One more thing… (well, 14)
Beyond the big hitters like Screen time, check out these invaluable enhancements
1 Identify your tabs
Make tabs easier to tell apart by going to Settings > Safari and turning on ‘Show Icons in Tabs’. They appear at the top of each item in the tabs overview. Also turn on Show Tab Bar to see them there. (On iPhone, it appears in landscape mode.)
2 Check data usage
It’s easier to work out which apps use the greatest amount of your mobile data allowance. In Settings > Mobile Data, they are sorted in descending order of usage, not by name, so you can identify hogs without scrolling through them all.
3 Double Face ID
Does Face ID fail to recognise you some days? It may be because you’re wearing different headwear than usual, for example. Register a second face scan in Settings > Face ID & Passcode > Set Up an Alternative Appearance.
4 Search by lyrics
Enter a snippet of lyrics in Music’s Search tab. No Apple Music subscription is needed to search its lyrics library, and you can be fairly inexact. So, ‘Looks like a limb torn off’ finds ‘It’s looking like a limb torn off’ in a Band of Horses song.
5 Podcasts playback
Scroll down in Settings > Podcasts to find new settings for what happens when you tap the skip buttons during playback. You can choose from 10, 15, 30, 45 and 60-second jumps, and forwards and backwards can be set differently.
6 Hardware controls
Under External Controls in Settings > Podcasts, you get a choice of actions for the skip buttons on your headphones/ in your car. You can go to the next or previous podcast, or skip fowards or backwards in the episode being played.
7 Do Not Disturb timings
Hold a finger on Do Not Disturb’s button in Control Centre – or press firmly on it if your device is equipped with 3D Touch – to turn it on for an hour, till evening, till you leave your location, or tap Schedule for a different period of time.
8 Get a quiet night
The Bedtime option appears when Do Not Disturb is scheduled. When turned on, it sends alerts in that period to Notification Centre (where they’re grouped under During Bedtime), rather than tempting you on the Lock screen if you wake in the night.
9 Hearing aid access
If you use iOS’s Live Listen feature (bit.ly/mflisten) with a Made for iPhonecertified hearing aid or headphones, the Hearing item in Settings > Control Centre provides you with quick access to a widget where you can turn it on or off with a tap.
10 Get help with words
You’ll find new British and American thesauri options in Settings > General > Dictionary. Highlight a word and choose Look Up to use them. Translation dictionaries between English and Arabic, Hindi, and Hebrew are also new.
11 New Siri accents
There are two new accents available: Irish and South African, each in male and female genders. They are available for the Speak command too (in the contextual bar when you select text): pick one in Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech.