Latest iOS: 13.3.1, released 1-28-2020. If your iPhone is on iOS 13 get 13.3.1. For older iPhones, 12.4.5 was released 1-28-2020 also.
The latest iOS is 13.3.1, released Tuesday, January 28th, 2020. If your iPhone is on any version of iOS 13 you should get the update to 13.3.1. If you have an iPhone that can’t go past iOS 12, get the 12.4.5 update, also released Tuesday, January 28th, 2020.
You can “Shake to Undo” on an iPhone or iPad. Here’s how you do it. Try it before you need it, so you’ll be ready.
Ever delete an email by mistake? Ever accidentally delete more text than you meant do (because the delete key goes faster and faster the longer you hold it)? Ever wish the iPhone had an Undo feature like the Mac does? Of course you have, and of course it does. It didn’t have one at first but it has one now. All you have to do is shake your iPhone to bring up a box asking you whether you want to undo whatever it is you did.
Shake it like a blackboard eraser. That works the best.
Advice: try it before you need it, so you see how it works.
Here’s how you zoom back out when your iPhone’s screen is zoomed in. Practice zooming in and out so you’ll remember, when you need it.
If your iPhone’s screen is zoomed in, and you can’t get it back to normal, fear not. We can get you from this:
… to this..
… and it only takes a second.
All you have to do is double-tap, anywhere on the screen, using three fingers. Really. Try it!
Double-tap with three fingers to zoom in, double-tap with three fingers to zoom out.
If you’re wondering about the settings for this, here they are: Settings, Accessibility, Zoom.
I know people whose iPhones have gotten zoomed and they’ve gone to an Apple Store to solve this problem. Save yourself a trip: if your iPhone is zoomed in, and you want to zoom back out, try the three-finger double-tap.
Quit hunting around in the iOS Settings app, looking for some setting. Instead, ask Siri. Siri can take you right where you need to go.
Let’s face it, there are a LOT of preferences in the Settings app. Finding the one you want can be tough. Siri can help!
For example…want to see the preferences for Safari? Just say “Show me Safari preferences” and voila, there they are.
Same thing with iCloud settings:
Siri isn’t limited to helping with Apple apps. It can help you, for example, with the settings for Google Maps, like so:
Notice how there’s no “perfect” way to phrase your request– you can ask Siri to “show preferences,” or “open settings,”, or “open preferences” for the app in question. There are probably other phrases that work.
Regardless of the exact phrasing you use, being able to go directly to the settings you care about will save you a ton of time. Try it and see!
New in iOS 13: Swipe to Type. Swipe to Type (or Slide to type, in Apple’s words) is a new way to enter text from the keyboard.
iOS 13 brings us “Swipe to Type,” a new way to enter text from the keyboard. Apple calls it “Slide to type” but “Swipe to Type” rhymes, so I’m going with it.
Swipe to Type is turned on in iOS 13 by default. If it’s not on you can turn it on in Settings, as shown below:
It takes only a minute to learn how to use Swipe to Type. The basic idea is you drag your finger around, touching every letter in a word without lifting it. You’ll leave a little trail behind as you do. See the video below.
You don’t have to use it, but it’s there. It’s not an either/or situation: use Swipe to Type when you want to use it, peck away at the keys the normal way when you don’t. Give it a try and see how you like it!
iOS 13.1.3 has a bug: you can’t rearrange app icons! Well, actually you can, but you have to know the trick. Here it is.
iOS 13.1.3 (and possibly earlier versions) has a bug that makes rearranging icons almost impossible. You can drag an icon to place but it snaps back to where it came from. In fact, it doesn’t even quite go where it should go (and it doesn’t show an “x” in the top left corner, and the name disappears also– see below).
The solution is sort of ridiculous but it works:
Turn off “Zoom” in the Accessibility settings.
Turn off Zoom
You can turn Zoom back on after you’re rearranged the icons. Just remember to turn it off again if you have trouble moving things around.
(If you’re not having problems dragging things around you must already have Zoom off. Lucky break for you!)
When activated, Shazam will listen to whichever song is playing on the radio or TV and identify it for you. Very cool, but it gets cooler, because Apple acquired Shazam and added Shazam’s abilities to Siri. So now, instead of launching the Shazam app (which still works, ad-free by the way) you can say “Hey Siri, what song is this…”
… and get your answer, without opening an app. Pretty neat.
Of course there’s a “Buy” button right there alongside the name of the song, in case you have that urge. The main thing is, you can get the name of the song, and the artist.
Try it and see. Quicker and easier than opening an app, available hands-free (“Hey, Siri!”) in case you’re in the kitchen making pancakes.
Here’s the list of keywords and the effects they generate.
Happy Birthday (Balloons)
Happy New Year (Fireworks)
Happy Chinese New Year (Celebration)
(This list may grow as I continue to test.)
In Messages, just type one of the words (or phrases) from the list and tap the Send button. Presto, the effect is sent also. Test by sending text messages to yourself so you can see how it goes. It won’t work if you add other words, so “Wishing you a happy birthday” doesn’t work, while just “Happy birthday” does.
Some iPhone models look a lot alike! In iOS 12 you can find out exactly which one you have, right down to Apple’s part number.
The iPhone 8s looks like the iPhone 8– and the iPhone 7s, and the iPhone 7, and the iPhone 6s, and the iPhone 6! The iPhone X, the Xs, and the Xr also look a lot alike. How can you tell which phone you have?
In iOS 12, it’s easy. Just go to Settings / General / About… and there it is.
Note the name of your iPhone (at the top of the About screen) is up to you. Call your iPhone anything you want. If you don’t change it, your iPhone is just called “iPhone.” If you restored from the backup of an older iPhone when setting up this one, your new iPhone probably has the name of the older one. This will be confusing when you use AirDrop, when you look at Find My iPhone, and other times too, so it’s best to change the name to something that makes sense.
While you’re in there looking at your iPhone’s model name, you can also see your iPhone’s model number. You can tap the modelnumber to see the Apple part number (it sure doesn’t look like something tappable, but it is.) This is, potentially, useful information too. So is your warranty expiration date, which for me is 8 days from the date of this post.
Note: if (because you’re on an older iOS) all you see in About is a model number, you can still figure out which iPhone you have by going to Apple’s page that lists all of the iPhones and model numbers, all the way back to the original iPhone of 2007, complete with pictures and specs. Worth a look.
Unfortunately Apple is not consistent with their nomenclature. The “Model Number” they show in Settings / General / About is called “Part Number” on their page listing the iPhone models. For example, in the picture above, the Model Number is listed as “MQ8X2LL/A,” but they really mean “Part number.” The actual model number for my iPhone, obtained by tapping where it says MQ8X2LL/A, is “A1897.” Now you know. They could fix this by changing the label in iOS 12’s About screen– maybe they will.