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Tip of the Day: How to Use the Compass and Level App

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The compass app may be one of those Apple apps that you've forgotten you even have on your iPhone. Apple even has it hidden away in the Extras folder. But it could come in handy if you get lost or need to check if a picture you're hanging is level.



Tip of the Day: How to Set Up and Use Location-Based Reminders

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Unless you're using location-based reminders, you're not getting the full use of your native iOS 8 Reminders app. Location-based reminders can help you remember that you need milk as you drive near the grocery store and they can make sure you don't forget to call your mother as you arrive home.



Tip of the Day: How to Rotate a Photo

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A nice feature in the Photos app in iOS 8 is the ability to precisely rotate a photo to any angle. This can be very useful, since occasionally a photo gets a bit skewed. 



Tip of the Day: How to Set When Audio and Video Messages Auto Delete

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The iOS 8 update from last fall gave users the ability to send short video and audio messages right from a text message. This could be useful for telling your friend where you are or what you’re doing without opening your camera or recording audio in the Voice Memos iOS app.

You can even set these messages to go away after two minutes (the default) or to stick around on your iPhone forever. (Notes that this will not determine how long they stay on the recipient or other sender's phone.)



Tip of the Day: How to Send and Accept Family Sharing Invitations

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Sharing iTunes and App Store content is important. Family Sharing allows families to access the same content across multiple devices. Adding members to your Family Group is easy! Once you've set up Family Sharing and started your group, you can easily add new members anytime. The benefits of Family Sharing are having access to the same music, apps, and even iBooks. Here's how to send and accept family sharing invitations. 



Tip of the Day: How to Search Conversations in the Messages App

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Did you forget what time you made that dinner reservation for? How about when you have that meeting tomorrow? Did you text about it? Thankfully, you can search your messages in case you need to! It’s easy.



Tip of the Day: How to Set Up Touch ID in Apps

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There are a few apps that allow you to use Touch ID to access something sensitive such as private documents or personal finance information, instead of setting a password you might forget!



Tip of the Day: Find an iPhone or iPad? Siri Will Tell You Who Owns It

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I've had the experience of finding a smartphone and having a hard time figuring out who the owner is. It always seems urgent, since I know the owner is desperately looking for it. Should you find a lost iPhone or iPad, you can simply ask Siri who the owner is. Siri will tell you the owner and show contact information. But you need to phrase the question the right way.



Tip of the Day: Use Siri to Control Music Playback

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Why would you go to the trouble of opening your Music app and manually selecting the music you want when Siri can play tracks, albums, and entires genres for you? You can even pause the music or skip at track.



Unleash Your Inner App Developer Part 13: App Architecture

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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 much fun turning your ideas into reality can be! This is Part 13 of the series. If you are just getting started now, check out the beginning of the series here(This post has been updated to Swift 1.2, iOS 8, and Xcode 6.3)

This post contains some of the most important information you need to know to build a well-designed app that easily adapts to changes requested by users, the constant changes Apple makes to iOS, and the ever-changing landscape of iOS devices. It all comes down to a solid app architecture. We're going to take a quick digression from the iAppsReview app this week to look at a simpler Calculator app to help us establish good architectural principles.



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