Hi! Eric Murcia here with another episode of Tech Tip Tuesday. This week, we’re going to be talking about some tips and tricks for iOS devices. That would be like an iPhone or iPad. With the latest release of the new iOS devices, I figured it’d be appropriate to talk about features and functionalities that are useful in our existing devices, so we don’t necessarily have to run out and buy the latest and greatest hardware to take advantage of these things.

I’m going to do this for probably the next couple of weeks, but the first thing I wanted to talk about isn’t really going to increase productivity or anything like that. It’s just a cool feature. You’re going to be recognized as the “uber-geek” when you start utilizing this feature, and everyone is going to want to know how to do it. It’s up to you whether or not you share the “nugget” of geek knowledge with them or not.

iMessage Effects

When you’re sending a text message to someone else that has an iOS device, just type your message the way that you normally would. If you press and hold down on the send button, you’ll notice that suddenly you have some really cool effects. This is all built into the iPhone, you don’t have to download anything. Same with the iPad.

Bubble Effects

With the bubble effect selected, there are multiple versions of that bubble effect that I can use. It gives you a little preview as you touch on each of them. The invisible ink is probably my favorite. Then, once you pick your effect, hit the send button again, and it will actually send it.

Screen Effects

Before you do that though, there are also some screen effects that the person on the recipient side will receive on their end that effects their entire screen. There are some really cool ones in here. I think the “echo” and the “spotlight” effects are my personal favorites. There’s a shooting star and celebration. All you have to do to send those effects is hit that “Send” button right there. If you don’t want to use one, just hit the “X” to exit out of it, and no harm no foul.

Anyway, that is your Tech Tip for this week, I look forward to talking to you again next week.

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