Tuesday Tip: the Hidden Mouse in Your iPhone

By Erin Kowtko

Over the course of a day, how much time do you think we spend on our devices? According to a recent article from the New York Post, “Americans check their phone on average once every 12 minutes – burying their heads in their phones 80 times a day.”

While checking your phone 80 times in one day, how many of those times do you think involve editing a text or email? I am guilty of changing my mind about verbiage on many emails and texts. That means I spend a fair amount of time within the message, typically aligning the mouse with the word of my choice. As simple as that sounds, I inevitably mess up and inadvertently make the cursor move to the wrong place in the sentence and goof up. Over the course of the day, that inefficacy and frustration add up. What if that element could be removed?

iPhone users with series 6S and above and the new iOS11 release: listen up, because your life is about to change. Apple put a secret trackpad in our phone, and it’s incredibly easy to access.

Open a message on your phone, then hold down any key until you see the keys turn blank and you feel the magical sensation called a “haptic tap.” Your keyboard then transitions into a touchpad, and you can slide your finger anywhere in your text. What I really like about this feature is that it allows me to easily place my cursor in the exact spot I need for easy editing.

It’s the little things in life, isn’t it?

We can thank our engineer, Jeremiah Abdul, for sharing this cool tip. His discovery will help so many of us!

Jeremiah and his lovely wife and son.

Erin Kowtko - Network 1 ConsultingErin Kowtko

Erin has years of experience in the healthcare and non-profit sector. She brings her skills and passion to benefit Network 1’s team, clients, and partners. She strives to provide the best service and solutions to her clients so they can achieve greatness through Worry-Free IT.

ekowtko@network1consulting.com or 404.997.7656

Network 1 Consulting is a 20-year-old IT Support company in Atlanta, GA. We become – or augment – the IT department for law firms and medical practices. Our IT experts can fix computers – but what our clients value most are the industry-specific best practices we bring to their firms. This is especially important with technology, along with regulations and cyber threats, changing so rapidly. We take a proactive approach to helping our clients use technology to gain and keep their competitive advantage.

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