Quick Tip: Use “Reader” function in Safari to focus in on a webpage article on your iPhone or iPad

Safari’s Reader view on iOS can be a very useful way to cut down on distractions when viewing a webpage on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. When you load a page that has a large block of text on it, including most blogs and news sites, a small button will appear on the left side of your web address bar at the top of the screen. Tapping this will activate the Reader view which extracts the article’s text and images and presents them in a clean, attractive manner. “Reader” mode will cut out sidebars, ads, headers, and any other, sometimes, distracting components Continue Reading →

Quick Tip: How to use accents on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch Keyboard

There are times when you need to use an accent on a word when you are typing on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Thankfully, your iOS device has this capability built right into the keyboard. All you need to do is tap and hold on a letter on the keyboard to reveal the accent options for that letter. Then, slide your finger on the screen to select which accented letter to insert. Release and there you have it! Now you can spell résumé with the proper accents on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

Create typing shortcuts on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

One of the lesser known, and  features in iOS is the ability to create keyboard shortcuts. You can choose a phrase that you type often and then create a shortcut made up of a few letters. For example, if you are in a lot of meetings, you may need to respond to texts telling people that you can’t talk at the moment. Another way you can use this feature is to create a shortcut to often-typed items, such as email addresses. You can create a 4 letter shortcut that will then be translated into an entire phrase response. Here is Continue Reading →

Double tap shift key on onscreen keyboard to activate “Caps Lock”

Have you ever wanted to type in all capital letters when typing on your iOS device? Well, there is a simple way to activate do it. Simply double tap the shift button whenever you are typing to activate caps lock. The shift button will turn remain white and a line will appear below the arrow, letting you know that you are in caps lock mode. Simply tap the shift key again to deactivate caps lock. Easy as that!

Two 3D Touch tips for selecting text in iOS 9

3D Touch brings a whole new dimension of interaction to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Yes, you can use 3D Touch to interact with app icons on the home screen and inside apps that have been updated to support the feature, but did you know you can also use it in some really useful ways when dealing with text system-wide in iOS? Here are two quick tips for using 3D Touch on your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus for selecting text. 1. Use 3D Touch to turn your keyboard into a trackpad. When composing an iMessage, writing Continue Reading →

Top 10 Best (some hidden) Features of iOS 9

Top 10 Best (some hidden) Features of iOS 9

This article gives the top 10 best (some hidden) features of iOS 9. With the release of iOS 9, Apple added some incredible features to the software on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Although there are hundreds of new features in iOS 9, here are the best top 10 features. 1. More Intelligent Siri: Search (inside apps, specific settings: open bluetooth settings, photos) and Reminders Siri received some of the biggest enhancements since being introduced with iPhone 4s. The most significant improvements, besides better word detection and quicker responses, include what Apple calls, Intelligence. Siri is smarter in so many Continue Reading →

How to use Apple Pay in the real world [Video]

In this video post, we travel to our local Whole Foods Market to test out Apple Pay in an actual store. Check out the video to see how it works! Before watching, you should be aware that Apple Pay only works in physical stores using the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. As you can see, Apple Pay is incredibly convenient, and much easier than going through the process of swiping a physical credit or debit card. All you need to do is put your phone near the point of sale system and place your finger on the Touch ID. That’s Continue Reading →

iOS 8.1 Quick Tip: How to send a video or audio message using the new Messages app

This is an iOS 8.1 quick tip on how to send a video or audio message using the new Messages app. With iOS 8, Apple introduced a new way to quickly and easily send audio and video messages to others who have an iOS device and the Messages app. It is fairly obvious how to send an audio message. All you need to do is open the Messages app and create a new message or tap on an existing one. You will notice a little Microphone symbol on the bottom left of the screen next to the area where you Continue Reading →

Quick Tip: How to set songs from your music library to be your iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch Alarm Clock Sound

Quick Tip: How to set songs from your music library to be your iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch Alarm Clock Sound

This is a Quick Tip on how to set songs from your music library to be your iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch Alarm Clock Sound. In iOS 6, Apple enabled a feature in the Clock app that allows you to set a song from your music library as your alarm clock tone so you can wake up to beautiful music rather than the built in sounds. This works in iOS 6, iOS 7, and iOS 8 for the iPhone, iPad (Mini), and iPod Touch. It is quite easy to set this up. Here are the steps: 1. Launch the Clock Continue Reading →

How to quickly switch to and use 3D Flyover Mode in Apple Maps App

This is a quick and easy tip on how to switch to 3D Flyover Mode in the Maps App on your iPhone, iPad (Air, Mini), and iPod Touch. The Apple Maps app on iOS devices has greatly improved since it was announced a few years back. The Flyover feature is one of my favorites. Flyover allows you to zoom in on certain cities and get a photographic 3D view of the city. It is really fun to explore new cities this way or to get a 3D birds eye view of your own city. There are dozens of cities that Continue Reading →