Manage your battery
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Low Power Mode has been a godsend for travellers since it was introduced in iOS 9, but now it’s available at the touch of a (well, two) button(s). Just add it to the customisable Control Centre in settings and you’ll be able to swipe up and select it whenever you’re out and about sightseeing. You can also easily add other features to the Control Centre that could be handy for travelling, such as the torch, magnifier (perfect for restaurant menus) and Apple Wallet.
Scout out your destination
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Take a virtual flyover of your destination with the Maps app, which features most popular cities and allows you to take tours of major monuments and landmarks. Another handy feature is indoor navigation, which will help you find your way around public buildings, such as airports and shopping centres.
Type on the run
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Long press on the keyboard sign and you’ll have access to either a left or right one-handed keyboard, which is ideal for responding to a message while running to the gate with luggage in the other hand.
Check flight status
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Search for flights in Spotlight and you’ll get results from your calendar and inbox, as well as flight tracking information. This includes details on the status of the plane, a map of the route and departure and arrival terminals and gates.
Save and see travel documents
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Get quick access to your travel documentation with the Files app. It doesn’t matter where you’ve saved them. Files integrates with iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox. Here’s a tip: use the tagging feature in Files to see all of your travel-related files in one tap.
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Stay safe by selecting the Do Not Disturb While Driving mode. Once turned on, you won’t receive notifications or calls while you’re on the road. We recommend changing your phone settings to automatically activate this feature whenever your phone connects to the car’s Bluetooth. But don’t fret, there’s an easy option to turn it off if you’re the passenger.
And an awesome food shot
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If you can’t go a meal without snapping a pic then Apple has made it easier to shoot overhead shots of your smashed avo with an in-built level. Just make sure the grid is turned on in Settings and a pair of crosshairs will magically appear whenever your phone is parallel to the ground. Voila! No more wonky food shots.
Back it up
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Notes now has an in-built scanner, which means you can save any important paperwork ahead of your vacation. You can even pin travel notes and suggestions to the top of Notes to refer to them quickly.
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Things have been quiet on the augmented reality front since Pokémon Go fever died down. But with Apple announcing the ARKit tool for developers, a plethora of AR apps are on their way. One current example to benefit travellers is Google Translate. Simply hit the camera button on the app, place it over something written in a foreign language and, like magic, the text will automatically change to your chosen language.
Live photos come to life
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Take advantage of the new features in Live Photos – you can now loop, bounce and take long-exposure shots to share with friends and family. Note: this only works with iPhone 6S and upwards.
Finally… a QR code reader
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There’s no need to download a separate QR code reader– just hold your camera up to the code and it will read it. This is particularly useful in countries such as China, India and Japan, where QR codes are used widely.
Take a killer portrait photo...
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Owners of the iPhone 7 and 8 Plus and the new X will be happy with the upgrades to Portrait mode. Not only are there a range of lighting effects for you try out, but in-built image stabilisation, flash, HDR compatibility and some new snazzy filters means you’ll be able to snap the perfect holiday portrait for Instagram.
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You won’t have to delete any photos or handy travel apps any more. New smart storage options will automatically delete large files, videos and apps you don’t use and messages more than a year old.