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How to Take Burst Photos on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Burst Mode refers to when the camera on your iPhone captures a series of photos in rapid succession, at a rate of ten frames per second. It's a great way to shoot an action scene or an unexpected event, since you're always more likely to end up with the picture you were aiming for. Apple has changed the way Burst Mode works in its redesigned Camera app for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro devices. On older iPhones and on iPads, you simply tap and hold the shutter button at the bottom of the Camera interface for the duration of the scene that you're trying to capture. However, on the iPhone 11 series you have to press the shutter button and drag it towards the square displaying the last image you shot. The shutter will stretch elastically under your finger as you do. Notice that the counter increases in the shutter's original position for as long as you hold it down. This indicates how many shots are being captured in the current burst. Simply take your finger off the shutter when you want to end the burst of shots. When you take a series of burst photos, they automatically appear in the Photos app under the Album name Bursts. You'll also find them in your main Photo Library. To learn how to view and select the best of your Burst photos in the Photos app, click here.

How to Switch Focal Lengths in Portrait Mode on iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Apple's Portrait Mode has become a popular way of taking impressive shots using a depth-of-field effect known as bokeh, allowing iPhone users to shoot a photo that keeps the subject sharp with a blurred background. And now, exclusive to the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max thanks to the triple-lens camera, you can switch between focal lengths in Portrait mode to get the best shot for your chosen scene. To use Portrait Mode, open the Camera app and swipe to Portrait mode. Portrait Lighting effects will appear at the bottom of the viewfinder. To change the focal length, tap the circular 1x button in the bottom-left of the viewfinder. 1x corresponds to the wide lens, and 2x switches to the telephoto lens. You can see the difference between the two modes in the second and third images above, but in general the 2x mode seems to be better for capturing people, while the 1x lens is better for shooting smaller objects. Apple has widened the aperture of the iPhone 11 Pro's telephoto lens to f/2.0 from f/2.4 in the iPhone X and XS. This allows more light to hit the sensor, which should translate to better Portrait Mode results in lower lighting conditions. Don't forget, you can now also switch to the front-facing camera and get a selfie in Portrait Mode,

How to Select Camera Aspect Ratio on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Apple has redesigned the native Camera app on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro to make space for the various additional shooting options available in its new flagship phones, and one particularly welcome change is the introduction of different aspect ratio shooting modes. As it exists on earlier iPhones, the Camera app offers only a single 1:1 aspect ratio shooting mode called Square, for taking Instagram-style shots, meaning users can only select different ratios later in the editing mode of the Photos app. However, on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, users can choose between three aspect ratio options when shooting in the Camera app: 1:1, 4:3, and 16:9. To get to the different shooting modes, follow these steps. Launch the Camera app, then tap the chevron at the top of the viewfinder (or to the side of it, if you're shooting in landscape) to reveal the hidden drawer. Tap the 4:3 button in the toolset that appears directly below (or to the side of) the viewfinder. Select your preferred aspect ratio from the expanded 4:3 button menu. Proceed to take your shot. Note that the 1:1 and 16:9 ratios are non-destructive. In other words, you can re-crop them in the editing window if you later decide you want to return to the typical 4:3

How to Improve Photo and Video Composition Without Cropping on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro

With the arrival of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple has introduced an optional new camera feature in iOS 13 that's designed to allow you to correct the alignment of photos and videos without having to resort to cropping. Basically, when you take pictures or video using either the wide lens or (on the 11 Pro series) the telephoto lens, the camera will simultaneously shoot or record using the next widest sensor. So the wide lens is active when you shoot with the telephoto lens, and the ultra-wide is active when you shoot with the wide. With the feature enabled, you can take your shot, tap Edit in the preview window, tap the Crop tool, then select Straighten, and you'll be able to use the area captured outside the frame of the photo or video to fix the horizon and improve the composition of the shot without needing to crop it. The toggle switches that control this behavior can be found in the Settings app, under Camera -> Photos Capture Outside the Frame and Camera -> Videos Capture Outside the Frame. Apple has disabled it by default for photos, so you'll need to turn it on to take advantage of it. Note that it is enabled by default for video, so you may want to disable it if iPhone or iCloud storage space is a concern. That said, if the area around the frame isn't used to make corrections, it will be automatically deleted after 30

How to Upgrade From an iPhone Running iOS 13.1 Beta to iPhone 11 or 11 Pro Without Losing Any Data

