Getting Started With iOS and iPadOS

Listed below is a selection of posts from across the AppleVis website which have been especially selected to help you setup and get to know your first iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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Podcast by AppleVis on Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Are you receiving too many announcements from Apple? Have no fret as Thomas Domville shows us how to stop Apple notifications for announcements, special offers, music, TV and more. So, take in charge of your subscriptions as you can disable these types of notifications or pick and choose which you want to keep receiving.

Podcast by AppleVis on Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Does your iPhone keep running out of cellular data before your month service is up? Do you feel like your cap is too restrictive , but can't afford to upgrade to a more expensive iPhone contract?

If you're tired of running out of data every month , follow as Thomas Domville shows us a few tips to track and save cell data onto your iPhone so that you never hit your limit again.

Podcast by AppleVis on Monday, April 26, 2021

In this podcast, Thomas Domville showcases the new “Unlock with Apple Watch”” feature introduced in iOS 14.5 and watchOS 7.4 that allows the iPhone to use an unlocked and authenticated Apple Watch as a secondary authentication method; making it easier to unlock an iPhone when you're wearing a mask. When this feature is enabled in Settings > Face ID & Passcode, you will not need to take off your mask or enter a passcode to unlock your iPhone. Note that a full Face ID facial scan or a passcode will still be required to authenticate Apple Pay or App Store purchases.

Guide by mehgcap on Friday, September 14, 2018

Intro

When iPhone X was released, it introduced a few swipe gestures to replace the Home Button. In iOS 12, Apple brought similar gestures to iPad, even the models that still have a home button. It seems like this new way of doing things is here to stay, so I wanted to try to demystify it. The below applies to all iOS and iPadOS devices I know of, running version 12 or newer.

Podcast by AppleVis on Friday, April 3, 2020

Are you wanting to share a folder from your iCloud Drive with your family, friends or co-workers? Join Thomas Domville in how to use iCloud folder sharing in iOS.

Podcast by AppleVis on Thursday, December 5, 2019

In this podcast Thomas Domville shows us how to find out how to Use private browsing to maintain your privacy on the web.

Podcast by AppleVis on Sunday, October 7, 2018

In this first podcast in a multi-part series, Thomas Domville gives us an introduction to Siri Shortcuts on iOS.

How to Find a Siri Shortcut Created by an App Developer:

  1. Open Your App of Choice.
  2. Navigate to and open the app's settings.
  3. Navigate to Siri Shortcuts and double-tap.
  4. Find the Shortcut you Want to Use and double-tap.
  5. Navigate to Start Recording and double-tap.
  6. Navigate to the Done button, at the top-right corner of the screen, and double-tap.

And/Or

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Navigate to Siri and Search and double-tap.
  3. Navigate to All Shortcuts and double-tap.
  4. Find the Shortcut you Want to Use and double-tap.
  5. Navigate to Start Recording and double-tap.
  6. Navigate to the Done button, at the top-right corner of the screen, and double-tap.

Note: Siri Shortcuts requires iOS 12 or later.

Podcast by AppleVis on Sunday, October 14, 2018
In this second podcast in a multi-part series, Thomas Domville gives us an introduction to Siri Shortcuts on iOS. ‎Shortcuts on the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/workflow-powerful-automation/id915249334?ign-mpt=uo%3D8%26amp%3Buo%3D8 Note: Siri Shortcuts requires iOS 12 or later.
Podcast by AppleVis on Saturday, October 27, 2018
In this third and last podcast in a multi-part series, Thomas Domville gives us an introduction to Siri Shortcuts on iOS. Shortcuts on the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/workflow-powerful-automation/id915249334?ig... Shortcut: Quiet Time On https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/1bf387c592fc431ca42deb9101053611 Shortcut: Quiet Time Off https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/c958ee874c6f4cfe811b5c2408d78ae0 Shortcut: Weather Forecast For Lee’s Summit https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/81b00bc992c24cb999a437f67742f55e Shortcut: AppleVis News https://www.icloud.com/shortcuts/1c5a0c6511ba415b94d5c0703b3ad0e5 Note: Siri Shortcuts requires iOS 12 or later.
Podcast by AppleVis on Wednesday, September 18, 2019

In this podcast, Thomas Domville shows us how to use QuickPath, a native swipe keyboard new in iOS 13 that allows you to type by sliding your finger across the onscreen keyboard.

Podcast by AppleVis on Wednesday, September 18, 2019

In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to Voice Control, a brand-new accessibility feature in iOS 13 that lets you control every single aspect of your iOS device using only your voice.

Podcast by AppleVis on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

In this podcast, Thomas Domville introduces us to the expanded VoiceOver Recognition features of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.

These use on-device intelligence to recognize key elements displayed on your screen to add VoiceOver support for app and web experiences that don’t have accessibility support built in.

