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Take Control of iPhone Basics, iOS 4 Edition
Using an iPhone 3G? This is the ebook for you!
You can take control of iPhone basics (and beyond) with Karen G. Anderson. Join Karen as she discusses common accessories, and explains how to handle basic startup tasks. You'll learn about power management, how to connect to the Internet, set up a Bluetooth headset, transfer songs and other media from a computer, create a security passcode, and make folders to hold an expanding app collection. You'll also receive help with syncing calendar events and contacts, and buying apps.
Although we are not actively updating this ebook, most of the information in it should work nicely with the iPhone 3G, which can't be updated to a newer version of iOS.
Karen takes you on a tour of the important default apps that come from Apple, so whether you want to understand the mechanics of receiving and placing a phone call, check for voicemail from your boss, run a FaceTime call with your cousin, take a photo and send it to your Mom, play Game Center games with your friends, listen to a podcast, map a route to your next appointment, or match certain contacts to specific ringtones, you'll find help and advice.
This ebook covers the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4, including the Verizon iPhone 4, running iOS 4:
Find answers to these basic questions:
Get help with basic setup tasks including:
Here’s a sample of things you’ll learn how to do:
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About the Author
Karen G. Anderson is a former magazine editor and arts writer who worked for 6 years at Apple—initially as a writer for the iReview webzine, and later as a writer for the iTunes Music Store, producer for Apple’s iCards, and managing editor of .Mac (the forerunner of MobileMe). Karen lives in Seattle, where she now works as a Web content writer and strategist, writes science fiction, and studies yoga. She blogs at iPhone 4 Tips and at WriterWay.com.
Table of Contents
Read Me First
This ebook guides you through the basics of using iOS 4 on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G. You’ll learn how to set up and use the core applications that come with the iPhone, and we’ll explain the best options for keeping the data on your iPhone and computer in sync. This ebook also introduces you to the other iPhone-related ebooks in the Take Control series. It was written by Karen G. Anderson, edited by Tonya Engst, and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.
Take Control of iPhone Basics, iOS 4 Edition is for you if you’re about to buy an iPhone, if you’ve just bought an iPhone, or if you’ve had an iPhone for a while but suspect you could be doing more with it. This ebook covers the iPhone 4, but is also ideal for iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS owners who have downloaded and installed the new operating system (iOS 4) and want a quick guide to its new features.
My mission is to provide enough information to get you comfortable using your iPhone with iOS 4. When you finish this ebook, you’ll know the basics and be ready for the more advanced content in other Take Control ebooks about the iPhone and iOS 4, including Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch and Take Control of iPhone and iPod touch Networking & Security.
For those of you new to the iPhone, you’ve picked a great time to jump in. With iOS 4, Apple has smoothed out some bumps in the road, and added much-needed tools like Folders (to organize your iPhone apps) and Multitasking (to switch between apps without having to repeatedly re-launch) and the ability to zoom in while using the Camera to take photos.
I’ve watched people who have never held an iPhone before making calls, checking the weather and stocks, and doing online searches in a matter of minutes. The iPhone is intuitive and easy to use, but there are a few tips and tricks you’ll want to know to keep your iPhone humming along, such as how to install important software updates, the best way to synchronize data (like addresses and phone numbers) between the iPhone and your computer, and how to shop for and buy apps.
This ebook first looks at how to buy an iPhone and related accessories. After that, it’s organized so if you read from start to finish with an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, or iPhone 3G in hand, by the end of the ebook, your iPhone will be set up and you’ll be comfortable with basics like making a phone call, reading email, and using your calendar.
However, it’s perfectly OK to jump in and start reading anywhere in the book.
If you’d prefer to start with a visual introduction to the buttons, cable ports, speakers, and microphones on your iPhone, see Find Buttons and Ports.
Quite a lot has changed with the iPhone since this ebook was released in September of 2010. Here’s a quick list of the highlights of the changes in this version of the ebook:
In early 2011, we updated the ebook to cover iOS 4.2.
This ebook explains the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4, including the Verizon iPhone 4. In all cases, the ebook assumes that you're using iOS 4 as the operating system running on the iPhone.
An Apple support article has photos and other details to help you pinpoint your model.
On the one hand, yes, it does. Nearly all the information in this ebook that does not concern using the camera or the cellular data network applies to the iPod touch, so there's a good-sized helping of iPod touch information. However, the ebook does not have special tips or details for iPod touch owners. We wanted to include the iPod touch, but we felt that specifically including it would bog down the text with too many asides about what the iPod touch can and cannot do.
Whether you sync with iTunes on the Macintosh or Windows, this ebook has you covered.
There are lots of great ways to read our ebooks on these devices. For more details, please read our latest Device Advice.
Feel free to ask us if you have a question about this title!
