iPhone and iPad iOS Tips and Tricks

A quick post! There are loads of tips and tricks for any Apple Device, particular its OSes, but for now, these are the ones that I know of and constantly use.

iPhone and iPad

Tapping the Top Bar will scroll back up to the top of the screen.
Double tapping space bar when typing will give you fullstop.
Double clicking Home button while in lockscreen will pull up the Music play menu.
Double clicking Home button while in home screen will pull up the multitask bar at the bottom.
Pressing the On/Off button together with the Home button for a few seconds will start your iOS device – if it dies on you and pressing the on/off button no longer works. This is a must know if you don’t have access to Internet or anything to google about it. Otherwise if it really dies and this doesn’t work -> Take it to Apple’s Genius Bar.

iPad only

Sliding two fingers from the middle of the keyboard outwards will split your keyboard in two, making it easier to type in landscape mode.
4 or 5 finger pinching the screen will bring it back to Home screen. I prefer this over actually pressing the Home button to avoid breaking it later, those Home buttons are the least durable.
4 finger swipe side ways while in an app will switch between your active apps.
4 finger swipe bottom to top will bring up the multitask bar.
Charging iPad Mini through your PC via USB actually works despite what it says on the screen, haven’t tried with the iPhone.

Do you use any of these? Do you know of any others?

iPad Mini Cover – Incredible Shield

I’ve been meaning to post this some time ago primarily because I really want to show you this really ugly photo. Ho ho ho.

I hate covers in general. I prefer having my Apple things as they were designed – NUDEEEEE and pretty. So with the exception of a Smart Cover which can be easily removed every time I use it, I only ever have screen protectors and body films on. Most people can’t tell I have anything on my iPhone, but it’s covered back and front. And so is my iPad Mini.

I bought this, Spigen SGP’s Invisible Shield!

There’s also an ULTRA COAT version which wasn’t available at the time and is the shiny, glossy version as opposed to this matte one. Having seen some videos of the Ultra Coat, I gotta say I prefer the Matte version. This is the brand I use for my iPhone as well. They give you different options and I normally opt for the Ultra Crystal screens that do not change the display at all, it’s also the thickest but isn’t fingerprint-free. I’ve dropped something sharp and very heavy on my iPhone screen before and it ended up denting the screen protector but nothing on my actual screen. Awesome stuff.

NOW for the iPad, the screen is easy to install, like any and because I’m awesome. So much that you can’t tell. BUT the back however… isn’t flat and glass… the film isn’t hard!! Anyway, I thought I was really awesome at applying these things so my first go turned out like this…. and cringe you will

Ugly Spigen SGP Incredible Shield

😦 The instructions tell me bubbles will go away in a day or two. The next morning, it didn’t really look any better so I decided to re-apply it, because the film, unlike the screen protector, is reusable. I redid it in a half-assedly manner I guess, since I kinda gave up already and it then looked like this

Spigen SGP Incredible Shield

Heaps better right? I wasn’t going to peel back a 3rd time… so I just gave up then. I was really sad because I believed in SGP! And sad because I could have done a better job had I followed a youTube video. -_-

But lo and behold, a few days later, it looked like this

Spigen SGP Incredible Shield

Hell yeah! The bubbles were gone and the only thing left was dust I caught from my second application and the screw ups that scarred it from the 1st. Given a brand new set, I’m fairly certain I can get it to look perfect. Faith in SGP restored and now happily flinging my iDevices around without worry, and also enjoying the original weight it should be.

I’d show you what the front screen or my iPhone looks like but…. it’ll just look like it’s nude so no point there, with a few scratches. And you know, it’s always really cool when people tell me or ask me why I don’t protect my iDevices. Well, that’s because I already am.

So there you go, Spigen is definitely my go to brand for all my small device protection. They don’t just do iDevices, they do everything so if you’re looking for something similar, go check them out. This set was about $30 and totally worth it; I got it from their eBay store (sgpstore1).

