One powerful new feature in the Settings app lets you see how much data your apps are using over your iPhone's cellular connection. You can even block specific apps from accessing data over your cellular connection if you prefer, limiting them to Wi-Fi-based data access only.
To find the options, launch Settings, and tap on Cellular.
Scroll down past all the Personal Hotspot, Call Time, Cellular Data Usage, and other options, and you'll get to a Use Cellular Data For section.
The list is sorted alphabetically, unfortunately, and not by cellular data consumption. But you can see how much data each app has used over your iPhone's cellular connection, and use the green slider to disable certain apps from using cellular data at all.
You can tap on System Services to see how much cellular data is used by system components that you can't prevent from using the cellular connection, like DNS services, Time & Location, Siri, mapping, networking, and such.
You can reset the statistics with a button at the very bottom of the screen.
In iOS 6, you could tap the Edit button in Messages to delete or forward one or more messages from a text/iMessage conversation. There's no Edit button in iOS 7's version of Messages.
Here's the work around: Tap and hold on any speech bubble in your conversation. A popover menu appears. Tap on the More button, and now you're in editing mode. You can check as many messages as you'd like with the round checkboxes (checkcircles?) that appear, and then tap either the trash can icon at the bottom left, or the forward button at the bottom right.
There's also a Delete All button at the upper left to wipe out the entire conversation history from this editing mode.
The Maps app in iOS 6 and later offers turn-by-turn directions using Siri's voice. But most iPhone and iPad device owners don't know how to adjust the volume of that voice. It's not where you'd expect.
Fire up the Settings up, and scroll down until you find Maps. There, you'll see controls for disabling the app's voice, or making its volume Low, Medium, or Loud.
When you want to snap a Panorama photo with your iPhone, you know the drill: You tap the button, and then slowly, steadily move your iPhone from left to right to capture the best possible panoramic photo.
But what if you're already standing at the right side of your horizontally-oriented subject? It seems crazy that you need to head all the way to the opposite left side, just so you can snap your wide photo.
And indeed, that WOULD be crazy. You don't have to. Instead, just tap on the Panorama arrow/line, and it flips directions.
When you lock your iPhone or iPad with a passcode, the general process for using your device is that you hit the sleep/wake button or the Home button, slide to unlock, and then tap in your passcode. But, as our old friend David Chartier pointed out at Finer Things, you can skip a step if you use an external Bluetooth keyboard.
Presuming your keyboard is already paired to the iOS device, you don't even need to touch the iPad or iPhone at all to unlock it. Press a key on your keyboard to wake the device up, and then typing in your passcode. The iOS device understands what you're trying to do, and jumps to the passcode entry screen automatically.
Once you finish typing in your code, your iOS device is unlocked and ready to go.
You know all the different tasks Siri can help you accomplish with your recent iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. But perhaps you didn't realize you can teach Siri to help you save even more time when use the assistant for certain tasks.
I frequently use Siri to place calls to, or send iMessages to, my wife. She's one of two Lauren's in my address book; specifying to my iPhone each time that I'd like it to "Call Lauren Friedman's iPhone" would quickly grow tiresome.
Instead, I taught Siri who Lauren is: I triggered Siri, and then said, "Lauren Friedman is my wife." Siri then asked me if if I wanted it to remember that fact; I unsurprisingly responded in the affirmative.
Because I've done that, I can now tell Siri "Call my wife" or "iMessage my wife that I'm on my way home."
And you can use a lot more than spousal relationships. Siri knows that Jason Snell is my boss, Dan Miller is my editor, and Dan Moren is my mentor. You can use pretty much any noun, in fact. Siri can identify my in-laws, my parents, my siblings, and even my landscaper by those nicknames. Just hold down the Home button, announce that "[Person in my contacts] is my [noun of your choosing]," and Siri gets the picture.
Fun bonus fact: Siri treats husbands and wives as interchangeable: If you set your wife with Siri, and then ask Siri to call your husband, you'll reach the same person either way.
If you haven’t yet been hit by iMessage spam, you’re lucky: It’s awful. And it’s even worse when you realize that the spammer can know with certainty that the unwanted message really was delivered to you. As first noted by MacStories, Apple recently posted a way to deal with unwanted iMessages in your inbox.
Here’s the skinny.
When an unwanted, spammy iMessage arrives, first take a screenshot. (If you got the iMessage on your iOS device, press the Home and Sleep/Wake buttons at the same time. If you see the spammy iMessage on your Mac, use Command-Shift-3.)
Apple also needs to see the full email address or phone number of the person you received the spammy message from. You can either screenshot that data too, or copy and paste it.
Once you have all those details assembled, compose an email to email@example.com. (If you receive a lot of said spam, like I do, it might be wise to save that address as a contact.)
Attach the screenshot, the details about the sender, and include the date and time you received the message. You won’t see immediate action, but with luck, Apple will pool these reports and eliminate spammers from its iMessage network.
And if all this seems like a lot of work, remember that come iOS 7, you’ll be able to block unwanted callers, texters, and iMessage senders yourself.
Whether you're frequently calling a friend or loved one who's at extension 123, or you know that to speak to a human in tech support you need to press 2, then 1, then 2 again—you've no doubt faced the annoyance that is dialing said numbers on your iPhone. But there's a better way that doesn't require you toggle the visibility of the keypad after your call first connects.
As The Mac Observer explains, you can add certain details to a contact's phone number to let your iPhone virtually punch the right buttons on its own. When you're editing a contact, you can press the +*# key at the bottom left of the keypad to insert a Pause or a Wait.
As TMO explains, a Pause instructs your iPhone to wait two seconds, and then dial whichever numbers come next. A Wait actually adds a custom button the phone screen, so that you tap a single key to enter in a new series of digits whenever you're ready.
Head over to TMO for the full details of a hint that's a nice update to this one.