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Hardware Features of the iPhone 4S Seniors Need to Know

You need more information about the buttons and other physical features of the iPhone 4S than is provided in the documentation. Here is a picture of the iPhone with callouts to the buttons you’ll find on it,.

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Here’s the rundown on what the various hardware features are and what they do:

  • (The all-important) Home button: On the iPhone, you can go back to the Home screen to find just about anything. The Home screen displays all your installed and preinstalled apps and gives you access to your iPhone settings. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, push Home and you’re back at home base.

    You can also double-tap the Home button to pull up a scrolling list of apps so you can quickly move from one to another.

  • On/Off button: You can use this button to power up your iPhone, put it in Sleep mode, wake it up, or power it down.

  • Dock connector slot: Plug in the Dock Connector to USB Cable to charge your battery or sync your iPhone with your computer.

  • Cameras: The iPhone 4 and 4S offer front- and rear-facing cameras that you can use to shoot photos or video. The rear one is on the top-right corner, and you need to be careful not to put your thumb over it when taking shots.

  • Ring/Silent switch: Slide this little switch to mute or unmute the sound on your iPhone.

  • (A tiny, mighty) Speaker: The iPhone has a nice little sound system, which produces a lot of sound from this tiny speaker. The speaker is located on the bottom edge of the phone, below the Home button.

  • Volume buttons: Tap the volume up button for more volume and the volume down button for less. With iOS 5, you can use the volume up button as a camera shutter button when the camera is activated.

  • Headset jack and microphones: If you want to listen to your music in private, you can plug in the iPhone headset (which gives you bidirectional sound) or 3.5mm minijack headphones.

    Two microphones (one each on the top and bottom of the phone) makes it possible to speak into your iPhone to do things such as make phone calls using the Internet, video calling services, or other apps that accept audio input such as Siri built-in assistant.

  • Receiver: The mesh on the top front of the device that you hear through.

  • SIM card tray: The little slot for placing your phone carrier’s SIM card which allows your phone to connect to the carrier and stores data such as contacts in memory.

  • LED flash: The flash device for the built-in cameras.

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