Learn these four oft-overlooked iOS 7 tips

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iOS 8 is going to be coming out in a few weeks and with it will come some cool new features. But before we get there it’s worth your while to take a look at some existing iOS 7 features that you may not be using, but should.

Do the splits. The first is the split keyboard on an iPad. If you’re a thumb-typer from back in the day, this one is for you. Just pull up the iPad’s keyboard, place two fingers in the middle, and stretch them out to the left and right. You can now thumb type while holding the iPad. With the keyboard in its normal position, typing while holding an iPad is more difficult.

Do not disturb. This next one’s for people who like to read in bed. In this scenario your bedmate has turned off the lights and is ready for sleep but your glaring iPad is keeping them awake. No problem. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility, scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen and tap Accessibility Shortcut. Tap where it says Invert Colors.

Now return to your book and when the lights go out, triple-click the Home button. The screen turns black and the text, white; producing far less glare.

Speak the speech. Speaking of reading, your iOS device can read to you. To make that happen return to the Accessibility screen and enable the Speak Selection switch. Now go to an app that supports this feature—Safari, for example—highlight some text, and tap Speak. Your device will do exactly that.

Image previews. And finally, let’s take a look at the Photos app. Here, within albums, you can see thumbnails of your images. But sometimes these thumbnails may not provide enough detail. There’s a quick way to preview them. Just tap on an image with two fingers and stretch. The image will grow larger. You can twist and turn it if you like. To return to the album, just pinch until the other thumbnails appear and take your fingers off the screen.

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