Siri was the reason I upgraded to an iPhone 4s. Having the ability to talk to my phone and have it respond was amazing to me. I talk to Siri everyday and still don't tap her capabilities much. She is more capable than I even imagined. I thought it would be helpful to share some of her best talents in a series of posts, so lets start with making a phone call.
If you've ever found yourself checking your teeth or applying lipstick in the reflection of your iPhone screen or if you've ever considered downloading an iPhone mirror app, this tip is for you.
Messages, emails, notes, reminders, there are so many ways to give your thumbs a workout while using an iPhone. Getting your iPhone typing up to speed can be a real time saver. Here are a few suggestions that will have you thumbing out messages speedily and with ease:
If you constantly find yourself squinting at your iPhone screen and you're tired of always pinching and zooming in and out, you probably can't wait for the rumored bigger screen of the upcoming iPhone 6. In the mean time try turning on your iPhone's Zoom setting for easy zooming.
Your iPhone automatically locks itself after a set period of inactivity. This saves battery life, makes unauthorized access to your iPhone less likely, and prevents butt dialing and the sending of nonsense text messages to random contacts. The default auto-lock setting is one minute; but if you find yourself constantly having to unlock your phone in the middle of using it, you may need to change the delay time.
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.
Late last year, Facebook introduced auto-play for videos on the social network. Perhaps the most obnoxious part about it is that every time a video ad starts playing in your News Feed, you are essentially paying with your precious data or battery power for them to advertise to you. Fortunately it's easy to disable this feature.
Your ankles hate you. Go back to spin class. Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock
The other day, I was about to head out on the trails for my annual attempt at completing a couch-to-5K program, when I realized that my iPhone battery was almost out of juice. I didn't want to risk having my phone die while I was out on the relatively deserted trails (what if I got attacked by angry squirrels and needed to call for help?) And I needed to leave the house soon or I wouldn't be able to complete the workout before sunset.
Thanks to iCloud, you can create things like shopping lists or to-do lists in Reminders at home on your iPad and then access and edit those lists on your iPhone while you're out running errands or shopping. But what if you want want your spouse to have a copy of the list on his or her device so they can add and check off items as well? Here's how you can share your shopping list with another person using iCloud.
The iPhone's built-in flashlight can come in handy in all sorts of situations, such as digging through camping equipment while you look for a real flashlight during a power outage, cleaning up after your dog on late-night walks, or locating the eyeglasses you just knocked off your bedside table in the middle of the night without turning on a lamp and waking your spouse.
But since your iPhone usually goes to sleep while you are completing these tasks, opening Control Center to turn off the flashlight when you are finished can feel like too many steps—especially if you prefer not to allow access to Control Center from your lock screen.
As anyone who has used to Siri to make calls, search the web, or send messages knows, Siri doesn't always understand what you say. This can be followed by increasing frustration levels if Siri fails over and over to understand your voice corrections. But when Siri gets it wrong, you don't have to repeat yourself. Instead, you can edit your query via typing.
The Swift programming language has a new feature called optionals that were not previously available in Objective-C. They are similar to optional types in Java and nullable types in the C# programming language.
I use my daughters' upgrades at AT&T to keep my iPhone up-to-date. They get the previous generation. My youngest daughter, just graduating from college, was still on an iPhone 4. I went to the AT&T store for the upgrade, but we didn’t have one. No, I didn’t look online first, I just assumed as many do, that an upgrade was waiting somewhere.
Sometimes, whether it's an ex or an obnoxious telemarketer, a person just won't get the message and stop calling you. That's when it's time to block their calls.
Enabling call blocking for a specific number means you will no longer receive phone calls, FaceTime calls, text messages, or iMessages from that number. Here's how you do it:
Siri is an awesome time saver. Want to view your most recent calls, text someone, get directions, or post to Facebook? Just ask Siri. You can even do all this from your lock screen. The problem is, so can anyone else.
People live busy lives. Apple understands this, which is why many of their apps are able to interact with one another across multiple platforms. But if you’re like me and not the biggest fan of AirDrop, here is a quick and simple way to begin an iMovie on your iPhone or iPad and continue editing it on your Mac later using Dropbox.
Some of your Facebook friends like games. A lot. Some of your Facebook friends want you to like games a lot too. And you know this because they've sent you so many Facebook game requests that you are considering unfriending them just to make the onslaught stop.
We at iPhone Life don't want to tell you who to be friends with, but you don't actually have to unfriend the Facebook gamers you know in order to make the game requests stop. Here's what you can do instead:
Your iPhone is a great tool to catalog your outdoor explorations. For an example, check out the image of Longs Peak that I took with my iPhone in Rocky Mountain National Park. Until I acquired a Nikon camera a few weeks ago, I relied solely on my iPhone for outdoor photography. I purchased the 32GB model of the 5s for the extra photo storage. I am no professional photographer, but I travel for work or play about once a month so you can imagine how many photos I have amassed.
Here is some insight into the best apps and tools to use for your adventures:
If you gave it a try and decided Touch ID is not for you, you can easily disable the security feature and go back to using a passcode to unlock your iPhone 5s or to make iTunes and App Store purchases.
One of the great things about using an iPhone or iPad is that you can look up the definition of any word you encounter in Notes, Safari, Mail, and more with the Define feature. (See the tip on how to do that HERE.) But what if you are traveling or you speak more than one language and you want to be able to look up words in those languages as well?
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