[UPDATE]

I did my sister’s one and it basically looked like pic 3 first go and better. I think the trick is to, well follow the video instructions, BUT also use a crap load of the spray included onto the sheet. 🙂

Thoughts on Apple’s iPhone 5 [Updated]

Aand as previously heavily leaked, here it is – the iPhone 5. Here’s a nutshell of what I picked up at 5:40am this morning.

On the outside, it’s an elongated iPhone 4S, thinner and sexier in terms of build and finish. It’s also very, very light but apparently still feels like a solid iPhone. No plastic-y cheap feel.
On the inside, it’s an overall upgrade from the 4S. From screen display, front camera, CPU, battery(!) and all that sort of stuff.
The new stuff? A new tiny connector at the bottom that can be plugged in both ways called Lightning. Audio jack at the bottom. And LTE connectivity (yay Telstra~). Oh, and iOS 6.
What’s missing? Mega camera upgrade and NFC – but it’s Apple, they don’t normally bother until it’s more widely used and accepted before plugging it in so perhaps next year. Quite disappointed about no camera upgrade.

So … new connector that will render your accessories useless huh. Yes, it’s very annoying and may seem stupid to you. But this is what pushes technology forward and is usually for the good of everything. A smaller connector means more room for other shit that matters. So I have no issues with it… except the adapter is way too expensive.

I mentioned before I would be disappointed if it was as leaked because I thought it pretty ugly. But seeing the videos and images from Apple, my fanboyism kicked in and My god this thing is really pretty. I’ve been looking forward to a thinner iPhone for a while now and it’s here~

I currently have an iPhone 4S so I’m still um-ing and ahhing about getting the 5. In all honesty, I don’t need it. But I sort of want it, maybe a bit more than sort of. And I know that this upgrade is just enough to make the 4S feel fat and ugly. Being a geek is expensive sometimes.

Should you get it? Anyone with an iPhone older than the 4S – yessssss. I think it’s a good upgrade and you WILL, as always, notice the difference in terms of feel and speed. Nothing too innovative, but a speedier, prettier, lighter version? Why not. 4S owners? If getting the 5 means you can’t get the 6, then I would rather wait for the 6.

If you’re in Australia, you gotta get it with Telstra though, otherwise it’s just pointless.

What do you think? Are you going to get one? It will be released 21st September.

[UPDATE]

The Telstra plans are out, and yes, I’m not even going to bother looking at Virgin or Optus plans because frankly, their network is still shit in terms of coverage, reliability and speed.

Looking at only the average person’s plan which is a 32GB iPhone and 1.5GB of data, the Telstra plan is $86 / month. That. Is. Just. Fking. Expensive. I’m on the same plan for the 4S last year and it’s less than $70. Crazy. So buying outright and going prepaid is the best option.

I’ve decided against buying one outright because after all, it’s $899 and I just don’t need it. Sigh.

What NOT to buy now: Tablets & iPhones

If you’re on the lookout for a new iPhone/smartphone or a new tablet, I say WAAAAAAIT A MINUTE.

Simply put, Apple will be announcing and releasing the new 6th generation iPhone and very possibly an iPad Mini in September. Some of you may be anti-Apple, but wait, there’s more! Microsoft will be releasing the new Microsoft Surface along with Windows 8 in October.

Not many people know what a Microsoft Surface is, most likely because it was pretty random. But you see, the Surface is probably the very first hybrid laptop + tablet and is actually an innovative product when compared to the iPad (this means Apple won’t be suing them like their bff Samsung). By default, it’s probably in direct competition with the iPad but I might go as far as even including the MacBook Air.

Its design is different. It’s a tablet with a detachable keyboard and runs a full operating system (a first). An OS practically designed for this device. AND it’s meant to be thinner than the iPad with better battery life, so a big holy crap there. Of course, they’ve been pretty secretive until now so it could be a bomb, but it is definitely a must-see so far, particular the price…

As for the iPad Mini, well, it’s always interesting to see what Apple can pull out of its ass in response to competition (Nexus 7). Although, if it really is just the iPad in a smaller version then I might be a bit disappointed. We shall see eh!? The rumoured announcement is on the 12th of September!