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The Controls on the Top Edge of Your iPhone

Depending on what iPhone version you have, it has certain controls on its top. All iPhones include a headset jack and a sleep-wake button. The iPhone 3 and 3GS also feature the SIM card tray, and the iPhone [more…]

The Controls on the Bottom Edge of Your iPhone

The bottoms edges of the different iPhone versions are pretty consistent, featuring the same controls. On the bottom of your iPhone, you’ll find the speaker, dock connector, and microphone controls: [more…]

The Controls on the Sides and Front of Your iPhone

The front and sides of iPhones have a similar look across versions, although the iPhone 4 has added some new toys. On the front of your iPhone, regardless of the version you have, you find the following [more…]

How to Use Your iPhone's Home Screen

The iPhone Home screen offers a bevy of icons, each representing a different built-in app or function. You first need to actually get to your iPhone's Home screen: [more…]

Using the iPhone's Touchscreen Keyboards

Until the iPhone came along with its multitouch interface, virtually every cell phone known to mankind had a physical (typically plastic) dialing keypad, if not also a more complete QWERTY-style keyboard [more…]

Training Your Fingers to Use the iPhone

Fortunately, the iPhone lets you get things done by using the easy gestures of tapping, flicking, pinching, and dragging, so you'll be mastering many of the iPhone's features in no time: [more…]

How to Multitask on Your iPhone 4

iPhone's iOS 4 adds a bevy of important features, of which the long-overdue multitasking feature is arguably the most significant. Multitasking works only on the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 models, and presumably [more…]

How to Organize Your iPhone 4's Icons into Folders

Finding the single iPhone app you want to use among a sea of apps is a daunting task. But iPhone's iOS 4 allows you to organize your icons into folders. The Folders feature enables you to create folder [more…]

How to Add Bookmarks to Your iPhone Maps

Your iPhone has a Maps app to help you get where you're going. And you can even bookmark maps if you think you'll use them frequently. These bookmarks in the iPhone Maps app let you return to a location [more…]

How to Use iPhone Maps' Recents and Contacts Lists

iPhone's Maps app offers tools that can save you from having to type the same locations over and over, including the Recents and Contacts lists. At the bottom of the Bookmarks screen, which appears when [more…]

How to Use an iPhone International Keyboard Layouts

Apple continues to expand the iPhone's global reach by supplying international keyboard layouts for more than 50 languages. You can access a keyboard that isn't customized for Americanized English: [more…]

How to Add Calendar Entries from Your iPhone

In plenty of real-world situations, you want to enter appointments to your Calendar on the fly, directly from your iPhone (rather than waiting till you get back to the office and your computer). Adding [more…]

How to Sync Your iPhone Calendar with Microsoft Exchange

If you work for a company that uses Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, calendar entries and meeting invitations from coworkers can be pushed to your iPhone, showing up on that iPhone's screen moments after [more…]

What Your iPhone's Usage Setting Can Tell You

Think of your iPhone's Usage setting as one of the places to go for statistics about how you employ that iPhone. You can access the Usage setting from the Settings screen. [more…]

How to Write Notes on Your iPhone with the Notes App

On your iPhone, Notes is an app that creates text notes that you can save or send through e-mail. You can create as many notes as you want on your iPhone and e-mail them to any e-mail account that includes [more…]

How to Use Your iPhone's Accessibility Features

iPhone's Accessibility tools (available on the 3GS and 4 only) are targeted at people with certain disabilities. If you are hearing or visually impaired, the iPhone offers solutions so that you can easily [more…]

How to Specify Keyboard Settings on Your iPhone

You can customize your iPhone keyboard settings to suit yourself. By accessing the iPhone's Keyboard Settings screen (tap Settings→General→Keyboard), you can adjust a variety of settings related to how [more…]

What You Need to Know before You Buy an iPhone

When you purchase the iPhone 4, you're supposed to activate that new iPhone in the Apple, AT&T Wireless, Best Buy, RadioShack, or Wal-Mart store where you buy the thing, just like you do with other cell [more…]

How to Sync Your iPhone with Your Computer

Synchronizing your iPhone with your computer is a lot like syncing an iPod with your computer. But even if you’ve never used an iPod or iTunes, syncing your iPhone with your computer isn’t difficult. [more…]

How to Transfer PDFs to an iPhone

Although it isn't obvious, you can read PDFs on your Apple iPhone. Of course, you first have to learn how to copy your personal PDFs to the iPhone from your computer. Luckily, it only takes a few easy [more…]

Tapping, Flicking, Pinching, and Dragging on Your iPhone 4S

Rice Krispies has Snap! Crackle! Pop! Apple’s response for the iPhone 4S is Tap! Flick! Pinch! And, oh yeah, add Drag! Fortunately, tapping, flicking, pinching, and dragging are not challenging gestures [more…]

Virtual Keyboards and the iPhone 4S Multitouch Interface

Like other iPhones, the iPhone 4S dispenses with the physical dialing keypad and more complete QWERTY-style keyboard in favor of a multitouch display. This display is the heart of many things you do on [more…]

The iPhone 4S Special Use Keys

The virtual keyboard of the iPhone 4S contains five keys that don’t actually type a character. Along with using the Shift key to type capital letters, you can press a key to activate Siri and start dictating [more…]

How to Cut, Copy, and Paste on Your iPhone 4S

With the iPhone 4S you finally have the ability to copy and paste text (or images) from one place to another. This right granted to every computer user took awhile to make it to the iPhone, but Apple has [more…]

Multitasking Features of Your iPhone 4S

The software in your iPhone 4S offers a bevy of important features, with the long-overdue multitasking feature arguably the most significant. So, you can play music from a third-party app such as Slacker [more…]


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