Apple iOS 4 Tips, Hidden Features, Etc...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by arn, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    So, usually there's a thread organizing hidden features, tips and other changes found in the latest iOS.

    Here it is for 4.0.

    To not duplicate effort, here are links to many articles that go over the major features of iOS 4.

    Please add any advice, tips and new features that are found to this thread.

  2. C8XY macrumors 6502

    May 11, 2008
  3. jamonandon macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2010
    check out "Places" in your iphoto app. sweet little update!
  4. DaGreat01 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Atlanta, Georgia
    I like how spotlight has "Top Hit" now. Pretty handy.
  5. BrownManUPS macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2007
    All lot of hidden features have been compiled by the good people of Gizmodo:

    Cellular Data On/Off
    You now have the option to toggle cellular data off.

    SMS Character Count
    Guilty of running long on short messages? Now you can turn on a character count for SMS.

    SMS Search
    Just as you can search your inbox, you can now search SMS messages.

    Home Screen Backgrounds
    You can set separate backgrounds for your lock screen and home screen.

    Camera Zoom
    By tapping the screen or sliding the little bar, you can zoom in and out when taking a picture.

    Web and Wikipedia Search
    Can't find what you need on the phone? Jump to the Web or Wikipedia straight from the global search screen.

    Borderless Document View
    When screens are small to begin with, every millimeter counts. Document previews in the Mail app now eliminate pesky iPhone borders, giving you the most space you can get. (Still not much, but a marginal improvement.)

    Streamlined "New Contact" Screen
    You can now enter more contact data without leaving the main screen. When you consider that every green plus signifies an annoying jump to another screen, you can easily see how much better it is now.

    Events, Faces and Places in the Photo Menu
    If you are an iPhoto user, you can now sync pics to the iPhone (and iPad) via Events, Faces and Places, meaning less reliance on the artificial act of creating new albums.

    Lyrics/Podcast Data Toggle
    UPDATED: Though viewing lyrics you pasted into iTunes (or podcast data) on your iPod Touch or iPhone can be fun, apparently some people wanted to be able to turn it on or off globally. Now there's a toggle. Happy?

    Now, wherever you're typing, those little red underlines aren't far behind. Just remember that Apple's blind-eye-towards-profanity policy will certainly apply here, as it does with auto-correct.

    Resize Photos While Sending
    This very cool time-saver pops up when you're emailing a photo, just after you hit "Send." Depending on how big the file is, you can have two to four size options, including "Actual Size."

    New Playlists
    On-the-Go Playlists seem to be officially dead in iPhone OS 4, replaced by a more sensible "Add Playlist..." The benefit here is that you know it's something that will be synced back to iTunes, and you get to name it up front.

    Art in Album View
    When you browse albums, and find one you like, you get more than just a list of tracks and a shuffle command. You get a little thumbnail of the album itself, and the length, track count and release date.

    App-Specific Location Services
    By heading to Settings > Location Services, you'll be able to toggle which apps you're allowing to find your location and see which ones used the privilege recently based on the little compass arrow icon next to them.

    Game Center
    There's not much that can be done in the Game Center right now, but one day it'll allow you to play against your friends, compete for high scores, and earn achievements.

    Email Threading
    You can set your email messages to thread.

    Long Alpha-Numeric Passcodes for Lock Screens
    No longer are you limited to guarding your precious data with four numbers! Now you can set longer, alphanumeric passcodes for your lock screen.

    Unified Inbox
    You can view all your emails in one spot or segregate them to separate inboxes.

    App Folders (with Alerts)
    A lot as been said about app folders, but did you know that if any alerts hit any apps inside a folder, the folder gets an exclamation point?

    Contact Pictures in Emails
    If you receive an email from a person who has a picture in your contacts, you'll now see a tiny image of him or her in the corner.

    Folders in the Dock
    It's not surprising, but it's good to know that you can in fact stick folders into the dock.

    Closing Apps
    Curiously enough, it's possible to actually close apps from the app tray. All you do is hold down an icon—just as if you're trying to delete it—and wait for the minus sign to pop up.

    A Shiny New Calculator Icon
    It's not a crazy feature, but the calculator icon does look a bit different now—same old calculator app though.

    Birthday Calendar
    There's a birthday calendar—which you can toggle off—which compiles all the birthdays from your contacts.

    Smart Links For Dates and Addresses in Emails
    Addresses and dates in emails now turn into links which can be used to look up the locations or add the dates as events. This is similar to what you see in the Gmail web client.

    Double-Tap and Hold Brings Up Phone Favorites
    Not our favorite hidden secret, the beloved Phone Favorites shortcut has been demoted. Instead of the double tap—which now brings up the task manager—you have to double-tap and hold. Single-tap holding of course triggers Voice Control. Now, what the hell happened to double-tap for iPod controls? Anyone know? Apparently double-tapping the home button when music is playing will still bring up the iPod controls when the screen is locked.

