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5 iPhone features you didn

5 iPhone features you didn't know about

5/16/2014

If you're like a lot of iPhone owners, you probably feel like you have a pretty good handle on your device. You use it all the time, after all, and for so many different purposes. Naturally, you'll have picked up a lot of tricks.

But no matter how well you've mastered your iPhone, there are almost certainly many features you remain unaware of. Some of these may not prove all that shocking, while others may revolutionize your iPhone experience.

Here are five iPhone 5s features, big and small, that you probably didn't know about.

1. Record slow-mo videos
The ability to record videos is now standard for just about every smartphone. But did you know you can use your iPhone 5s to record videos in slow motion? As Digital Trends pointed out, this is actually very easy. First, open up the Camera app, then swipe to the right twice. Just like that, you're now in slow-mo mode. As with normal video recording, you can start and stop by tapping the shutter.

Additionally, the source noted that you can tap the thumbnail on the bottom left of the screen to drag markers onto the video's timeline. These allow you to determine exactly when the slow motion effect kicks in and when it stops.

2. Take photos while recording
While on the subject of video recording: Did you know that you can take photos while filming with your iPhone 5s? Start recording and keep your eye on the upper right corner of the screen. There, you'll see a small camera icon. Simply tap the camera and your phone will take a snapshot without interrupting your video recording. As Gotta Be Mobile noted, these photos will not be the highest possible quality, but at 1920x1080 they are certainly good enough to share online or even make prints.

3. Use universal search
As Trusted Reviews pointed out, universal search is a powerful feature of the iPhone 5s, but one which often goes unnoticed or underused. With this feature, you can search through virtually every aspect of your device for a particular word or phrase. This includes apps, contacts, your calendar, your media library and more.

To access universal search, drag downward on the home screen. Don't go all the way, though, or you'll reach the notifications bar. Once the search bar appears, you're ready to enter your terms and discover where they appear on your gadget.

4. Correct Siri
Siri first appeared in the iPhone 4s and has been a standard feature in every subsequent model. Siri has a lot of fans, but many mock the personal assistant tool for, among other things, a tendency to mispronounce words and names. However, as Trusted Reviews pointed out, the iPhone 5s allows you to correct Siri when it pronounces a name incorrectly. Whenever the program makes a mistake, simply say, "That's not how you pronounce [word or name]." Then Siri will provide several options, from which you can choose the most accurate.

5. Add more emoticons
Emoticons are a great way to add some humor and playfulness to your messages. The iPhone 5s lets you significantly increase the number and variety of emoticons at your disposal by adding an "Emoji keyboard." Go to Settings, General, Keyboard, Keyboards, Add New Keyboard and finally Emoji.

As these features demonstrate, your iPhone 5s is an incredibly powerful, user-friendly device. That is why you should do everything in your power to keep it safe. This includes buying an iPhone insurance plan, such as this one. ProtectCELL's iPhone insurance plans offer complete damage protection for every make and model of the iPhone, including the 5s.

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