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Nicole’s Nook: New Features of iOS 8

This holiday season, many of you may have received a new iPhone, iPad or iPod as a holiday gift, or you may gift yourself the latest iOS 8 update to make your existing device new to you! Whatever the case may be, this month I would like to share some features of this latest update.
Apps & Battery Usage

  • Discover which apps are using the most batteryiOS 8
  • Go to Settings > General > Usage
  • Select Battery Usage to see the proportion of battery used by each app when the device is not charging

Grayscale Mode

  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility
  • Select Grayscale which will shift the entire display into shades of black and white

Guided Access

  • Allows you to set a time limit in an app before it shuts off
  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility
  • Select Guided Access and turn on
  • Set up your passcode
  • Select Time Limits to choose sound or speak, which gives a warning before the time ends
  • Go into any app, triple click the Home button
  • At the bottom of the screen, you have many options such as turning off hardware buttons, disabling certain areas on the screen or setting a time limit
  • When finished, press Start, and Guided Access is now enabled
  • 30 seconds before the timer is up, there will be an audible warning
  • Once the timer is up OR if you wish to exit prior to that, triple click the Home button and enter the passcode
  • Select End to exit Guided Access

Predictive Text

  • Go to Settings > General > Keyboard
  • Turn Predictive on
  • This enables word prediction to increase typing speed

*Only available with the onscreen keyboard, not a Bluetooth wireless keyboard

Safari Passwords

  • Go to Settings > Safari
  • Select Password and AutoFill
  • You then have the option to enable autofill of contact info, previous names and passwords or credit card info

Speak Screen

  • Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Speech
  • Turn Speak Screen on
  • Now you are able to swipe down with two fingers from the top of the screen to hear the contents of the screen
  • This feature can read text, names of buttons and other interface elements

*Speak Screen is different from Speak Selection

Add Photos to Notes

  • Photos can be inserted into the Notes app from the Photos app
  • When in notes, double click where you want the photo to be inserted
  • Select Insert Photo and then make your selection from the Photo app Timer Mode
  • When using the Camera App, there is an option for a Time Lapse that can be set for 3 or 10 seconds
  • Recover Deleted Photos
  • In the Camera app, use the small preview icon at the bottom of the screen to open up a view that allows previously deleted photos to be recovered
  • Tap on the Trash Can to retrieve your photo
  • You can clear these photos by emptying the Recently Deleted album in the Photos app

Enjoy your brand new device or your new-to-you upgraded device this holiday season!
Nicole Weckherlin, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist