Here is a guide on how to Use Your iPhone as a Magnifying Glass using the new iOS 10 Accessibility features. Apple has always kept those with accessibility needs in mind when designing their hardware and software and the iOS has a wealth of features to assist those customers.
One of the best features of the Accessibility tools is the Magnifier feature which will allow you to utilize your iPhone’s camera to magnify anything you need to read. Often we have ridiculously small print on food labels, in newspapers or even just reading a book and the iPhone can help you immensely with just a few taps!
How to Use Your iPhone as a Magnifying Glass
Here are the steps to enable the Magnifier on your iPhone.
Watch the above video to see how to access your iPhone’s Accessibility settings.
Enable the Magnifier
In order to access this hidden feature of iOS 10, you need to access your iPhone’s accessibility features by navigating to the Settings app, General and then the Accessibility tab.
You will see a wealth of options for Accessibility including sections for Vision, Interaction, Hearing, Media and Learning. For our needs we will access the Vision section and tap Magnifier.
The Magnifier will have a slider that you can enable and doing so will now allow you to utilize the camera as a magnifying glass in order to see those hard to read text printings. In order to use this feature now that it is enabled, we must learn a new gesture for our iPhone
Using the Magnifier
Now that we have this setting enabled we can use the Magnifier for our reading needs by triple-clicking the Home button from any screen. When you do this, you will see a window appear for your camera to be used as well as a few different icons at the bottom of the screen.
You can tap the larger circle to freeze frame the current displayed image, Lock the focus, Zoom in and out and change the color temperature all within this screen.
You can snap a freeze frame and then alter colors further by tapping the Filters icon. You will be able to see multiple combinations of colors that may potentially enhance your zoomed image further and make it easier to read.
The magnifier is an excellent resource for all users as we often need assistance reading things that are very small for our human eyes. In addition to being a genuinely great accessibility tool, this is yet another feature of the iPhone that can come in handy for all owners throughout our days.
What's New in iOS 11.2 & iOS 11.2.1
The iOS 11.2.1 update is small and it focuses on fixes for HomeKit that Apple already fixed on the server side. This is an important update to install if you use HomeKit.
The iOS 11.2 update delivers a major fix for the crashing iPhone, dozens of other fixes and includes Apple Pay Cash. The update is about 480MB for most users and should install pretty quickly if you are already on iOS 11.1.2.
Apple Pay Cash - This new service lets you send, request and receive money from other iPhone users.
The iOS 11.1.2 update fixed the following items, which are also rolled into the iOS 11.2 update.
If you are on a much older version the update will be larger and it will include the other fixes listed below.
The iOS 11.1.1 update is out now for the iPhone and iPad. This update includes all of the changes from iOS 11.1 and two very important fixes. This small update is just over 50MB in size on most iPhones that are on iOS 11.1 already.
The iOS 11.1.1 update includes all of the same security fixes as iOS 11.1, and the new features outlined below. After a lot of iOS 11 problems, the iOS 11.1 update is about delivering a lot of fixes that will help you use the iPhone better. This is a free update that is about 200 to 300 MB in size and it is one that most users will want to install on their iPhone. Here's a full list of the changes in iOS 11.1 including many fixes for the Photos app and for Accessibility.
Apple also includes a number of important security fixes, including one for a major WiFi flaw in this update. Most users will want to install iOS 11.1 for the security updates as much as for the new emoji.