The Secrets of your iPhone and iPad

“It’s with you every moment of every day. It reminds you of little things that you sometimes forget, like calling friends on their birthdays and picking up the dry cleaning,” Katherine Boehret reports for AllThingsD. “It sleeps by your side, resting when you rest and working when you work. It even talks back once in a while. But how well do you really know your iPhone?”

“After months of watching friends and family use their iPhones and iPads, I realized most of them were missing out on a lot of features,” Boehret reports. “I’ll walk you through 10 things you might not know your iPhone and iPad can do. Aficionados may know most of these, but typical users likely won’t.”

The Secrets of your iPhone and iPad:
1. Directly Access Apps
2. Tap to Scroll Up
3. Keyboard Shortcuts
4. Speed from App to App
5. Take Screenshots
6. Swipe to Search
7. Read Websites More Easily
8. A Smarter Camera (iPhone)
9. Digital Picture Frame (iPad)
10. Mute or Screen Lock (iPad)

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]


      1. RTFM goes on forever. So do all the consequences of users not bothering to RTFM.

        Apple typically only ship a quick guide with their products. Thankfully, they usually provide an in-depth manual online. Here is the source page:

        Apple Support: Manuals

        For Apple software, the ‘manual’ is the Help system. On Macs, Help is always available on the right-hand side of the software’s menu. In iOS, Help is usually in a similar location.

        If you want the REAL ‘secrets’, hang around at the ‘Hints’ websites and buy the 3rd party books. Anything published by O’Reilly or the IDG/MacWorld folks is typically full of actual ‘secrets’.

    1. I assume you’re being sarcastic? I’ve always had to download the manuals off Apple’s support site. It’s generally Apple’s policy not to include an in-depth manual. It forces their designers to make the products intuitive to use.


    2. Apple products are designed intuitively for the most part so that you don’t need a manual. Just try something and it will likely work. There are usually three ways to do almost any task with a few exceptions.

      When was the last time you needed a manual for a new pair of shoes? You just use them and know how to without training. Computing devices are moving in that direction (except Microsoft’s)

  1. Boehret usually writes pretty lame articles. I was not surprised when this trash popped up in my twitter feed. Its sad to see MDN pick it up and post it here knowing that every iOS user coming over to this website probably knew all of those “tips” before they purchased their iOS devices…

    1. Hey, I’ve had an iPhone since the original version, and there were a couple there I didn’t know — including the drop to the number keyboard trick. And didn’t know I could customize the switch on the iPad.

      I admit, some of them were a bit obvious, but the WSJ is always upfront that their tech coverage is directed at the novice user, not the pro.

      1. Mike,

        Agree with you on the WSJ catering to the novice users. I had more issue with MDN linking it here than Boehret writing that article in the first place.

        Apologize if the tone came across to you as being condescending for users like yourself. Wasn’t intentional.

      2. I didn’t know about that one either or the hold to get .edu, .gov, etc.

        For those who don’t know it, holding down a letter brings up the accented versions. This also works with some punctuation (ex. the upside down !). This is also the default behavior in Mountain Lion. Nooooooooooooooooooo several of you are difficultly trying to type right now.

  2. More importantly, what about features that are missing that you would like to see.
    1.) Better autocompletion of medical terms (necessary if iPad mini is to be targeted toward the health care industry).
    2.) Switching to cellular when wifi signal strength has degraded to a certain point – coming in iOS 6. Yeah, finally!!!
    3.) Pull to refresh on all native iOS apps (like Mail).
    4.) When starting a text message to someone who you haven’t texted in a long time (and therefore way down the list), I’d like it to pull up the conversation thread in the same manner as when you select their name off the list of text threads.
    5.) More accurate badging of app updates available – it sometimes doesn’t update until after you go to the App Store.

    Well, those are 5 off the top of my head.

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