Apple recently announced iOS5 is arriving later 2011 with a host of new features. However it isn’t due to launch for a few months yet, so if you have just brought an iPhone 4 there are still neat shortcuts you can use in the following months. Here’s our top 10 iPhone 4 tips and tricks. Let us know underneath if you’ve got any suggestions:
The Apple iPhone 4 has an excellent search facility called Spotlight. Access it by swiping right from the homescreen, enter a search term and it scours your phone for emails and texts, as well as providing direct shortcuts for Wikipedia and Safari.
If you’re not satisfied with the iPhone 4’s keyboard, there are AZERTY and QWERTY options too, as well as numerous international options, accessible by going to: Settings –General-Keyboard-International Keyboards.
Other keyboard shortcuts include double tapping the Shift key to capitalise all your letters. In addition hit the spacebar twice to quickly bring up a full stop.
Need to connect your iPad to the internet, but aren’t near WiFi? Turn your handset into a hotspot by going to General-Settings-Network-Personal hotspot. Once activated locate your iPhone and enter the WiFi Password.
Before you do this, it’s worth considering that tethering costs money. Three offers free tethering, as does with Vodafone for a 16GB iPhone and O2 has a separate tethering tariff. As always check with your network operator.
4: Child restrictions
Anyone with young children can testify that an iPhone equipped with Talking Tom Cat can be a lifesaver. However if you are brave enough to let your child use your it’s possible to set up restrictions to they call your last number or delete the hours of work you put into Angry Birds.
Go into General – Restrictions, set-up a pin code and you can turn off key applications such as: Safari, YouTube and Camera, as well as prevent them Installing and Deleting apps. When you return to the homescreen the app will have been hidden.
5: Take a screenshot
Want to show your friends your high-score in Angry Birds? Take a screenshot by holding down the main control and the power button. The picture appears in Photos where you can email it or send as an MMS.
6: Voice control
Hold down the middle button to launch Voice Control. Here you can make a voice activated call by reading out a number or saying the name of a contact. Alternatively it can be used for launching the music player: say ‘Play the Cure to pump our Robert Smith through the speaker.
7: Searching the web
If you fancy a change of scene from using the Big G – aka Google – as your search engine, the iPhone 4 does have other options. Go to Settings – Safari – Search Engine where you can choose between Google, Yahoo and Bing.
8: Lost your iPhone?
You don’t have to be a Mobile Me subscriber to take advantage of Apple’s Find My iPhone features. You’ll need to have an Apple ID with verified email address and go to Settings-Mail,Contacts,Calendars-MobileMe and turn Find My iPhone on.
When you lose your pone log onto http://me.com and it uses the on-board GPS and mobile information to pinpoint your exact location in Google Maps. Choose to send a message to the phone, make play a sound, or lock and wipe the phone. Alternatively use the Find My iPhone App to locate it from other iOS devices such as the iPad and iPod Touch.
9: Frozen screen
Ever been faced with a frozen screen? Unlike most other smartphones you can’t just pull out the battery of the iPhone 4 and start again. To perform a soft reset hold down the main Home button and the top sleep button, the screen will go black and the Apple icon appears on the screen and it restarts.
10: Keynote Remote
If you ever have to make presentations using Apple’s Keynote App, you can use your iPhone as a remote, by pairing it to a Mac or iPad running Keynote. Controls are simple: swipe to go forward or back between slides, view notes and preview the next slide. It’s certainly more glamourous than a mouse…