With the release of Apple’s self-proclaimed “most advanced mobile operating system” that was ever built – iOS 10, came a host of never-before-imagined features. This tutorial would focus on how you can use your iOS 10 device as a magnifying glass. To use your iOS 10 magnifier, follow these steps:
- From the home screen tap on the Settings app
- Under Settings, tap on General
- Under the General settings click on Accessibility
- Click on Magnifier under Accessibility.
- Toggle the switch beside the Magnifier On. Do the same for the Auto-Brightness feature
- Triple press the Home button to launch the Magnifier
- Tap and hold the slider to adjust the Magnifier. To zoom in, slide towards the left and to zoom out, to the left.
- Tap on the Focus Lock button to lock the focus (it is represented by a small padlock icon at the bottom left corner of the screen).
- Tap on the lightning bolt icon to turn on the flashlight if you are in a low-light area or during nighttime.
You can also adjust the brightness of the filters manually by clicking on the filter button – an icon with 3 circles – and then adjusting the brightness in the screen that appears. You capture and magnify a still image using the Freeze Frame feature. To take a Freeze Frame of whatever you wish to magnify, take the following steps:
- Activate the Magnifier by triple-pressing the Home button
- Tap on the Freeze frame button at the bottom center of the screen. The button looks like the camera button in your Camera app.
- Tap and hold the slider to adjust the zoom just as before
- To exit the Freeze Frame mode, tap the Freeze Frame button again; this takes you back to the normal Magnifier.
Note that when in the Freeze Frame mode, the still images are not saved like when using the Camera app.
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In situations, when you need to zoom into a material like a book or a tiny object, the Magnifier could be useful then. That’s all for now; leave your comments below in the Comments box to let me know what you think about this feature. Merci
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