Due to Apple seeding the iOS 13.1 beta prior to the public release of iOS 13, upgrading to a new iPhone may be a bit trickier this year. In a support document, Apple has provided instructions for migrating data from an older iPhone running the iOS 13.1 beta to an iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max, which run iOS 13.0 out of the box. The instant option is to set up the iPhone 11 as new, update the device to the iOS 13.1 beta, and then restore from an iCloud or iTunes backup:Back up the older iPhone via iCloud or iTunes. Power on the new iPhone, select "Set Up as New iPhone" during the set up process, and follow the steps as prompted. On the new iPhone, install the iOS 13 beta profile from either the Apple Beta Software Program or the iOS Developer Program, depending on whether you had the developer or public beta installed on the older iPhone. Upgrade the new iPhone to the iOS 13.1 beta. After the upgrade is complete, go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings on the new iPhone. This will bring the iPhone back to the "Hello" set up screen. Set up the new iPhone via "Restore from iCloud Backup" or "Restore from iTunes Backup" during the set up process.The second option is to set up the iPhone 11 as new and sign in to iCloud on the device. When iOS 13.1 is publicly released on September 24, install the update, then restore from your older iPhone's backup:Back up the older iPhone via iCloud or iTunes. Power on the new iPhone, select "Set Up as New iPhone" during the set up process, and follow the steps as prompted. Wait until

How to Use the Virtual Trackpad on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

One of the more useful actions that 3D Touch makes possible is pressing an iPhone's onscreen keyboard to turn it into a virtual trackpad. If you 3D Touch, the keyboard turns blank and morphs into a trackpad that allows you to quickly move the cursor on the screen through the text you've written. This popular gesture is useful because it allows you to make quick edits without having to reach up and tap the display. However, in its latest crop of devices, Apple has replaced 3D Touch with Haptic Touch, and the way the virtual trackpad activates has changed slightly. On iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, you have to press and hold on the spacebar to bring up the trackpad. In other words, pressing just anywhere on the keyboard no longer works. It's a small adjustment, but it's worth highlighting in case you tried to activate the virtual trackpad on your new iPhone in the traditional way and wondered why it wasn't working. Note that the gesture functions similarly on all Apple devices that lack 3D Touch, including the iPhone XR and all models of iPad.

How to Bring Color Back to Infograph Apple Watch Faces After Updating to watchOS 6

If you use one of the Infograph watch faces on your Apple Watch, you may be surprised to find that the colors have drained from your chosen complications since you updated to watchOS 6. Despite how it may first seem, the sudden grayscale look is not a bug, but an intentional watch face change that Apple describes as "new monochrome complications in Infograph and Infograph Modular" in the watchOS 6 release notes. The way Apple has implemented the feature is a bit confusing initially, because the monochrome style appears by default if you've selected one of the various accent colors for your watch face. The chosen accent remains, but the complications display in monochrome. If you don't like it, you can reinstate color complications by following these simple steps. On your Apple Watch, hard press on the monochrome Infograph watch face. Tap Customize. On Infograph watch faces, use the Digital Crown to scroll up and select either the Black or White color option. On Infograph Modular faces, scroll up and select Multicolor. Press the Digital Crown twice to confirm your selection and exit the customize screen.You can do the same thing in the Watch app on iPhone. Select the My Watch tab and tap the offending watch face under My Faces, then select Black, White, or Multicolor from the color

How to Force Restart iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Apple's newest range of smartphones, the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone Pro Max, share the same overall design of Apple's 2018 devices. In the absence of a Home button, they've also inherited the unique method of forcing a quick restart. Restarting your iPhone involves pressing the Side buttons in a special combination, and while it's not immediately obvious, once you've learned the steps, a force restart is the quickest way to restart your iPhone if it's acting up. Force Restarting iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max Quickly press and release the Volume Up button. Quickly press and release the Volume Down button. Press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears, then release the Side button.During this process, you will see a slider to power off the iPhone. You're going to want to ignore it and continue holding down the Side button until the screen goes black. At that point, the Apple logo will pop up, and after the restart is complete, the screen will activate once again. Using the force restart process prevents you from having to shut the iPhone down entirely, which takes several more steps. If you do want to shut the iPhone down, you can do so by going to the General section of the Settings app, scrolling down to the bottom, and choosing the Shut Down option. You can also hold down the Volume Up button and the Side button at the same time to bring up the Emergency SOS interface that also houses a "slide to power off" option. Restarting Other Devices Don't have one of these iPhones? Make sure to check out our

