This is the Best New Feature in iOS 10

Yeah, I’m getting old. I need glasses. I have reading glasses, computer glasses, and long-distance glasses. I also have a magnifying glass on my desk for fine print. For example, a tech gadget I got yesterday has one of those “manuals” which is an A4 piece of paper folded six times, with the instructions in 12 languages. The font size is about 6 points.

So when I read about this new feature in iOS 10, I cried “huzzah!”

With iOS 10, you can use your iOS device as a magnifying glass. You heard me right.

To do this, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Magnifier, and toggle on the Magnifier.

Magnifier settings

To use the magnifier, press the home button three times. You’ll see something like this:

Magnifier settings

iOS uses your camera as a magnifier. You can adjust the zoom with the slider, and if you tap the big round button, the display freezes so you can look closely at something.

I know I’ll be using this often.

16 thoughts on “This is the Best New Feature in iOS 10

  1. Thank you! You have just made my day! I also like the fact that triple-clicking the Home button now gives me the option of inverting colours (which I set up years ago, for night-time use), or selecting this… – I wonder how other many options you can add…?!

  2. Thank you! You have just made my day! I also like the fact that triple-clicking the Home button now gives me the option of inverting colours (which I set up years ago, for night-time use), or selecting this… – I wonder how other many options you can add…?!

  3. It’s amazing how frequently I use my iPhone camera to help see things in hard-to-view areas, e.g., I have a Sprinter van with sliding side door, and the latch mechanism is impossible to view without some sort of aid. So, I stuck my iPhone 6s in the door and was able to take nice photos showing me how the parts looked and are arranged. I’d been having problems with the door latching properly and was relieved to see everything was intact. All I needed to fix the issue was a few squirts of good ol’ WD40.

  4. It’s amazing how frequently I use my iPhone camera to help see things in hard-to-view areas, e.g., I have a Sprinter van with sliding side door, and the latch mechanism is impossible to view without some sort of aid. So, I stuck my iPhone 6s in the door and was able to take nice photos showing me how the parts looked and are arranged. I’d been having problems with the door latching properly and was relieved to see everything was intact. All I needed to fix the issue was a few squirts of good ol’ WD40.

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