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In case of emergency, place your finger on Touch ID

Touch ID, Apple's biometric fingerprint identity sensor, is a convenient way access your iPhone while still having the security of a 4-digit passcode or alphanumeric password behind it. But it doesn't have to be just for you. Touch ID also makes it easy to share access for trips or for everyday family or business life, in case of emergency, or just to get things done. Here's how!

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How to check movie ratings with Siri

One of the first things a lot of us do before heading to the movies is check out the ratings for the film we are interested in. Let's face it, movie theaters nowadays are anything but cheap and even though ratings can't always be the deciding factor, terrible ratings could indicate it'd be better to check it out once it hits Netflix or becomes available for rent on iTunes. Luckily, Siri can help you check movie ratings in just a few seconds with the help of Rotten Tomatoes.

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How to enable automatic downloads for Newsstand subscriptions

As of iOS 7, Apple changed how automatic downloads for Newsstand are triggered. Instead of enabling automatic downloads in its own respective section of the Settings app, like other iTunes in the Cloud content is treated, Newsstand publications now have the option to take advantage of background app refresh.

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How to launch apps using Siri

Instead of scouring your iPhone or iPad Home screen to launch an app, or even worse yet, digging through folders, for that app you know you downloaded but just can't find, just ask Siri to launch it instead! As long as you know the name, there's no need to search for apps anymore.

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How to use Touch ID: The ultimate guide

Touch ID is Apple's biometric fingerprint authentication technology. With it, the Home button can now unlock your iPhone 5s and authorize your purchases on the iTunes Store simply by reading and recognizing your fingerprints. In the perpetual battle between security and convenience, where many people would rather go without a passcode or strong password than fuss with anything complicated on mobile, Apple's Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor aims to do for authentication what iCloud did for backup and restore - make it easy enough that people will actually use it.

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How to use burst mode to capture all the action with your iPhone camera

Taking a photo of a moving object can be tricky. Not only do you have to worry about avoiding motion blur, you want to make sure you capture the action at just the right moment — the high point of the jump, the fullness of the splash, the cross-of the finish line, the impact of the moment. That's why Apple added burst mode to the iSight camera. On the iPhone 5s you get special hardware and software to help make sure you find that perfect shot, but even older iPhones can shoot in sequence. Best of all, it's easy to do!

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How to watch movie trailers with Siri

Apple has had a special relationship with movie trailers for years. From the early days of QuickTime to iTunes and dedicated apps on iOS and the Apple TV, Apple's always provided high quality trailers for movies new and old. Siri is no different. Thanks to Siri, you're never more than a Home button press and a few words away from almost any movie trailer on the internet. Don't waste time searching — just ask Siri!

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How to use the Lock screen on iPhone or iPad: The ultimate guide

The Lock screen exists in between states, when your iPhone or iPad is no longer asleep, but is also not yet open and fully functional. It can protect your device from unauthorized access and actions by a simple slide-to-unlock gesture, by a 4 number pin-code, by a strong alpha-numeric password, or Apple's Touch ID fingerprint identity scanner. Yet the Lock screen can be functional as well. If you want to, you can access Notification Center and Control Center, the Camera, and Siri. On the iPhone, you can even make emergency calls. Yes, the Lock screen can be secure or it can be convenient, it's entirely up to you!

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How to find movies and showtimes in your area with Siri

If you're wanting to head out and catch a new movie, Siri makes it easy to find out exactly what movies are playing near and what theaters they're available at. Once you find a movie you're interested in, Siri can even present you with showtime information.

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How to use the Home screen on iPhone or iPad: The ultimate guide

The [Home screen](/home screen) — known behind the scenes as SpringBoard — is the central hub of iPhone and iPad activity. It's not a destination. You're not meant to linger there and stare. It's a transport, a gateway. It's what gets you to your apps and your content. From the Home screen you can tap app and game icons, music and video players, web browsers and online stores. You can also access Spotlight to quickly search for apps, content, and more, and invoke Multitasking, Notification Center, Control Center, Siri, and more.

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