How to Get Your iPhone Ready for iOS 13

Apple officially releases iOS 13 in just over an hour, and a host of new iPhone features are coming with it, including a system-wide Dark Mode, a Find My app, a revamped Photos app, updated privacy features, and street-level Maps, not to mention hundreds of smaller new changes and tweaks. This article covers some of the things you can do to prepare your iPhone for Apple's latest mobile operating system, including storage maintenance tips, backup advice, and a few other useful tidbits to consider before upgrading. First though, you'll need to make sure your iPhone is compatible with iOS 13. iOS 13 Compatibility Check If you own an iPhone 6s or later, your device will run the latest operating system. Still unsure? Here's Apple's official compatibility list for iOS 13. iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max iPhone XS iPhone XS Max iPhone XR iPhone X iPhone 8iPhone 8 Plus iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus iPhone 6s iPhone 6s Plus iPhone SE iPod touch (7th generation) Reclaim Device Storage Space With the release of iOS 13, Apple is improving the way apps in the App Store are packaged together, and it says users can expect app downloads that are up to 50 percent smaller, resulting in less storage space taken up by apps. However, before you can benefit, you'll first want to make sure your device has adequate space to download and install the new operating system. With that in mind, it's worth looking at what apps you currently have installed on your devices and whether you really need them. Swipe through your home screen and check

How to Use the Onscreen Floating Keyboard in iPadOS

Sometimes the size of an iPad's onscreen virtual keyboard can make it frustrating to use. If you have a larger iPad Pro, for instance, it can take up a lot of space on the screen and end up obscuring your content. It can also be cumbersome if you're holding your iPad with one hand and typing with the other. Apple used to offer the split keyboard option to make typing more natural, but in iPadOS this has been replaced by a more useful floating iPhone-style keyboard that you can move freely around the screen. It also supports Apple's QuickType swipe-typing feature, making it more convenient for one-handed use. How to Enable the Floating Keyboard in iPadOS Open an app that allows text input via the onscreen virtual keyboard. In our example, we're using Ulysses. Tap inside the editing window to activate the text cursor and the onscreen keyboard. Now, using your thumb and index finger, pinch inwards anywhere on the onscreen keyboard. The keyboard will shrink down to the size of an iPhone keyboard. To move the keyboard to a different area of the screen, drag it via the pill-shaped grab handle below the keys. To return the keyboard to the full-width of the screen, pinch outward anywhere on the key layout. Another way to activate the floating keyboard is by holding the Minimize Keyboard key (it's the one with the keyboard symbol, located at the bottom-right corner of the key layout) and tapping the the Floating button that pops

How to Use the QuickPath Swipe Keyboard on iPhone and iPad

In iOS 13 and iPadOS, Apple has augmented and enhanced textual manipulation features available to iPhone and iPad users to make working with text a whole lot easier. One of these new features is a native swipe-based keyboard called QuickPath, and anyone who has used a third-party keyboard extension like SwiftKey should be instantly familiar with it. QuickPath allows you to type a word without removing your finger from the keyboard when entering individual letters. If you were typing "Apple," for example, you'd start with your finger on A and then swipe your finger across the onscreen keyboard from P, to P, to L, and so on. Once you've spelled out the word (and finished with a full stop if it's the end of a sentence) simply lift your finger off the screen and iOS will automatically add a space, ready for you to type another word or start a new sentence. Another advantage of QuickPath is that it's intelligent enough to deal with words that have double letters in them. If you swipe across the letters "cal," for example, the word "call" will appear when you remove your finger from the screen. QuickPath can take a bit of getting used to, but once you've got the hang of it you'll be inputting words in no time. It's particularly handy for composing text with your thumb if you're holding your iPhone in one hand. You can use QuickPath on iPad, too. However, note that it's only available on the floating keyboard that's revealed when you pinch inward on the full-width virtual keyboard in iPadOS. How to Disable QuickPath If you don't like using QuickPath,

