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 Monday, May 13, 2019

In this podcast, Thomas Domville discusses and demonstrates the VIP Contacts feature of the Mail app on iOS.

Assigning a contact the “VIP” status makes finding email messages from them easier - you can use custom notification alerts for VIP contacts; their messages will be flagged when browsing mailboxes, and also stored in a smart VIP mailbox.

You can assign up to 100 VIPs, and if you use iCloud Contacts, your VIPs are available on any other Apple devices signed in to the same account.

Podcast by AppleVis on Sunday, March 1, 2020

Did you know that your iPhone hhas a Medical ID feature that first responders can access and use to help treat you? Your ID can include any medical conditions you may have, medications, allergies, and emergency contacts. So, join in as Thomas Domville shows you how to set up your emergency contacts and ID on your iPhone. Do it now and be prepared! Better safe than sorry.

Podcast by AppleVis on Friday, September 17, 2021

In this podcast from his series looking at some of what's new and notable in iOS 15, Thomas Domville Shows us how to setup and use Focus modes.

Focus is essentially a supercharged upgrade of Do Not Disturb. This is how Apple describes Focus:

Focus helps you stay in the moment when you need to concentrate or step away. Choose a Focus that allows only the notifications you want — you can get work done while you’re in the zone or enjoy a distraction‑free dinner. Pick from a list of suggested Focus options or create your own.

What do you want to focus on? Choose a focus area to set up: Custom. Driving. Exercising. Gaming. Reading.

Stepping away is easier if others know you’re busy. So when you’re using Focus, your status will be automatically displayed in Messages. And for truly urgent messages, there’s still a way for people to notify you.

Key feature highlights of Focus are:

Podcast by AppleVis on Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Are you lost? Need to give someone your location or address to find you? In this podcast Thomas Domville shows us how to share your current location on an iPhone.

Guide by James AVC on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

I’ve been waiting for the option to slow down the speed of double tapping when using VoiceOver for quite some time and now with iOS 9.1 it is here!

Several of my clients struggle with the speed at which they previously had to single finger double tap the screen to activate buttons, open apps, open links etc, not to mention two finger double tapping to answer or end calls coming in on their iPhones. I’m really pleased that Apple has made this option available as I think it will make the devices that we know and love that little bit more accessible to those who experience difficulty with their dexterity or who simply can’t double tap quite as quickly as other people.

You must have iOS 9.1 or later installed on each of the devices you wish to slow the double tap speed on for this to work. The steps below are exactly the same for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The slowed down speed also works when two finger double tapping to answer or end calls on the iPhone.

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.

Podcast by AppleVis on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

In this podcast from his series looking at some of what's new and notable in iOS 15, Thomas Domville Shows us Live Text, a feature that allows you to quickly recognize text and select, copy, paste, and lookup in both the Camera and Photos app.

Here’s how Apple describes Live Text:

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 Saturday, September 18, 2021

In this podcast from his series looking at some of what's new and notable in iOS 15, Thomas Domville introduces us toHide My Email.

Available to iCloud+ subscribers, Hide My Email builds on the idea of Sign in With Apple by providing you with unique, random email addresses that forward to your personal inbox and can be deleted at any time. This can be particularly useful if you need to give a company an email address, but are concerned that they will share the address with others who will use it for advertising purposes.

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 Saturday, September 18, 2021

In this podcast from his series looking at some of what's new and notable in iOS 15, Thomas Domville introduces us to iCloud Private Relay.

iCloud Private Relay ensures the Safari traffic leaving your device is encrypted - so no one can intercept and read it - and it puts all your requests through two separate internet relays. The result is that no one, including Apple, can see who you are or what sites you are visiting.

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.