Although released in October 2020, Apple’s latest model still has some users perplexed – so what are tips for iPhone 12 users to make the most of the device?
For those eager to start connecting to 5G or capture footage with the most up-to-date Apple camera technology, then the iPhone 12 is definitely worth the purchase price. Even if you’re not the type to jump at the annual models released by the tech giant, tips for iPhone 12 users can surprise both new converts and seasoned professionals when it comes to making the most of the smartphone.
The iPhone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc, that use Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. As of November 1 2018, more than 2.2 billion iPhones had been sold worldwide.
The humble iPhone has a user interface built around a multi-touch screen. They connect to both cellular networks and Wi-Fi, and can make calls, browse the internet, take pictures and videos, play music, and send and receive text messages and emails.
Since it’s initial release in 2007, the iPhone’s features have certainly come a long way. Improvements have been made to keep up with consumer demand, such as larger screen sizes, waterproofing, the ability to install third party apps, and many more accessibility features.
In August 2011, Apple founder and visionary Steve Jobs resigned as CEO due to health complications. Jobs died just two months later, marking the end of an era for the company. However, under new CEO Tim Cook’s command, Apple shifted the release dates for iPhones to an annual September event, and is now considered to be somewhat of a yearly launch party. Starting in 2020, we are beginning to see two iPhone announcements each year.
As a result, each iPhone model generally has slight tweaks and improvements on the previous release. However, it can be all too easy to miss these changes, which is why we’ll outline our top twelve tips for iPhone 12 users while we wait for the next “batch” to hit the market.
Don’t Forget To Back Up – Before you even think about tinkering with your new smartphone, one of the often forgotten tips for iPhone 12 users is to ensure that they have first backed up their previous model in iTunes, in order to transfer all the files and information over.
Understand 5G – By incorporating the new 5G network, expect incredible download and upload speeds of up to 4.0bbps and 200mbps on new iPhone 12 models. However, with that comes three different status icons that you may want to keep an eye out on – 5G, 5G+, and 5GUW.
Manage Your Data – While 5G is a gamechanger, it can drain battery life and increase the cost of your data plan. Thankfully, users can manage this in their settings via Smart Data Mode, a functionality that switches between 5G and 4G depending on network activity.
Use MagSafe – New iPhone 12 models also include MagSafe, which consists of an array of magnets on the back of the phone that allows users to “snap” on a host of accessories such as wireless chargers, wallets, and smart cases.
Upgrade Power Adapters – While iPhone 12’s do still come with a charging cable, the adapter is no longer included. This is because they are now capable of charging at 20W ratings or higher, which is quite the upgrade from the older 5-10W adapters of previous releases.
Image Privacy – There’s nothing worse than accidentally opening a “private” photo in front of someone you didn’t want to. Apple has taken steps to reduce this faux paux via the new “hidden” photo album, which allows users to stash specific photos away without losing them.
Enable HD FaceTime – For the first time on an iPhone, you can perform FaceTime video calls in 1080p HD. Go to Settings > Cellular > Data Mode and select “Allow More Data” on 5G to FaceTime in HD over 5G or WiFi.
Turn On Eye Contact – In the era of Zoom meetings, you can go to Settings > FaceTime and enable the “Eye Contact” option. This new feature lets your iPhone 12 detect where your eyes are, and in turn makes it appear as though you’re looking directly into the camera.
Try Low Light Photography – The one thing many of us love about the new releases are the cameras. The larger f/1.6 aperture on the wide camera can capture 27% more light, allowing for photos that look noticeably better in quality when compared to the older iPhones.
Shoot In 60fps – According to Apple, the iPhone 12 Pro is the very first smartphone that is capable of capturing Dolby Vision HDR, along with the ability to record 4K 10-bit HDR video up to 60fps. What’s more, you can edit the captured footage directly on the phone itself.
Tweak Your Home Screen – With iOS 14, users can completely customize the home screen on their iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 Pro by adding and modifying Home screen widgets, removing unwanted apps, and even hiding entire home screen pages.
Change Your Default Browser – Not a fan of being forced to use Safari to surf the internet? Good news, as the iPhone 12 now lets users select their default browser of choice, such as Firefox or Chrome instead.
SOS Phone Repairs are specialists in high-quality, cost-effective phone repairs, tablet repairs, and PC repairs. Founded in 2015 in Coffs Harbour and now with over sixteen outlets located all over Australia, our primary driving factors remained the same: people and phones.
Whether it’s to get a few more years out of your trusted iPhone, to fix one up to sell, or to repurpose an old one as a gift, repairing a smartphone might just be easier and cheaper than you think. It’s also a great way to upcycle and keep electronics out of Australian landfills.
Here at SOS Phone Repairs, we offer a lifetime warranty on iPhone screens, a no fix – no fee policy, we dry water damaged phones for free, and offer unlimited advice for any of your phone repair needs.
If you have any questions, come in and see the team and we can help you out!