How to Add Attachments to Calendar Events in iOS

In iOS 13, Apple has added the ability to attach files to events in the Calendar app. It's a neat feature to have available because it means that when an event comes around you'll have any related documents or information immediately to hand. For example, if you have a vacation or business trip coming up, you can attach flight times, hotel reservations, emails, and other relevant files you might need so they don't get lost in your inbox. The steps below show you how to attach files to events in the Calendar app. Launch the stock Calendar app on your iPhone or iPad then tap an event that you want to attach a file to or create a new event. In our example, we're working with an existing event. Tap Edit in the top-right corner of the screen. Scroll down and tap Add attachment.... Tap the file you want to attach in Recents, or choose the Browse tab to navigate to a file, then tap it. Tap Add attachment again to attach additional files if you wish, and tap Done in the top-right corner of the screen when you're finished.That's all there is to it. To open your attachments any time, simply select the calendar event and tap the attachments one by one to open them

How to Set Reading Goals in iOS 13

In iOS 13, Apple has added a new feature to its Books app that lets you keep track of how many minutes a day you spend reading and how many books you've read so far this year. If you could benefit from some motivation to help you start a book and keep going until the end, then using Reading Goals could be the answer. When you hit your goal, you'll get a pop-up notification with the option to share it. Setting up custom Reading Goals on your iPhone and iPad is easy. Here's how to go about it. Launch the Books app on your iOS device. Select the Reading Now tab if it's not already showing. Scroll down to the bottom and tap the minutes shown under the Reading Goals header. Tap Adjust Goal. Using the onscreen roller, select the number of minutes you want to read per day, then tap Done.You can adjust the number of books you want to read this year in the same way, by tapping the books shown under the Books Read This Year section. If you don't receive a notification when you hit your reading goal, notifications are probably switched off. To enable them, tap your account profile picture at the top of the Reading Now tab, tap Notifications, then toggle the switch next to Reading Goals to the green ON position.

How to Update Apps in iOS 13

If you recently updated your iPhone to iOS 13 or your iPad to iPadOS 13 and you can't work out how to manually update your installed apps, then you've come to the right place. Apple has changed the way you update apps in iOS. In earlier versions of its mobile operating system, app updates lived in their own tab in the App Store app, but that has since had to make way for a new Apple Arcade tab. App updates now live in the App Store's Account screen, which you can access by tapping your profile picture in the top-right corner of the interface. Scroll down and you'll see any pending app updates followed by recently updated apps in chronological order. You can either tap Update All at the top of the list or update your apps on an individual basis. Otherwise, nothing much else has changed about the update process in iOS 13. As before, you can turn automatic updates on and off by going to Settings -> iTunes & App Stores and toggling the switch next to App Updates.

How to Erase Your Old iPhone Before Trading It In

If you're planning on trading in your old iPhone for a new one, there are some steps you'll want to take beforehand to ensure it's de-linked from your accessories and accounts and that everything on it is erased. The procedures described below shouldn't take long to follow, and at the end of it you can rest assured that you have a clean iPhone reset to default factory settings and ready to trade in. Here's what to do. Back Up Your iPhone Before you reset, you should back up your device. You can back up your data to iCloud, but we'd advise you connect your iPhone up to a computer and perform an iTunes backup instead, just to be sure. You can find steps to back up your iPhone by clicking here. Got an Apple Watch? Time to Unpair If you're trading in your iPhone and have an Apple Watch linked to it, you're going to want to unpair it first. Here's how. Bring your iPhone and Apple Watch close to each other. Launch the stock Watch app on your iPhone. Tap the My Watch tab. Select the Apple Watch you want to unpair, then tap the info button (the encircled "I") next to it on the next screen. Tap Unpair Apple Watch. Tap again to confirm. Enter your Apple ID password when prompted to turn off Activation Lock. Deactivate Services and Log Out Manually Erasing your iPhone deactivates Find My iPhone and logs you out of all your iCloud and iTunes accounts automatically – in theory. Occasionally we've heard cases of erased iOS devices still being linked to Find My iPhone or iCloud accounts. Whatever the truth of these reports, you can always make doubly

How to Use Firefox Private Network to Encrypt Your Web Traffic

Mozilla this week began piloting its own browser-based VPN service, and if you're located in the U.S. you can start testing it for free right away. Called the Firefox Private Network, the service promises Firefox users a more secure, encrypted path to the web that prevents eavesdroppers from spying on your browsing activity and hides your location from websites and ad trackers. In that respect, it won't protect any internet traffic outside of your web browser, but it's a good option if you want to use an encrypted connection on the fly when you're using Firefox on a public Wi-Fi network, for example. As a time-limited beta, the Firefox Private Network is currently free to try, although this does suggest it may become a paid service in the future. You also need to be a U.S. resident logged into your Firefox account using Firefox desktop browser. If you can fulfill those pre-requisites, you can install the private network by navigating to this page, clicking the blue + Add to Firefox button, then granting permission for the network to be added to the browser. Click the door hanger icon that appears at the top-right corner of the toolbar, and you'll see a switch that you can use to toggle the VPN on and off. A green tick in the icon indicates the secure network is active and your browsing activity is being encrypted. Opera browser offers a similar free VPN service that cloaks your web browsing, but with the added benefit that it lets you choose the continent that you want your connection to reside. So if you're looking to access a location-restricted