    Bluetooth Keyboard Pairing
    You can now pair your Apple bluetooth keyboard with your iPhone.

    Failed SMS Notification
    In the past, you wouldn't be aware if an SMS failed to send until you actually checked in the message screen. Now you get a lovely little exclamation mark to notify you that something went wrong.

    Note Syncing
    Hello! There's now a toggle allowing you to turn on sync for notes.

    In-Page Video Playback in Mobile Safari
    Instead of bumping you to a QuickTime mini app every time you stumble upon compatible video, the new iPhone Safari browser does what the iPad does, and shows you the video right there on the page. If you want to go full screen, you give it a tap. It's your choice now.

    Vertical YouTube
    You can finally watch YouTube videos in a vertical orientation.

    Keyboard Layouts
    You can switch to your preferred type of keyboard layout.
  6. theonekcrow macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2009
    Yahoo will sync Mail, Notes, and Calender OTA
  7. ilp macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2007
    iLounge writes: "* Replacement of the notorious “not made to work with iPhone” accessory incompatibility nag screen with a new, even less useful version, changing the Yes/No Airplane Mode option to a Dismiss button;"

    I disagree with their opinion! There's many times that I have accidentally hit "yes" to enable airplane mode (or my non-iPhone-savvy-friends). I never ever actually intended to put the phone in the airplane mode. So this "Dismiss" button is a much welcome improvement... though the ultimate improvement would be to get rid of me having to acknowledge the damn screen at all.
  8. bmwhd macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2008
    Mail app recognizes tracking numbers and creates a link to track them. Also recognizes time/dates and allows rapid creation of a calendar appointment.
  9. ksolano macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2006
    how do i delete a freaking email in mail? have they changed the 'delete' to 'archive'?
    google just archives my Mail? hmmm how can i change it to delete like b4?

    Ok worked it out.. you set the archive to delete in the mail options of the account your using for mail..
  10. daryliow macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2007
    I can't seem to zoom on the camera app, should I be able to? I'm using a 3GS!

  11. benflick macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Tap the screen to bring the slider up.
  12. mrtune macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    In mail settings
  13. kaelell macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2009
    just wanted to clarify the above, according to documentation the apps you see in the quick launch dock (double tap home) are not necessarily what is running, and closing these using the above method does not save you processor or close the app from running in the background etc.
    The apps you see in this area are icons from all the apps you have run since you last turned off your phone. Its a quick way to launch something you use often.
  14. benflick macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    That's how to delete an account, not a single email.
  15. rorschach macrumors 68020


    Jul 27, 2003
    I wanna know how Gizmodo got this:


    If you notice when searching SMS messages there, it says "xx results." When I do a search for something in my messages that I KNOW I've written more than once it just shows me the last occurrence.
  16. DaGreat01 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Atlanta, Georgia
    No the arrow is pointing at the archive message setting. It is switched to off.
  17. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    on the compass the button on the bottom left is gone
  18. bndoarn macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2008
    • Now if you bring up the iPod controls on the lock screen when the music is paused, it will show the album art. Previously it only showed the album art if the music was playing.

    • The settings menu for the iPod touch now resembles the menu for the iPhone and it has "Airplane Mode" now.

    • Turning keyboards on/off is now approached differently. There are no sliders anymore.

    • Adding new contacts looks different (Left: 3.1.3, Right: 4.0).

    • You can pick and choose which calendars you want instead of having all of them or only one.
  19. dance2disco macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2010
    Argh, you still can't clear a single number from Recent Calls? You can only Clear All.

    So annoying!!
  20. bmwhd macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2008
    Are you sure about that? Throughout the betas, any apps left in the dock still had memory wired and eventually you run out.
  21. mrtune macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    I was playing music via the pandora app. Closed out of the app and music continues playing. Double tap to bring up the task switching menu and removing pandora from there will fully close it and stop playing the music. The next time I open the app it will reload it fully, splash screen and all.

    As far as I'm concerned, removing an app from the task switching bar will, in fact, fully close out an app that is running in the background.
  22. musigny macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2009
    anyone know of an app (legit or otherwise) that enables you to easily toggle between Edge and 3G?

    seems like this would be very handy to do quick internets stuff 3G and then go back to boring Edge to save battery.

  23. marddin macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    You can now send a mass text message to more than 9 people the cut off used to be 9 but I just sent the same text to 14 people from work. I don't know what the max is though.
  24. Acronym macrumors 68000

    Apr 26, 2008
    not true, i was using Palringo and glitched when i tried sending a vm i used the double tap and removed it from the list. however when i tried to open palringo back up it glitched so until i force quit the app it was "stuck"
  25. Earley008 macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2008
    PLAYLIST FOLDERS!? one of the most useful features for me!

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