Whoever has tired of the iPhone 6 frenzy obviously did not order a bendable, buggy iPhone 6. For standpat iPhone owners, any residual excitement can be found in Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 8.
Let’s begin the scavenger hunt:
Remember the ball-and-chain searches of the old Safari, when you typed in a website address, waited, then typed a search term into that site? Now you can do both simultaneously. Typing “Amazon,” then a space, and “soy candle” into Safari now produces results for soy candles at Amazon.
Incoming! As if texting weren’t rampant enough, here comes voice messaging. If a fellow texter is on iMessage, a microphone symbol shows to the right of the new-message box. Press, hold and speak. Send the message by swiping up to the arrow.
Find out which apps are creating a drag on your battery by going to Settings/General/Usage/Battery Usage. It shows the major users in the past 24 hours. (The Mail app was a killer, consuming 32 percent of my iPhone’s battery in that time.)
The operating system automatically displays recent contacts on the multitasking screen. If it annoys, visit Mail, Contacts, Calendars in Settings, then change Show In App Switcher to off.
When you receive an email with a signature, your phone will ask if you want to add it to your contacts.
The camera app on an updated iPhone 5 and the new-issue iPhone 6 includes a time-lapse video feature that gives the selfie-obsessed a new tool. Swipe to activate it, set the focus point and exposure, then tap Record.
And now you can set focus and exposure separately for every shot. The focus indicator now includes an exposure slider.
Also: Look for new photo-editing options by opening a photo in your gallery and tapping Edit.
•Recover lost photos:
No more regrets with this new feature in the Photos app. To get a deleted photo, click Albums, then scroll to Recently Deleted.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus record 1080p video at 60 frames per second. It’s turned off by default, so visit Settings/Photos & Camera/Record Video at 60 FPS to turn it on.
•Credit card scan:
Instead of typing in credit card information, use your camera to scan the information. Select “Use Camera” on the next menu, or autofill if using Keychain.
Summon Siri with any voice command that includes her name. (To enable, go to Settings/General/Siri and Allow “Hey Siri.”)
After updating, check your security settings. Enable “Do Not Track” and warnings about fraudulent sites under Safari’s “Privacy and Security” settings.
The update asks if you want to enable location services. If you did, go to Settings/Privacy and, app by app, decide which ones should see your location. Weather gets a yes. BigOven gets a no.
Also: You can choose which third-party apps can access Health, HomeKit, Camera and Motion Activity data.
How can you ensure the safety of your iPhone and data on it? A strong passcode and activating Find My iPhone helps. But go to Settings/Passcode, then activate Erase Data and all your data will vanish after 10 failed attempts to enter a security code. Not new, but worth knowing.
Too much health information on a phone is probably TMI, but basic medical ID could be a lifesaver. Accessible from the lockscreen, it includes basic information such as medical conditions, blood type, allergies and whether you’re an organ donor.
Have it your way by choosing what happens when you swipe left or right in email. Go to Settings/Mail, Contacts, Calendars/Swipe Options. For now, flagging and mark-as-read are the options.
•Faster website loading:
Safari now autoloads the first search result, creating what appears to be a faster browser. If data use is a concern, turn off the preloads by going to Settings/Safari/Preload Top Hit.
Some will love the new Apple keyboard (and alternate keyboards) and its pop-up auto suggestions that speed typing, at least theoretically. If, in reality, it does not, make it disappear by pressing and holding the bar while dragging it toward the keyboard. Make it reappear by dragging the tiny auto-suggestion bar upward.