Six Clicks: Cool iPhone, iPad treasures buried in iOS 7.1

Six Clicks: Cool iPhone, iPad treasures buried in iOS 7.1

Summary: Here are six tips and tricks that will help you be more productive when using your iOS7, whether you use it for work or play.


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  • Scrolling is a pain

    Ever scrolled down to the bottom on a really long page, and then hate the prospect of having to scroll all the way back up? Simple, don't scroll, just double-tap!

    Just double-tap on the top of the screen to take you instantly to the top. This is a huge time-saver.

  • Complete that web address fast!

    Typing in .com, .org and so on is so last millennium. Just press and hold the period to get a pop-up list of options.

    Note that the options available in this list are dependent on your location.

  • Easier on the eyes

    That 3.5-inch screen the iPhone has isn't the biggest around, and I don't know about you, sometimes the text feels a tad too small, especially towards the end of the day.

    Here's a quick way to get bigger text in apps that support it. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Larger Text and switch the feature on, and then choose the text size you prefer using the slider.

Topics: Tapping M2M: The Internet of Things, Mobility

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  • shake it shake it shake it

    the shake undo is the only one I wasn’t aware of. Interesting.
    • Really?

      That's been around in iOS since before it was called iOS! I think it was introduced in either iPhone OS 2 or iPhone OS 3 - probably 2, as I seem to recall it being one of the features on the iPhone 3G.

      As for the others, I am in total agreement that the double-tap to the top of the screen is insanely useful once you know it's there, and it works in lots of third party apps as well. The control centre on the lock screen isn't really a hidden feature, but the number of times I take my phone out to quickly use it as a flashlight under the stairs or when taking my dog out to do his business late at night, or when I quickly want to do a calculation - it's a real time saver.
    • Yawn .......

      Great? New?
      Okay, I'll give it a maybe.
      The tap to top and undo are all I really use.
      At the end of the day, they are still consumptive devices. I have tried to make them otherwise.
      BTW, my other phone/tablet; Android; does all the same things, too.
  • "Shake Undo"

    shaking it is the last thing one does before throwing it in the trash - it's a form of self preservation!
    • Yes

      Because the first thing someone is going to do with their seven hundred dollar phone is throw it in the garbage... rolleyes.
  • I didn't know about the .com complete

    Blackberry has that too, but it was more obvious to me what it was over there. That's a handy feature.
    • it's old

      The iPhone keyboard had an .com key for ages, but then.. people complained and now it has this menu. They went trough several iterations actually. The .com key was obvious -- now you need to know the menu is there.
  • Do not use Control Center on Lock screen

    This is a security tip. You should disable the Control Center on the lock screen. If your phone gets stolen, you have sensitive data on it. Yes, we have the ability to remotely lock/wipe/locate the phone via Find my Phone. If you have Control Center on the lock screen, the bad guys know enough to swipe up, put it in airplane mode and your phone is toast. They have as much time as they want to figure out the unlock code or hack it.

    To answer the naysayers, YES they could simply turn the phone off. However, they will have to turn it back on and if it gets any signal at all, you can locate or wipe it. This is an educated tip - turn lock screen control center off. It's not as convenient, but much better for security.