September 5, 2020

Mastering iOS: Pasting plain text.

Pasting text between fields in iOS apps can be a pain, since rich-text formatting is often copied along with it. Try pasting a text from Notes app into an email. The font becomes is massive and it’s just not possible to fix. This makes pasting into any other rich-text field a nightmare in reformatting in any app. But there’s a simple way to change rich text to plain text when copying so that it follows the rich-text format of the document you’re pasting into and looks normal:

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September 3, 2020

Mastering iOS: Changing iMessage default replies.

My only reason for getting an Apple Watch was to make driving safer: If an iMessage came through while I was a driving, I didn’t want to have to pull my phone out of my pocket and try to read it, just to see if it was important or not. After pulling over a few times in rush hour to see if an incoming text was important and just finding spam, I got the Watch. It allows me to turn my wrist up, see the message quickly and tap a boilerplate reply if needed.

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September 2, 2020

Mastering iOS: How to take a screenshot on iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.

You’ve probably seen it too: someone taking a photo of their iPad screen with their iPhone. There’s a much easier way, since a screenshot only requires two button or key presses. The screenshot will now appear in your photos app on iPhone, iPad and Mac.

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August 31, 2020

Mastering iOS: Finding handwritten images in Photos.

The search function of the iOS Photos app is amazing. Try searching dog and you’ll find most of your photos of dogs. How does it do it? It just knows. In addition to facial recognition, Photos’ search has deep object recognition. One of the most useful functions is recognizing handwriting. On iPhone, I’ll commonly handwrite a note in the Memopad 2 app on iPhone and search makes these easy to find on iPad as well.

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August 25, 2020

Mastering iOS: How to make two hyphens not equal an em dash.

Sadly, iOS 13 and iPad OS’s Smart Punctuation still separates the writers from the coders. It forces those of us who use Markdown for writing to choose which we are.

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