Hit the X to close...
So last year I wrote about some of my favourite tech easter eggs (you can find that here). This year I thought I’d go into the Easter eggs you can find on your smartphone!
I’m loyal to my iphone, so of course, I’m going to start off with the super fun Easter eggs you can find on an iphone.
If you haven’t already, grab a chocolate egg and read on…
How many times have you had some lyrics to a song stuck in your head but, for the life of you, can’t remember what it is called. This all leads to frustration and not being able to play the song that is occupying your brain.
This Easter egg is, in my opinion, the most useful to me and the one I’ve used the most since I found out about it. You can simply go on the music app and type lyrics into the search bar and it will pull up a list of songs that contain those lyrics. Gone are the days when I tried to sing, very off-key, to my Shazam.
I for one have never really paid much attention to the book emoji and can’t really say that I have ever used it. However a pretty cool thing about it is that the things that look like scribbles on the page are actually real text. It reads, “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you cant do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” This empowering quote from Rob Silaten, a leading creative marketer, was used in Apple’s ‘Think Different’ campaign.
I thought this was a pretty obvious one, but after asking around, it seems that quite a few people had no idea. The icon for the clock app on your iphone is a working clock, and tells the time correctly.
Another function of the iphone that I rarely use is adding things to my reading list. But, if you look at the glasses that make up the icon for the reading list, they are actually modelled off the glasses that Steve Jobs wore!
This one is a simple yet effective Easter egg. The icon for the voice memo app is how the sound waveform would look if you said the word ‘Apple’. Yes, I’ve tried it and it’s true.
There are many things you can say to Siri that will generate a laughable response. Musical responses from Siri are my favourite. You can ask Siri to rap and beatbox, however, Siri is quite shy when you ask it to sing for you. There are many TV, book and film references that create a response, such as “Hey Siri, I am your father” or simply say “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”.
Another one of my favourites actually happened by accident. I said “OK Google” instead of “Hey Siri” and the response from Siri was “Awkward”.
Konami Code – In my post from last year I talk about the Konami code, which is the cheat code for many Konami video games. If you say this to Siri, “up,up, down,down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start” it replies with “nerd”.
I could go on and on but I know you don’t have all day and would probably like to get started with your long weekend. Have a great Easter!