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Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 9: Calling Methods

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Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How To Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 9 of the series. If you're just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here (this post has been updated to Swift and iOS 8.)

In my previous post, I taught you how to write your very first line of code. In the process, I touched on the concept of calling methods in Swift. In this post, we're going to take a closer look at the important concept of calling methods, and we will also work on converting the prototype iAppsReview into a fully-functional app.



Tip of the Day: Rotate your iPhone 6 Plus to View Both Messages List and Selected Conversations

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Have you ever wished you could see both your list of messages and a selected conversation at the same time? You can now if you have an iPhone 6 Plus!



Tip of the Day: Recording Videos at 60 Frames Per Second with Your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus

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Ahhhh there's nothing quite like shooting great quality videos! Before the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus came out, iPhones were capable of capturing 30 frames per second (fps). Now, with the launch of the latest smartphones, Apple has bestowed upon us a magnificent gift: a full 60 frames-per-second recording capability.



Tip of the Day: How to Play Music on AirPlay Speakers or an Apple TV

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A college classmate of mine once told me that he played music constantly day and night.

“I feel like I need a soundtrack for my life,” he said.

It’s been 20 years since I’ve seen him and music playback has come a long way since that CD player clipped to his belt.

If my former classmate now owns an iPhone, my guess would be that he is using AirPlay to keep his tunes playing wherever he goes.



Tip of the Day: Open Email Attachments in Another App

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Emails were going out of style before iOS brought them back. The Mail app lets you send emails with crisp text and large photos, but sometimes you might need to do more than just look at an attachment. In today's Tip of the Day, we'll show you how to open email attachments in other apps.



Tip of the Day: How to Use "Hey Siri"

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Since its inception, Siri has become more and more useful. It’s obvious that Apple has put a lot of thought into Siri’s place in today’s world, resulting in Siri's ability to do everything from calculations to searching the web and making restaurant reservations. Now, with the new “Hey Siri” option, Apple’s personal assistant makes things even more convenient.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 8: Code Writing First Steps

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Do you have an idea for an app but lack the programming knowledge to begin building it? In this weekly blog series, How To Unleash Your Inner App Developer, I will take you, the non-programmer, step by step through the process of creating apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Join me each week on this adventure, and you will experience how fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 8 of the series. If you're just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here (this post has been updated to Swift, iOS 8 and Xcode 6.)



Tip of the Day: How to Use Apple Pay in an App

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Apple Pay works with over a dozen retail apps and more are being added to the list every day. If you're not sure which ones it will work with, there is a current list of participating apps right here. Don't fret if your favorite app isn't on the list. It's only a matter of time before everyone will be participating.



Tip of the Day: How to Remove a Song from Your iPhone (But Not Your Library)

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Sometimes we come across a random song that we didn’t mean to add to our iPhone library. Sometimes our kids download inappropriate songs. And sometimes, we just get tired of songs and want to change our library up a bit. We recently found a song with explicit lyrics on my younger son's Playlist on my phone (you can tell by the 'E' circled next to the song title). We promptly deleted the song with just a couple of taps. 



Tip of the Day: Get Directions from a Place That Is Not Your Current Location in Apple Maps

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Usually, you’re looking for directions to a place from your current location. But if you’re looking for directions from a place you plan to visit later, use this step-by-step guide to plan your route!



Tip of the Day: How to Use the Cropping Tool in iOS 8

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When it comes to editing your images, the Photos app has always been a bit of a disappointment, even for the most basic of editing tasks. Thankfully, Apple has added a slew of new features to its Camera and Photos app, including an improved cropping tool.



Tip of the Day: How to Share a Station You Created In iTunes Radio

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I love sharing music with my friends and family (especially when I want to push them to get to the gym!), but it’s not possible to share purchased music in iTunesyou’d have to purchase the song for them. Now, you can easily create and share iTunes Radio stations! It's the next best thing.



Tip of the Day: How to Bypass a Bluetooth Device When Taking or Making a Call on Your iPhone

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A lot of gadgets connect via the iPhone’s built-in Bluetooth these days. But what if you’re listening to music on your portable speaker and don’t want the whole room to hear your conversation once you pick up the phone?



Tip of the Day: How to Slow Down the Triple- and Double-Click Shortcuts

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The triple- and double-click shortcuts are designed to let you easily maneuver through a few features of your iPhone. The double-click shortcut lets you find the recent apps you’ve used as well as recent Contacts, and the triple-click shortcut allows you to quickly enter most Accessibility features. However, the triple- and double-click Home commands have a default setting that might be too fast for some to push. 



Tip of the Day: How to Use Guided Access for Toddlers

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Little ones love using iDevices with the games and the swiping and the buttons. However, the owners of those devices may not love it when their toddler starts accessing other apps, notes, or the actual phone. Luckily, there is a way to disable all apps but the one you want your toddler to play with. 



Tip of the Day: Use Reader Mode in Safari for Easier Reading

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Web pages are often cluttered with ads and menus, all of which can be distracting if you're just trying to focus on reading the text. Fortunately, Safari has a Reader Mode that removes all those distractions and presents the page's text and images in a simple and attractive fashion.



Tip of the Day: How to Quickly Zoom In on Your iPhone or iPad Screen

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If you constantly find yourself squinting at your iPhone screen and you're tired of always pinching and zooming in and out, you can try turning on your iPhone's Zoom setting for easy zooming.



Tip of the Day: How to Save Photos Received via Messages or Emails

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If you've ever received a photo on your iPhone via text or email that you wanted to save or share, you'll be glad to know saving the image to your Photos app or copying and pasting it into a new email is quick and easy.



Tip of the Day: Your Apple EarPods Do A Lot More Than Turn the Volume Up Or Down

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Once you get over the fact that Apple's earbuds are called EarPods™ you can start to appreciate all the cool things you can do with them. You can answer and decline calls, fast-forward and rewind songs, take pictures, and more with your Apple earphones. Oh yeah, and you can also adjust the volume up and down. 



Tip of the Day: How to Teach iOS Autocorrect New Words

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Autocorrect is awesome at turning your garbled typing into coherent messages, notes, and more.

Except when it's not. 

Here's how to make the awesomeness of autocorrect work for you:



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