The iOS 6 Guide for iPhone is available as a free download from the iBookstore. It’s an easy eBook to dismiss for new and long-term users alike (people don’t tend to like manuals…) but I highly recommend you give the guide a read – or at the very least, a skim. You’ll likely be surprised […]
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Recommended Reading: Apple’s Free iOS 6 Guide for iPhone

The iOS 6 Guide for iPhone is available as a free download from the iBookstore. It’s an easy eBook to dismiss for new and long-term users alike (people don’t tend to like manuals…) but I highly recommend you give the guide a read – or at the very least, a skim. You’ll likely be surprised by all of the little things you didn’t know about.

Here are a few tidbits I picked up as I made my way through the guide:

  • Apple’s term for that alphabetical scrollbar (present in the Music app) is “index”.
  • Apple actually uses the term “jiggle” to describe how home screen icons move.
  • Raise-to-speak is a great way to call upon Siri, but it can be difficult to activate, so Apple recommends that you rotate your hand on the way up, as if you really were making a phone call. Rotating makes all the difference.
  • On a related note, turning Siri off will actually delete local data about your voice, meaning that Siri will have to re-learn little things about how you speak.
  • You can send a call straight to Voicemail by double-tapping the sleep button.
  • iOS 6 allows you to keep only the HDR versions of pictures – just head to Settings -> Photos & Camera, and then scroll all the way down.
  • Once Wi-Fi sync is set up with iTunes, your iPhone (and likely iPad, as well) will sync once every day, provided it’s on Wi-Fi and connected to a power source. These are the criteria for iCloud backup as well, but I had no idea they applied to local Wi-Fi Sync.

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