iPhone Life magazine

Featured Tips

Featured Tips
  • You can sync music and videos as well as Contacts and Calendar information with your PC or Mac, but you cannot sync notes. If you want to transfer a note to your computer, tap on the envelope icon at the bottom of a note and e-mail it to...
  • You can use the Home button to completely shut down whatever program is running—just hold it down for six seconds. This is useful if a program freezes or if you have multiple programs open at once and want to close one of them.
  • A scientific calculator was added to the iPhone and iPod touch with versions 2.0 and later of the OS. Among its functions is a random number generator. Press the “Rand” key at the bottom of the screen and Calc displays a random number with...
  • When the iPhone’s Location Services is turned on (iPhone OS 2.0 or later), Camera photos are tagged with location data. This data is used with some applications and photo-sharing Web sites to track and post where you took your pictures. If...
  • In previous versions of the OS, you had to open a note and tap on the trashcan icon to delete it. You can now swipe across an item in your Notes list (from left to right, or right to left) to display a Delete button.
  • The iPad's onscreen keyboard approaches the dimensions of a full-size keyboard (in landscape orientation, at least), but the layout of the keys is not completely standard. One of the most maddening things about the default keyboard is that...
  • There’s actually a sixth way to make a phone call on your iPhone. If an e-mail or text message has a phone number in it, you can tap on the number to place the call.
  • This tip is based on an excellent article at Macworld.com. You can check the balance on your AT&T bill or the remaining number of voice minutes you have directly from your iPhone. From the Home screen, go to Settings >Phone >AT...
  • The full user manuals in PDF format can be downloaded from Apple’s Web site (apple.com/support). Apple also has online help sites for both devices, formatted for the smaller screens. You can access them by pointing Safari at the...
  • If you are in Safari and you want to open a new window, tap the window button in the lower right corner of the screen, and then tap New Page. If you want to switch back to the first window, tap the window button again—you will now...
  • Hyperlinks to other Web pages appear in Safari, Mail, and other applications—tap on them to go to the linked Web page. The hyperlink may appear as a highlighted word that doesn’t tell you much about the site it links to. You...
  • The keyboard has a number of features built in that are designed to speed up the typing process. Typing punctuation and numbers can seem like a chore, because it appears that you have to tap the “.?123” button, then the...
  • Even though there is no Resend button on the iPhone, there is a workaround. Open the Sent folder in Mail and select the message you want to resend. Then tap the folder button on the bottom taskbar (second from the left) and then the...
  • If any name in the Recents list is not already in your Contacts list, you can add that person to the list by tapping on the icon of an arrow pointing right. Then, tap on the button labeled “Create New Contact.” If a name on...
  • Safari’s built-in Google search bar (tap the Address bar in Safari to bring it up) has the ability to give you specific information instead of Web page matches. For example, you could type in a movie name followed by your zip code...
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