How could we not publish such kind words? If you'd like to send us your comments (good or bad, though we hope they're all good), just click the Feedback link on the cover of your copy of the ebook. Be sure to let us know if we can publish your comment. Thanks!
October 20, 2011 -- At this time, we do not plan to update this ebook.
May 2, 2012 --
Take Control reader Genevieve S. wrote in with an interesting question a few days ago:
Genevieve: Do you know any third-party app that can filter mail on iPad and iPhone—i.e., apply rules?
Tonya’s reply: I don’t know of any apps that can filter mail locally on the iPad, but I’ve cc’d Adam and Joe here to see if either of them has a suggestion. Personally, I use my gmail account on the iPad, and Google handles the filtering on the server.
Joe’s reply: There is an app called ibisMail, which comes in both iPad and iPhone versions, that does filtering on the device. However, I do what Tonya does—let a server-based filter do all the work before messages appear on any of my devices.
Genevieve: Thank you for responding. I use the Gmail filter too, but the AT&T/Yahoo filter is lousy. This is not a problem when receiving mail on the Mac—the rules in Mail handle the leakage—but if I read the mail on the iPhone, a local filter would help.
Adam jumps in: You could forward the other account to Gmail to get the benefit of its filter. Lots of people do that.
Genevieve: Great idea!!
In the third edition of Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, Joe touches on email forwarding in “Decide Which Account(s) to Use,” and he references a Macworld article that he wrote—Streamline e-mail with Gmail. The Macworld article discusses how to forward a non-Gmail email account through Gmail.
—Michael E. Cohen
June 14, 2011 --
Apple today quietly began selling unlocked iPhones via the online Apple Store. Mark Anbinder's TidBITS article, "Apple Quietly Adds Unlocked iPhones to Online Apple Store," 14 June 2011, explains what it all means.
—Michael E. Cohen
June 8, 2011 --
On June 6, 2011, Apple announced a new service called iCloud that will appear at some point later in 2011 ("fall" in the northern hemisphere), and will replace MobileMe from Apple's perspective. Until then, MobileMe continues unchanged, except that Apple is no longer selling subscriptions or charging for renewals; all current members automatically have their accounts extended through the end of June 2012.
When iCloud becomes available, existing MobileMe members will be able to migrate to the new service, which will be free (albeit with optional paid features, such as iTunes Match and additional storage). So far, Apple hasn't released details about the fate of iDisk (including file sharing and iWeb publishing); MobileMe Gallery; Back to My Mac; the Backup application; Web-based access to Mail, Contacts, and Calendars; or Mac-to-Mac syncing of things like preferences and keychains.
In the meantime, you can learn more about iCloud and what it might mean for MobileMe users in the following places:
May 5, 2011 --
The "discovery" by two researchers in April 2011 that iOS devices were storing far more location-related information than necessary, and that the information could be accessed relatively easily, incited a firestorm of criticism. Apple has now addressed those criticisms with two iOS updates.
—Michael E. Cohen
January 6, 2011 --
Reader F.D.M. wrote in to share this tip:
I've had numerous questions from Window users (the ones that do not own Photoshop (Elements)) that are confused about the way iTunes syncs (root) folders and (sub) folders, filled with photos. For instance, if you have a rootfolder called c:\photos with subfolders c:\photos\holiday and c:\photos\work and you sync, selecting "Choose folder" and then "All folders", which is a logical choice, all your photos are dumped into one big 'album' on the iPad, causing great confusion. Instead, in order to create different albums on the iPad, you must select "Selected folders" and then choose the folders that you want to sync.
I've posted this tip in relation to all of the ebooks about iOS, since I assume it works the same regardless of the device.
October 7, 2010 --
I developed the blog iPhone 4 Tips ("How to do more with iOS 4") as a companion to Take Control of iPhone Basics, iOS 4 Edition. While the ebook covers core iPhone technology, user interface issues, and apps, the blog takes a more whimsical approach to life with an iPhone.
I write about accessories (from the Woogie to the iTree); apps (from the Hipstamatic camera to the Square Up credit-card reader); and aspects of the iPhone user experience, including disappointment with the quality of apps in the App Store and the discoveries of a blind programmer who uses his iPhone as a sight aid.
I'll be tracking research on smart phone use from the Pew Center Internet & American Life Project, venturing some common sense observations about the latest iPhone rumors, and inviting reader comments. Come join me!
October 7, 2010 --
In MacVoices podcast episode #10114 Karen G. Anderson (author of Take Control of iPhone Basics) swaps iPhone tips and insights with MacVoices host Chuck Joiner. In this wide-ranging conversation, Karen and Chuck talk about why some people call the iPhone 3GS the "iPhone Give Spouse," how they approach learning about iPhone features, various interesting third-party apps, and what they like—and do not like—about the iPhone.
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