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Training Your Fingers to Use Your iPhone

It takes your fingers a bit of practice to get used to some of the iPhone’s more unique movements. But after a few hours of performing the taps, flicks, pinches, and spreads, you’ll look like you’ve been using your iPhone forever.

  • Tap — Tapping serves multiple purposes. You can tap an icon to open an application from the Home screen. Tap to start playing a song or to choose the photo album you want to look through. Sometimes you will double-tap (tapping twice in rapid succession), which has the effect of zooming in (or out) of Web pages, maps, and e-mails.

  • Flick — This action is exactly what it sounds like. A flick of the finger on the screen itself lets you quickly scroll through lists of songs, e-mails, and picture thumbnails. Tap on the screen to stop scrolling or merely wait for the scrolling list to stop.

  • Pinch/spread — Place two fingers on the edges of a Web page or picture to enlarge the images or make them smaller. Pinching and spreading (or what some iPhone users call un-pinching) are cool gestures that are easy to master and sure to wow an audience. If you need practice, visit the Apple iPhone blogs.