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Weird little iPhone trick

I discovered something odd on my iPhone today.

I was leaving the restroom at work, tucking my phone away (I'd been reading on the john), when the little bastard sorta flashed and made the "I'm taking a picture" noise.  (Incidentally, if you can avoid making that noise while in the middle of a federal government restroom, you should.  You wouldn't believe some of the looks I got.)

Anyway, I check the screen and discovered I hadn't opened the camera app.  So what was with the flash and shutter sound?

After toying with the phone at my desk, I discovered what it had been:  I made a screen shot!

If you haven't figured this one out for yourself, this is how it's done:

Press the home button at the bottom on the phone and hold.  Not long enough to summon Siri, but also not just a tap to send you back to the home screen.  It's a timing thing.

So is the second part.  While you have the home button held down, hit the on/off button on the top of the phone.

If you hold the home button too long; Siri.  If you hold the on/off button too long; power off.

But if you hit the right timing; screen shot.  The phone will take a picture of whatever is on the screen at that instant and send it to your photograph file.  This works whatever you have on the screen, including movies or television shows.  I have no idea what good it is, other than as an novelty, but there it is.

A screen shot of your iPhone.


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Apr. 19th, 2014 07:15 am (UTC)
Technical support, mostly, when an app is so badly fucked up that words are insufficient.
Apr. 19th, 2014 07:39 am (UTC)
Why does your regular desktop (or laptop) computer have the same function?

If nothing else, it's a potentially useful function when you're trying to troubleshoot an app, or a website, or something like that where the person that needs the information can best get it by SEEING what your seeing rather than relying on a verbal description that may inadvertently omit key information.
Apr. 21st, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC)
The trick is to press them at the same time. It's a bit inconvenient, but not hard once you get the hang of it. This feature has been around in iOS for several versions, and Android has a similar feature. I use it to take screen shots of rendered code samples all the time.
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