This is a discussion on iOS 5 tips and tricks within the iOS Apps forums, part of the iPod, iPhone, iPad Forum category; iOS 5 has a fun and useful new hidden feature called "Customized Vibrations" that lets you tap out a rhythm, then apply it to any ...
Daily Tip: How to print out driving directions from the Maps app
Going on vacation or just to someplace new and curious how to print out Maps driving directions so you can keep a hard copy handy? While the built-in iOS Maps app lacks turn by turn navigation, it does give you a visual map of your route and a list of directions. If you’re driving through an area with dodgy data service, or you’re just old school and want a physical copy, it’s easy to print out that list of directions. They can then be handed to your passenger without the need for them to have your iPhone in their hand and it saves your battery life too.
First of all, you must have a printer that supports AirPrint
Open your Maps application and enter your start and end positions
Press the Route button
The route will then be calculated and displayed graphically
Tap on the curled up map options icon in the bottom right corner of the screen
Select your printer
Select the number of copies you want
That’s it, you will now have a printed set of driving instructions for your intended journey.
How to watch iPad Live, iPhone Live and our other podcasts on your big scr
Watching iPad Live, iPhone Live, or any of the other Mobile Nations Podcasts on your iPhone or iPad is kinda cool, but what’s really cool is watching them on your big screen TV. Luckily, with just an Apple TV, an app, and a few taps, it’s easy to do. Here’s how:
Grab the Ustream app for your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad
Wait for one of our shows to begin and search for MobileNations in the Ustream app
Hit the AirPlay button and beam it straight to your AppleTV
That’s it! Crack open a spicy drink, grab a tasty snack, and enjoy! We’ll see you on the big shows!
iPhone Home Button Not Working or Unresponsive? Try This Fix
From time to time, the iPhone Home button can become less responsive to clicks, and pressing the button will either result in a delay, lag, or sometimes complete unresponsiveness requiring multiple clicks. While this could be symptomatic of a hardware issue caused by moisture damage or dropping the phone, sometimes you can fix the response problem with the following sequence:
Open a default iOS application, such as Stocks, Calculator, or Weather
Press and hold down the Power button until the “Slide to Power Off” dialog appears, then release
Now press and hold the Home button until the “Slide to Power Off” screen disappears, force quitting the application
Why this works to fix the buttons responsiveness isn’t entirely clear, because the procedure actually just force quits the application you launched in the first step. The tip comes to us from iDownloadBlog, who reports that the procedure recalibrates the Home button. Whatever is going on behind the scenes, it does seem to work and definitely has made mine seem to respond quicker.
This should also help the iPad and iPod touch home buttons as well. If you try this and still have problems with the home button being unresponsive, you may just need to get it repaired.
Daily Tip: How to set up custom vibration patterns in iOS 5 [Video]
Curious how to set up the new accessibility feature in iOS 5, namely the custom vibration patterns? Custom vibrations patterns let you set up uniquely identifiable series for contacts in your address book — a handy feature to say the least!
Turning custom vibration patterns on
To get started, you’ll first need to turn on custom vibrations from the accessibility settings:
Open the Settings app.
Scroll down to the bottom and select ‘Accessibility’.
Set the Custom Vibrations option to ‘ON’.
Now that custom vibrations is enabled you’ll be able to record your own custom vibration pattern. Follow these quick steps to record your own vibration, or just check out the video at the top of this post.
Recording your custom vibration pattern
From the Settings app, tap ‘Sounds’.
Scroll down to the very bottom and tap ‘Vibration’.
Under the ‘Custom’ section, tap ‘Create New Vibration’.
At this point you’ll be presented with a recording screen asking you to tap anywhere in order to begin recording you custom vibration pattern. Custom vibrations have a maximum duration of 10 seconds, but you can simply tap ‘Stop’ when you’re done recording your own vibration if you want something short and sweet.
Now just hit ‘Save’ and you’ll be asked to name your new vibration pattern. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be taken back to the Vibration settings pane with your new pattern automatically selected as your custom vibration.
Setting up your contacts
You can even set custom vibration patterns for individual contacts!
Launch Phone or Contacts
Select your desired contact,
Tap ‘Edit’ and scroll down until you see the vibration option.
All contacts will be set to the default vibration you’ve selected from the settings app, but you can manually select your newly-created vibration pattern for any contact this way. You can also set a specific contact to only ring instead of vibrating at all.
That’s it! Although Apple supplies you with five built-in vibrations, it’s great that they’ve given users the ability to set their own custom vibration patterns in iOS 5. As always, let us know if we missed anything in the comments below, and enjoy your new custom vibration patterns!
Turn the iPhone into a Scientific Calculator by Rotating Calculator App
Need to use a scientific calculator on the iPhone? Instead of downloading a new app, just launch the existing Calculator app and then rotate the iPhone so that the screen orientation is horizontal. This instantly transforms the calculator app into a scientific calculator, no visit to the App Store is required.
This will work on the iPod touch as well, and has been around in iOS for quite some time now but apparently we haven’t posted the tip before.
See How Much Storage Space Your iOS Apps Are Using On Documents & Data
When we install new apps on our iOS devices, they don’t just take up the storage space needed for the app itself, but they also consume space needed for storing “documents & data.” This can be all sorts of things, including save files for your games, pictures, videos, and content downloaded through in-app purchases.
Here’s how to see how much storage space each of your apps is using for “documents & data,” and how you can reclaim that precious space.
First, open up the Settings app on your device, then choose ‘General’ and ‘Usage’.
You device will present you with a list of apps you currently have installed, and tell you how much storage space they’re consuming in total. This figure includes both the storage space needed for the app itself, plus the space consumed on additional documents & data each app has collected.
To get a better understanding of how each app is using your storage space, simply tap on its name. In the screenshot below, you’ll notice that the Camera+ app itself only takes up 22.6 MB of the storage on my iPhone, but all the photos I’ve taken with the app are using up 277 MB.
So how do you free up that space? Well, first you need to work out what “documents & data” consists of. Because Camera+ is a photography app, I know most of that space is used up by photos. So to free it up, I can delete the photos I no longer want, and sync those that I do want to my computer before removing them from my iPhone.
With games, such as Football Manager 2012 seen below, storage space is likely to be spent on save files and additional content downloaded through in-app purchases. Some titles may allow you to delete these, others will require you to delete the app itself, and then reinstall it.
While most apps only consume a small amount of storage for “documents & data,” others — like Camera+, will consume a lot, and it all adds up. Keeping on top of that data and deleting files you no longer need will help you keep your consumption down.
How to use Restrictions to prevent deleting 3rd party apps from the Home screen
Kids have access to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and curious how to prevent them from deleting your App Store apps the moment you’re not looking? They’re fun and games can cause a lot of additional work for you if you’re not careful. Luckily, Apple lets you lock down app deletion.
Jump into the Settings app.
Tap General settings.
Next, tap Restrictions.
At this point, you’ll be prompted to enter your 4-digit passcode if you have one set, or create one if you don’t.
Scroll down and switch Deleting Apps to ‘OFF’.
That’s it! Now, if you ever hand over your iPhone to a friend or family member, they’ll have no ability to accidentally remove or delete your favorite apps from the iPhone Home screen.
**Bonus Tip: Using an older version of iOS that doesn’t provide for app deletion restriction? If you’re jailbroken check out No Uninstall in Cydia, which removes the ability to delete apps from the iPhone Home screen.