ego-tastic snaps always look super.
7. Liven up Live Photos
Live Photos were introduced with the previous iPhone 6S, and they turn images into little videos by capturing the frames just before and just after you press the shutter button.
The results were often really jerky and served as demonstrations of how shaky your hands were.