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iPhone Tricks

7 Feb

So in my last post I talked about being the family gadget guru/the tech problem go-to-guy and I also shared where to go to find answers (in case you aren’t the guru in your family or you don’t have a guru in your family). In this post, I thought I would take it a step further and give a few helpful hints on how to make your life easier while using your iPhone. I came across this site that gives great guidance on over 40 features you might not know about.

Note:  Although I have not yet made the switch to the iPhone 5, most of these should work on the newest version of the iPhone.

Here are a few of my favorites tips (and yes a lot are related to photos because I take a lot of pictures of my baby boy):

1. Use Your + Volume Button as a Shutter on Your iPhone…
Taking a picture by holding your iPhone with just one hand is an easy way to get out of focus images. Fix it by holding your iPhone with two hands horizontally, and then push down the + button usually reserved for raising the volume. Now you’ve got a stable picture!

2. … and Your Headphones, Too
The same trick above works for the volume button on your headphones, too. This comes in particularly handy if you have a Glif or similar tripod mount for your iPhone. If you couldn’t already guess, this works for Bluetooth headphones as well.

3. Quick Look for Pictures You Just Took
Want to look at the most recent image you shot? Open up the camera app and slide the screen from left to right. It’ll show the last picture taken, and you’ll be good to go.

4. Take a Picture With a Double Tap
Stuck on the lock screen but want to take a picture? Double click the home button and look just to the right of your Unlock slider where you’ll find a little camera icon. Touch it, and away you go to taking pictures.

5. Edit Your Photos
Man, those red eyes in that shot look horrible, right? If only you had some kind of way to tweak your shots so that they looked perfect. Turns out you do, all baked into iOS. Just hit Edit on any image, and you’ll be presented with your tools along the bottom row. They’re not super extensive, but it’ll get the job done in a pinch.

6. Tap to the Top
Doesn’t it suck to scroll through a long webpage and then flip back up to show the Address bar again? Just tap the top of the screen by the clock and Safari will zip back up and reveal the address bar, no problem.

-Aaron Snead, UDig Technical Account Manager

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