It will not be until this fall when people can see and experience the iOS 8. Nonetheless, for those with existing iOS, here are some tips and tricks to enhance user experience.
Block calls and text messages
Sometimes, people just will not stop bugging you. Be it an ex boyfriend or girlfriend, a pushy salesman, anyone you can think of. This feature is a gem to use because you will be able to shut that person out. To make use of this feature, head to the contact that you want to block, and then scroll all the way down and tap Block this Caller. That contact will never be able to call you again. If you want to block messages, go to Settings > Messages > Blocked. This will also apply to FaceTime and iMessage.
Show timestamps for text messages
Before iOS 7, people were unable to check the timestamps for text messages. A timestamp would only appear at 30 minute intervals, or at the first message of the conversation. At present, you can check your messages’ timestamps by swiping from right to left at any conversation thread.
Short names in messages or email
Do you have too many Johns in your contacts? You can make their names show up as either “first initial, last name” or “first name, last initial” or the full name. You can also opt to prefer nicknames if you have nicknames set for your contacts in your contact list.
Enable automatic HDR (High Dynamic Range)
HDR allows you to take a photo of the subject with both sharp light and deep shadow and render it as evenly lit. The only problem is that HDR shots take longer to shoot than the average image. With the iPhone 5S, you can turn HDR on automatically. In normal light, your iPhone will take a normal photo. In a setting with multiple light patterns, HDR will be enabled automatically, and will try to capture an HDR photo.
Stop music with a timer
This is a cool trick for those of you who enjoy falling asleep to music. The problem with that is it’ll still be playing when you wake up in the morning, and you’ve probably just drained most of your battery in the process. Using the hidden ‘Stop Playing’ timer, you can choose how long you want the music to play for as you drift off to sleep.
To set up the timer, go to the clock app and then tap ‘Timer’ in the bottom right of the screen. Choose how long you want your timer to last for (you can choose a matter of minutes or hours if you’d prefer) and then tap ‘When Timer Ends’. Here, scroll down to the bottom of the menu and select ‘Stop Playing’. Press start on the timer and then begin playing your music from the Music app. When the timer ends, the music will fade to a stop.
This trick will also work for audiobooks and other media.
Find words on a web page
If you’re looking for a particular word or phrase on a web page, you can find it by typing the word or phrase in the search bar at the top of the screen. You’ll see a list of search results, but you need to look at the bottom of that list for a section that reads: “On This Page.”
Tap it, and you’ll see that the results are highlighted on that particular web page in yellow. Tap the arrows at the bottom of the screen to go to the next instance.
Get your iPhone’s flash to blink when you get a message
If you find that the vibration or sound that your phone makes when you get a message is not always enough to attract your attention, there’s another element that you can add to the alert – light. By going to Settings > General > Accessibility and scrolling down to the ‘Hearing’ section (this feature is designed for people with hearing impairments), you can turn on ‘LED Flash for Alerts’. Now every time you get a notification, the flash next to your iPhone’s rear-facing camera will blink.