Lifehacker has a pretty useful little guide on all the things that a long tap (or a tap-and-hold) on the screen can do in iOS 5. I think it’s a great theme for a help post, since touch screen controls are not always the most obvious – especially if people are used to the idea […]
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The Lifehacker Guide to the iOS Long Press

Lifehacker has a pretty useful little guide on all the things that a long tap (or a tap-and-hold) on the screen can do in iOS 5. I think it’s a great theme for a help post, since touch screen controls are not always the most obvious – especially if people are used to the idea of hardware buttons. Physical controls almost beg to be pressed ("what happens when I push this red button?"), but the tap-and-hold mechanic on a touchscreen can easily be missed, especially when there are no on-screen cues or feedback.

I won’t mention any tips from the guide, but I will add one of my own: tapping and holding to cancel. If you’ve already committed to pressing your finger to the screen and the button changes to a "pressed" state, you almost always have the option of sliding your finger away from the button to change it back to an "unpressed" state. So if you’re worried about pressing commitments, that tip should come in handy.

[via @mophie]

 

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