Here's how to add links to iPhone/iPad preference panes within an email, that'll work even on non-jailbroken iOS devices. This way you can help newbie users quickly go straight to a setting -- ideal if using iOS devices in a corporate setting.
I'm the author of Mac Kung Fu, and recently stumbled on the following iPhone tip. Create a new email and then, in the body of the mail, click the create link button. In the address field, type any of the links at the bottom of this page. For example, to create a link that'll instantly switch the user to the VPN configuration page of Settings, type:
The catch is that you'll need to use a mail client that doesn't check for the 'http' component in a link. Mail on OS X does this, so can't be used, but Gmail's website works fine.
Send the mail to the friend/colleague you're trying to help, then when they open it on their iPhone/iPad, all they need do is tap the link to switch to that preferences pane.
It's not possible to create a webclip file and email it to the phone. When an attached webclip file is tapped, Mail simply says 'Mail cannot open this attachment.' Presumably this is for security reasons.
It's possible to edit an iPhone backup file using iBackupBot to swap-out the URL of an existing home screen web link for a preference pane link, but this is complicated and a little risky. However, doing so would allow home screen shortcuts to preference pane links even on locked iOS devices.
[crarko adds: I haven't tried this, although I can certainly see the utility of the hint. Obviously it's smart to verify the source of an e-mail before clicking on some arbitrary link contained within.]
In Calendar on iPad, it's possible to quickly move on the timeline of days/weeks/months/years by touching and dragging beyond the right or left end of the visible line.
In the iOS 5 Calendar on the iPad (cannot test iOS 4 or iPhone), touch any of the time periods on the timeline at the bottom of the screen and swipe beyond the end of the visible timeline.
With popovers, Calendar will show past or future time periods that you can go to by releasing when you see the one you want. The time-scrolling will accelerate as you swipe further away from the end of the line. Since the timeline itself doesn't actually change during this scrolling, you can always return to the current frame by swiping back onto the line.
[crarko adds: I looked for this on the iPhone and, unsurprisingly, didn't find it. There's just not enough screen real estate for some of these extra features. Looks good on the iPad, though. I also don't have iOS 4 around anymore to try it there.]
We know Siri has a raise to speak feature, but I discovered that raise to speak also works for text entry.
Whenever a keyboard is on the screen, you can simply raise the phone to your ear. A single tone will confirm that it's listening (as opposed to Siri's double tone). Whatever you say will be transcribed to text when you lower the phone.
This works in any app any time the keyboard is displayed.
Based on articles I've read on how to share your Reminders in the Reminders app in iOS5, I thought it would be useful to summarize how to do it here.
This tip requires both users to be on iOS 5 or greater, and syncing their accounts through iCloud.com.
Apple has allowed the ability to share your Reminders lists used the Reminders app on your iPhone or iPad in iOS 5+, via iCloud. I'm sure future functionality will allow this in the App, but for now you have to use iCloud.
Note: Before starting this tip, you must ensure you are syncing your Reminders using iCloud on your iDevice. Check it in your Settings.
Here's the process:
Go into the Reminders app, and create a list to hold your shared Reminders (for example, some Reminders you would like to share with your spouse, kids or secretary). Optionally, this can be done on iCloud.com.
Log into iCloud.com with the same account you are using to sync your Reminders.
Click on the calendar.
Identify the Reminders list you would like to share to the left of the calendar, and click the icon on its right (the network icon).
Type in an iTunes account name (that is also using iCloud) you would like to share your Reminders list with.
Optional: you can select View and Edit, or just View for the sharing option.
The other user will have to accept the shared Reminders list before the accounts will be linked to share the information.
In previous versions of iOS whenever you looked at an SMS conversation the keyboard would obscure half the screen, and the only way to get it to disappear was to go to another conversation you hadn't responded to for awhile and then back into the one you wanted to read.
In iOS 5 all you have to do is drag the message down so that when your finger drags into the keyboard, the keyboard will drop out of the way.
[crarko adds: I've confirmed the new behavior, but I don't recall how 4.3 handled this. It certainly does seem a more intelligent method than the other.]
It seems the battery issue can be resolved by turning off the automatic detection of timezones switch. See this article, which is in German, so you may need translation software.
[crarko adds: Not having an iPhone 4s, I haven't tested this one. My understanding is that there are bugs in iOS 5 that are responsible for the short battery life and an update is in the works. While waiting for that, this does seem like something very safe and easy to try out. If you do, please let us know if it helped.
Note: as noted in many comments, this is not an iPhone 4s issue specifically, but affects devices running iOS 5 in general. I've changed the title of the hint to reflect this.]
After reading Shawn Blanc's great post on how to set up shared Reminders lists using iCloud, I played around with different approaches to the syntax for adding items to the lists, to see if it was possible to avoid the hassle he describes when attempting to add something to your non-default list.
The solution is really simple; here's the syntax to use:
Add [item] to my [listname] list.
So if you've got a list named Shopping, you can say 'Add milk to my Shopping list.'
Siri can't create the lists, it seems, so you have to create all the lists you want ahead of time, but that's pretty easy to do via the Reminders app.
I haven't seen this hint anywhere else, but I've found that in Siri, if you say 'Wikipedia' followed by anything like 'Muppets' or 'Zombies,' it will take you right to the Wikipedia entry for that request. Pretty cool.
[crarko adds: It's going to be a while before I get a 4s, due to my contract. For those who have one, is Siri as amazing as it sounds or is it just a 1.0 version in need of improvement?]
I was thrilled to discover iOS 5.0 now allows repeating reminders until I discovered that while the iOS software (such as that on the iPad) allows repeating reminders, iCal and iCloud still DO NOT.
So, if you create a repeating reminder you need to make sure you check it off on your iOS device and NOT on iCloud or iCal -- doing so checks off the task and removes it. Checking it off on the iOS device marks it as done for that day and then automatically creates the task again at the specified repeat interval.
[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one. The hint submitter didn't mention the version of iCal being used, so if that makes any difference please note so in the comments. I'm certainly willing to believe iCloud is still undergoing improvement, and maybe this is an issue which will be corrected.]