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8 iPad and iPhone Tips and Tricks

As you learn more about iOS 9’s new features throughout this book, you’ll also

discover how to best utilize them by executing the necessary taps, swipes, pinches,

and other finger gestures.

As in previous editions of the iOS, when you turn on the device or wake it up from

Sleep mode, virtually all of your interaction with the smartphone or tablet is done

though the following finger movements and taps on the device’s highly sensitive

multitouch display:

■ Tap —Tapping an icon, button, or link that’s displayed on your device’s

screen serves the same purpose as clicking the mouse when you use your

main computer.

■ Hold —Instead of a quick tap, in some cases it is necessary to press and hold

your finger on an icon or onscreen command option. When a hold action is

required, place your finger on the appropriate icon or command option, and

hold it there with a slight pressure. There’s never a need to press down hard

on the smartphone or tablet’s screen. (Hold works with all iOS mobile devices

running iOS 9, and is different from the Peek and Pop gestures that are exclusive

to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.)

■ Swipe —A swipe refers to quickly moving your finger along the screen from

right to left, left to right, top to bottom, or bottom to top, in order to scroll

left, right, up, or down, depending on which app you’re using.

■ Pinch —Using your thumb and index finger, perform a pinch motion on the

touchscreen to zoom out when using certain apps. Or “unpinch” (by moving

your fingers apart quickly) to zoom in on what you’re viewing on screen

when using many apps.


Another way to zoom in or out when looking at the device’s screen

is to double-tap the area of the screen on which you want to zoom in. This works

when you’re surfing the Web in Safari or looking at photos using the Photos app,

as well as in most other apps that support the zoom in/out feature. To zoom out

again, double-tap the screen a second time.

■ Pull-down —Using your finger, swipe it from the very top of the iPhone or

iPad’s screen quickly in a downward direction. This causes the Notification

Center window to appear. You can hold the device in portrait or landscape

mode for this to work. As you’ll discover in Chapter 1, “Tips and Tricks for

Customizing Settings,” the functionality of Notification Center and the information

you can access from it has been enhanced in iOS 9 and is more customizable

than before.

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