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Our devices can be like our best friends: always there, always by our side, and yet still at times inscrutable. Like finding out your bestie also sings in a French synch pop folk group—you never know until you ask. So what are some great features the iPhone has that’s just waiting to be discovered?
It finds itself
This is a semi-secret. But the iPhone has an arsenal of anti-theft capabilities built-in, like a GPS tracker, and a loud audible ringer that can be remotely operated. See how the features were put to practical use by David Pogue here.
It lends a helping hand
The iPhone has several accessibility features, designed for users with trouble using certain controls, that can be a great help to every user. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on “Assistive Touch”. A tiny, unobtrusive white nub will appear on the screen, floating above everything else. Tap this nub, and you’ll have touch-screen access to several iPhone controls, like one-touch home-screen, screen-locking, and mute/unmute. It’s incredibly handy when you’ve got your phone in one hand and a double venti latte in the other.
It shakes to your tune
This feature is again in the Accessibility panel (honestly there’s tons of great stuff in there; an entire series of posts could be written about it alone). First, in Accessibility, turn on “Custom Vibrations”. Then back out of Accessibility and go to the Sounds options. Scroll down and click “Vibrations”. From here, you can create custom vibrations (a process of which is strangely addictive). When you’re done go to your contacts, and assign your custom vibrations to whoever you wish. Now when this contact calls, your iPhone will buzz the special code. You’ll know who is calling just from the shaking in your pocket!
What other “hidden” features do you use on your mobile?