Learning a new device always takes time. I’ve spent some of my spare time lately seeking out all the iPhone tips and tricks for various functions that I couldn’t figure out on my own. (Manual? What manual?) Apple actually has a pretty comprehensive list on their site, but I found several more that may be of interest to any other iNewbies out there. :D
If you have your search engine set to Google (it is set to this by default), you can leave off the “www” and “.com” when typing a URL in Safari. For instance, for www.mozilla.com just type “mozilla” in the URL box.
Save an Image as Wallpaper from Safari
You can save an image to your camera roll in Safari by pressing and holding the image. A menu will then appear asking you to either “Save Image” or “Cancel”. Once saved in your camera roll, you can set it as your wallpaper.
Caps When Typing
Most of the time, I never use the caps lock and keep it turned off. But what if you need a series of letters to be capitalized? The neat thing about the iPhone’s multi-touch is that it is smart enough to let you use the shift key just like you would on a computer — so you can hold down the shift key while you type, and every letter will be capitalized.
Re-arranging Applications on Home Screen(s)
This one I found by accident. You can rearrange the icons on your Home Screen by tapping and holding on any icon. When they start to “shake” simply rearrange as you like. Note: you can also switch out the icons on your dock (the gray bar at the bottom of your iPhone Home Screen).
Create an Icon for Your Website
If you hadn’t figured out by now, you can save bookmarks to your Home Screen. If no web clip (think favicon) is available for your site, it will create one using a screenshot of the whole page. Ugly, right? So create one for your site and it will be displayed instead.
Recommended: 57×57 pixels. Save as PNG format, with a filename of “apple-touch-icon.png”. Make sure you put it in the root folder of your website where your web documents reside.
If you don’t have access to your root folder, you can add the following to the HEAD section:
<link rel="apple-touch-icon" href="/images/apple-touch-icon.png"/>
Is that all?
I’m sure there’s a lot more out there that I haven’t discovered yet, so feel free to share your iTips and iSuggestions in the comments form below! :D