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iOS 16 Secret Features Apple Didn’t Tell Anyone « iOS & iPhone :: Gadget Hacks

It’s no secret that Apple’s iOS 16 update is packed with useful features, some of which Apple hasn’t even mentioned. Not when the software was unveiled in June, nor after iOS 16 rolled out in September. Amazing considering it could be one.

Some of the best new features under the radar aren’t even on Apple’s support web page for iOS 16. Apple’s developer documentation doesn’t even mention the following features: But that’s part of the fun of getting a big new iOS update. There are so many wonderful things you can discover for yourself.

1. Choose an app to open a link from a message

Tapping to open most links in the Messages app opens them in the app they’re associated with. This applies to all rich and non-rich links on iOS 16 and earlier. However, Apple has sneaked in an obscure feature that lets you select apps to open links, but it only works for some non-rich links.

To try it out, long press on a non-rich URL to open quick actions. If you only see “Open Link”, you cannot select an app. However, if you see multiple app names, you can choose any one of those apps. For example, iCloud link quick actions for shortcuts show “Open in Safari” and “Open in Shortcut”, and RSS feed link quick actions for podcasts show “Open in Safari” and “Open in Podcasts”. ” is displayed. .'”

2. Use the Apple TV Remote as an app

If you use the Apple TV Remote from your iPhone’s Control Center to control your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-enabled smart TV, iOS 16 has an interesting change that makes it more like an app than just a Control Center tool.

There is no app icon on the home screen, Spotlight Search or App Library, but it works like an app. Previously, attempting to switch apps from the remote would close the remote and send you back to Control Center. With iOS 16, you can actually enter the app switcher so you can quickly return to the remote after using another app.

Even better, we’ve added a URL scheme (tvremote://) so you can create your own app icon in the Shortcuts app and add it to your home screen. Doing this will also show up in Spotlight search and the app library.

3. Get unit conversion instantly with messages

When you’re chatting with others in the Messages app, certain units of measurement, currency, temperature, or something else may appear in your conversations, especially if you’re talking to someone from another country. . With iOS 16, you can use Messages to convert these units to your preferred units.

It supports temperature, currency, weight, volume, distance/length, area, angle, timezone, and more. Compatible units include Fahrenheit, Celsius, Kelvin, Miles, Kilometers, Feet, Inches, Yards, Quarts, Pints, Ounces, Cups, Pounds, Teaspoons, Tablespoons, Horsepower, Watts, Radians, Liters, and more. .

If the message can convert measurements, the units are underlined. Then simply tap or touch and hold the unit to get the most popular conversions in your location. Apple has information on how to convert photo units using Live Text, but says nothing about conversion in Messages.

4. Type, sign and add shapes to handwritten notes

Another welcome addition to iOS 16 that Apple hasn’t discussed before is the option to add shapes, typed text, and signatures to handwritten notes in the Notes app. It works the same as markup in other scenarios such as drawing on screenshots, annotating PDFs, and marking up images in email.

To add a sketch or drawing to your note, tap the Markup icon (pen) from the toolbar above your keyboard or at the bottom of your note. Then tap the new plus (+) icon to[テキストの追加],[署名の追加],and[図形の追加]find

5. Copy and delete screenshots at the same time

One of my favorite iOS 16 features is one I’ve wanted for years. Ability to copy screenshots to clipboard and delete images with one button. If you’re someone like me who keeps a lot of unwanted screenshots in Photos, you’ll probably love this one.

First, take a screenshot and tap its thumbnail to open the editor. Then edit the screenshot as needed,[完了]Click. A new Copy and Delete option appears in the menu. Tapping it will take the screenshot directly to the “Recently Deleted” album in the Photos app, where it will eventually be erased from your device. You can add screenshot images using the Paste feature in any app.

6. Create and manage contact groups

Surprisingly, one of the biggest and most valuable features Apple has delivered with iOS 16 is not mentioned anywhere by Apple. In fact, it’s the Contacts app’s most significant update yet, and the only thing Apple talked about was merging duplicate contacts.

Previously, you could only create and edit contact groups from the Contacts app on macOS or iCloud.com. Before iOS 15, iPhones only allowed you to show and hide groups you set up on Mac or the web, unless you used a third-party app.

You can now create, rename, edit, delete lists, add and remove contacts. It’s very simple. But even if you didn’t know, if you keep using your contacts the way you used to, you might never notice.

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