Turning off background refresh (your phone’s insistence to update content on your apps whenever it can) will drain your battery life. iOS 11 has this option enabled (thanks Apple). Here’s how to turn it off:
Tap Background App Refresh
Go through all your apps and turn off the ones that you don’t need to keep on.
iOS 10, released Tuesday, came with a few unheralded features. So who better to sing their praises than yours truly.
Among the new enhancements:
Text to Emoji. In the messaging app, when you type text (e.g., “Yo Q, you up for some basketball?”) and activate the emoji keyboard, key words appear highlighted in yellow. Tap+hold the highlighted text to swap it for its emoji. (‘cept, why would type basketball and emojify it instead of just selecting the bball emoji from the get go?? hmmm?)
Dude, Have You Seen My Car? Now Maps automatically puts a pin in where you parked (I know! Right!?).
Search photos: Looking for something? Photos analyzes your images so you can find pics of Fido by typing ‘dog’ in the search bar.
DeleteHide Default apps: Just like deleting your own apps; long+press the app and click on the x on the iOS apps you don’t use. The iNoying app is hidden from view and any associated data, cleared.
April is upcoming and I am handing out Easter Apples Eggs! iOS7 has been out for some months now, so this post may seem overdue. In defense, I was initially an un-fan of the new OS. Over time it has shown itself to be ‘a good thing’. So now, having made my peace with it, I am highlighting some of the better and under-exposed features.
My favorite of iOS7 features.
Swipe down from Home screen. Previously, you had to swipe all the way to the left most Home screen page. Now you can access Spotlight Search from any Home screen page. Use this to locate everything (i.e., apps, messages, contacts).
Swipe up from bottom of the screen to access Control Center. From here you have access to key features (camera, airplane mode, music) without having to navigate to the Settings app.This feature can also be disabled if it interferes with a particular app’s swipe gesture. To manage settings, open the Settings app and tap Control Center.
Flick to stop running apps
Double press the Home button to display running apps, then Flick app up& away to terminate. This gesture is far more satisfying than the previous ‘click the x‘ method.Bonus: you can flick-close multiple apps at a time!
Camera Burst Mode
From the Camera app, Press & Hold Capture button to take rapid fire shots. Release button to stop. This makes it easier on us iShutterBugs to capture that three-pointer.
*also a release mechanism to cope with road-rage.
Give your Home button a rest. Gesture (five-fingered** swipe) left or right to get back to your previous apps.
**(four fingers, for Disney execs)