Monthly Archive for July, 2007

Helpful iPhone Tricks

After using this thing for over two weeks, I’ve found a couple handy tricks, and have read a bunch online in the usual places:

Tapping at the top of the screen (on or directly below the clock, basically) when you’ve scrolled to the bottom of the page will instantly return you to the top of the page for easy access to the location bar. I just wish they had one that did the opposite: scrolled to the bottom of any page by double tapping the top, or something.

Holding your finger down on any link for a second or two will pop up a little tag showing you the URL. If you see it’s a URL that you do not want to pursue, then move your finger up or down to scroll the page while you’re holding the link down. Otherwise, release the link, and Safari will follow it.

Weather Widget
You probably already know you can flick through your various cities in the weather widget, but what if you’re feeling lazy? Well, you can tap to the right or left of the line of white/grey dots at the bottom of the widget to advance one pane right or one pane left.

This was a big one a few days ago – David Pogue posted it, and it echoed a million times across the intarweb. To type punctuation, you have to tap a “secondary keyboard” button. Then tap the desired punctuation, then tap the secondary keyboard button again to toggle back to the alpha keyboard. This is clearly too many taps for something so basic. It would seem that Apple thought so, too – if you HOLD the secondary keyboard key and slide your finger over to the desired punctuation, and then release, it automatically reverts back to the standard alpha keyboard. One tap instead of three.

Finally: iPhone

So I’m laying on a beach towel, soaking up the Rittenhouse Square sounds. There are a ton of people out here; it’s a beautiful day.

Two days ago, in the evening, I was standing in line at the 16th street AT&T store, behind about a hundred other people. It was my first time ever waiting in line for a tech product release like this, and I’ll admit it was a unique experience. I was also surprised by the number of people that weren’t even there to make a purchase: they were so caught up in the hype that they would gladly wait in line just to get a peek and/or feel of this thing.

Clearly, these were my people. They chattered on about edge and gigabytes and exchange and god knows what. I felt comfortable with these guys.

After waiting in line for an hour and a half, the friendly AT&T sales person came out to tell us they had sold out! I was tenth from the door.

So I went home and got mopey. Luckily my friend Mark was on his way over, so he drove me out to the Ardmore Apple Store where I was greeted with absolutely no line and super friendly salesfolk.

We sped back to the apartment, to get everything all activated and synced. An hour and a half later, we were putting the device through its paces.

I’ll write a more detailed post later, from a full sized computer.