The iPhone and iPad can be your meter to measure objects — 2022
Technology is gaining ground on traditional objects by leaps and bounds. One of the last to succumb are the meters and rulers, since they are becoming essential tools in the lives of many people thanks to applications such as Measures, which is native to iOS and iPadOS. In this post we tell you how you can use it to make accurate measurements.
Measurement App and compatible devices
Measurements, also known as Measure by its name in English, is an application developed by Apple and that takes advantage of the technology of augmented reality in order to make accurate measurements. Despite what was said at the beginning, it cannot be guaranteed one hundred percent that its effectiveness is always accurate, but it is capable of calculating detailed measurements. For this it is not strictly necessary to have a latest generation iPhone or iPad, although this obviously helps to make that precision closer.
It was first introduced in iOS 12 , so it will only be operational on those devices that can be updated to this version or a later one. These include the following iPhones and iPads:
Some of these devices already come with iOS 12 or a later version installed as standard, as they are later in time than the release of said version. If your device is compatible and not up to date, we recommend that you install the latest available update from Settings > General > Software update. Once your device is running iOS 12 or later, the Measurements app will be installed automatically. If you think you deleted this app by mistake, you can download it from the App Store.
Begins to measure objects and surfaces
Once you open the app you will be ready to start measuring. The first thing you should do is move the iPhone/iPad on the surface what do you want to measure This is so that the device can calibrate the space well and subsequently perform the measurements with better precision. The movement must be slow and without suddenness, it does not take more than a few seconds and it will also be indicated on the screen.
The moment you have finished the initial calibration you will see that appear multiple buttons overlaid on the interface . The one on the top left is to return to the calibration, the one on the top right is to delete the measurements made, the central disc with a dot in the center will serve to start measuring, the bottom central button with a '+' to add new points and the circle on the right is for taking screenshots.
Now, how do we start measuring? Well, you simply have to search for the object or surface of which you want to know its dimensions and place the point of the central disc in the exact place where you want to start measuring . Once you have located this point you should press the '+' button and start to move the device across the surface until you reach the other end to obtain a measurement. It should be noted that you can move these points by keeping one of them pressed, in such a way that it is placed in a more exact place.
The measurement is not limited to a single line, but you can establish more to be able to measure the height, length and width of each object. The capture button will help you to have the measurements you make recorded in your gallery. It should be noted that from Settings> Measurements you can set the app's default measurement unit.
The app also has a level on the iPhone
The level is also a very prominent tool in any toolbox and we can also find a native one in iOS. This did not really come as a novelty with the Measures app, since it was included much earlier in the Compass app. The novelty lies in the fact that it has now been integrated into a tab inside Measurements , so it will be accessible very easily.
It can be used by putting the iPhone on vertical u horizontal , with the firm objective of being able to find an optimal percentage of stability, which will almost always be 0º. This functionality will be very useful for certain actions such as placing a picture on your wall or determining if a table or other surface is lame or not.
And you, had you already used the Measures app? What impressions do you have about it? You can leave us your opinion in the comment box.