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iPhone 2.0 Software Tricks

July 26, 2008 by  

I know by now we’ve all gotten used to the new software and the major new features that came along with it. Push support for Microsoft Exchange, the App store, GPS for the 3G owners, etc… Those are all great to have, but has anyone ever told you it’s the little things that matter? It’s true, the little things really do matter (atleast to me) so I wanted to share with you all of the new tricks that have slipped under the radar and gone unnoticed in the new iPhone software. So grab your iPhone and get ready to learn a few new things to help increase your productivity.

Now these aren’t “hacks,” and don’t require anything special. It only requires you to have the 2.0 software. So rest easy that these are all built into the phone you already have. Let’s get on with it then shall we? By the way at the bottom of the post there will be a video covering all these features.

Screen Capture

This is my favorite trick that I’ve discovered in the new software. It comes in very handy when writing posts like these to show you what I’m talking about on the iPhone screen itself. In fact any screenshots you see from me are taken this way, then synced into my iPhoto library. To take a screenshot of the current screen simply push the sleep/wake button and home button at the same time. Your screen will flash white and the picture will be saved into the photo library on your shiny iPhone. It’s a great and easy way to share your iPhone screen with other people.

On a side note this could be used as a joke on someone. Take a screen shot of their home screen and load it as their wallpaper. It might confuse them slightly as they try and tap the icons, but they won’t tap as it’s the picture. It’d be funny to see someone fall for this.

Keyboard Extras

On the keyboard there are a few new tricks to make typing easier. The newest one is if you need to type a domain in and are at the .com, .net, .info, etc…part all you need to do is hold the period button down. Once you hold it down for a bit, all of the domain options will pop up. Just simply slide your finger over the one you want and release, and there you have it. This trick also works to get other characters, for instance try holding down the A, the U, and the N. It gives you the option to input other characters as well. I have been taking advantage of the .com trick ever since I got my new iPhone. Setting up my emails, and then all of them in their appropriate applications the trick has been welcomed!

Save Images from Safari & Mail

This was a complaint from the first iPhone that has seemed to go unnoticed. People wanted to be able to save images from the web and from mail but weren’t allowed. Seemed to be a major downfall of such a smart phone, but now that it’s there no one seems to care about it. To save an image from Safari or Mail just tap and hold the image and a popup will show itself with the option to save it to your phone. A great and unnoticed addition to the new 2.0 software.

If you look past the big features of the 2.0 software, there are still little gems to be discovered that round out this update to the 2.0 software. It may have some bugs, it may not have copy and paste, but what would we all do without the iPhone? I sure as heck have never had the desire to use a blackberry. Once you’ve used the iPhone software why would you want to use any other phone with it’s cluggy software and ugly interface. Now watch the video below for a run through of all the features I talked about. Let me know what your verdict is on the iPhone’s new software. I need your opinions now! Thanks.

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