Preserve Settings for iPhone Camera App

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Now think about this. What is the first thing you do when you open the camera app on your iPhone? If the first thing you do is change to a different camera mode, you are in luck because your camera settings can be easily preserved between app launches. To do this, go to Settings, scroll down and tap Camera, then tap Preserve Settings.

In the Preserve Settings screen, you’ll see these items with toggles: Camera Mode, Filter & Lighting, and Live Photo.

iOS Settings - Camera - Preserve Settings

Camera Mode

By default, each time you launch the Camera app, it goes into the Photo camera mode. With Camera Mode turned on in Preserve Settings, each time you launch the app, it goes into whatever mode you used the last time.

Turning Camera Mode on here also allows your iPhone Camera app to remember other settings, for example, whether you were using the front-facing or the rear-facing camera and your timer setting, etc.

Filter & Lighting

The stock iPhone camera app has a few built-in filters and its Portrait mode has a couple of lighting options to choose from. With Filter & Lighting turned on in Preserve Settings, the Camera app keeps the last used filter or light on relaunch.

Live Photo

Live photos can be really fun to play with, but sometimes you just want to grab a larger picture in the default camera mode without also capturing 1.5 seconds before and after the picture. Toggling on Live Photo in Preserve Settings lets your Camera app preserve the Live Photo setting, rather than automatically reset to Live Photo turned on.

iPhone Battery Health Explained

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In this post, we look at how to view and understand your iPhone battery health.

First, some background.

Apple got into trouble around 2017 when they implemented performance controls on older iPhone models with degraded batteries. According to Apple, this was to preserve system stability on those devices. However, they did this without first telling their users. When the news broke out, people were understandably furious. History will forever know this as batterygate.

One of the things Apple did to mitigate the situation was the new Battery Health feature in iOS.

Released in iOS 11.3 on March 29, 2018, the feature allowed users to gain visibility into their device’s battery health by displaying the battery’s maximum capacity. This seemingly simple piece of information was previously only available to users via third-party apps. The Battery Health feature also allowed users to disable performance throttling when using an older battery.

The Battery Health feature remains available today. 

How to View iPhone Battery Health

    1. Go to Settings
    2. Scroll down and tap Battery
    3. Tap Battery Health

iOS Battery Health Screen

Understanding Your Battery Health

In the Battery Health screen, you’ll see your battery’s maximum capacity, whether it’s capable of supporting peak performance, and whether you want optimized battery charging.

Maximum Capacity means how much charge your battery can hold. The number would gradually drop over time as you use your device and your battery ages. While Apple does not explicitly say at what point you should swap out your old battery for a new one, their iPhone Battery and Performance support page hint at 80%.

Peak Performance Capability tells you if your battery can handle peak performance. If iOS has determined that your battery can not support peak performance, it will turn on performance throttling, and this is where you can disable it.

Optimized Battery Charging was introduced in iOS 13. When the feature is enabled, your battery will wait to finish charging past 80% in certain situations. This improves your battery’s lifespan, as keeping the battery percentage more centered instead of complete charges and discharges reduces strain onto the battery.