This happens often enough to annoy my significant other, but doesn’t seem to bother me as much. It happens this way. I’ll be catching up on a few articles or the news on my iPad, when a little hair I’ve been sitting on for who knows how long, decides to grow where the sun doesn’t shine and I head off to the keyboard to perform a little surgery.
20 Secret iPhone Tips And Hacks That You Didn’t Know About
Or, put another way…
The iPhone tricks that will change how you use your handset.
There’s little question that Luke and Justin worked hard to come up with the list, and there are a few I’ve not read about elsewhere, but the eye-catching language needs to be examined first.
It can’t be a secret tip if it’s published in an online magazine like Esquire. Secret:
something that is kept or meant to be kept unknown or unseen by others: a state secret | at first I tried to keep it a secret from my wife.
• something that is not properly understood; a mystery: I’m not trying to explain the secrets of the universe in this book.
• a valid but not commonly known or recognized method of achieving or maintaining something: the secret of a happy marriage is compromise.
It’s no longer a secret if everyone knows what it is, right?
OK, I’ll go with the sentiment, but under protest. Trick:
1 a cunning or skillful act or scheme intended to deceive or outwit someone: he’s a double-dealer capable of any mean trick.
• a mischievous practical joke: she thought Elaine was playing some trick on her.
• a skillful act performed for entertainment or amusement: he did conjuring tricks for his daughters.
• an illusion: I thought I saw a flicker of emotion, but it was probably a trick of the light.
How about if we just stick to ‘little known tips?‘ See how easy that was?
There are dozens of cool iPhone features hidden beneath the surface that you probably weren’t even aware of – and not just the knowledge that cat litter can bring your phone back from a watery death. These are some of the best iPhone hacks you didn’t know about, and exactly how you can find them.
This never ends. Hacks? As in what a hacker does? Hack:
1 a rough cut, blow, or stroke: he was sure one of us was going to take a hack at him.
• (in sports) a kick or hit inflicted on another player.
• a cut or gash.
• a tool for rough striking or cutting, e.g., a mattock or a miner’s pick.
2 informal an act of computer hacking.
• a piece of computer code providing a quick or inelegant solution to a particular problem: this hack doesn’t work on machines that have a firewall.
• a strategy or technique for managing one’s time or activities more efficiently: there’s one easy hack to avoid the eight dollar popcorn trap: eat before you get to the theater.
OK, so we’re back to tip again, but mostly because most of us cannot hack into our iPhones and neither can most hackers. Luke and Justin’s list of iPhone tips is decent but I had trouble finding my Flight Safe mode. Maybe it was obscured by the Airplane Mode button. A few of the options are designed to shave a few seconds off charging your iPhone, or save seconds on searches, correct Siri’s pronunciation, improve battery life, etc.; mostly a list we’ve seen and read elsewhere but get to do again thanks to a slow news day at Esquire.
The one item on the list that I did not know but should have is the custom reply for a missed call.
It happens all the time: someone calls and you can’t answer. iOS comes with a few stock text responses which can be sent with a single tap, but it’s actually possible to create your own. Go to Settings > Phone > Respond With Text to create your own message.
You still have to send the message yourself. It’s not automatic but it should be. Otherwise, the list is useful for most iPhone users, but it’s full of tips, not secrets, and there’s no hacking involved.