Working while on the go can be tough & I need to get the most out of my time and mobile use, now more than ever. Did you know that your iPhone has dozens of hidden features that help you save time, communicate better and make you feel super super fancy? In recent days, I’ve had many friends ask me about tips and tricks to get the most out of their iPhone. So I figured, why not make a blog post about it. Check out a few of my favorite iPhone tips and tricks that’ll make life a little bit easier below.
Bold text — The new, thin font of iOS 7 can be a little difficult to read on the home screen. You can make the text more legible by heading to Settings > General > Accessibility and sliding the Bold Text option to “on.” (Use with caution! Bold texts can be mistaken for aggressive communication at times.)
Read text out loud—iPhone can read text out loud in apps like Mail, Safari, Messages, and iBooks. Just turn on Speak Selection in Settings > General > Accessibility. Then go to the app, highlight the text you want to hear, and tap Speak.
Multitasking — Double-tap the Home button to view a screenshot preview of all open mobile apps.
Change the way Siri pronounces a name — If Siri mispronounces a name, simply say “that’s not how you pronounce that.” Siri will ask you for the correct pronunciation, then say the name back to you three different ways so you can choose the one you like.
Undo text — In case you just wrote a lengthy text or email you’d rather not send? Just shake your phone to prompt the “Undo” button instead of having to select the entire text and delete it. It’ll alleviate text-remorse later.
Musical landscape — While browsing your music collection, switching to landscape view displays a mosaic of your album covers. Swipe to scroll, pinch to zoom in and out, and tap to play.
What are some of your favorite iPhone tips, tricks and shortcuts? Share them below!
Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage today for WWDC 2014 in the company’s first big press event since the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina launch last fall. Because WWDC is an event for developers, the keynote traditionally focuses on unveiling the next big software updates headed for the iPhone, iPad and the Mac. It’s all about connectivity & continuity in the iOS eco-system (Sorry, no news about the Beats acquisition). Finally you can get more out of owning your iPhone, iPad and Macbook… check out a few of the announced upgrades below.
1. iOS 8 – Lock Screen Productivity – You can now respond to texts, meeting requests and other notifications directly from the lock screen (no need to open up the app in order to be productive.) Swipe – You will be able to take advantage of predictive text and the option to download different keyboards for your device . Messaging – You can mute a chatty conversation, and access all the attachments from the conversation in one place, you can add a video message in-line and save individual messages for future use.
2. HealthKit / Homekit – It’s the Passbook version for all of your fitness wearables and home automation devices. Keep all of your data collected from your fitness devices such as FitBit, Jawbone UP, Witherings and more accessible in the HealthKit app. You will find all of your home automation information from iHome, Honeywell, Philips and more locked inside of your Homekit app.
3. iCloud – Storgage Gets An Upgrade. First 5 GB free. 20 GB for $0.99 per month. 200GB for $3.99 per month. (Sidenote: iCloud drive is coming to Windows)
4. Photos (formally iPhoto) – All your photos AND videos can be edited in app and the edited content will be stored in the iCloud and available to all your iOS / Mac devices. (But it will use up your 5GB of free iCloud storage.) Photos for Mac is set to launch next year. It’s not clear yet whether it’ll be a free download or part of an upgrade to the newly announced OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
5. OS X 10.10 will be known as Yosemite. Yosemite features a flatter, modern design, with slightly translucent windows. Safari now offers a detailed tab view, so you can get a quick glance at all of the sites you’re browsing. You can now receive iMessages and SMS messages on any Apple device you own. If you own an iPhone, your calls will be shared too, with your Mac serving as a great big speakerphone. (Bonus: Yosemite lets you draw a signature to sign documents on your laptop, tracing your finger on the trackpad.) The update will be available to developers today and to the general public in the fall as a free update.
Other huge notables… With photo a surge in photo sharing, now every photo you take is available on all devices. Family sharing, which lets you get to everything any member of your family has purchased (it also eliminates issues of unauthorized in-app purchases by kids.) Hands-Free Siri will now allow you to reach out to Siri without the press of a button. You can also utilize Shazam song recognition, purchase iTunes content and more using Hey Siri.
These are just a few answers that consumers wanted to make the use of iOS and Mac products work better together. Which of these updates will improve the way that you use your devices? Are you looking forward to the new upgrades? Share your thoughts below.
UPDATE ALERT! The Facebook for iOS update hit iTunes yesterday allowing users a few desktop options like editing posts and adding photos via their iOS device. Although the latest version doesn’t add a laundry list of updates to the Facebook app, there are a few app additives that are worth the click.
Facebook iOS update in a nutshell:
– Add photos and emoticons to your comments.
– Edit your posts and comments through the app (Note: a label indicating that the post has been edited will appear).
– Access privacy shortcuts by simply tapping the lock by your name on the main menu.
A universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini, Facebook can be downloaded now in the App Store for free.
The last update to the social networking app came right after the official introduction of iOS 7 in September. Version 6.5 of the app brought a new menu bar for users of the latest version of iOS.
What do you think? Will you be downloading the latest Facebook iOS update today?
Tired of the default Mail app not covering all of your needs? The developers over at Orchestra, Inc. have cooked up the email solution for you. Introducing the Mailbox app for iOS where it treats your atypical email like a to-do list for better productivity.
- To Archive you simply to the right,
- To Delete you long swipe to the right,
- To snooze an email you swipe left,
- To add to lists (or Labels) you long swipe to the left.
Got an Apple iPhone 5 During the Holidays?
Here are a few things to know to get you started.
