9 Apple Tricks & Features You’ve Probably Noticed

#1 Automatically answer calls

Sometimes we might be too busy to answer the phone manually, but we don’t want to miss calls. This is especially true for folks that opt for earbuds or AirPods to make and receive calls.

You can set your iPhone up to answer calls for you. Go to Accessibility and then Call Audio Routing to find the “Auto-Answer Calls” option, which will let you answer phone calls automatically after a certain amount of time. You can choose how long your phone will wait before it picks up, too.

#2 Eject Water From Apple Watch

Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 3 have a water resistance rating of 50 meters, which means you can wear them while swimming. However, water can get inside the speaker or the microphone port, leading to temporarily muffling or less accurate barometer altitude measurements.

Thankfully, Apple Watch Series 2 and newer comes with a Water Lock feature that locks your screen automatically when you start a swimming workout. When you’re done, unlock the screen by spinning the Digital Crown. The screen will unlock and your watch will force water out of the speaker.

You can also eject the water manually. To do so, swipe up to access the Control Center on your Apple Watch. Tap the water droplet icon to initiate the process.

#3 Close All Safari Tabs In One Click

Let’s be honest, we’re all multi-taskers, which means we have about 10 tabs open on our browser at all times. But if you want to de-clutter your browser and start fresh, you just have to press one button (who knew?!). Simply open Safari, click on the boxes in the right corner and hold down “Done” to close tabs.

#4 Selective Read Receipts

Apple is giving iPhone users the option to choose whether or not an individual contact can see read receipts after they get your texts. All you have to do is click on your messages, on a text thread and click “i” in the top right corner to turn on “Send Read Receipts” for that particular user.

#5 Announce Calls

Good news, music lovers, runners and everyone whose ears are basically attached to their headphones or Air Pods: You can find out who is calling you without even looking at your iPhone. Basically, it’s a new and improved version of caller ID. Siri will tell you who’s calling if you enable this setting on your phone: Go to Settings, Phone, Announce Calls, then select your preference.

#6 Parked Location

Thanks to iOS 10 you’ll never lose track of your car again. A feature called “Show Parked Location” will drop a pin on your car on Apple Maps, and you’ll be able to get directions to your vehicle whenever you need it. You just have to do two things: 1) Turn on “Showed Parked Location,” by clicking on Settings, Maps and turning on the feature. 2) Connect your phone to your car’s Bluetooth or CarPlay stereo.

#7 Custom Vibration

How great would it be to know who’s calling, just by the way the iPhone is buzzing in your pocket? You can.

In the Contacts app, select your person of choice and tap Edit. You’ll see a Vibration option. Press it and you’ll see many options, including a Create New Vibration tool to customize your own.

This way, you can have a different ring for your partner, kids, or boss – without even needing to glance at your phone. It’s great for multitaskers and for those in meetings all day (with your phone on silent).

Similarly, you can create custom ringtones for different people, as well as have the iPhone’s light flash a unique pattern to know who’s calling.

#8 Scan QR Codes

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 to open the iPhone’s camera app, point it at a QR code, and upon doing this you will see a popup notification.

#9 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 to record what you are doing on the screen. And yes, it will take advantage of your microphone on the device.