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How to turn off iPhone email sounds

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For owners of new iPhones, one of the most irritating distractions is the “ding” the phone makes when a new email is received. The second most irritating email sound: the “swoosh” when an email is sent. This short blog post and video explains how to turn off iPhone email sounds, as well as the ringer volume, vibrations, and other audible distractions. It also shows how to choose replacement sounds in iOS. The video shows an iPhone 6S Plus, but it works for any iPhone running iOS 8 or iOS 9, including the iPhone 5 and other iPhone 6 models.

By default, the receive email and send email sounds are “on.” This is not an issue if you don’t send or receive a lot of email, but wait until you hook up your work or school email accounts — the phone will be constantly dinging and swooshing!

How to turn off iPhone email sounds – method #1

First, to silence your phone it’s very easy to use the Mute switch on the left side of the iPhone’s case, as well as the adjacent volume controls. But the problem with that approach is it turns off the sound for everything, including the ringer, the keyboard clicks, app sounds, music, etc.

How to turn off iPhone email sounds – method #2

How to turn off iPhone email soundsA better approach is to just turn off the sounds you don’t need (or change them to something you like):

  1. Open up Settings
  2. Select Sounds
  3. Change volume settings, or choose individual sounds for specific actions (sending email, calendar alerts, etc.)
  4. At the top of the list choose None to turn off that sound. Nothing else needs to be done. The sound will be disabled going forward.
  5. To choose another sound, select from the list. Classic sounds are in a separate submenu.

The video below shows how to turn off iPhone email sounds, using an iPhone 6S Plus running iOS 9:

For more information and helpful tips, check out the book iPhone 6 & iPhone 6S In 30 Minutes.

What is 3D Touch? A quick explanation, from Peek to Pop

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If you are interested in purchasing a new iPhone, you may be wondering what’s the difference between the classic iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6S. They look the same, but under the hood there are some notable differences, including faster hardware, better cameras, and new touch screen actions. This post will explain what is 3D Touch, and give some examples of 3D Touch in action.

What is 3D Touch: The short version

In a nutshell, newer iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models have additional touch screen actions, which Apple collectively calls 3D Touch. What does it do? In a nutshell, the touch screen on these models is able to differentiate between taps, light pressure (Peek), and heavy pressure (Pop). Peek generally previews content or provides additional options, whereas Pop will open the content.

Here are some examples of how Peek and Pop work:

  • From the Home screen, light pressure on an app icon will reveal a menu of Quick Action options for that app.
  • When reviewing the list of email in your inbox, light pressure on a particular message will preview it, while heavy pressure will open up the message.
  • While browsing photos and videos in the Photos app, use Peek on a single image open it up to preview.
  • From your list of contacts, Peek will let you quickly mail, message, or call that person.
  • In Maps, use Peek to preview a business or organization, share its location, start driving directions, or call the listed phone number (see image, below).
What is 3D Touch - Peek example

What is 3D Touch – Peek example

However, there are some drawbacks to 3D Touch:

  • It takes some getting used to. Press too hard or too soft, and 3D Touch may not work as expected.
  • Apple Apps widely incorporate 3D Touch, as well as some widely used apps (including Instagram) but not all apps support 3D Touch.
  • For certain apps, there does not seem to be much of a point to Peek or Pop — for instance, why bother using 3D Touch to preview or open a photo when it is already so easy to use the touch screen to open it?
  • It’s usually not clear what apps use 3D Touch, which makes it a waste of time to test it out.

Nevertheless, some apps are really improved by the addition of 3D Touch, such as Contacts. Some third-party apps are also incorporating the technology, such as Instagram.

If you own an iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus, play around with 3D Touch to determine which apps work best with the new touch screen technology.

This post was excerpted from the book iPhone 6 & iPhone 6S In 30 Minutes, by author Ian Lamont.

Apple Pay and Apple Wallet features on your iPhone 6/6S

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The following post about Apple Wallet features and Apple Pay features is excerpted from the book iPhone 6 & iPhone 6S In 30 Minutes

One of the coolest new features introduced with the iPhone 6 is the Wallet app (which some readers may remember as Passbook) and Apple Pay. I use Apple Pay several times per week, have used some of the other Apple Wallet features when I am travelling. This post describes setup and some of the basic features of Apple Wallet and Apple Pay.

Apple Wallet is preinstalled on all iPhones. It serves several useful functions:

  • Connecting your credit card to Apple Pay, which effectively turns your phone into a credit card.
  • Storing movie tickets, loyalty cards, boarding passes, and more.

How to set up Apple Pay

Set up Apple Pay in a few minutes using a credit card and your phone’s camera (to take a picture of your credit card). To verify the credit card, either call your bank (the phone will dial the verification number for you) or use the bank’s app (if it’s installed on your phone).

After setup is complete, all you need to do to make a payment is pull out your phone, press the Home button, and hold up the phone to payment terminals that accept Apple Pay. The phone will display the credit card and the amount being charged. Use a passcode or Touch ID to verify the transaction, and you’re done!

Adding other services to the Apple Wallet feature list

For loyalty programs, boarding passes, and other member-based benefits: Tap the Find Apps for Wallet button to get started. You can also scan a code when prompted. Once the Wallet-friendly apps are installed, they will display passes, tickets, and other information on the Lock screen when prompted by an electronic reader.

You can manually open a pass, such as when you have an electronic boarding pass and need to show it to airline and security officials. I have done this using the American Airlines app for TSA checkpoints and boarding at LAX and Logan Airport in Boston.

There are dozens of apps for some of the largest retailers and travel companies in the world, including airlines, Starbucks, Target, and more. Here’s what the Apple Wallet looks like, with a credit card already attached:

Apple Wallet features and Apple Pay features