One of the cool things about iOS-devices is the fact that they are so easy to use that you do not even need a manual to achieve all the wonderful things you can accomplish with them. Everything is so intuitive that you can almost “feel” how to use the system.
It has not always been like that in the history of electronic devices. My first MP3-player had five buttons and a toggle switch. To use it you had to study and remember the little science-book that came with it, otherwise it was hardly likely to get the device to play anything.
Luckily times have changed. But there’s a little downside about the fact that one doesn’t have to read manuals any more:
One doesn’t read manuals any more!
Why is this a downside? Because you may miss out on the full power of your device!
Did you know that you can triple-click your homebutton to activate “Guided Access” for your applications? Having it activated the current application cannot be left and can be limited in its functions. This is very useful if you want to allow somebody else to use an app on your device but do not want her or him to snoop within the other stuff you got on it.
Or did you know that you can leave an application by doing a claw-gesture with five fingers (on iPad)?
People regulary do not know about these and other less-known but nevertheless cool features and get wide eyes when I demonstrate these to them.
To reach the maximum level of productivity I encourage you to get to know your everyday-tools in deep. But if you still cannot bring yourself to read an iOS-manual, Apple has you covered:
Here you find the most important tips about your device. And from iOS 8 on there will also be an app for that 😉