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More Handy Tips and Tricks for iPhone 5

More Handy Tips and Tricks for iPhone 5

I recently posted a partial list of helpful tips on hidden features of the iPhone 5.  As I said before, those were just the tip of the iceberg!  The iPhone 5 has so many handy features, I decided to bring you a few more.

Built-In Camera HDR

The camera that is included on an iPhone 5 is a lot better than many of the other smart phone cameras out there.  However, we all know that there are just some environments that don’t photograph well, no matter how hard you try.  With the iPhone 5’s camera, high-dynamic range (HDR) photography is possible.  HDR permits the camera to change an image as it is being captured.  This results in the best possible picture that can be taken in a particular environment.

When the HDR mode on your camera is engaged, your camera takes three images of varying exposures successively and at a very high speed.  These three exposures are intended to capture three different areas of the photograph independently.  One of these is optimized for darker areas, one for lighter areas and a third for the mid-range of light and dark areas.  Your iPhone then parses out the best of each of these images and puts them together to form the full, final, high-quality image.  In the event that you’re not satisfied with how your iPhone renders the image, the HDR and non-HDR images are both saved to the memory, allowing you to use the one you like best.

If you want to activate this option, simply bring up your camera and then go to Options.  You’ll see a toggle switch for HDR.  Turn it on and you’re all done.

The HDR mode works best when used for close-up photos and outdoor shots, as well as in darker environments when a flash is not appropriate.  HDR will not provide good results in bright lighting conditions or when the camera is in motion.


Reply With Message

If you’re in the middle of something and your phone rings, you may not be able to answer it.  No worries, though, because in this situation, you can reply to the caller with a text message.  It’s simple and easy to do and can save a lot of rounds of phone tag.  Letting someone know that you can’t talk right now also allows you to head off additional calls that you won’t be able to take.

When a call comes in, you’ll see an icon representing a phone located next to the green button you would normally use to answer the call.  When you find that phone icon, just swipe up for a menu, then choose “Reply With Message.”  This will prompt three messages to appear on your screen.  You can choose one to reply with immediately, or you can create your own custom message when the call comes in.  Your caller gets routed to your voice mail while you’re sending the text.

You can even choose to personalize the preset messages that pop up when using the “Reply With Message” function.  To do this, navigate to Settings>Phone>Reply With Message.  You can change any or all of the preset messages with a message of your own devising.


Safari’s Reading List

Safari allows you to make a reading list by tagging pages so that they are saved and can be read at a later time.  Saving a page to your Reading List is very easy.  You can do so simply by tapping the menu button (found at the bottom of the Safari page screen) and from the menu that pops up, choose “Add to Reading List.”

It’s not hard to find your tagged pages, either.  Just access Safari and go to Bookmarks>Reading List.



Global Languages

Have you ever been irritated by the fact that you can’t find an “n” with a tilde when you want to talk about the jalapeño poppers you had last night?  Your iPhone 5 can help you with that!  The iPhone 5 has a penchant for global languages, so if you’re actually bilingual, or you just want to be able to type jalapeño correctly, your iPhone 5 will take care of it if you know what to do.  You just need to hold your finger on a letter that you’re wanting to change; your iPhone will pull up a variety of versions for that letter in many different languages.  Select the one you need and poof, you’re international!

These are just a few of the additional, helpful tips to help you get the most out of your iPhone 5.  I’ll be hunting down more of these useful tips, so stay tuned to get the best performance from your device.









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Apple’s September Media Event Will Be Sans iPads

Published on August 30, 2013 by in Apple, News

Apple’s September Media Event Will Be Sans iPads

Eager iPad enthusiasts are going to be disappointed to hear that they’ll have to wait a little longer for a new device.  Rumors had been circulating that Apple might introduce the next generation of iPad devices at their upcoming media event, scheduled for September 10th.  These rumors have been debunked by Jim Dalrymple of The Loop.  Dalrymple is generally recognized as an authority on Apple’s near-future plans.  As is now widely known, the company will be unveiling the next generation of iPhones to the public.  The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are expected to be the showcased items during the much-anticipated event.

Sticking to the Schedule

Apple will likely follow its previous schedule in unveiling new products.  Last year saw the iPhone 5 introduced in September, with new iPads debuting about a month later.  We’ll probably see the same pattern this year.  Apple employs the staggered unveilings in order to get both devices out to the public in time for the holiday season, while allowing each to have its own spotlighted period of introduction.

Next-Generation Devices Coming Soon

Apple followers are predicting that a second-generation iPad mini and a fifth-generation iPad will be introduced approximately a month after the September 10th iPhone event.  The newest generation of iPad is reportedly redesigned.  It is said to incorporate many popular features from the iPad mini including its thinner body, smaller bezels and decreased weight.

