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5 deeply hidden features of iOS 11

iOS 11

iPhone is undoubtedly one of the best mobile device available in the market. But if you see what makes iPhone the best, then the answer would be iOS. The latest version of iOS, iOS 11 is full of features and some of them can be easily accessed while some of them are hidden in settings.

Today in this article we are going to talk about the 5 such hidden features which will make your day more productive with your device.

Save storage with new camera formats

To help save storage, you can save your photos under HEIF (High-Efficiency Image Format) and HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Coding) by going to Settings > Camera > Formats and check off High Efficiency. For photos, HEIF offers twice the compression effectiveness of JPEG and can still be shared. For video, your footage will use HEVC for the high-resolution 4K video the iPhone shoots in. Under both the formats, you’ll be able to free up storage without sacrificing the quality of your photos and videos. Your images will be automatically saved as HEIC and movies as an HEVC .mov file. But if you choose to stay with the Most Compatible camera format option, your images will be saved as JPGs and movies as h.264 .mov file.

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Screen recordings

It’s interesting to note that iOS 11 has a built-in screen recording feature. To activate the feature, head over to the Control Center, tap the Record icon and a 3-second countdown timer appears inside the icon. The feature essentially allows recording what you are doing on the screen. And yes, it will take advantage of your microphone on the device.

Scan QR codes from the camera app

iOS 11 users will be able to scan QR codes using the iPhone’s camera app. It supports a dozen types of QR codes. You can use QR codes to setup HomeKit devices, open websites, and setup routers, among other things. All you need is to open the iPhone’s camera app, point it at a QR code, and upon doing this you will see a popup notification.

Share Screenshots quickly

The ability to take screenshots gets a big boost in iOS 11. So when you take a screenshot, a small preview window appears in the bottom left of the screen. You can then edit and doodle on the screen. When you are done, you can share the edited screenshot via mail, message and other apps.
Do not disturb while driving

iOS 11 has a feature called “Do Not Disturb While Driving”. It basically turns off your phone without actually turning it off. So no annoying notifications while driving. However, you can always customize the feature to allow calls, text from your favorite contacts. To turn on the feature, head over to Settings > Do Not Disturb and click Activate Do Not Disturb While Driving.

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