Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few years, you should know that we are now in the era where mobile phones have finally lost their thick and stumpy keypads. They were replaced by thin, hard and cold slates that require no hard pressing, just light tapping. And while the rules of ergonomics state that touchscreen smartphones often lack comfort factors to make typing easier, it remains to be one of the bestselling types of mobile phones in the world. Why?
One easy explanation could be that because of the lack of comfort factors, smartphone manufacturers have compensated by making them more navigable through tap tricks. The iPhone 5 is no exception to that rule. Here are a few tricks you can use to maximize your iPhone tapping thumb!
Siriis less than a tap away. Apple’s digital assistant which came out with the iPhone 4S last year isn’t accessible through a long home screen press. Apparently, you can change the settings on your iPhone 5 so you can activate Siri without tapping on anything! Go to Settings > General > and enable the “Raise to Speak” function. This way, all you have to do to activate Siri is to put your phone to your ear while the screen is on!
Tap up to go up! Scrolling all the way up isn’t very enjoyable on the small screen of the iPhone 5. What do you do if you’re reading a long email thread and you need to go back up the thread to read the first email? On the iPhone 5, all you need to do is tap on the status bar and it will scroll back up to the beginning!
Double tap the home screen to access music controls. iPhone and iPod Touch users already know that double tapping the home screen shows you a list of the apps you recently used. But you can actually swipe to the left or right to access the music playback control so you don’t have to open other apps to pause or fast forward!
Change Panorama directions by tapping on the arrow. On the iPhone 5’s Panorama feature, you’ll be prompted with a right arrow on the left part of the screen to move the camera in that direction. But what if you need to take the panorama photo from right to left because of weird lighting conditions or something? Here’s the catch not every iPhone 5 user knows:All you have to do is tap on the arrow to change its direction!
Pull down to refresh. We all know that iPhonesaren’t as good as BlackBerry smartphones when it comes to emails. But the Cupertino-based tech giant has done something to make sure you’ll still enjoying sending emails from your iPhone 5. In the iOS 6 update, Apple included a quick refresh feature where all you have to do is pull the page down from the top part of the screen. This also works for refreshing Twitter feeds!