You know by now that iTunes 11 is out and hopefully you’ve seen the screenshots and first impressions we posted, now we have the first video walkthrough of iTunes 11 in action. Yep, it is faster and smoother. Don’t just take our word for it, watch for yourself!
How to use iPhone and iPad
You just got your shiny new iPhone 5. What should you do first to make it yours? Here are 10 things we think you should start off with to get you rocking your phone.
If you’re starting off with a back up from another iPhone, then some of these settings will be all set for you, but they are worth touching and checking anyway. In fact, here’s how to set up your new iPhone 5 using iCloud backup to make things smooth and easy. If this is a new device for you (or you decided to just start from scratch), these are a few things to get you started off right.
The longer you have an iPhone or iPad, the more apps you’ll have. Some of them have been removed from your iOS screens a long time ago, others are hanging on for dear life, and others are going to be mainstays. So as your app count grows and grows, how do you keep them organized so that you don’t lose efficiency or effectiveness while using the device?
In case you didn’t know, it is possible to see the signal strength indicator in numbers instead of signal bars on any iPhone (except the original iPhone) without jailbreaking it and it’s reversible. It has been one of the old hidden features that works on the iPhone running iOS 4.1 or later.
It’s a lot more useful to see the signal strength indicator as a number [in decibels(dBm)] rather than as a signal bar (after we explain how to read the number a little bit later).
I’ve never really understood why ringtones are such big business. Why not just make your own? If you have the song in iTunes (or just want to record something through the mic), Garageband, and five minutes you can make your own personalized ringtones for all your iDevices.
Dropbox is the essential tool in my toolkit. It’s my tertiary backup safety net. It’s my fast way to transfer files from my devices to my Mac (and vice versa). It’s where all my work files are stored. It’s where 1Password securely stores my passwords so I can get to them whenever and wherever I need them. There are so many things that Dropbox does for me, it’s almost like it should be a part of the OS itself (which is probably one reason Apple wanted to buy them—good thing they didn’t, Apple probably would have ruined Dropbox). I’m going to show you just a few of the things Dropbox can do for you on your iOS device, so buckle in for some tips that you can start using right away.
We live in an online world – and it is a world filled with passwords. Passwords to manage our bank accounts, shop online, log into our email accounts and social networks, and a slew of other sites. I don’t have to tell you that using one password for all of those is a bad idea, but I do have to tell you that one of the best ways to manage those passwords is by using 1Password by AgileBits.
One of the few things you can do from the lock screen in iOS is use Siri, which means that you can use it to make a phone call, FaceTime call, send a text message to anyone on your Contact list, send tweets and Facebook posts from your account or even send an email etc.
We find it very convenient, but if you’re paranoid about someone misusing the functionality when you leave your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch unattended or you lose your iOS device then you can always disable Siri from the Lock screen.
If you watched my last photo/video related how to—How to: Taking Better Pictures with your iPhone—you’ve already got a lot of the basics down for shooting better videos with your iPhone. In this companion post, I have a few video tips for you that will help get you to the next level of video.