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iPhone 5 Portable Genius by Paul McFedries

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Creating Reminders

The Calendar app is an excellent tool for tracking appointments, meetings, and other events. By adding an alert to an event, you get a digital tap on the shoulder to remind you when and where your presence is required.

However, our days are littered with tasks that could be called subevents. These are things that need to be done at a certain point during your day but don’t rise to the level of full-fledged events: returning a call, taking the laundry out of the dryer, turning off the sprinkler. If you need to be reminded to perform such a subevent, it seems like overkill to crank out an event using the Calendar app.

Fortunately, iOS offers a better solution: the Reminders app. You use this app to create reminders, which are simple nudges that tell you to do something, to be somewhere, or whatever. These nudges come in the form of Notification Center banners that appear on your screen at a time you specify or when your iPhone reaches a particular location. If you have an iCloud account, you can sync your reminders between your iPhone, your Mac, your iPad, and any other supported device.

Setting a reminder for a specific time

Here are the steps to follow to set up a reminder that alerts you at a specific time:

1. On the iPhone Home screen, tap Reminders. The Reminders app appears.

2. Flick right or left to choose the list you want to use to store the reminder.

3. Tap the plus sign (+) in the upper-right corner of the screen. The Reminders app creates a new reminder. ...

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