Get More from iOS 9 with this Crash Course

You’re probably using iOS 9 on your iPhone and iPad by now, but to judge from what we see when people come into the store, you might not be getting the most out of it. It’s tough, we know, since Apple adds and tweaks tons of features with every release, but doesn’t walk you through what’s new.

For instance, did you know that in iOS 9 you can keep the flash on while taking video in a too-dark room? When you switch to Video mode in the Camera app, just tap the Flash Camera-flash-button

 button and then tap On.

And there are plenty of changes from previous iOS releases. Have you begun using the Notification Center widgets, which debuted in iOS 8 and are still around in iOS 9? Lots of your apps use them to provide information at a glance. In Notification Center’s Today view (pull down from the very top of the screen and then tap Today), scroll to the bottom, tap the Edit button, scroll down to the Do Not Include section and tap the green add add-widget-icon

 button next to the widget you want to add. Then adjust its position using the grab handle at the right of its entry, and tap Done.


You know how we learn about all these great features? From a book. Yes, it’s old-fashioned but we’re not talking about some grade-school textbook. This one is called iOS 9: A Take Control Crash Course, and it combines the best parts of a book and a magazine in a digital format that you can read on your Mac, iPad, or iPhone. Like a book, it’s comprehensive, and it’s easy to look up just what you want to know. And like a magazine, each short standalone chapter is accompanied by tips, interesting sidebars, and useful illustrations.

So if you want to make more of your iPhone or iPad, take a look at iOS 9: A Take Control Crash Course. You can skim through some sample chapters for free, and the 121-page book is just $15.

Don’t Leave Your iPhone in a Hot Car


Summer is upon us, and just as you wouldn’t leave a dog in a car parked in the sun, be careful with your iPhone as well. It’s rated for use up to 95℉ (35℃) and can be stored up to 113℉ (45℃), but temperatures inside a parked car on a sunny day can exceed 130℉ (55℃) within 30–60 minutes. That can both temporarily disable your iPhone and damage the battery more permanently. If your iPhone gets too hot, it warns you, “iPhone needs to cool down before you can use it.” It also stops charging, dims or turns off the display, puts its radios in a low-power state and disables the camera flash, although audible turn-by-turn directions will continue. Turn it off and let it chill out for a while.


Drag Finder Icons to Open and Save Dialogs


Ever wanted to jump to a specific folder on your Mac while opening or saving a file? You can, thanks to a clever Finder trick. Whenever you have an Open or Save dialog open in an app, switch to the Finder, find the folder you want to access, and drag its icon into the dialog. Presto—instant navigation to that folder! This trick even works with the proxy icon—the little icon in the title bar of any window—for any folder.