Category Archives: iPhone Tips & Tricks

Tips and Tricks: Fixing Poor Signal on a New iPhone XS or XS Max

There were widespread reports of users struggling with poor LTE and WiFi signal on their brand new iPhone XS and XS Maxs just after release. They started rolling in on Reddit and the Apple Support Forums after devices started arriving on Friday and kept up all weekend. This certainly isn’t what anyone wants when they get an expensive new iPhone. Negative reports are also the LAST thing Apple wants killing their post-launch buzz.

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Tips and Tricks: Password Autofill Now Supports 3rd Party Password Managers in iOS 12

I vividly remember reading about Mat Honan, then of Wired Magazine, getting hacked by kids using social engineering tricks over six years ago. His entire digital life, including a laptop with family pictures that weren’t backed up, was wiped out in less than an hour. And all of that was just to hijack his three letter Twitter account (@mat) for the lulz. His pain and the expense of piecing things back together and getting data recovery done on a blank hard drive were a wake up call for me and many others. That kind of thing can happen to anyone, and you never know when an attack on your data will come.

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Tips and Tricks: Did You Know Siri’s Voice and Language Settings are Separate?

Many of you reading this may think it is one of those moronically obvious iOS tips that is just a waste of everyone’s time. However, if like me, you have been using Siri since its unveiling in iOS 5 on the iPhone 4S, that may not be the case. Originally, Siri’s language and speaking accent were linked. This was pretty inconvenient for anyone looking for any variety because, if you changed your language, Siri would also listen for the same accent in return. Doing this would greatly reduce the accuracy of Siri, which was, well….

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Tips and Tricks: Apple Unifies Trackpad Mode in iOS 12

Apple brought us Trackpad Mode, a way to move a cursor for easier text editing, almost three years ago. It debuted on the iPad in iOS 9. We also got an iPhone version of Trackpad Mode later that same year with the 6S and its 3D Touch feature. However, while Trackpad Mode has always been very handy, it’s implementation across Apple devices has always been inconsistent.

Before iOS 12, it took a two finger press, hold, and swipe across the on-screen keyboard to enable Trackpad mode on the iPad. Trackpad Mode on the iPhone has been limited to those that have 3D Touch installed. It is enabled by pressing on the on-screen keyboard with a hard press with one finger. So we have two different methods for the iPhone and iPad, and the fact that this feature has never been available on many iPhones.

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Tips and Tricks: Apple Music Now Playing Navigation

One bit of frustration I have had with the Apple Music app on my iPhone is navigation. While the basics of finding music actually work fine for me, it is the process of backtracking later on where I run into problems. If I search for music, I often find myself back at the Library screen and having to perform the same search again to get back to my results.

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Tips and Tricks: Creating and Marking Up PDFs in iOS 11

As a contractor, I can tell you that PDF documents are the industry standard in my world. You don’t have to fuss with security settings or worry about them being altered the same way that you do with a Word doc, or other editable document style. If I am sending a customer a quote, it’s going to be saved as a PDF. If I’m sending a scan of a hard copy of something- PDF. When I get blueprints and specifications for a job to look at for bidding- PFD. If I am sending out a final copy of a project submittal or owner’s manual- PDF. These documents were all created using something else, such as Word, Excel, AutoCAD, etc, but they all end up as PFDs in the end. As the full file name suggests, PDF is all about portability.

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Tips and Tricks: Synching Music to the Apple Watch

One of the reasons that I’ve never mentioned this tip before is because, until recently, I hadn’t used this feature myself. Until I got the Apple Watch 3 with LTE, that is. I used to use the Watch as a way to control my music on my iPhone, but thanks to the device independence that comes with a stand-alone Cellular connection, I am now using it to listen to music with my AirPods on occasion, as well.

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Tips and Tricks- iOS 11’s One Handed Keyboard on iPhone

Have you ever found yourself frustrated while trying to text or respond to an email in a situation when you only have one hand free? We’ve all been there. I know I have. I’ve been using a Plus-sized iPhone for the last three years, so I know full well this can be an issue, even for someone with larger hands.

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Tips and Tricks: Lightning Not Striking?

I share this tip this week because, for the third year in a row, I find myself having the same problem. It seems that the Lightning Port of the iPhones 6, 6S and 7 all have a particular attraction to lint. Since I wear jeans to work most days and keep my phone in my front pocket, this lint build-up is inevitable and always seems to pop up right about now. However, it is easily remedied if you know what to look for.

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