1. There's a magnifier finally! I've been holding onto a Flashlight app just because it has this feature so I'm elated to find it easily accessible.
If you don't see the magnifier in the control center you can add it from settings in Control Center\Customise Controls.
While the magnifier is a great feature, they dropped the ball on the photos side of this tool. You can take photos of your magnified images, but only kind of. Here's why.
- You'll need to save your photo right away. If you take another picture without saving your last photo it will not be stored anywhere. It's gone forever (｡◕‿◕｡)'ﾉ''. You'll need to save images by pressing on them and choosing “Save Image” from the popup.
- When you do manage to save photos from the magnifier it stores a photo of the least-magnified image, regardless of how you had it zoomed in when you took the picture. That's a little odd and annoying but even worse, you can't zoom in as much on the photo as you did when you were in the magnifier app. If you want the original magnified image you'll need to take a screenshot within the app. I know that's confusing but look at the photos.
Here's what I saw in the app (via screenshot):
But here's the photo it saved when I hit "Save Image" right after taking that screenshot:
And here's how close you can zoom in on in the Photos app next to the original magnification:
So if you're trying to save exactly what you see in the magnifier app, take a screenshot. That said, it does get really close. This is how my keyboard looks with at the maximum magnifications (via screenshot).
While I'm really happy there's an easily-accessible magnifier, I hope they improve the photos integration.
2. Bars instead of sliders Some of the settings are now displayed in bars instead of a slider. The flashlight brightness is four bars, the timer goes in increments of one minute up to 5 minutes and then in five-minute increments after that. The bars are clearer and faster. It seems like a good replacement for certain sliders. You access both those bar sliders with force-touch.
3. Both volume and screen brightness have changed and are impressively responsive. They go up and down now and have a small bar instead of the wide slider. You can touch anywhere on either bar and start sliding your finger and they'll transition instantly and smoothly. Because they're small bars and you've got a big margin above and below, you can move them both from 0-MAX with a quick swipe. It's a big improvement over the older, often-awkward sliders.
4. The Flashlight is much better
First and best of all, they've removed the biggest problem—it took way too many clicks to turn it on and off. It was the opposite of the experience you wanted to have with a flashlight when you needed one.
Now, you click the icon and it turns on, click again to turn off. Just how it should have been from the beginning.
Force-touch to change the brightness and choose one of the four bar levels and drag all the way down to turn it off.
5. The calculator, which had constantly glitched for me, is now working smoothly. It's got circular buttons too but whatever. I just want to be able to math when I want.
Some general babblings
I think the magnifier not giving a photo prompt is bad but maybe the idea is to save things more deliberately and toss things out by default. As a paranoid saver that makes me a little queasy and even if that's the case, the saving process should be easier. It took me about four tries to figure out how to save the magnified photos for this blog.
Overall it feels like they've thought more about one-handed operation. It feels like the Control Center is moving forward in some good directions. Customization is still too limited and I feel like they have a lot farther to go to make the most out of such an important, accessible-everywhere menu but I'm happy with the update.