By Jen Sweeney
When the iPhone 4s was released in October last year, pre-orders broke records. It’s no surprise then that the latest phone from Apple, which goes on sale in stores today, has blown last year’s numbers away; Apple took 2 million pre-orders for the phone in the first 24 hours, and some are estimating that the company will sell 10 million iPhone 5s by Monday.
The new phone will deliver ample happiness for consumers (Thinner and lighter! Football-field-sized screen! New iPhone smell!), but for IT departments, the release of the new phone can translate into more work as employees bring them into the office.
If you’re an iPhone newbie, get a head start with these quick iOS tips. Your help desk will thank you.
Manage your email.
Here are some tips for dealing with your Inbox quickly and efficiently.
Deleting Single Emails
While viewing a message, tap the trash icon at the bottom to delete it. Alternatively, you can swipe your finger left or right over the message title, and then tap Delete to delete a message.
Deleting Multiple Emails
While viewing a list of messages, click the Edit button in the upper right hand corner on the screen. You will see circles appear to the left of each e-mail message. As you click on each message that you want to delete, the circles will become checked. Once you are done, tap the Delete button in the bottom left corner of the screen.
Moving Single Emails to Another Folder
While viewing a message, tap the folder icon at the bottom, and then choose the folder you want to move the message to.
Moving Multiple Emails to Another Folder
When viewing a list of messages, click the Edit button in the upper-right hand corner on the screen. You will see circles appear to the left of each email message. As you click on each message that you want to delete, the circles will become checked. Once you are done, tap the Move button and select the folder you want to move them to.
Emptying the Trash Folder
Once a message is deleted from the phone, it is still located in the Trash folder. If you want to get rid of emails right away, navigate to the Trash folder, click the Edit button, and choose Delete All.
Punctuation made easy.
Inserting a period from the symbols box can become tedious. Here’s a quicker way: Double-tap the spacebar.
Tidy up your desktop.
To declutter your home screen, tap and hold one of the app icons, and when they begin to shake, drag them to rearrange.
Copy web images.
Press and hold your finger on a photo and you’ll be prompted to “Save Image.” Now it’s in your Camera Roll.
If you have contacts you use often, put them in your favorites to save time. To add a favorite, open up your contacts, select the contact you wish to tag, and tap the “Add Favorites” button at the bottom.
Making sense of the Time Zone Support feature.
Sometimes technology’s intuitive functionality can get the better of you, especially when traveling across time zones. Case in point: the Time Zone Support feature, which shows event dates and times in the zone you selected for your calendar. For example, if you scheduled a 10 a.m. conference call while at the home office in Philadelphia, and you are currently visiting Los Angeles, your meeting will still show up as scheduled for 10 a.m. Turning off the Time Zone Support feature can make your schedule a little clearer by automatically adjusting your calendar to the time zone you are in. To do so, go to Settings | Mail | Contacts | Calendar and toggle off Time Zone Support.