iOS Tip: Alternatives to iOS Stock Apps for iPhone & iPad

hero_frontApple’s core iOS apps are good enough for what they are intended for but there are much better apps out there that can improve your iPhone or iPad experience. A lot of them are free and the others are worth the price tag. Here I will offer a list and short review of each. Continue reading

iPad Tip: Using the Split Keyboard

First point I’d like to bring up is typing on the iPad. Typing on the iPad is a lot more cumbersome than it is typing on a regular keyboard or on a smartphone. The keyboard is big and typing on a big touch screen keyboard is awkward so if you are expected to write paragraphs, short stories, or multiple-page papers it may take them much longer than just using a computer with a regular keyboard. Some people hold their iPad portrait style and use the pointer finger to type. Others lay their iPad flat on a table and put it in landscape to try to type like on a regular keyboard. Every person has their own preferences which also depends on what mood they’re in or what it is they’re actually typing. If time is always a factor then typing in either way you may get easily frustrated. So in many situations typing on a computer or laptop is simply the way to go.

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iOS Tip: Using Reader – Make Sites Easier to Read in Safari

Safari, the iPad’s web browser, offers a feature that is often overlooked and hardly ever used – Reader. You probably see it all the time but may not have ever even bothered to consider what it is. When loading a site with an article, a ‘Reader’ button appears in the address bar.

What that button does is reloads your page in a much cleaner format by removing ads, marginal text, non-essential pictures, or anything else that clutters the page leaving only the article you are reading allowing you to stay focused on what you actually care about. It also resizes the text in an easier to read font size rather than you zooming in to a size you are comfortable reading in. In fact, if it’s still too small you can select a bigger size. I know my parents would appreciate the bigger size since they’re always reaching for their glasses. Anyway that is pretty much it. Press the ‘Reader’ button again to go back to browsing. This tip actually works on iPhones also.

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iPad Tip: How to use a Smart Cover on a First Gen iPad without Ruining it

Still rocking the Original iPad? Wish you could use one of those cool Smart Covers like your iPad 2 or New iPad toting friends? There are workarounds to get your Original iPad to be compatible with Smart Covers but they all require you to glue or tape magnets directly onto your iPad which, in my opinion, takes away from the smooth style and polish of owning an iPad. Plus, this could just get messy leaving you with blotches of crazy glue on your iPad. Even if you use any kind of tape you could be left with visible air bubbles. Some of you may have been provided an iPad through your job whether it be in the education field, business field, or whatever else and you may not even be allowed to glue things onto it since it’s not actually yours. By combining two products into one I’ve finally figured out a great solution to using a Smart Cover on your Original iPad.

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iOS Tip: How to Search for Text in Safari

Ever have the need to find a certain keyword on a website? A very useful but little-known tool the Safari browser has is the ability to search for text. This can be helpful when rereading an article and trying to find a particular section. On computers and laptops searching for text is easily activated by pressing control+F or command+F. The reason why this feature is often overlooked in Safari for iOS is because it is hidden in plain sight…

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iOS Tip: How to Hide the Newsstand App into a Folder

Let’s be serious; most people don’t use the Newsstand app. I know I don’t. Yet, iOS does not allow users to hide it in a folder. Therefore, it’s a useless app taking up space on your home screen. Fortunately, there is an extremely simple solution that only takes about thirty seconds!

From your Mac or PC download an app called ‘StifleStand.’ It is a very small file and the download time should only be about one or two seconds.

Once it’s downloaded, open the file and the following screen should appear:

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iOS Tip: How to Use Google Maps Through Siri


Prefer Google Maps over Apple Maps? Love the convenience of Siri? Wish you could have the best of both worlds? Yes, it is true that when you ask Siri for “directions home” it opens Apple Maps by default. However, there is a simple trick that allows you to ask for directions and still use your preferred map application including Google Maps. There are no settings to change and it does not involve jailbreaking or anything complicated like that. All you have to do is say is the magic words, “… via transit.” So the next time you need directions ask Siri how you normally would but follow it with those two magic words. “Directions home via transit.” Siri will then show you a list of map applications you have installed to select from as we’ll as populate a list of other map apps you can download from the App Store. Select Google Maps and it will open it with the directions for you ready to go!

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