Now that Apple is publishing Tips and Tricks guides to various generations of iPhones, including 4, 5c, and 5s, we thought we’d better get some secret finger swipes of our own together.
There’s not much of a learning curve to the new iOS 7, but there are a stash of hidden touches, combination swipes and “secret” settings that it’s easier to get hints at than to stumble upon yourself. After a quick visit to mobile phone deals to secure your very own 5c your all set to try these tips and tricks to get the most out of your rainbow-coloured iPhone 5c, and see what discoveries you make along the way to optimize your user experience, personalize your device, and make your time with it much more efficient.
In iOS 7, swipe gestures are everything. Many improvements that have been made in this OS are the result of swiping from the various edges of the screen – so swipe away, note what happens, and see if you find it useful. For example, from the locked screen you can swipe upwards from the bottom right and the iSight camera app will appear. Swipe up from the bottom of the unlocked screen to get to the control center, and down from the top of the screen to get to the notifications center. In plenty of apps like Mail and Safari, left and right swipes are shortcuts to go back and forward, respectively. And again in Mail, if you swipe quickly from right to left across your message, you can delete it just like that.
Siri, the friendly bot who responds to your every voice command within your iPhone, is pretty awesome. But when she misunderstands you, or mispronounces something, it’s only fair to correct her. Click “tap to edit” in order to change a word that she thought you spoke, or tell her directly, “That’s not how you pronounce that,” in order to get her to get it right. Siri will then repeat the word or name back to you in three different styles, and you can pick which one is correct. Clever Siri can also be used to change settings and open apps on iOS 7.
When messing around with the Photos App, you will notice that all of your pictures from a particular day or time are grouped into what’s called a “moment” and by tapping on the bar at the top of your photos, a map will appear of all the moments you have had and how many pictures were taken at each. Tap the right side of this bar to share a collection of photographs with friends via email, Facebook, or Flickr.
To disappear notifications from your home screen when they’re unimportant, can be dealt with later, or you simply don’t want to look at them anymore, you can actually trick your iPhone into thinking you’ve seen them, and then dismiss them again in an instant. The trick is a light finger: touch and tug down ever so slightly on the top banner notification that’s demanding your attention, then quick as lightning pull it back up to the top of the screen edge again. What you are doing in this smooth move isn’t really that tricky – you’re simply opening up notifications center for a split millisecond, and closing it before you’ve opened it, convincing the iPhone that all’s well and you are up to date on all of your messages.
There’s an alternative way to dismiss notifications this way where your finger swipes lightly and fast from right to left across the notification marquee, bobbing up and down a tiny bit as it goes. Just be careful to swipe like a breeze for these moves, not tap to open the apps by accident. This maneuver, however, may take some time and patience to master, even for skilled iPhone swipers.