When Apple releases new products or software updates, they don’t like to tell us every little detail. It seems the way of it now to let discover the nooks and nuances of their creations naturally, as we explore them. That’s all very well and good, but a few of us want to know exactly what our brand new iToy is capable of. That’s why we at Techscheme have put together a few of the best tips and tricks for handling the new iPhone and the latest version of iOS.

iPhone 7: Home Button

First of let’s get to grips with the hardware. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus don’t have a home button, as we’re sure you’re aware by now. What is has is cool haptic technology that lets you “press” thin air. Obviously, that’s awesome but some people struggle to get used to the haptic force one way or another, so it’s handy that you can adjust it. All you have to do is go to Settings > General > Home Button and adjust the feedback to your taste.

Of course, that lack of home button means that, should you need to, you need a new way to do a hard reset. It’s easy enough, you just press the power and volume buttons on the side of the device simultaneously. The unlock feature on your iPhone 7 is also different from previous models, as you have to now press the button rather than just resting your finger on it, you can switch it back easily by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > Home Button and turning on the Rest Finger to Open feature. The iPhone 7 is available at Techscheme with up to £95 of savings.

iPhone 7 Plus: Dual Camera

There are also some cool new tricks to the iPhone 7 Plus’s dual-camera. Portrait Mode allows you to take some pretty cool snaps and is a relatively recent addition after popping up in iOS 10.1. Access Portrait Mode from the carousel as you would any other Camera mode, and it’ll use the iPhone 7 Plus’s dual cameras to shoot a crisp close-up of your subject while the other lens snaps the background and blurs it out for some awesome professional looking shots.

The dual-camera configuration brings with it some impressive optical zoom features. Simply tap and press the 1x button in the Camera app and it will bring up a semi-circle that you can manipulate to get yourself up to 10x zoom. Of course, if you’re filming video, there’s always the chance of a bit of flickering between the two lenses, that’s why Apple have sneaked in a Lens Lock under Settings > Photos and Camera > Lock Camera Lens. You can save up to £110 on the iPhone 7 Plus and its dual cameras at Techscheme.

Model

RRP Savings Techscheme Price

iPhone 7 Plus 256GB

£919.00 £110.28

£808.72

iPhone 7 256GB £799.00 £95.88

£703.12

New to iOS 10.2

The latest update to Apple’s iOS 10 is only a few weeks old, but there are some cool little features to it. They’ve fixed a number of bugs and security issues, of course, but they’ve also handed out over 100 new emojis to play with, for free. Just download the update and you can use them to convey things you’ve never been able to before, whether it’s a clown, pregnant woman or canoe, Apple has you covered.

Lastly, you may have seen the new TV App pop-up on your iPhone with the latest update, but given that you still have the Videos app, you may not have paid it much mind. Well, you should. It’s the best place to watch movies and TV from iTunes. It easily lets you see what you own, what you’re currently watching and lets you pick up where you left off, but also has impressive recommendations similar to those of Apple Music. It knows what you like, and what you’ll like next.

You don’t necessarily need the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus to enjoy iOS 10, at Techscheme you can pick up the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with great savings. Heck, even the already impressively powerful but reasonably priced iPhone SE is available with up to £52 of savings.

Model RRP Savings Techscheme Price
iPhone 6s Plus 256GB £699.00 £83.88

£615.27

iPhone 6s 128GB £599.00 £71.88

£527.12

iPhone SE 64GB £439.00 £52.68

£386.32

Those are just a few of the little things that you may have overlooked in your new iPhone or iOS update that we think are particularly cool. All the tech at Techscheme, including a wide range of Apple products, come with up to 12% off from your National Insurance Contributions, as well as allowing you to spread the cost. To take advantage of these great benefits you’ll need to make sure your employer is signed up, it’s free and easy for them, so ask them to take a look.