The iPhone 11 Pro brain. But it's more than just an . The powerful A13 Bionic chipset transforms the phone and brings new features never seen before on a 4.7-inch iPhone ($ 699 at Apple) .and has an iPhone 8 body with a
The mix of old design and new power means that you can unlock the new SE with Touch ID, which is handy now that face masks are a must. You also have the processing power to support future iOS software updates longer than that of an iPhone 8, with its 2 and a half year old A1
Here are nine things to try with your new iPhone SE.
1. Transfer date from your old phone without iCloud or iTunes
Probably the very first thing you want to do is get your stuff from your old iPhone and put it on your new one. If it's been a while since you transferred data, you have a few options.
The first would be to backup your old phone to iTunes and then restore the backup on your new iPhone. You can also do this with iCloud, but you may not have enough storage space and may not want to buy from Apple anymore.
So the third way might be the ideal one: you can transfer your data directly from your old iPhone. Check out this article that takes you step by step through the process of.
I should note that the direct data transfer method is perhaps the easiest of the three, but it takes longer than.
2. Taking a photo in portrait mode
If you had an iPhone 6 ($ 197 on eBay) 6S, 7 or 8, you've never had the pleasure of taking a photo with shallow depth of field , also known as portrait mode. It can turn your everyday background into a creamy, hazy wonderland. The iPhone SE uses processing to separate your subject from the background and then fades to make it look beautiful.
To try it out, go to the Camera app swipe to Portrait then center your subject and take a photo. Before taking the photo, you can preview what the photo will look like by tapping the portrait mode button at the bottom and rotating it through the different looks. You can even adjust the amount of background blur by tapping the aperture button in the top right corner of the screen. Use the slider at the bottom to make it more or less blurry.
If you took a portrait photo but still want to make adjustments, you're in luck. Find a photo in portrait mode that you want to adjust and tap the edit button . To adjust the amount of background blur, go to the top left of the screen and tap the aperture icon . Use the aperture scroll bar that appears at the bottom of the screen to make the background more or less blurry.
You can also change Apple's portrait lighting afterwards by going to the top left corner of the screen and tapping the portrait mode icon. Swipe through the different modes with the rotary knob shown at the bottom.
If your subject's face is too dark, return to edit mode and rotate the portrait mode dial to a lighting effect other than natural light. A slider will appear below and you can adjust it to increase or decrease the light effect on your subject.
One last tip in portrait mode: the iPhone SE can only take portrait mode photos of people. Sorry, but your cat photos don't have pretty blurry backgrounds.
3. Take a selfie in portrait mode
Remember what I just shared about portrait mode? Well, luckily for you, it applies to the portrait mode on the back of your phone and the selfie camera. That means you can take epic and artistic selfies with portrait lighting effects.
4. Admire the centered Apple
The new iPhone SE is nearly identical to the 2017 iPhone 8, but there is one way to tell the difference between the two. Look for the Apple logo on the back. It is higher on the iPhone 8. But on the new iPhone SE, it's right in the middle. This is consistent with the placement of the logo on other new iPhones. Take a moment and admire the centered logo on the back of your iPhone SE. (OK, your mileage on this tip may vary.)
5. Use Quick Take to Record Video
Another cool thing you can do on the iPhone SE is to start recording a video even when you are not in video mode. From the Camera app press and hold the shutter button to start recording (such as Instagram or Snapchat). When you let go, it stops recording. If you are filming a long video that you started with Quick Take, just drag your finger from the shutter button to the lock on the right.
6. Put a case on it
I am a non-case person, but I have been told that most normal people put cases on their phone. Now if you're wondering if an iPhone 8 case will fit on your iPhone SE. The answer is yes, it will. But there are also new cases for the phone. I still have no preference. Why would you cover that nice centered logo?
7. Take a picture with SmartHDR
One of the SE's most amazing features is also one of the least flashy. It is SmartHDR photo processing. There have been a few flavors of Apple & # 39; s high dynamic range computational software, but the one on the iPhone SE does an impressive job of capturing a scene with plenty of shadows and bright lights. Check out the photo I took below of a tree against a clear blue sky.
8. Connect AirPods ($ 159 at Apple) and AirPods Pro via iCloud
Like other recent iPhones, the new SE doesn't have a headphone jack. Look, it's normal to be upset, but I don't think that will change anything. Fortunately, if you own a nice pair of Apple or Beats wireless headphones, there is some redemption in the form of iCloud.
If You Get All Your AirPods, AirPods Pro ($ 249 at Apple) or If Beats have paired wireless headphones with an Apple device using the same iCloud account, they should automatically pair with your new iPhone SE.
All you have to do is connect them. To do this, select your headphones from the list via Bluetooth settings and tap connect . If your other Apple devices are turned off, your headphones may automatically connect when you put them in your ears.
9. Try out games and AR apps
Your iPhone SE has the most powerful processor currently available on any phone. See what it can do by playing a game like Children of Light or an Apple Arcade game like Doomsday Vault or Sneaky Sasquatch. But if you really want to experience something impressive, check out an AR app like Wonderscope. It turned my room into a mansion where I can train to be a ghost.
If you have any tips or features that you think people should try, throw them in the comments.