14 New Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

More secrets of the latest update.

The new iPhone operating system (iOS8) has so many awesome features. 

Here at 14 more really cool things your phone can do that you may not know about. 

1. Access your favorite contacts super fast.

Just double-tap the home button and your favorite peeps will show up in a row at the top.

2. And then quickly contact them.

Just touch the contact and it'll open up a list of options: mobile, message, facetime, etc.

3. Get email notifications.

You can now have your iPhone notify you when someone responds to an email thread. Just swipe left on the desired thread, select more, and then select Notify Me.

4. Figure out what's eating up your battery.

There's no greater tragedy than when you're trying to instagram a photo of what you ate in between breakfast and lunch, and your phone dies. Some apps use more battery power than other. Now you can find out what exactly is causing your battery to run out so quickly. Go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage and it'll give you exact usage numbers, which tell you how much power each app has been siphoning from your battery. 

5. Undelete photos

If you want to bring back photos that you've deleted, there's a handy way to do it now. Just scroll down in your albums and you'll see one called recently deleted. You can then recover the photos individually or en masse.

6. Scan credit card numbers.

This one is pretty rad for when you are online (in Safari) and need to enter your credit card info. You can use your camera to scan your plastic. When you come across a credit card field and you click inside it, you Safari will give you the option to scan your card with the camera.

7. Share photos faster when you message people.

When you're sending a message, tap the camera icon and it'll show you a list of your recent photos. You can easily select one or more of them to send.

8. Manually adjust the exposure on your camera.

Apple keeps inproving the functionality of the iPhone camera, making it more versatile. Shutterbugs will love the fact that you can now take control of the exposure setting. It's easy to do. When you're taking a picture, just tap on the screen, which focuses the image, and a little brightness symbol will pop up next to the square. You can then drag the icon up and down to adjust the exposure. 

9. Locate a lost phone after the battery dies.

Another awesome new feature. Losing your phone is scary, and this will help you find it—even if your battery runs out. Go to Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone and select Send Last Location. If you lose your phone (or iPad), sign into iCloud.com and it'll show you your device's last known location on the map. Pretty cool, right?

10. Turn off predictive text suggestions.

When you're texting or writing an email, your iPhone will suggest words for you using its predictive text engine. But you may not always want a backseat texter looking over your shoulder. You can turn this feature off and on at will. Just touch and hold down the emoji icon and a little menu will pop up with the option to turn off Predictive. Boom, done. Of course you can turn it back on again just as easily with the same action. Or, if you don't want to turn it off, but would like hide the suggestions, swipe down on the suggestion bar and it'll become hidden. Swipe up to bring it back again. 

11. Shazam with Siri.

Want to know what song you're listening to? Just ask Siri: "What's currently playing?" or "What song is this?" or "Name that tune" and Siri will take care of the rest.

12. Get better weather.

Scroll down in the weather app for a more detailed, longer forecast, with time of sunrise and sunset and other useful stats.

13. Go gray.

The new operating system has a cool, vintagey grayscale mode. Go to General > Accessibility and toggle on Grayscale. 

14. Customize your calendar.

You can now change your calendar options to include Chinese, Hebrew, and Islamic calendars. Go to Settings > Mail, Contact, Calendars and scroll down to CALENDARS. Then select Alternate Calendars.

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