This was a helpful thing – I finally took the time to learn about some things that my devices could do, but I hadn’t figured out to use. The big surprise was when I learned to shut off open apps in my iPad – wow, didn’t realize that things stayed open pretty much until you turn them off. I can only imagine how confusing that would be on a device like a laptop where you can see all of the windows, and I wonder how much battery loss those open apps might have been contributing to.
I finally learned a little about AirDrop – which I have now shut off on both of my Apple devices because I want to make battery power last as long as possible and that isn’t something that I think I will use much. Another interesting, but unsuited for my daily needs, thing I explored was Siri. I don’t use devices when I drive, so needing to look at the screen is not a hassle for me. Plus, I must not enunciate clearly enough to suit the OS as I often had to repeat questions several times. And, the immediate jump to the web when a question was not understood in the context I meant was very disconcerting. I did find a few things that we easier to do with Siri – adding relationships in contacts was one – so I think I may use this on occasion if just to find out how to do things … Siri did give clear directions on how to do things using the device rather than my normal approach of trial and error.
The one simple thing that I learned to do (I knew it could be done but had never spent the time to figure out how) was how to set the music playlists on a timer. A very useful way to track time, and, though simple, this might be the item I end up using the most from this thing.