iOS 10 includes a suite of new features and updates, but one less known one is the ability to turn iPhones and iPads cameras into a magnifying glass. This is really a handy feature that many users have come to love. And it’s perfect for those times when you are in a low light restaurant and trying to read something or trying to decipher the tiny font on packages.
All it takes is a triple-click to the Home button to turn your iPhone or other iDevice into the world’s best electronic magnifying glass. And this feature zooms in, turns on the flashlight, even tweaks the contrast—the works!
So, to turn on this feature head into Settings -> Accessibility -> and Magnifier. And simply toggle it on. That’s it!
Accordingly, whenever you triple-click the home button, the magnifier turns on.
Once in the magnifier, you see a relatively simple interface. First of all, use the slider to get the target area you are trying to read. And only then click the shutter button. Finally iOS renders what you are looking at and gives you the ability to resize after the fact.
Apple is continuously evaluating and updating its iPhone and iPad accessibility options. And it’s always working to improve those options. Also, the company strongly believes that technology should be accessible to everyone. Get a sense of this strong commitment by checking out some of the latest and interesting features Apple is working on as it relates to accessibility.
In addition, Apple’s latest iOS provides increased support for people with color blindness. These Color Accommodations offer special screen modes that substitute colors you can see for colors you can’t see.
Tap on Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Color Accommodations -> Display Filters. And turn on the kind of color-blindness you have (for example, red/green.)
Your phone’s colors may look a little funny to other people. But you should have an easier time picking out colors when it counts. And that’s a very useful tool for those of us with color blindness.
For more information around some of the more commonly used iOS 10 features, please check out our original iOS 10 post on iOS 10 features for the Average Joe and Jill. And, if you have a favorite tip that you stumbled upon in your day-to-day use of iOS 10, please share it with our community in the comments below. Because we love hearing tips and tricks from you!
We hope that you find the iOS 10 magnifying glass feature helpful.