Apple products are, by their very nature, extremely intuitive. They know what you want almost before you do, and the new iPhone 4S can even speak. But beyond that, this phone and its predecessors can do a ton of cool stuff that you might not even know. This can seem ominous if you’ve watched the Terminator flicks one too many times, but ultimately, dude, you still have the power. Especially once you study up on the 11 killer apps and secret features below. Not only would they make Steve Jobs proud, they can change your life. For the better, of course.
1. It can double as a scanner: Genius Scan is a free app that allows you to scan documents, presentation boards, and photos into a PDF that you can e-mail or transfer directly to Dropbox or Evernote.
Which is awesome because: Think how much easier your expense reports will be when you can digitize them rather than trying to organize dozens of crumply, beer-stained receipts.
2. It can mask your real phone number: RingShuffle fends off the stage-4 clinger you just hooked up with before she even sees it coming. The app provides you with a temporary phone number that forwards to your cell when dialed.
Which is awesome because: It allows you to deal with people for a limited amount of time. Once you’re through with the ticket scalp and/or meaningless sex, you can simply change out the number and cleanly ditch the shady characters involved.
3. It can remember your touch: Designed for people with disabilities, assistive touch technology lets you program your phone to use many of the finger cues available on a Mac touchpad or iPad—or entirely new ones.
Which is awesome because: The flick-of-the-finger can really come in handy when scrolling through large documents, a full inbox, or an e-book. So can using two fingers to rotate an image, a four-finger swipe to show your desktop, or your middle finger to trash annoying emails.