You see them everywhere — the ubiquitous white iPhone headphones. For many people, they’re just a way to listen to your tunes and look cool, but to the Apple Specialists at New York City’s Tekserve, the standard Apple headphones a powerful tool for controlling your iPhone.
Tekserve’s Chris D’Lando served up a tasty platter of eight iPhone headphone tricks, some of which might be old hat to iPhone aficionados, but all deserve another look.
First, did you know that you can summon Apple’s intelligent assistant Siri by pressing and holding the center button on your headphones? This is very helpful when your iPhone is in a pocket or bag and you need to get Siri’s help.
Next, if you’re using Apple’s Camera app, you can squeeze the volume up (+) button to take a photo. This is especially useful if your iPhone is mounted on a tripod and you want the equivalent of a shutter release cable to avoid shaking your iPhone when snapping a photo.
D’Lando also shares three great tips on placing and receiving phone calls. If a phone call comes in and you want to decline it, holding the center button for about two seconds and then releasing it will decline the call. Two beeps give you verification that the call was declined. Next, if you decide to answer the call, just give the center button a squeeze to do so. That same gesture also hangs up your call when you’re done. Finally, if you’re on a call and another call comes in, you can switch to the incoming call (or back to the original call) with a quick squeeze of the center button. Holding that center button for two seconds when another call is coming in will switch to the new call and hang up the original call.
Many iPhone owners who listen to music on their devices probably already know the last three tips, but those in a mood for learning can head on over to the original post and check out numbers 3, 4 and 5.
If you’re in or near NYC, be sure to look into Tekserve Academy for classes they’ve developed to help you get the most out of your iPhone.