This article includes a couple hints about iPad/iOS usage—but more so, it offers a hint or two about our own consciousness and awareness—of ourselves and of others.
I use both my iPhone and iPad a lot, and I think I'm rather proficient. However, one morning I learned a couple new tricks. When I share them with you, you might say to yourself, "Duh, I knew that". Likewise, there are probably a few new things you'll learn about the use of your iPad (or iPhone, Android, power drill, milk truck, whatever) and you'll say to yourself, "Wow! That's really cool—look what I discovered". But upon sharing your new brilliant discovery with someone else, they may say (or think) "Duh, I knew that".
What's the point?
1 - Sometimes We Can't See What's Right in Front of our Face. i.e., the good old forest-for-the-trees effect. What to do about it? We shouldn't be afraid to tinker outside of our comfort zones. We might just be surprised how easy it is to discover or invent something new. It's healthy to find some quiet time to experiment, play and be "un-perfect".
2 - They Might See What You Can't See: Ever meet someone and say to yourself, "Gosh, that guy should be a teacher" or "She should be on stage (or whatever)—It's so obvious!". I don't think we should chart certain directions in life because someone else thinks we should. Heck, we live for only ~650,000 hours—if we're lucky—so each of us should do exactly what we want to do in life. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't listen to others. Quite often they can see what's obvious whilst we're blinded by our biases, filters and tapes. So when people see something in you—give it a listen—they just might be right.
3 - Competence: Clay Shirky in Cognitive Surplus points out that the feeling of competence is often best engaged when working right at the the edge of one's abilities. The experience of "I conquered this thing and I figured it out" feels better than it feels to hire someone to do something "perfectly" for you. I'm not saying we shouldn't delegate or outsource in certain situations—but I am saying that it's important to push ourselves to our edge. It just might feel better than we think.
Lastly: It wouldn't be very nice of me if I didn't share the iOS tricks I learned:
The iCal Page-Turn: For the year I've owned an iPad, I've liked iCal, yet loathed iCal page-turning. It's cool and cute to swipe the corner of the page and witness it turn to the next just like "real" paper. But I found the gesture to be somewhat unreliable (at least for me). Sometimes it takes me 2 or 3 tries until the page actually advances. But I just discovered: Simply touch the corner of the page for a moment or so—and let go. The page turns without fail. Duh!
The in-Box Call-Up: When I'm viewing a single email in full-screen portrait mode, I find it a bit of a hassle to reach to the top/left to click the in-Box button each time I want to go back to my in-Box. Then, one day (by accident) I bumped/swiped the left side of the screen within the body of the displayed message. Voilà, my in-Box swoops-in instantly from the left. Duh!
Point 4: Sometimes we should point when we think we should swipe—and sometimes we should swipe when we think we should point.
Craig Arthur James 2012