10 (more) things you didn’t know you can do with your iPhone

In the second of a short “how to” series, we bring you 10 (more) things you didn’t know you can do with your iPhone. You can also check out last Wednesday’s post – 10 things you didn’t know you can do with your iPhone.

1. Panorama The panorama feature allows you to capture 240 degree wide photos which is much more than your regular landscape photo. To be able to use panorama you will need to be running iOS 6 on your device. Go into the Camera app, press on the Options button at the top of the screen, and select Panorama. Hold your phone in portrait mode and tap on the arrow to change direction of the panorama you want to capture. You can also do a vertical panorama by just turning the phone into a landscape position.

2. VIP Email The VIP mail feature allows you to select your most important contacts and have their emails arrive in a special VIP inbox. To make someone a VIP, select their name from your mail to see their contact card. Beneath their details press on the setting Add to VIP. They are now a VIP. To remove them go to the same place.

3. Full-screen browsing If you like the browse the internet without distractions this feature is perfect for you. In order to browse full-screen, you need to rotate your iPhone into the landscape position and tap on the two arrows pointing away from each other in the bottom right corner of the screen. To get the address bar back scroll towards the top of the screen. 

4. Tap to scroll up If you ever find yourself at the bottom of a long web page and want to get back to the top, don't bother scrolling all the back up – all you need to do is tap the top of your screen and your phone will automatically scroll to the top for you.

5. Select other domain name suffixes When you type a website URL in the address bar of your browser, you can now hold down the ".com" button to get a selection of other domain suffixes and select any of the other ones to insert in the address bar. 

6. How to Force Quit an app If you are ever using an app and for some reason it stop responding and freezes, you can apply a Force Quit like you would do on a Mac by holding down the Home button for at least six seconds.

7. How to access the scientific calculator In order to access the scientific calculator, open the calculator app and turn your phone from portrait to landscape and the interface will automatically change. 

8. Lock the screen orientation This feature is ideal for those of you who like to read iBooks or watch videos in bed and have problems with your phone switching from portrait to landscape. To activate the lock, tap the home button twice, then scroll to the left, at which point you'll see a square gray icon with a circular arrow. Tap this to lock the screen and tap again to unlock. 

9. Inserting a full stop When you are typing on your iPhone, simply double tapping the space bar button at the end of a sentence will automatically insert a full stop followed by a space. It saves you a lot of time instead of having to press the “123” button to switch to the numbers and symbols keyboard.

10. Know your exact battery life Although the small battery indicator in your status bar is helpful, it doesn’t allow you to know exactly how much battery life you have remaining. If you go to Settings > General > Usage > Battery Percentage you will be able to see your battery percentage in your status bar. 

January 16, 2013