2 secret features that are now available on your iPhone and iPad
Written by Robb Atkinson on .
If you are like most people, you probably didn't realize that Apple has a new update available for download. It's called iOS 11 and the update has two new features you need to know about.
First, Apple iPhone and iPad users now have a "Panic Button" feature. The new iOS 11 feature lets users quickly call emergency services, like 911, by tapping the power button quickly five times. The "Emergency SOS" feature also can automatically send a message to “in case of emergency contacts." This lets them know that an emergency is taking place and notifies them of the user’s location.
As a parent, I am terrified that my kids will accidentally call the police, or alert my emergency contacts everytime they play Geometry Dash. On the plus side, at least we'll be safe and always surrounded by our local police. But that also means, the potential for higher taxes.
The other cool feature we like?
IOS 11 lets you record your screen. It's a cool feature, and unless someone tells you about it, you probably will never find it on your own.
To use the new screen recording feature, you'll first need to add the feature's button to your Control Center. Open Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls then tap the green plus button next to Screen Recording.
With the shortcut added to Control Center, swipe up from the bottom of your iOS device's screen and tap the Screen Recording button. The button will begin counting down from 3, giving you time to get to the screen you want to record. The status bar at the top of your phone's display will turn red when it's actively recording. Tap the red bar to instantly stop recording.
You also can record your voice when using this feature. A button to turn the microphone audio On or Off will show up just beneath the record button. Tap the button to turn audio recording on, then tap Start Recording. The microphone button will turn red when activated as a reminder that audio will be captured.
But there is a potential downside to this new feature. You could be recorded while on FaceTime without your permission. You should know that recording audio of someone in New Hampshire without their consent is illegal. Eleven states require the consent of every party to a phone call or conversation in order to make the recording lawful. These "two-party consent" laws have been adopted in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Washington.