Feature Friday: Skip Silences

I love listening to podcasts on Breaker. My favorite feature is Skip Silences. It's a massive timesaver.

I'm not entirely sure how Breaker classifies "silence"—no audio, low pitch, etc—but all those small little increments of skipped time really add up.

I've listened to just over 250 podcasts in the app, saving a total of two hours, forty-four minutes, and fifty-two seconds. That's almost 40 seconds per episode!

* The "Listened" number in the screenshot is much higher because I marked a bunch of podcasts as "listened" when I switched from another app.

Feature Friday: 3D Touch

I would bet one of the iPhone's most underutilized features is 3D Touch. Since it's hidden functionality, it's impossible to tell what responds to "deep" presses without actually deep pressing everything. Plus the gesture isn't as intuitive as others (like swipes, pinches, and taps).

When you figure out where 3D Touch is implemented, it can be extremely powerful. A quick win I've found is 3D Touch-ing app icons.

For me it's much faster to select one of the 3D Touch menu actions than wait for the app to load, then navigate there myself. Even better is when I get the info I need without ever opening the app. These are some of my favorites that speed up my day: