25 December 2019 22:37

Apple iPhone AirPower

A few tips to get the most out of your iPhone 11 camera

You're the proud owner of a new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max. You probably want to dive right into the phone the moment you get the box in your hands, but take a beat and do a little prep first! That's right, you're going to want to back up your old iPhone after you have your new iPhone 11 in hand, so the backup is as up-to-date as it can possibly be. For a Mac backup (macOS Catalina): Connect your old iPhone to your Mac, open a new Finder window, and select your iPhone in the left column in the Locations section. In the Backups section, choose, Back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac. Checking Encrypt local backup is a good idea, so your account passwords and Health data gets backed up too—just choose a password you won't forget. When the backup is done, connect your new iPhone 11, then tell your Mac you want to restore from the backup you just made.

For a Mac backup (macOS Mojave or older): The backup process is similar to that described above for Catalina, but instead, you use the iTunes app. For an iCloud backup: No need to connect your old iPhone to your Mac. Just launch Settings and tap on your Apple ID profile listing at the top, then go to iCloud> iCloud Backup and select Back up now. When setting up your new iPhone 11, you can restore your iPhone from this backup once you've logged into your new device with your Apple ID. If you happen to be coming from an Android phone (hey, welcome to the garden!), there's an Android Move to iOS app that can assist you with getting all of your your Google account data in Mail, Calendars, and Contacts, moving your camera roll over, even transferring your Chrome bookmarks to Safari. 2. Update your old iPhone, then use Quick Start You just hold your new phone next to your old phone, and a little card pops up asking if you want to transfer all your stuff to the new device.

You'll then point your old phone's camera at your new phone (which displays a cloud of little dots) and enter your old phone's 6-digit passcode. You'll go through the rest of the setup process, like enabling Face ID, and then your phone will be ready to go, set up just like your old iPhone. You don't want to have to wait through a big update process once you have your iPhone 11 in hand. After setting up your phone this way, you'll want to give it a few minutes to re-download all your apps. Initially, your phone will show placeholders for your apps, all arranged and stuffed into folders exactly as on your old iPhone.

But your new phone has to actually re-download apps, because every time you download an app from the App Store, your phone actually grabs a unique version specifically optimized for that iPhone model. Yes, you should use Face ID for maximum security—it's the quickest way to unlock your iPhone 11, and will make it less painful to use a complicated passcode, since you don't have to type it in every time. Setting up Face ID is much faster than Touch ID, too—the setup screen will prompt you and ask you to slowly look around in a circle a couple times. It's a lot quicker than tapping the home button dozens of times to register a fingerprint. Apple Setting up Face ID is a lot faster than Touch ID.

Since you need to have Face ID enabled in order to use Apple Pay, this would be a good time to jump into Apple's Wallet app to set that up. If you're new to Apple Pay, just follow the instructions within Wallet to add a credit card or two. If you already had Apple Pay on your old iPhone, you'll notice that your credit cards have disappeared on your new iPhone. Your Wallet history will still be there, but you'll have to re-enter any payment cards you'd like to use with Apple Pay. Don't forget you can have your apps auto-update by flipping the Updates switch in Settings> your Apple ID> iTunes & App Stores. If you use an Apple Watch (or maybe you just bought a brand new Apple Watch to go with your future-phone) you'll need to pair it to your new iPhone to keep the Activity data flowing to your Health database, and keep your new phone's notifications flowing to your watch.

First you have to unpair your watch from your old iPhone, either in the Apple Watch app on your old iPhone (tap your watch, then the "i" icon, then Unpair Apple Watch, then enter your iCloud password when prompted), or on the watch itself (Settings> General> Reset). Then, launch the Apple Watch app on your new iPhone 11, which will walk you through the pairing process including setting a passcode, unlocking behavior, and Apple Pay. If your Apple Watch isn't already running watchOS 6, you'll want to update it. To upgrade, your Apple Watch needs to be connected to its charger, in range of your iPhone, and at least 50 percent charged. Then look for the Software Update option in the iPhone Watch app. Updating your Apple Watch can be a slow process, so it's a good idea to get started early. But if you're upgrading from an older iPhone, you've got some new gestures to learn. If you're upgrading from a Plus-model iPhone, you already know about Portrait Mode in the camera app. Just launch the Camera app and select Portrait from the camera modes at the bottom of the screen, and then swipe through the different lighting options. The iPhone X introduced Portrait Mode on the front-facing camera, so unless you're upgrading from that, it will be a new feature for you on the iPhone 11. If you have one of those laying around, all you have to do is set your iPhone onto the pad and watch it start to power up. Of course, you can charge your iPhone 11 via Lightning if you want to. In fact, this is still the fastest way to charge your phone, provided you use the right adapter and cable. If you have an iPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max, Apple includes an 18-watt power adapter. It's silly, but the best way to brag about your new iPhone is to send someone an iMessage that shows the Poo Emoji perfectly lip-synced and following your facial expressions as you sing "Bohemian Rhapsody." They will be so jealous. Apple If you send a singing poo to your friends, they'll know you bought a new iPhone. If you're upgrading from an iPhone X, you may have already created a Memoji. Apple If the iPhone 11 is your first TrueDepth camera-enabled iPhone, it's time to make your Memoji! Aside from boosting battery life significantly, Apple made some serious improvements to camera quality across the board. Night mode in particular is an absolute game-changer as it delivers low light photography performance that surpasses what you'll find on Google's Pixel devices and even the Huawei P30 Pro. Of course, if you want the best that Apple has to offer photography wise, you'll want to consider the company's iPhone 11 Pro models which both feature a triple lens camera scheme. Portrait mode creates depth by mimicking the depth of field that you'd get on" pro-level camera. By default, your iPhone will take a 7-megapixel selfie in portrait mode if you just open up the camera and hit the shutter button. However, if you want to take full advantage of the iPhone's 12-megapixel front-facing camera, tap the expand button (symbolized by the two-arrow icon) and you'll be able to take a slightly higher quality photo. One final tidbit worth mentioning — if only because I've been surprised by how many friends aren't aware of this — is that you can take high quality photos while video recording simply by tapping the white button on the right-hand side of the display while a video recording is in progress. The iPhone 11 Pro turned out to be the best phone Apple has released in years. However, to improve the battery life of the iPhones, Apple ditched the 3D Touch feature and packed a much larger battery. The other major area Apple has improved this year is the in the camera department of the iPhone. Despite initial skepticism about Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone XR, which was released last year, the more affordable model has consistently been a strong seller. "Apple also adjusted the price of the iPhone XR in China and several other markets, which helped keep demand strong during the quarter." In addition to significantly extending the battery life, Apple has made a number of serious improvements in camera quality across the board. Night mode in particular is an absolute game changer because it provides photography performance in low light that surpasses what you'll find on Google's Pixel devices and even the Huawei P30 Pro. If you want the best that Apple has to offer in the field of photography, then of course you want to consider the company's iPhone 11 Pro models, both of which have triple lens cameras. By default, your iPhone takes a 7-megapixel selfie in portrait mode when you open the camera and press the shutter-release button. However, if you want to take full advantage of the 12-megapixel camera on the front of the iPhone, tap the Expand button (symbolized by the two-arrow icon) and you can take a slightly higher quality photo. A final tip worth mentioning – if only because I am surprised how many friends do not know – is that you can take high-quality photos while recording videos by simply pressing the white button on the right of the display while a video recording is in progress.