Nearly everyone I know with an iPhone does not know iPhone comes with a Tips app. Uh huh. That’s right. Apple is willing to tell customers what kind of features they’ll find in iOS on their iPhones. Who knew?
The Tips app comes with five Collections, each with a few tips, except the Featured category, which has a few dozen tips. There are Featured tips, Everyday Essentials, Fantastic Photos, Mastering Messages, and Genius Picks. Here’s a quick look at a few I like and some you won’t easily find elsewhere.
Easy Power User
Becoming an iPhone power user requires the usual; time and effort. But you have to know where to look to get the tips that make the most of using an iPhone. Tips app helps.
Visual Alerts – go to Settings > General > Accessibility and you’ll find plenty of such options. Visual Alerts turns the iPhone’s camera flash into a flashing alert.
Do Not Disturb – Settings > Do Not Disturb has a schedule feature to keep the phone from ringing or alerts from buzzing and beeping during quiet time. Watch also has a DND feature which quiets iPhone, too.
Siri – can actually tell you what Siri does. “Hey Siri… ‘What can you do?” and you get a list.
Math – and Siri does math, too. Ask Siri to divide, multiply, subtract, or add. Siri has an approximate answer for the square root of pi. Siri can handle more complex equations, too.
Reader – this is obvious but surprising how few iPhone (and Mac) users know what it does in Safari. Press the paragraph lines in the URL bar and all the ads disappear.
Talk – that little microphone icon in the keyboard has a purpose. Instead of typing the one-finger dance, speak what you want to type. It works very well. Just be sure to speak the punctuation.
User Guide – yeah, I know. There’s a User Guide for iPhone. Find the link to the iBooks Store in Everyday Essentials in the Tips app.
The Featured items actually change from time to time.
Dial Extensions – honestly, I never knew this. Enter a phone number in Contacts, but tap +*# and then tap Pause a couple of times and then enter the contact’s extension number. iPhone waits two seconds for each pause, and then dials the extension number, too.
3D Touch – yeah, I know iPhone 6s and 7 users who don’t know what 3D Touch does. It’s great on notifications. Press and hold and take a peek at the details of a notification.
Collaboration – it’s hard to believe Keynote, Numbers, and Pages are free, but they also collaborate.
Quick Messages – and yes, I love this and use this. You get a text message but don’t have time to type out or dictate a full response. Double-tap a Messages message bubble and a pop up with various responses appears.
Contacts – this 3D Touch thing is cool. So, you’re browsing through Contacts, find someone to call or text, then scroll down to the appropriate icon. Boring. And slow. From the iPhone’s pull down menu with Search, just type the first few letters of the name, then all the options appear automagically.
See? Plenty of little options are built-in to iOS for iPhone and iPad, and Apple just doesn’t make a big deal of it. Where are the videos, Apple?