iOS 15 hidden tricks: Make the most of Apple's new iPhone features

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Apple's new iOS 15 is now widely available to download, with support for iPhone models as far back as the iPhone 6S through to 2021's iPhone 13. The software update include several new features and enhancements for the iPhone and iPad, such as a new Focus mode that replaces Do Not Disturb, and FaceTime improvements, iMessage tweaks and a revamped Safari experience.

Read more: iOS 15's best features: Focus mode transforms while FaceTime reinvents

My favorite part about the new software is all of the hidden features that Apple didn't trumpet, though. For example, the new Live Text tool isn't only available when you're dealing with photos -- you can use it to scan documents or text into any text field. Below is the start of my running list of favorite hidden features in iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.

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Use your iPhone's camera to scan any text

Have you ever wished you could point your iPhone's camera at a sign or piece of paper and have it automatically identify and then copy the text into an email or a document? With iOS 15, it's possible and incredibly cool.

To use the iPhone's new "scan text" tool, long-press inside a text field as if you're going to use the copy-and-paste prompt. Only, you'll now see a Scan Text button. You may also see a button that uses just the scan icon, which looks like a piece of paper with brackets around it.

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Tap the button, which will replace your keyboard with your iPhone camera's viewfinder. Point your camera at whatever you want to scan, and then follow the prompts on the screen. For instance, if you're moving the camera too fast, you'll see a "Slow Down" message flash on the screen.

As you're lining up the camera and text just right, you'll see a live preview of the text your iPhone is identifying and ready to place in your document. Tap the Insert button when you're ready.

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