10 weird things your iPhone can do

The latest system update for the iPhone and iPad comes with tons of great features, but many of them lie hidden in menus and hard-to-find settings. Here's a quick list of Apple's best-kept secrets.

A user enters a command for Siri, Apple's voice-activated personal assistant.

1. Retrace your steps


iPhones secretly track your movements. For a quick travelogue of your favorite places, open the Settings application and navigate to Privacy, Location Services, System Services, and finally Frequent Locations. Here, you'll find a list of your favorite hot spots, complete with times for when you arrived and left. Apple tracks this information to help predict travel times, such as how long it actually takes to get home from work. If this creeps you out, you can turn off the feature from the same menu.

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to CSMonitor.com.

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