iOS 5 definitely introduced a slew of new features that long-time iOS users had been waiting on since Apple finally introduced copy and paste. And Apple has definitely heard the Call of the Users, as iOS 5 also comes chock full of shortcuts. Why bother swiping between home screens and sifting through apps when you can perform a few simple shortcuts to get what you want? Read on to find out how.
The wait is over, you can finally get your digital fingers all up in Lion's mane. Apple released the latest iteration of OS X in the Mac App Store and the hefty download is ready for anyone with $29.99 burning a hole in their pocket.
While waiting for Lion, you've no doubt checked out Apple's Lion Features page. It boasts more than 250 new features, some of them more featurey than others. Full Screen Apps is one feature, counting it as a separate feature for each app, that sort of seems like cheating.
To help you get the most out Lion, we compiled a list of features and tips to help you conquer your new feline friend.
You can easily utilize apps like TinkerTool and MacPilot to customize your Dock, or you can be a real superstar and use a couple of Terminal tricks. There are a ton of Dock tricks you can do, but here are four that are practical and easy to do. Follow along to learn how to pin your dock to one size, get super enlarged icons, turn your 3D Dock into a 2D Dock and disable Dashboard -- once a for all!
This problem can be solved in a relatively low-tech manner: a leftovers calendar. If you already have a calendar lying around, you can use that, and if you need to print out a blank calendar, open up iCal, start a new calendar named “blank” (or whatever), uncheck all the other calendars you’re already using, select the Month view, and press Command-P to print that month. Hang this calendar on your fridge, and when you have dinner leftovers, jot them down on the date you made (or bought) them. That way you’ll be able to see at a glance which leftovers have been in your fridge the longest -- just cross ’em off as you eat them. You can even add raw, perishable items (eggs, milk, meat, fresh veggies) to the calendar, marking the day you bought them and the day they expire. Glance at the calendar as you plan your meals, and you’ll be more likely to use it up before it goes bad.
iOS 4 is easy to use, but it’s also packed with features. That means the Settings app gets pretty complex—so complex that you’re bound to miss out on some terrific options. That’s why we’re highlighting four of our favorites that tend to go undiscovered. For starters, triple-tapping the Home button (toggle the triple tap on and off in Settings > General > Accessibility) can invoke accessibility settings—including our favorite, White on Black, which reverses colors on your iPhone screen. Aside from freaking out your friends, it’s great for low-vision users or anyone squinting at an iPhone screen in bright sunlight.
Apple didn’t dominate the tech world until it’d been in operation for roughly 20 years. “Overnight sensations” like Facebook and Twitter actually needed a couple years to take off. Even Luke didn’t turn into a proper Jedi until the third movie. Yes, mastery doesn’t come easily—unless you read this guide. We’ll show you the power-user secrets you need to wring the coolest and most cutting-edge functionality from your iDevices.
Do you plug in your iPhone or iPad to sync with your Mac (or PC, you poor soul), then groan in dismay as the progress bar crawls toward the finish line? You don’t have to grin and bear it—with a few simple tweaks, you can reduce the time it takes to sync your iDevices with your computer. For starters, store as few photos as possible on the iPhone or iPad itself—in addition to freeing up valuable storage space, this speeds up syncing by trimming fat from the backup that iTunes makes before each sync.
Apple’s totally earned that whole “it just works” thing…except when it comes to getting photos on and off your iDevices. Quite frankly, it doesn’t work well at all unless you know your way around a less-than-obvious app or two. Fortunately, they’re super-easy to use, and once you get acquainted with them, you’ll wonder why you mucked around with anything else.
Ever been out, about, and away from your Mac’s music library when a song’s stuck in your head? If you want to stop being tempted to give iTunes another $1.29 to redownload it, the solution is an SFTP client on your iPad or iPhone that connects to your Mac back home to download the song to your iOS device. The best part of a setup like this is that you can keep using iTunes to manage your music without interrupting streaming to your Apple TV. You’ll also be able to stream any tunes that are DRM-free to your iOS devices over the internet with a 3G or EDGE connection, and you can access many other Mac-based files as well.