Upgrading to iOS 7 or buying a new iPhone? 5 tips to make the best of it

Upgrading to iOS 7 or buying a new iPhone? 5 tips to make the best of it

By | Sep 19, 2013


Cupertino: Apple’s new iPhones and iOS 7 operating system for mobile devices are packed with new features, although not of all them are readily apparent. I’ve had a chance to learn a few tricks in the week I spent with both the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S, which come with iOS 7 installed. Here are five things to know if you download the software on one of Apple’s older mobile devices starting Wednesday or buy a new iPhone starting Friday. The update is available for free for the iPhone 4, 4S and 5 models, the iPad 2 and later, the iPad Mini and the iPod Touch released last year. You’ll need about 3 gigabytes of free storage.

Many of the improvements added to iOS 7 are delivered after swiping from various edges of the screen. This redesign is meant to make it easier to navigate, but there is no guide for knowing when and how to swipe. Fortunately, you can still use an iPhone the traditional way, by tapping on an icon or button, even if you don’t learn all the new ways to swipe.

Tip one: Control Center and swipes
Many of the improvements added to iOS 7 are delivered after swiping from various edges of the screen. This redesign is meant to make it easier to navigate, but there is no guide for knowing when and how to swipe. Fortunately, you can still use an iPhone the traditional way, by tapping on an icon or button, even if you don’t learn all the new ways to swipe.

Tip two: Organising and sharing photos The new Photos app organises your photos into moments, based on when and where you took the photos. Several moments will be grouped into a collection, such as a vacation to Europe. Collections will then be grouped by year. It’s all automated, so you can’t reorganize shots if you would rather break a collection into two. But it’s better than having hundreds of unorganized photos. From any moment, collection or year, click on the header on top of the photos to pull out a map showing all the places you’ve been, with the number of shots taken at each. You can share entire moments, by hitting “Share” on the right side of that header. A menu should pop out from the bottom. It’s tricky because it’s easy to miss and hit “Select” above it instead. Once you have the moment or set of photos chosen, another menu will pop out from the bottom, giving you such choices as sharing by email, Facebook, Flickr or text messaging.

Tip three: Ask Siri Frustrated with Siri’s inability to hear what you’re trying to say? Instead of repeating yourself over and over, you can click “tap to edit” to make the change manually. You shouldn’t have to with voice search, but fixing one letter is still easier than having to type in the entire phrase. Just for fun, you can give Siri a sex change by going to the settings, choosing “General,” then “Siri,” then “Voice Gender.” You can now use Siri to change phone settings and return recent calls. And Siri will speak out turn-by-turn directions when walking. Before, the vocal instructions were limited to driving directions in Maps.

Tip four: Freebies Apple’s new streaming music service, iTunes Radio, is easy to find. Click on the Music icon at the bottom of each home screen, then choose “Radio” at the bottom. Create music stations by choosing some genres you like. Then fine-tune your picks by hitting the star when a tune is playing. You can ask the service to play more songs like it or remove that song from future playlists entirely. You can also create new stations based on specific songs or artists. The service will try to find other songs like them. Best of all, it’s free. Just prepare to put up with some ads, unless you subscribe to Apple’s iTunes Match for $25 a year. Meanwhile, you might qualify for some free apps – Pages for word processing, Numbers for spreadsheets, Keynote for presentations, iPhoto for photo editing and iMovie for movie editing. They usually cost $5 or $10 each. To qualify, you need to buy a new iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The offer is retroactive to Sept. 1. Once a new device is activated, the app can be downloaded for free to other devices on the same account, as long as the device is upgraded to iOS 7.

Tip five: Fingerprinting With the new fingerprint ID system on the iPhone 5S, there’s no longer a reason to avoid protecting your phone with a passcode. I know passcodes can be very disruptive. I’ve often lost my train of thought before I could get to an app to jot something down. But your fingerprint now bypasses the need to type in a four-digit code in many situations. It’s easy to set up. The iPhone will walk you through scanning one finger when you set up the phone. You can scan four more fingers – yours or someone else’s – by going to the settings. Go to “General,” then “Passcode & Fingerprint.” I’m still confronted with passcode screens, especially when I need to authenticate an app purchase. It took me a few days to realize that even though you’re asked for a passcode, the fingerprint usually works unless the phone specifically tells you otherwise. One more thing: The screen needs to be on for the fingerprint sensor to work. To save a step, just press on the home button firmly and let the button pop back up. But keep your finger lightly touching the button’s surface. The hard press will activate the screen, and the light touch will unlock the phone.

Be Sociable, Share!
Share on Facebook

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Filed Under Operating System . Follow to this entry through the RSS 2.0feed.

Leave a Comment

If you would like to make a comment, please fill out the form below.

Name (required)

Email (required)

Website

Comments

© 2007 Tech News Time © All rights reserved.
eXTReMe Tracker