We’ve been waiting for Apple’s answer to Venmo and Square Cash ever since the WWDC keyboard. Apple Pay Cash didn’t make it to the final release but it’s shown up for users of iOS 11.2 Beta 2. And in the next couple of weeks, as iOS 11.2 rolls out to the general public, everyone will be able to use Apple Pay Cash. Now iMessages on iCloud is the lone holdout.
iPhone Tips and Tricks
When your iPhone is bricked, there’s usually no other option than to put it in recovery mode and try to update or restore it using iTunes. Because Apple has changed the steps for force rebooting the iPhone X, the steps for enabling recovery mode in this new iPhone are also different. Follow our guide below to find out the new steps.
In the last few years, we’ve established that mindlessly force quitting all apps multiple times a day doesn’t improve iPhone’s performance or the battery life. In fact, you might be doing the exact opposite because the app then needs more resources starting up again. Apple clearly wants users to stop doing this. Which is why they’ve changed the force quit app gesture in iPhone X, making the process slightly more tedious.
Face ID is Apple’s newest biometric authentication system. It replaces the previous Touch ID system which was integrated into the Home button. On the new iPhone X, Face ID is designed to work seamlessly. Just pick the phone up at an angle where you’re looking at it and the device will authenticate and unlock automatically.
iPhone X swaps the Home button for an on-screen Home bar. You interact with this software Home bar using gestures. This means there’s a new way to go back to the Home screen and for accessing the App Switcher. It all starts with an upward swipe on the Home bar. Here’s how it works.
Usually, when the iPhone is acting up or when you encounter a bug, your first instinct is usually to do a force restart where you tap and hold the Power and Home button for a couple of seconds. This nifty trick takes care of small bugs in the operating system (everything from battery issues to UI bugs). And as this is life, the same issues are bound to happen with the iPhone X down the line.
Texting while driving is a deadly affair. There’s no disputing the fact. And anything we can do to reduce distractions while driving, the better. And until we’re all using self-driving cars, that means putting the phone away. Apple has used its CarPlay system to help us out a bit. Now, with Do Not Disturb while Driving Feature in iOS 11, they’re taking it a step further.
In the last couple of years, Apple has started to wake up to the fact that their entry-level iPhones have too little storage capacities. Last year iPhones started at 32GB and this year it’s 64GB. But a lot of us are still stuck with 16 GB iPhones. To help us out, Apple keeps adding space saving features in iOS updates.
Siri has primarily been a voice based assistant. While other assistants like Microsoft’s Cortana and Google Assistant have the ability to text to the assistant, Siri remained voice only. iOS 11 finally adds the ability to type to Siri. This will come in really handy when you’re in a position where you can’t talk out loud to your virtual personal assistant.
iOS 11 added system wide drag and drop functionality for the iPad. Which means you can use more than one finger to interact with the screen. Drag an element with one finger, tap with another, “hold” an element (more on that later) with a third finger. You can do all of this at once. Some of these features are also available on the iPhone.