Gestures

Backtrix back-ports iOS 14’s Back Tap feature to jailbroken iOS 13 handsets

iOS 14 introduced an incredibly handy accessibility feature dubbed Back Tap, which grants iPhone users the ability to tap twice and/or three times on the back of their handset to invoke an action of their choosing.

Notably, this feature isn’t present on iOS 13, despite the fact that iOS 13-compatible handsets come equipped with the same accelerometer-based hardware that makes this possible.

How to use long presses for ultimate productivity on iPhone and iPad

Long press Notes on iPhone

If you’re an iPhone or iPad owner, then it’s likely you know about the Long Press feature, also known as 3D touch or Press and Hold. This handy way of taking care of quick actions requires you to just touch and hold an app icon on your screen to pull up a list of actions you can perform.

The thing is, many people just don’t take advantage of this extremely useful feature. Maybe you’re a new iOS user and aren’t familiar with all it can do or maybe you simply forget it exists. Either way, you can take care of some tasks pretty quickly with a long press because it eliminates the need to open and navigate the app to do what you want.

So, if you’re ready to see how long presses can increase your productivity and save you time, let’s go!

Keyboard shortcuts for QuickTime Player on Mac

MacBook keyboard movie media- QuickTime Player keyboard shortcuts

You might use QuickTime Player on your Mac to watch movies, edit videos, or record your screen. And for the various tasks you can perform in this handy tool comes a bunch of keyboard shortcuts.

For managing the app window, movie viewing and playback, and editing videos, here are the keyboard shortcuts for QuickTime Player on Mac you can use.

How to quickly create subtasks or indent list items in Notes on iOS

Notes Indent Outdent iPhone

If you use the Notes app on your iPhone or iPad, then you probably already know that it’s a convenient app for making lists. You can make numbered or bulleted lists for shopping, to-dos, or whatever you need.

The nice thing about creating lists in Notes is that you can indent your list items. This is terrific for creating subtasks or nested lists. And while indenting list items isn’t a difficult task, we have a tip that will make it even easier.

Here’s how to quickly indent list items in Notes on iPhone and iPad.

10 Magic Keyboard trackpad gestures all iPad Pro owners should memorize right now

iPadOS 13.4 brought the power of Multi-Touch technology to compatible trackpad and mouse devices. It's a new paradigm that gives you another way to use your iPad apart from touch and ink (Apple Pencil). iPadOS supports a few dozen gestures for trackpads and mice, but we've distilled Apple's list down to ten essential gestures for the Magic Keyboard (they work on other trackpads) that all iPad Pro owners should memorize to save time and increase productivity.

How to customize Mac gestures for your trackpad and mouse

Trackpad More Gestures Settings Mac

Younger people probably don’t remember the days before the trackpad (touchpad) existed. Introduced for laptops in the 90’s, these handy little areas of a keyboard became the norm over time. Trackpads make doing all sorts of things are your computer easier with gestures.

Now you can buy an external trackpad if your computer doesn’t have one. Plus, you can take advantage of gestures with your mouse on Mac too with accessories like Apple’s Magic Mouse.

But similar to keyboard shortcuts, there can almost be too many gestures to remember. And there can be times you can accidentally perform an action you don’t mean to with a gesture.

Your Mac gives you options for customizing the gestures you use with both your trackpad and mouse. This lets you use the ones you want, how you want, and disable the others to avoid accidental actions.

Here, we’ll walk you through how to customize the trackpad and mouse gestures on your Mac.

AVPlayerPlus supercharges iOS’ native video player with useful new gestures

Whenever you tap on a video in the mobile Safari web browser, such as on YouTube or otherwise, iOS displays that video in a familiar interface called the AVPlayer, which appears in the screenshot example above.

Like most video players, iOS’ native AVPlayer provides only the fundamental controls to and get things done, but with the help of a newly released and free jailbreak tweak called AVPlayerPlus by iOS developer Tr1fecta, you can enjoy several more luxury controls in the native AVPlayer interface that Apple never bothered to provide to you out of the box.

How to use the new text editing gestures on iPhone and iPad

Copy on iPadOS Notes

As you may have seen, or even noticed, with iOS 13 and iPadOS came some cool new ways to work with your text. You can now use gestures to select, cut, copy, paste, undo, and redo. Plus, you can easily move the cursor where you want it and scroll faster with scroll bar scrubbing.

So how do all of these new text editing gestures work on iPhone and iPad? We’re here to explain them all.

How to master Apple’s new swipe keyboard

Apple's QuickType keyboard on iOS 13 and iPadOS supports gesture typing so you can swipe from one letter to the next in one continuous motion, with Siri intelligence and machine learning making reliable predictions as to what you're trying to type. Follow along to master gestural typing as iDB shows you how to set up and use the new iPhone swipe keyboard.

New to Mac? How to right-click on your Mac

Mouse Settings Point and Click Mac

If you’ve owned a Mac for years, then this isn’t anything new to you. But there are plenty of Windows users out there making the move to Mac. And one thing you may struggle with as a new Mac user is how to right-click. It sounds simple enough, but there is a difference from Windows to Mac when you need to right-click.

Depending on whether you have a MacBook with a trackpad or an iMac with a Magic Mouse, you have a few ways to perform a right-click on Mac and here’s how.

Windows to Mac: getting used to new keys, names and locations

Control Panel vs System Preferences Windows Mac

If you or someone you know has taken the plunge and made the switch from Windows to Mac, it can be a little tough to get used to the differences in the beginning. The keys on the keyboard, the names of the settings, the locations for items, and simply what things are called on Mac overall is different than what Windows users are used to.

Having been down this road myself, a handy guide that lays out these differences can be a huge help until you’re used to it all. Here are the things you need to know and get the hang of when switching from Windows to Mac.

Respring your device by pulling down in the Settings app with Dragspring

Albeit released a very long time ago, one of my favorite utilitarian jailbreak tweaks of all time was PullToRespring because it made it incredibly easy for me to respring my jailbroken handset on demand.

For a while there, it seemed like tweaks of this nature became a thing of the past, but iOS developer ConorTheDev has breathed new life into the concept with the release of a new free jailbreak tweak called Dragspring.