The next-generation iPad mini is going to remain at 7.9 inches and is rumored to employ the Retina display, a higher-resolution screen.  Some insiders speculate that a non-Retina display version may be offered, allowing Apple to have a lower-cost iPad mini that may come in under the current $329 price tag.

Mac Book Pro and iMac May Get Updates

Even though no iPad devices will be unveiled at the upcoming September event, there is still the possibility of seeing new Mac computers being introduced.  Most of the company’s line of personal computers, including the iMac and Mac Book Pro, are currently awaiting upgrades.  These will probably include Intel’s latest generation of Haswell processors.

iOS 7 Announcement Expected

Apple is expected to make some announcement about the release date for iOS 7 during the event, as well.  The latest version of Apple’s popular mobile operating system is currently being beta tested by developers and it will likely be released to the public the week following the announcement.  The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are expected to be available to the public about ten days after their introduction at the September 10th media event.


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Samsung Confirms Galaxy Gear Rumors

Published on August 29, 2013 by in Apple, News, Rumors

Samsung Confirms Galaxy Gear Rumors

All the rumors swirling around Samsung’s anticipated Galaxy Gear device appear to have had their basis in fact.  September 4th will see Samsung’s Unpacked Episode 2 and the definite unveiling of the company’s latest foray into the smart watch market.

According to The Korea Times, Samsung’s executive vice president of its mobile business, Lee Young-hee confirmed the existence of the wearable computing device dubbed Galaxy Gear.  The Korea Times reported that he referred to the Galaxy Gear as a “concept device,” meaning that it is likely not ready for release to the public at large.  It was also revealed that the display on the device will not be flexible.  Previously, it had been speculated that the device could possibly incorporate a flexible screen.

Unpacked Episode 2 will take place at the IFA consumer electronics show.  The show will happen in Berlin next week and is expected to showcase some of the most cutting-edge products in the consumer electronics industry.  Samsung plays a big part with the unveiling of the new Galaxy Gear smart watch device, as well as the anticipated introduction of the Galaxy Note 3.  It is the latest addition to Samsung’s family of large smartphones.

In comments to The Korea Time, Samsung’s Lee stated that the new Galaxy Gear device would “enhance and enrich” users’ experiences with existing smart mobile technology.  The company seems to be confident in the impact that its new device will have on the mobile industry.

The Galaxy Gear represents a third attempt at entry into the smart watch field for the electronics giant, Samsung.  Two previous incarnations of a wearable smart watch-type device met with defeat.  This third stab at smart watch technology, Lee says, will “add meaningful momentum” in the mobile technology arena.

It’s important to note that Samsung has applied for a U.S. trademark for the Galaxy Gear name.  Though it looks like we won’t be seeing a mass release for the device on September 4th, we can rest assured that it’s not too far over the horizon.  With the new Galaxy Gear, the limits of mobile technology just expanded past what we see in today’s smart phones.






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Discovering Hidden iPhone 5 Functions

Discover the hidden functions of your iPhone 5

Discovering Hidden iPhone 5 Functions

Many users are incredibly familiar with their iPhones.  Through daily use, it’s easy to figure out most of the functions your iPhone 5 possesses, leading the user to believe they know all there is to know about using their device.  More often than not, even the most avid iPhone 5 users are in the dark about some relatively simple (and very useful) functions of which the iPhone 5 is capable.

Some helpful but (sort of) hidden features that have come to light have been enormously helpful to many iPhone users.  These include the screenshot ability, wherein a screenshot of your iPhone’s screen can be captured by pressing the Home and Power buttons at the same time, and the removal of SMS preview from the lock screen.   This feature allows you to keep your texts private when your phone is unattended and can be accomplished by navigating to Settings>Notifications>Messages and then setting the “Show Preview” option to “Off.”  However, just because you might be aware of these handy features does not mean that you know all there is to know about your iPhone’s hidden capabilities.  Read on for some of the more helpful “hidden” features you may not know about.

Saving Time…and Your Thumb!

One of the best and most underrated of the iPhone 5’s features allows you to go immediately to the top of any page you’re visiting, just by tapping the top of the screen where your clock is located.  You won’t have to scroll all the way back to the top, meaning you can get to items near the top of the page or get back to the search box quickly and easily.


Which Way is Up?

If you’ve ever been in the midst of reading or playing a game and changed position a bit, you’ve probably been frustrated by the screen of your iPhone having orientation problems.  Portrait to landscape and back again, the screen’s changing orientation can make you lose your place or flub your game.  There’s a fix for this problem that is much easier than you might think.

