My iPhone Features & Apps

Glen holding up his iPhone 6, with apps and folder icons visible on the screen.

The following is a list of features and apps that I currently use on my iPhone 6 running iOS 12, and some other apps I’ve used in the past, with links to any posts I’ve made about them. I’ve made an in-depth blog post and video on many of these features and apps if you want to find out more. And feel free to let me know if you have any app recommendations.

Accessibility Features

These are the settings I’ve enabled under Settings > General > Accessibility. That menu is worth looking through even if you’re not visually impaired or disabled, because you may well find something that makes using your phone a bit easier. You can find out about many of them on the Apple accessibility site.

  • Invert Colours – This flips the colours, so the traditional black text on a white background becomes white text on a black background, which is much easier for me to read because there’s no glare and the contrast is better. Apple have now upgraded this feature, calling it Smart Invert, which doesn’t invert photos and videos (in some cases at least), so you don’t always have to flick back to normal mode to see them properly.
  • Zoom – I can use a 3-finger double tap to zoom in the screen whenever I want to look more closely at things.
  • Magnifier – Allows me to use my phone’s camera as a magnifier, by triple-clicking the Home button. It zooms in more than the standard Camera app and has various options for changing the brightness, contrast and colours displayed. Many people don’t realise it exists as it’s buried in the accessibility settings, but it’s really useful.
  • Larger Text – I have this switched on to enlarge the text, in apps that use Dynamic Text at least, so there are many it doesn’t work for.
  • Bold Text – Having this turned on makes the text even clearer.
  • Reduce Transparency & Darken Colours – These help to ensure clear contrast between text and background elements.
  • Speak Selection – Turning this on means I get a Speak option on the menu when I select text in an app, so I can have it spoken to me if I wish.
  • Speak Screen – Turning this on means I can swipe down with 2 fingers from the top of the screen, and it’ll read what’s on the screen to me. Useful for long posts and articles.
  • Phone Noise Cancellation – For the benefit of callers rather than me, this uses noise cancellation to reduce background noise around me when I’m on a phonecall. It’s proven very effective when calling from train stations, for instance.
  • Audio Descriptions – I don’t watch TV shows and films on my phone because of the screen size, but just in case I download any media from iTunes that does have audio description included, I’ve got this turned on ready.
  • Siri – This is just under the main Settings menu, not Accessibility, and is the voice assistant that you can talk to. I don’t use it that often, as I can see the screen well enough, but it does come in handy sometimes.


Social Media


Many of these apps are great for planning my journeys in London and elsewhere.



  • Camera
  • Photos
  • iMovie
  • MoviePro – A more powerful camera app than the built-in one, because it offers many more settings and allows the use of external microphones.
  • Rotate & Flip – If I accidentally record a sideways portrait video when I though I was filming in landscape, this app allows me to rotate the video to correct it. This particular app isn’t available any more, but there are other similar ones available.
  • Scanner Pro – Useful app for scanning documents, as it automatically recognises the edges of pages and takes the picture, and combines them into multi-page PDFs. Great for backing things up.
  • Seeing AI – Free Microsoft app that recognises text, handwriting, products, currency, faces, etc, and speaks the details to you.









Previously Installed Apps

I’ve experimented with lots of apps, naturally, but here are a few notable ones:

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