If you were lucky enough to get the iPhone 5 for Christmas you are in for a treat. With such power and beautiful design at your fingertips it’s know wonder this little gem is one of the best selling smart phones. Although, we admire the iPhone 5 thin and light design, there is no shortage of performance and features it has to offer. Here is a list of features you should know and understand to use the full value of the iPhone 5.
iCloud (What is it and how do I use it?)
iCloud allows you to download any media you have and access it on any Apple device without synching. For example, when you download a song or movie from iTunes, you can view it on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac PC immediately. Your media is saved on Apple’s cloud service so no need for worrying over using all the space on your iPhone 5. You can save music, photos, video, books, documents, calendar, contacts, and email to the iCloud – and automatically synchs with your other Apple devices.
iSight Camera (What’s different?)
The iPhone 5 now features an option for panoramic view of photos you take. “The new panorama feature lets you capture everything from a family reunion group photo to a jaw-dropping shot of the Grand Canyon. With one smooth motion you can shoot up to an impressive 240 degrees. The gyroscope, A6 chip, and Camera app work together to create one seamless, high-resolution panorama up to 28 megapixels.” (Apple.com)
The camera also feature enhanced HD video recording that also allows for still photo snaps as you record – a first for iPhones.
A separate vehicle GPS is no longer needed with Apple’s voice enhanced turn-by-turn Maps app. With vector based image mapping the images are crisp with better response time. It also features 3D, panoramic and street view. With real-time traffic updates the GPS will reroute you to avoid traffic.
AirPlay (How can I view my photos and video on my T.V.?)
With AirPlay your video, games, and photos are wirelessly streamed to your T.V. (if you have Apple T.V.). Whatever you do on your iPhone 5 will mirror on the television so everyone can view.
AirPrint (How can I print?)
Using an AirPrint-enabled printer you can wirelessly print whatever is on your iPhone 5. Know worries about installing software, drivers, and cables for the iPhone 5 or printer – everything is wireless.
Wireless Technology (Will downloads be slow?)
Unlike the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 uses Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology which is the next generation of cellular networking. You will get a maximum download speed of 100 Mbps, which mean your videos, music, apps, email, etc., will download faster.
The Processor (How fast is it?)
Two times faster than the previous iPhone4S model, the Apple A6 processor chip speed is 1.3Ghz which means the response time completing an email, using apps, downloading media will be lightning speed coupled with the LTE technology mentioned above.
The Battery (How long does the battery last?)
This smart phone packs a punch with so many features, functionality, and power and it demands a battery with excellent battery life. The iPhones are known for keeping a charge for more than 8 hours with regular usage starting at 100% battery charge. With the iPhone 5 you can get 10 hours of streaming video playback time. That’s awesome.
The Connector (How will I charge my phone?)
The Lighting is what Apple is calling the new battery charger. The new iPhone 5 is not compatible with the old 30-pin connector.
The iPhone 5 is a power and elegant mini-computer you can fit in your pocket, staying on the go taking care of business remotely and wirelessly.
Sephora is reinventing retail with its new approach to online and in-store shopping. Its social and mobile makeover, unveiled today, includes: an entirely new personalized web experience, new mobile website, iPhone app and iOS devices in over 100 stores. Sephora is also one of the first retail brands to fully integrate with Pinterest, adding “Pin It” buttons to every product and brand page.
“Digital is a must for the future of retailing,” said Julie Bornstein, senior vice president, Sephora Direct. “With the social, digital, mobile and website updates, we’re giving our clients the most customizable experience in the beauty industry, and connecting clients with our experts in the ways that are most relevant to them. We’re excited to makeover the future of shopping.”
Sephora.com gets a whole new look
Live today, Sephora unveiled its faster, smarter website that offers the most targeted product search in the beauty category today. Each product on Sephora.com has been tagged and indexed with 25 different characteristics – from relevant data like target age group, to specific ingredients, formulations, fragrance, price and more – so a client can easily find the right product. It took a team of 50 people and 5,000 hours to index and tag every single product, and the result is an incredibly targeted, personal experience.
The Sephora.com makeover also includes 80,000 additional images, product quick-views, more color views and time-saving checkout; clients can place an order in half the clicks, and in half the time.
From Sephora.com clients can also check in-store availability for any of Sephora’s over 300 stores, create favorite product lists, learn the latest trends, get personalized advice, watch tutorials from Sephora’s editors, and interact with experts instantly. All of these new Sephora.com features will also be available on the m.sephora.com site.
Sephora’s new social tools: Pinterest and Instagram
Also announced today, Sephora is one of the first major retail brands to fully integrate with Pinterest, the social bookmarking tool for images and video. The Pinterest “Pin It” button is on every product page, letting users pin any of the 14,000 products from Sephora.com. Fans can also check out Sephora inspiration boards, highlighting current looks and new products.
Sephora’s new feed on Instagram will give followers a behind-the-scenes look at the company and its staff, and what trends and products are driving buzz in the beauty world.
Sephora’s new mobile look: iOS devices in every store
As part of Sephora’s mobile focus, it is testing iPads in stores. Twenty stores in the U.S. have been outfitted with iPads to give the client another way to navigate Sephora’s thousands of products and interact with a menu of services offered at the Beauty Studio. Sephora is also distributing an iPod Touch to allow sales associates to help clients find and research products through the Sephora app, and allow for faster, mobile checkout.
“Some retailers are afraid to allow devices in their stores, but we embrace it,” said Bridget Dolan, vice president, Interactive Media, Sephora. “We’re bridging the online and offline world, and making it as easy as possible to find the products you want, in a way that’s cool, familiar, and helpful.”
All of the social and digital updates are available beginning today, April 9. To visit the new site go to www.sephora.com, and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
Ok, we know, we know…but really – here’s the up to the minute iPhone 5 rumors. We just hope that they’re actually accurate this time around…LOL.
Are you looking forward to the iPhone 5? If you have an iPhone 4/4s would you upgrade at this point or stick with what you’ve got?