Thursday, September 19, 2013

Some tricks with new iOS 7, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C

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


As a general rule of thumb, keep swiping from

various edges to see what happens. If you discover

something neat, remember it for next time. Swiping

may produce different results if you're in the lock

screen, the home screen or an app.

Here's a guide to the basic swipes:

- From the lock screen, swipe up from the bottom

right corner to access the camera. This is a holdover

from iOS 6.

- Whether locked or unlocked, swipe up from

anywhere else along the bottom edge to get the

Control Center. It gives you easy access to

frequently accessed settings such as Airplane Mode

and Wi-Fi. It also gets you to key apps such as the

flashlight feature and the clock, for timing how long

the turkey needs to be in the oven. There's a

volume control, but only for audio and video

playback. You need the volume buttons for the

ringer and alerts.

- Swipe down from the top edge to get the

Notification Center. You'll see the day's highlights,

including the weather, appointments and stock

quotes. Tap on "All" or "Missed" near the top to get

recent notifications from Gmail, Facebook and other


- Swipe down from anywhere else on the screen to

get a search box.

- From various Apple apps, try swiping from the left

or the right. Not every app will respond, but many

will. With the Safari browser, for instance, you can

use the left and right swipes in place of the back

and forward buttons.


The new Photos app organizes 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.


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.


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


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.


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


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



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