10 Things You Never Knew Your iPhone Could Do

Your iPhone is quite a remarkable device. Everyday, millions of people use their iPhones to call, text, take photos and surf the web. However, there are quite a number of features that most people either seldom or never use because they were not aware that their iPhone had that capacity.


Considering how much an iPhone costs and what you pay each month to keep it in service, it pays to get the most out of your iPhone. This is particularly true if you see other devices that have features that you don’t think are part of your iPhone, only to discover after much expense that they do. Plus, your iPhone represents a significant financial investment. Do leave your device unprotected, get iPhone insurance so you can either fix or replace your iPhone sooner at less out of pocket expense.


So here are 10 things you never knew your iPhone could do. In fact, there may be many more as well, but you may find these 10 quite startling.


Color Matching: Thanks to advances in screen technology, the colors that are present are a real looking and accurate as those from actual paint swatches. So you can use your iPhone to find the right color of pain you want for a room or have throw pillows a particular shade of green. In fact, the pictures you take can be used to represent the colors that you want as well, such as the deep, blue sky. This can be quite the time saver, especially if you are looking for a particular color as well.


Talk to Siri in Private: Carrying on a conversation with Siri can be a little embarrassing for some in public, especially the way that Siri “speaks” and the careful responses that you have to give. However, you can at least listen to Siri without having to turn the sound up if you go to Settings>General>Siri and select “Raise to Speak”. This means that all you have to do is put the phone to your ear and Siri is summoned.


Level the Shelves: Why go digging through the garage for that leveler when you can simply use your iPhone. The free iHandy Level App is one of five handy tools in the iHandy Carpenter toolkit that you can use to level your shelves, picture frames and even measure angles correctly. This App can be quite handy, especially if you are away from home and need a leveler to help a friend or on the job site. You can imagine the time saved by pulling out the iPhone rather than having to travel or purchase a leveling tool.


Text Shortcuts: While it seems that kids today can text a mile a minute, those of us with less than nimble fingers have a more difficult time getting out sentences in such a short time. However, if you use certain sentences or phrases quite a bit, then you can use a shortcut to get to them quickly. Just go to Settings>General>Keyboard and then scroll down to Shortcuts where you can enter a particular phrase and the shortcut needed to access it. This way, the next time you text you can simply enter the shortcut and the phrase will appear.


Start the Car: This is one that is becoming more known, but it still can catch some people off guard. The Viper Smart Start will let you start your car remotely which can be quite handy on those really cold days. Now you can warm up the engine while you are still in the house with the car doors safely locked. Finish what you need to do and the car will be nice, warm and ready when you are finally ready to brave the cold.


Brighten Your Alerts: If you are having trouble catching your alerts, then try switching them to LED flashes instead. In today’s world, many sounds and even the vibrations of the iPhone may not be caught. But having a bright LED flash is unmistakable. Go to Settings>General>Accessibility and switch on the LED Flash for Alerts.


Measure: Are you tired of buying a new tape measure after finding that you misplaced the old one or simply do not have one with you? If so, you can actually measure quite a few things with your iPhone if you use the right Apps. All you need to do is bring up the App and use your camera lens as the viewer. The Smart Measure Pro is just one of several Apps for the job.


Narrow Down the Weather Forecast: While there are plenty of Weather Apps, you can not only find out about the weather two days from now, but two hours from now as well. Basically, you can tap anywhere in the forecast on the day you want and it will expand to show you hour by hour what is expected. This way, you will know how to dress when leaving for work or heading out on that trip.


Monitor Your Heart Rate: Thanks to Azumio’s Instant Heart Rate, you can measure your heartbeats simply by putting your finger to the screen for a few seconds. This particular app actually won a Best Health & Fitness App Award in 2011 at the Mobile Fitness Awards. Today, you can find many health-oriented Apps that can be used to measure your heart rate as well as other related items.


Change the Color of the Light Bulbs: Thanks to the Philips Hue App, you can now change the color of your “smart” light bulbs all from your iPhone. This way, you can create a special atmosphere for your home whenever you want. Also, you can remotely turn on your lights if you are working late and want your home to appear to be occupied.


These are just 10 of the many fascinating things you can do with your iPhone. Given the sheer number of Apps that are now available, it is well worth checking out all the amazing things that your iPhone can now do.

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About Stephen

Stephen Ebbett has more than 10 years of experience spearheading innovative product and communication initiatives for corporations looking to gain a competitive edge when entering a new market. Stephen attended Durham University and holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Theology, as well as a postgraduate degree in Marketing. Outside of his work with Protect Your Bubble, Stephen enjoys rugby, film and photography.