iPhone 6S (and 6S Plus) Tips & Tricks

iPhone 6S (and 6S Plus) Tips & Tricks

September was a big month for many of the tech giants, including Apple. The company announced the new iPad Pro equipped with a 12.9-inch screen, a matching stylus and keyboard in a seemingly effort to compete in the same market with Microsoft’s Surface. The iPad Mini 4 was also announced now with more power and sold at a lower price point. The highly anticipated Apple TV now offers its own operating system with far more power and now includes a gaming console. Apple TV is bringing back the set box and remote and will rely on Siri as the main navigation.

As you can tell Apple has been busy meeting demands of their consumers, but the biggest news at the Apple release event was the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, their eighth generation smartphone. While the new versions look very similar to the previous release, the 6S is now equipped with more memory, a faster processors, 3D touch and a new 12 mega-pixel camera.  

If you were lucky enough to purchase the new iPhone 6S or plan to pick one up soon, here are 10 tips and tricks that will certainly come in handy:

  • Live Photos: Enable or disable Live Photos by tapping the button at the center of the top menu bar in the Camera app. The Live Photos feature is a nifty one, but anyone with a 16GB iPhone 6s or 6s plus should consider disabling it since the resulting files take up more space than standard photos.
  • Create your own motion wallpapers: The new iPhones include a few cool new motion wallpapers that animate when you press firmly on them on the lock screen. And you can also create your own motion wallpapers. Simply set any Live Photo as your lock screen wallpaper and you’re done.
  • Peek at websites: Isn’t it annoying when you tap a link in one app to open a page in Safari, and then it turns out that you don’t even want to read it? With 3D Touch, a tap and hold on a link in any supported app will let you “Peek” at the webpage in a floating window above the app. If you want to continue reading it, press firmly to “Pop” the page open. If you don’t, simply let go and you’re back at the screen you were on previously.
  • Quick communications: Press firmly on a contact’s picture anywhere in an Apple app and you’ll open up a Quick Actions menu that lets you quickly and easily call, message or email the contact. Try it in the Contacts app and the main conversation list view in the Messages app.
  • Find your way home or share your location: Quick Actions menus are one of the key elements of the 3D Touch experience, and the menu for Apple’s Maps app is particularly handy. Press firmly on the Maps app icon and you’ll see four options, with “Send My Location” and “Directions Home” among them.
  • Save your oleophobic coating from 3D Touch: Speaking of 3D Touch, there’s a downside to all this firm tapping and swiping: the oil-resistant coating on your iPhone’s display might wear off even faster than it does normally. Go easy on your oleophobic coating by navigating to Settings > General > Accessibility > 3D Touch, then scroll down to 3D Touch Sensitivity and set it to light. This means you won’t have to press as hard to trigger 3D Touch actions like Peek, Pop and Quick Actions.
  • The hidden trackpad: This is definitely one of the most important tips on this list. Press and hold firmly on the keyboard in any app to transform it into a trackpad, and then slide your finger around to control the cursor. Press even harder and you’ll begin highlighting words. Of note, this feature only works with Apple’s keyboard and not third-party keyboard apps.
  • Camera quick-launch: Apple stuffs more and more new features into its camera app each time it updates iOS. When you want to record a video and the Camera app opens to square photo mode, it can be annoying to swipe around and change modes. On the iPhone 6s, simply press firmly on the Camera app icon and a Quick Actions menu will let you open the app and immediately take a selfie, record a video, record a slo-mo video, or take a normal photo with the rear camera.
  • Switch apps with 3D Touch: On any screen, press firmly on the left edge of the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s plus display and swipe inward toward the center of the screen to open the app switcher. Continue swiping all the way to the right edge to immediately switch back and forth between the last open apps.
  • Explore: The best tip we can give new iPhone 6s owners is to explore 3D Touch often. Firm presses on most of Apple’s preinstalled app icons will bring up a Quick Actions menu, and many third-party apps support the feature as well, so be sure to try them as well. Developers will continue to enhance their 3D Touch support as time moves on, which means we’ll find new features constantly. Don’t be shy, try 3D Touch in as many places as you can.

Keep an eye out for more tips and tricks as we continue to dive into the new features the iPhone 6S and other newly released Apple products.  

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