Start by double-clicking the Home button on your iPhone.  This causes the device to pull up a listing of recently-opened apps; simply swipe from left to right on the screen when this list comes up.  You’ll see a set of music controls, along with a gray square sporting a circular arrow to the left of the controls.  Just tap the square.  Your device will then flash the message that your screen orientation is locked.  Turn your iPhone this way and that, and marvel at the steadiness of the screen!  Your screen will only lock into portrait orientation, though, so some features will require that you unlock the screen orientation by accessing the gray square and tapping again (as outlined above).

Advanced Calculation

While a simple calculator is enough for the calculations that most users want to carry out, your iPhone 5 can accomplish feats of scientific calculations that you may have never dreamed of.  You can access a fully functional scientific calculator just by rotating your iPhone to the landscape orientation when you’ve got the calculator app open.  This is one of those features that you won’t be able to access if you’ve got the orientation locked on your device, so make sure to unlock it if you need to access the more sophisticated calculator.

Weekly Planning

You need to be able to see in an instant if you’re available during specific times or on individual days.  Your iPhone can help you with that in its built-in calendar app.  Simply open your iPhone’s calendar for a monthly view and then tilt your device so that the screen changes orientation to landscape mode (unlock your orientation if you’ve got it locked).  The view of the calendar will change from monthly to weekly, showing a detailed summary of the events you have scheduled for that week.  If you’ve tagged your appointments correctly, your weekly calendar view will be color coded for events at home, work, etc.


Silent Alerts

Some users have expressed disappointment that iPhones do not have a blinking light that can alert you to incoming messages.  Actually, iPhones do have this capability.  The built-in LED light on the camera can be set to provide a flashing light alert for incoming or waiting messages.  Simply navigate to Settings>General>Accessibility and go to the Hearing heading.  Under that heading, set the toggle switch to “On” for the “LED Flash for Alerts” option.

Making Shortcuts

It can be both time-consuming and irritating to have to keep bringing up Safari and typing in the name of a site you visit often.  You can make your own shortcut to your favorite websites that will appear on your home screen.  You’ll have to visit the site from Safari in order to make your shortcut, but from then on, it’ll be instantly accessible.

When you’re visiting the page you’d like to make a shortcut for, you’ll need to access the menu.  The button for this is located at the bottom of your Safari screen and appears to be a rectangle with an arrow pointing out of it.  Simply select the option to “Add to Home Screen” and then choose a name for your new shortcut.

The Tip of the Iceberg

There are lots of other handy little tips and tricks for the iPhone 5.  Listing them would take more time and space than I have at the moment, but fear not, more will be forthcoming!  Keep your eyes peeled for the next batch of helpful hints on getting the most out of your iPhone 5.




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Apple’s Trade-In Plan for iPhone is Moving Forward

Published on August 26, 2013 by in Apple, iPhone, News

Apple’s Trade-In Plan for iPhone is Moving Forward

Rumors that have been circulating regarding a trade-in program for iPhones were confirmed Monday, as Apple began training its store employees to handle the new program prior to its launch.  The training sessions are intended to teach retail employees how to evaluate used iPhones.  This round of training will apply to store trainers; they’re expected to start instruction with the next round of employees next week.

The company has already begun a pilot program for iPhone trade-ins at a select few of its Apple Stores.  In these locations, customers can trade their old iPhone in and receive a gift card in return.  The value given for the trade-in is dependent on the condition of the phone.  Employees inspect the trade-in models for various types of damage, including damage from liquid or impact.  The customer must complete an in-store form prior to a value being offered for their old phone.  Restrictions apply as to how the gift card for your trade can be used.  A few of the stipulations include that the gift card’s value must be applied to a new iPhone and that the offer is only valid when the customer has phone upgrade eligibility from their cellular provider.  If any gift card value is available following the new iPhone purchase, it may be applied to additional costs incurred in the retail store.

Details Scarce on Training

Concrete details concerning the actual training being undertaken are few and far between.  Mutterings have surfaced that the program has been implemented, and it is suspected that it concerns the anticipated iPhone trade-in program, but Apple is as famously reticent as ever.  There have been some independent confirmations that Apple is training and preparing employees to handle the ins and outs of a program for trading iPhone models, but Apple isn’t inclined to confirm (or deny) the program’s existence.

Apple observers think that the company may be preparing to launch the program during the September 10th media event where they are also expected to showcase the new generation of iPhones – the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.  Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Executive, has remained closed-mouthed on the subject.  Rumors about the program have been in circulation since June of this year.

The General Consensus

This new trade-in program may well boost Apple’s retail sales of the iPhone.  The broad reach of Apple’s 253 retail outlets will likely help the company make gains in its campaign to be responsible for half of all U.S. retail iPhone sales.  The iPhone retains its value very well, making a trade-in program the next logical step in Apple’s plan to increase its retail market share for iPhone.



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