The release of the new iOS 11 was, as expected, a mingle of good old-fashioned features that were kept as such and a series of much-expected new features. From the first category, Apple users still have the parallax effect, that cool feature that makes any plain screen look as if it is 3D. You just move the screen however you want and the wallpaper and its apps will give you the illusion that they are also moving around in the background.
The trick is, of course, powered by the accelerometer and the gyroscope of your iPhone or iPad in iOS 11. We’re not here to debate whether this is cool or not, necessary or not, worth to use your device’s resources or not. We are here to show you that, if and when you want to put it on hold, you can do it with just a few simple steps.
To access the Parallax Effect in iOS 11:
- Start with the Settings app;
- From General, go to Accessibility;
- Select Reduce Motion;
- A new screen will pop up;
- Toggle the switch from that new screen and the grayed-out symbol will turn to green.
What you just did was to turn On the Reduce Motion feature and, consequently, turn Off the Parallax Effect feature.
Moving on with our introductory guide to the things you can tweak on your iPhone or iPad in iOS 11, there are at least 11 other accessibility features. You might want to look into it.
- For colors:
- Grayscale – make the screen either completely black or completely white, with no other color; saves battery life!
- Invert Colors – switch the iOS colors, providing instead of the white menus a black theme, perfect as a night mode especially in iOS 8!
- For sizes:
- Zoom – adjust the size of everything you see on the display, from text to images;
- Larger Text – it adjusts the size of your iPhone fonts and helps to ease the eye sore during prolonged use;
- For adding indicators:
- On/Off Labels – this will give a completely new, neat aesthetics to your user interface in iOS 11 as it adds I/O letters to any toggle switch;
- Subtitles & Captioning – once enabled, they will trigger even when you’re looking at a video, if subtitle is available;
- LED Flash for Alerts – when the screen is locked and you have unread notifications you can tell by the blinking LED flashes;
- For other special accessibility features:
- Phone Noise Cancellation – when you’re in a call and you need to hear that person clearly, you can use this feature to reduce any disturbing ambient noise;
- Assistive Touch – use it if you can’t get along with the touch screen navigation or if you want to set and customize your own special command gestures;
- Guided Access – use it to decide what parts of the screen to be active and what parts to be locked, even when it comes to the hardware buttons; handy when you have to let your phone in the hands of someone less experienced with using such devices;
- Speech – use the Speak Selection to make the device read aloud whatever text you select.
That’s all for now, go on and try all these features, from deactivating the Parallax Effect to activating these accessibility features on your iPhone or iPad in iOS 11. It will make for a whole new experience!