VoiceOver Recognition offers the following features:

VoiceOver Recognition: Image descriptions
VoiceOver reads complete-sentence descriptions of images and photos within apps and on the web.

VoiceOver Recognition: Text recognition
VoiceOver speaks the text it identifies within images and photos.

VoiceOver Recognition: Screen recognition
VoiceOver automatically detects interface controls to aid in navigating your apps, making them more accessible.

Guide by Tyler on Saturday, June 9, 2018

Intro

Recently, I was helping someone with their Mac and the question came up, “What is iCloud and what is the cloud?”

This happens to be one of the most common questions I am asked about Apple products, and that’s no coincidence. Although Apple markets its products and services as being seamless and easy to use, they still conjure that image of some mysterious and complicated cloud, something that often tends to confuse people. In this guide, I will attempt to explain iCloud and the cloud in general; something that, in my opinion, the tech industry has not done a great job at when employing such jargon.

Guide by mehgcap on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What is an iDevice?

Throughout this document, the term 'iDevice' is used to refer to a portable Apple device with a touch screen. This includes the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad product lines. When a specific device is mentioned, it is intentional. For instance, all iDevices have wifi, but only the iPhone and cellular-enabled iPad can access cellular networks. This is not an official term, but rather one adopted by the author for the sake of clarity.

What is iOS?

iOS is basically the operating system of the iDevice family. As of the time of this writing, it is at version 8.4. It is what runs the iDevice and the platform on which all apps run.

Guide by mehgcap on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What Is This Rotor Thing?

The VoiceOver rotor is perhaps the most difficult aspect of VoiceOver to get used to because it is not a concept used in other screen readers. It is basically a way to use the same two gestures--an up and down swipe with one finger--to perform multiple tasks. That is, an up or down swipe will do the action set in the rotor, and the rotor can be set at any point. The rotor is used for reviewing text by word or character, changing the typing mode, adjusting VoiceOver's volume, changing options, accessing handwriting or braille screen input, editing text, and spellchecking. It can be used to move by many different elements, such as link, heading, form control, and the like. At any point, the rotor options will only be those that are valid for the current context. For instance, many web pages will allow navigation by heading, link, landmark, and more, while a page in settings may offer only headings.

Guide by mehgcap on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Answering or Ending Calls

For the most part, you can both answer and end a phone or FaceTime call with one gesture: the two-finger double tap, also known as the "magic tap". Tap two fingers on the screen, then tap them again quickly. When you are receiving a call, this gesture will answer; when you are in a call, this gesture will end it. When ending a call, though, please note that you must remove the phone from your ear if you're talking on it that way. When an iPhone is held to your ear, its touch screen is deactivated. As you'd expect, the keyboard command that does the same as a magic tap (vo-hyphen by default) will work to answer/end calls.

Guide by mehgcap on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Can My iOS Device Be a GPS?

Probably. If you have an iPhone or a cellular-capable iPad, then you can start using GPS apps right away. Owners of wifi-only iPads or all iPod Touch models do not have this luxury.

However, external GPS receivers do exist. Some connect via bluetooth, while others can plug into the Lightning port on your device. We have no direct experience with any of these systems, so the best we can do is tell you that our research shows they are out there. You could use one of these to allow your wifi-only device to track your location, or to increase the accuracy of a GPS-enabled iOS device.

Podcast by AppleVis on Thursday, July 29, 2021

In this update to his previous podcasts on braille, Scott Davert gives us some general information about braille displays as they relate to their use with iOS devices. He then talks about connecting a braille display using USB and then Bluetooth. Further, the braille menu under VoiceOver Settings, navigational commands, text input, how to set up auto scroll, and how to get additional help are all covered.

Links mentioned in the podcast include:

Apple's support page covering Common braille commands for VoiceOver on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod

Apple's support article listing Bluetooth keyboard commands for iOS and iPadOS

Guide by Deborah Armstrong on Monday, February 11, 2019
Creating Shortcuts A Narrative Guide for the Befuddled Beginner iOS 12 introduced shortcuts: a way for you to combine a set of steps to accomplish a task. People who program would call this a script. In fact an app or software program is nothing more than a very sophisticated set of steps designed to accomplish a task. If you ever wanted to learn programming, you can start right now to create shortcuts. It's a great way to get your feet wet and find out if computer programming is for you.

First Things First: Terminology

Every technical thing has its own, sometimes confusing terminology and it's no different with shortcuts. The most important term to understand is an Action. An ACTION is one of the steps iOS takes. An action can be snapping a photo, retrieving a contact, archiving a file or even speaking something out loud.
Guide by AnonyMouse on Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Updated: iOS 9

Listed below are some common commands which can be used with Siri in iOS 9.