In early 2013, my husband purchased an iPhone 4s for me. He was trying to bring me into the new millennium, you know? At the time, I knew iPhone’s were all the rage, but I felt a bit overwhelmed by its multifaceted make-up. All I needed was a gadget that would ring and allow me to text just a little. That is all. I thanked him for the gift, but decided to stick with my non-iPhone compatible Cricket plan and phone.
Shortly before I learned I was moving to China, I gave my iPhone to my son. In return, he gave me his iPod thinking it was a good way for me to become acclimated to the Apple family. I graciously accepted it, but was not planning to use it…really. It wasn’t until my daughter was gifted with an iPad that I realized I was missing out on quite fascinating features and loads of fun!
When my daughter and I moved to China, I really got to know my iPod. Often in hindsight I would say, “My iPhone sure would be great to have right about now.” Thank God we brought the iPad because it allowed us to FaceTime our family and friends often. How convenient!
Upon returning to America, the first major purchase I made was that of an iPhone 5c. I know I’m a generation behind, but it’s a start and one I’m glad I’ve made. Although I don’t spend much time talking on my iPhone, I do spend time utilizing its features in ways that just may blow your mind! Here’s how:
1. Talk instead of type. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but directly under the letter ‘X’ on your keypad there is a microphone. If you press her, she captures what you say with great accuracy. Believe it or not, this entire blog was spoken. Aside from correcting a misinterpreted word or two, I barely lifted a finger…or in this case, a thumb. In fact, I’ve even ‘talked’ a couple of chapters in my most recent book.
2. Take free classes through iTunes U. We definitely live in the age of information! I was completely sold when I discovered iTunes University. Once I downloaded the app from the from the App Store, I gained access to countless classes ranging from Beginners Chinese to Theories of Personality. Each course comes with a complete syllabus and outline. If you’re self-motivated and love to learn, you can go to ‘school’ for free right there. Love it!
3. Travel to China daily. Although I am back in the states, I travel to China daily through WeChat. According to www.wechat.com, “WeChat is a new and powerful mobile communication tool. It supports sending voice, video, photo and text messages. You can also do group chats, or you can find new friends nearby to talk to. WeChat works on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Symbian devices.” This little beauty allows me to stay connected with my new family back in Zhenjiang and keep up with the latest happenings first hand. I enjoy virtual dinners and slumber parties all the time.
Purchasing this iPhone was such a investment that has already given me great ROI. Tackling goals with ease is my new norm. What cool features do you enjoy on your iPhone? Leave a comment. Perhaps, you’ll blow somebody’s mind, too.