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Tuesday 9th July 2013

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iPhone 5 Tips

I have owned an iPhone for a couple of years now and for the most part, find it to be an excellent smart phone.  My first was an iPhone 3G and late last year, I got the iPhone 5.  Today, I thought I would share a few tips that I have picked up.  There are many more, than what are below and I hope to be able to bring you these in future blog posts.

Sliders

This is an easy one.  Many people think that you can only slide sliders.  Although this might be the natural inclination, it may be easier to just to tap it.

Sliders
Sliders

Screenshots

Another easy one.  Simply press the power and home buttons at the same time.  You'll notice the screen flash white briefly and the image will appear in your Camera Roll (in PNG format).  This is the method I used to get the images for this blog post.

Set up IMAP E-mail Account

The iPhone supports many different types of e-mail account.

Types of e-mail accounts supported by the iPhone
Types of e-mail accounts supported by the iPhone

Most types only involve filling in a couple of boxes and then you're ready.  If you need to add an IMAP account to your iPhone, this is slightly more complicated due to the greater number of fields that generally need to be filled in.

To get to the above screen, open Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account.  Then choose Other.  Under Mail, choose Add Mail Account.

Fill in the four required boxes as below and then tap Next.

Adding a New Account
Adding a New Account

Now you need to complete the Incoming and Outgoing Mail Servers sections.  Your mail provider (such as your ISP or website/domain host will have this information).

Adding Server Details
Adding Server Details

Once done, tap Next and the following screen will show:

Finishing the New Account Process
Finishing the New Account Process

Tap Save.  There are other options that you can configure for your account.  Tap the name of the account (e.g. My Test Account) and then tap the e-mail address.

Editing the Settings of an E-mail Account
Editing the Settings of an E-mail Account

In the screen that appears, tap Advanced.  Here you can set things like the behaviour of IMAP folders (mailboxes) and how long before deleted messages are permanently removed.

Accessing Advanced Account Settings
Accessing Advanced Account Settings
Advanced Account Settings
Advanced Account Settings
Editing Photos

The standard Photos app will allow you to edit your snaps in the following ways:

  • Rotate
  • Auto-Enhance
  • Remove Red-Eye
  • Crop

Editing a Photo
Editing a Photo

To access this functionality, open a photo and tap the Edit button.  The tools will appear at the bottom of the screen.

Photo Locations

Within the Photos app, at the bottom-right of the screen is a Places icon.  When tapped, a map appears with pins to show the geographical location of where your photos were taken (photos that contain this location information are known as 'geotagged'.

Photo Locations
Photo Locations

Be warned, however, if an unscrupulous individual got hold of your photos, they will also be able to find out where your photos were taken - something to bear in mind before uploading pictures of your home to Facebook.  If you wish, you can disable this feature, by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services.  Tap the Camera slider to change it to 'Off'.

Editing Location Services
Editing Location Services

Photo Albums

It is possible to group your photos and videos into albums.  Within the Photos app, tap the '+' button to create an album - you will be prompted for a name.

Entering a Name for a New Album
Entering a Name for a New Album

Once created, you be prompted to Add photos to this album.  Open one of the albums displayed and tap the ones you wish to add (a tick will appear on the ones tapped).  Tap 'Done' to add the photos - you will notice that the photos are then added to this album.  Note that the same photo can be added to multiple albums.

Adding Photos to a New Album
Adding Photos to a New Album

To rename an album, tap the Edit button and then tap the name of the album - you will then be able to edit its name.  You will also see the red circle icon containing a minus (-) sign.  Tapping this will reveal a Delete button next to the album.  Don't worry, deleting an album will not delete the photos contained within, they will still be held within the (undeletable) Camera Roll and any other albums that they have been added to.

Within an album itself, tapping Edit reveals three buttons at the bottom of the screen - 'Share', 'Add' and 'Remove'.  'Share' and 'Remove' and greyed out until you select one or more photos.  By selecting a photo, the 'Add' button becomes 'Add To'.  The 'Add' button allows you to browse other albums to look for other photos to add to the album you are editing.  The 'Add To' button allows you to add selected photos to another album.  Tapping 'Share' gives you a range of actions you can perform for selected photos as shown in the following screenshot:

Share Options for Selected Photos
Share Options for Selected Photos

Panorama Photo

A new feature of iOS 6 is the ability to take a panoramic photo, which, as the name suggests, this captures a panoramic view of your surroundings.  This works by you moving your iPhone from left to right after tapping the camera/shutter button - the phone will 'record' your photo while it's being taken and then process it to form one very wide photo.  You won't be able to get a 360 view, but you can take another photo at the point that your previous one ends.

Open the Camera app, tap Options and then the 'Panorama' button.  While taking the photo, ensure that the tip of the arrow stays as close to the line as possible and don't move too fast.

Taking a Panorama Photo
Taking a Panorama Photo

Here is an example of how my office looks with this mode (apologies for the untidiness and I didn't manage to do a brilliant job of taking it either!):

Panorama of My Office
Panorama of My Office

Blog2k

In order to be able to create the above section, I had to modify my Blog2k program so that I could create different sized thumbnails.  Additionally, I had to ensure that these thumbnails would keep their proportions, for example, so that an iPhone screenshot did not get squashed into a landscape shaped image.  As a result, I will be releasing version 2.2.4 of Blog2k in the next few days.

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Martin Allen 1999 - 2013.  Last updated Tuesday 09 July 2013 11:56:49 PM.
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