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Friday, March 19, 2010

Top iPhone Tips and Tricks You Didn’t Know About



So do you have your iPhone in Canada yet? Well, if you do here are a list of iPhone tips and tricks that you may or may not know about! These have been compiled off the web, courtesy of the MacRumors forum, and Macworld. Some of these I didn’t even know about! Let’s get on with the show!
iPhone: To stop an incoming call from ringing, press the sleep / wake button. To send the call immediately to VoiceMail, press the sleep / wake button twice.
iPhone: The home button can be used to access unlocking instead of sleep wake.
iPhone: You can get on the internet DURING a call! You can only do this if your connected to a WIFI network (it wont work via edge), just hit the home key and click on Safari. Now your surfing while talking! The person on the other end can’t hear the keyboard clicks either!
iPhoto / Photos: Create an Album (folder) called iPhone Wallpaper and load up your favorite 320×480 wallpapers. This makes it very easy to pick a new wallpaper on your iPhone.
iPhone: How to make full screen contact pictures
1. browse to the contact and tap edit.
2. tap on the photo.
3. tap edit photo.
4. after it opens in fullscreen, tap set photo and save the contact.
Keyboard: The trick David Pogue mentions for entering a period (hold down the punctuation key and then slide to the period and release) will allow you to enter anything on the non-alpha keyboard and return to the alpha keyboard in one swipe.
Keyboard: When typing a text message, hold your finger over the text field and it will enable a small magnifying glass that lets you move back and forward through text and spaces.
Keyboard: To type in all caps, go to Settings>Keyboard and make sure ‘Enable Caps Lock’ is ON. Then when you’re typing a message, just double tap the cap key on the keyboard and it locks.
Keyboard: If you are writing something and the iPhone flags a word as misspelled that you know is not misspelled, cancel the correction 3 times and the word will be put into the dictionary. If you write a lot, this feature is quite useful!
Keyboard: Shortcuts
1. Type “welll” (3 L’s) and the iPhone will auto correct to “We’ll”
2. Type “Helll” (3 L’s) and the iPhone will auto correct to “He’ll”
3. Type “itsa” and the iPhone will auto correct to “It’s”
4. Type “weree” (2 E’s) and the iPhone will auto correct to “We’re”
(In general, repeating the last letter will tell us its a contraction. The “itsa” is an exception since it could go either way. Think “it’s a…” No need for jumping over to the secondary keyboard at all for the apostrophe.
Google Maps: Typing in the three letter airport code while in maps will bring the airport up on the map. So if you are trying to view a map of say Renton, WA. Typing SEA (or sea) will bring up the Seattle airport. It’s relatively quick to zoom out, recenter over Renton, and zoom in again. It seems to recognize all primary and secondary US airports and many overseas airports as well.
Google Maps: Tapping on the address in your contacts opens it up in Google maps.
Google Maps: A two finger tap in google maps zooms out. this doesn’t really work anywhere else. one finger tap to zoom in, two to zoom out.
Safari: When you’ve scrolled down to the bottom of a page, and you want to go back to the top- just tap on the top bar of the phone (where the Rogers or Fido and the time is) and the page jumps right back up to the beginning
Safari: To email a page to someone tap on the address bar. The Share button on the top left will create a message for you!
Safari: Page down. When not using a zoomed-in display, double-tap towards the bottom of the screen. The page will re-center around your tap. Make sure not to tap a link!
Safari: Zoom onto a single picture. Double-tapping images in Safari zooms them to fit your iPhone display. If the picture is linked to a URL, this can prove a little tricky but it works great for non-linked images. Double-tap again to return to the unzoomed display.
Safari: Zoom a column. You can zoom text columns as well as pictures. Double-tap on the column to fit it to the display. Double-tap again to return out of the zoom. Not only does Safari zoom block-quoted text independently of regular text but if you move your finger after the first double-tap-to-fit, it interprets the next double-tap as a re-center page command rather than a return-to-previous-zoom. Smart.
Safari: Stopping a scroll. After flicking a page to get it to scroll, you can tap the page at any time to stop that movement. Don’t forget, you can also manually drag the screen display to reset the part you’re viewing.
Safari: You can type a website address without adding the ‘.com’ just like on Safari on a Mac.
Safari: Examining the URL. To peek at a link’s destination, touch and hold the link for a few seconds. You can also do this with images to see if they are linked. If a link appears and you don’t want to activate it, just slide your finger away until the destination text disappears.
Safari: Well just point your iPhone browser to a Video on google video and choose download for iPod/PSP and you can watch it right there in safari. This also shows that you can also watch videosin the vertical position not just landscape.
Safari: Set up a bookmark at the top of Safari’s list (just below History, which can’t be moved) that points to “about:blank” (In fact “about:ANYTHING” works just as well, I’m not sure if there’s some keyword I can put in to get anything special.) Anyway, I use the bookmark to switch to a blank page once I’m done browsing.
This helps by stopping Safari from trying to reload the last page I visited when I switch to it next time, thereby saving some time when I try to bring up whichever site I want to go to next.
Safari: Manual zoom. This is probably one of the most-advertised Safari features (along with the flip-the-phone-on-its-side-trick) but it’s worth mentioning again. To zoom into a Safari page, put your thumb and forefinger on the screen and move them apart. To zoom out, pinch the fingers together after starting with them apart.
iPod: When you’re listening to the iPod and u put your iPhone to sleep you can still use the volume rocker switches to change your iPod’s volume
Miscellaneous Tips:
Force Quit: To actually close (or Quit) an application, HOLD the Home button for about 4-8 seconds while in the application. Apparently this will save battery usage and will also keep it cooler.
stocks widget: If you touch the green/red boxes outlining the +/- movement of the stocks, it changes to displaying the %.
Screen: Something I’m doing right now. In order to use Safari horizontal without having the screen rotate, turn the iPhone counterclockwise with the home button towards the sky. Then simply lie on your right side and surf.


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