Yesterday I started seeing a strange sliding window appear on my iPhone 5 whenever I went to compose a new message or email, or add a new contact. (See image at right.)
After much frustration and searching I eventually discovered that this is the “Window Zoom” functionality, part of the Accessibility settings, and it enables you to enlarge parts of the screen to make it easier to read.
It seems that at some time I must have accidentally enabled this feature, and once enabled a three fingered double tap (intended or accidental) will cause the sliding zoom window to show up in various places.
The solution was to simply disable the “Zoom” function in the Accessibility settings.
Like most smart phones, the iPhone provides suggested words as you type a text message. Mostly this is useful, but occasionally the suggestions are strange. This example, from when I was texting my son to say that I didn’t need the mower brought over is simply macabre!
So the story is … at church Arthur manages to drop his car key down a hole in the floor where the speaker wires go, and the hole is so close to the wall that you can’t see down it, but using my iPhone camera and LED flashlight along with a hooked metal rod I was able to perform an operation to extract the key from the hole. The uses of an iPhone continue to amaze me.
After plugging my iPhone in to sync with iTunes, it sat there for 32 minutes displaying “Waiting for items to copy” and then finished without seeming to do any copying at all.
Can I suggest a more informative message …