How to Organize Reminder Lists on iPhone and iPad

In iOS 13, Apple's stock Reminders app can be used to create a reminder for just about anything. You can also create as many reminder lists as you like to categorize different tasks and projects. Your lists automatically appear in the Reminders home screen under "My Lists" in alphabetical order. If you generate a lot of ongoing lists, you'll be glad to know that you can re-organize them manually. You might like to move the lists that you refer to regularly up to the top of this section, for example. To rearrange your lists under My Lists, tap Edit in the top-right corner of the screen, then drag individual lists to a position of your choosing using their rightmost drag handles (indicated by three lines). Tap Done in the top-right corner of the screen when you're happy with the new

How to Add Sub-Items to a Reminder in iOS

In iOS 13, Apple overhauled its native Reminders app in order to make the process of building to-do-style lists more intuitive and easier to organize. One way Apple achieves this is by introducing nested reminders. Basically, this feature enables you to break down a reminder into smaller tasks with sub-items. If you have a reminder called "housework," for example, you could get more specific by adding reminders below it to wash the dishes and empty the tumble dryer. Breaking down a reminder into individual tasks like this often tends to make your lists more manageable and less daunting. You can create nested reminders in any list, but we're demonstrating it in All section, which you'll find at the top of the app. This section shows all the reminders from your various lists in one scrollable screen. You can tap the plus buttons at the bottom of each list to add new reminders, and drag reminders around to rearrange them – even between lists. To nest a reminder under the one above it, swipe rightwards on the one you want to nest and then tap the gray Indent button that appears. You can also just swipe right across the length of the reminder to achieve the same thing in one quick gesture. To continue nesting reminders, tap the indented reminder as if to edit its name, then tap return on the onscreen keyboard, and this will create a new reminder directly below at the same indentation. To remove the indent on a reminder, simply repeat the right swipe gesture on it.

How to Group Together Lists in the Reminders iOS App

Following Apple's revamp to its stock Reminders mobile app in iOS 13, you can now group together separate reminders lists under a single heading to keep the My Lists section more compact and tidy. Not only do reminder groups keep the app neat, they also make it easier for you to organize related lists. For example, if you have several lists for different work projects, you can aggregate them all into a "Work" group. The following steps show you how to group several reminder lists under one heading. Launch the Reminders app on your iPhone or iPad and navigate to the top of the app. Tap Edit in the top-right corner of the screen. Tap Add Group at the bottom-left corner of the screen. Give your group a name. Tap Include, then select the reminder lists that you want to group together by tapping the green plus button beside each one. Tap New Group to return to the previous screen, then tap Create. When a group is collapsed under the My Lists section of the app, the number of reminders it collectively contains is shown to its right. Simply tap a group to expand it and reveal the individual reminder lists. If you swipe leftwards across a group in My Lists and tap the delete button, you'll be asked whether you want to delete the group but keep the group's lists and their reminders, or delete both the group and its

How to See Your Completed Reminders in Apple's Reminders App

If you recently started using Apple's revamped Reminders app for iPhone and iPad, you may have noticed that when you mark a reminder in a list as completed, the next time you return to that list the completed reminder is no longer shown. Apple appears to have chosen this default behavior to put the focus on reminders that still need to be actioned. Sometimes though, it can be useful to keep tabs on what you've already achieved in a list. Seeing the tasks you've accomplished can also give you encouragement and motivation when you're working on a project. If you'd rather have any completed reminders stick around in your reminders list, simply follow the steps below. Launch the Reminders app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap a reminders list you created under My Lists. Tap the ellipsis button (the three encircled dots) in the top-right corner of the list. Tap Show Completed at the bottom of the pop-up menu.Don't need to see your completed reminders anymore? No problem. Simply repeat the above steps and you'll find the option to Show Completed in the last step has been replaced with Hide Completed.