iPhone 4S All-in-One For Dummies
Your iPhone 4S is pretty easy to command — a tap here, a swipe there, and you’re on your way. However, you can use the hidden commands on your iPhone to do things faster and easier. These shortcuts, iPhone-related websites, navigational tips, and pointers on how to use Siri can help you get the most from your iPhone right away.
The Different Uses of the iPhone 4S Home Button
Dorothy clicked her red-sequined heels three times to go home. You need only press the Home button to get to the iPhone 4S’s Home screen. Pressing the Home button twice performs a couple functions, depending on where you start from:
When iPhone is sleeping: Press the Home button twice quickly to reveal the Camera button and the playback controls.
When iPhone is awake: Press the Home button twice quickly to reveal the multitasking bar. Slide the multitasking bar to the right to reveal the Orientation Lock button and playback controls.
Pressing the Home button once has four results, depending on your point of departure:
When iPhone is sleeping: Press the Home button once to wake your iPhone, and then slide the slider to unlock it.
From the first Home screen: Press the Home button once to open Spotlight Search.
From any Home screen that isn’t the first one: Press the Home button once to return to the first Home screen.
From an app: Press the Home button once to return to the Home screen that was most recently viewed. The app remains running in the background until you close it from the multitasking bar.
Tapping and Holding Buttons and Icons on Your iPhone 4S
On your iPhone 4S, if you want to open an app, fill in a text field, or choose a command such as Print or Message, you tap the appropriate icon, field, or button. The tap and hold gesture opens another world of commands on your iPhone:
Text or image: Tap and hold any text or image to see the Select/Select All/Cut/Copy/Paste bar. Tap one of those tabs to perform that function.
123 key: Tap this key, slide your finger to the punctuation you want, and then let go. The punctuation is inserted in your text and the keyboard returns to letters.
Any icon on the Home screen: Tap and hold these icons until they begin to wiggle and jiggle. Then tap the X in the corner to delete the app from your iPhone or tap and drag them to a new position.
Any app icon in the multitasking bar (which you open by pressing the Home key twice quickly): Tap and hold one of these icons until you see an X in the corner. Then tap the X to completely close the app. This is very useful if your iPhone starts acting up and you remember you have a streaming app such as a radio program running.
Useful Websites for iPhone 4S Owners
After the iPhone 4S All-in-One For Dummies, your first stop for information about your iPhone 4S should be the Apple website. If you’re looking for new applications, go to the App Store by clicking the App Store icon on the Dock or Launchpad. After exhausting those resources, you’ll find more information, apps, and games, as well as the latest iPhone news, help, rumors, and buying advice, by visiting these websites with your iPhone’s web browser:
|www.apple.com||Official iPhone information direct from Apple|
|http://buyersguide.macrumors.com||Alerts you to the best time to buy a Mac based on the age of current models and the latest rumors|
|www.appleinsider.com||Provides the latest news and rumors about Apple products|
|http://iphoneapplicationlist.com/apps/||Lists apps and reviews along with videos to see how the app works|
|www.macworld.com/channels/ios.html||News, reviews, and tips for iPhone, apps, and other Apple products|
|www.cnet.com||Offers product reviews, Apple news, and a section for downloading applications|
Tips on Using Siri in iPhone 4S
The newest feature to be added to iOS and found only on the iPhone 4S, Siri can do some pretty surprising things. You can phrase the command for the same task in several ways; for example, you can ask What time is it? or Tell me the time. These are some examples of the kinds of commands you can use to communicate with Siri:
"Call Barbara Boyd."
"What is Joe Hutsko’s address?"
"Will it be hot in Bangkok on Thursday?"
"Please schedule a meeting with John Wiley for February 5 at 10 a.m."
"Read my text messages."
"Send a text message to my sister telling her my plane gets in at 4 p.m."
"Play Barton Hollow."
"What’s the quickest way from home to the Longwood Gardens?"
"Set the timer for 45 minutes."
"Remind me to call the dentist at 11 a.m."
"What is the dollar-euro exchange rate?"
"Search for Valentine’s Day cake recipes."
"Add Michel Peissel to my reading list note."
Identifying Apps on the iPhone 4S Home Screen
Your iPhone 4S's Home screen contains a treasure trove of useful apps you can tap to launch and use. This table offers a rundown of the apps you’ll find on the iPhone's Home screen, a brief explanation of what each one does, and a listing of some of their integrated functions:
|iPhone App Name||Purpose|
|App Store||Offers free and for-purchase applications|
|Calculator||Four-function calculator in portrait view, scientific calculator in landscape view|
|Calendar||Stores appointments on a calendar|
|FaceTime||Videochat with other Mac or iOS users|
|Camera||Captures photos and video|
|Compass||True north and magnetic north orientation|
|Contacts||Stores names and addresses|
|Game Center||Keep your own game scores and compare rankings with friends|
|iTunes||Offers free and for-purchase media — music, videos, TV shows, podcasts, books, and more|
|Send, receive, and manage e-mail|
|Maps||Find and share locations and directions|
|Messages||Send, receive, and manage SMS, MMS, and iMessage text messages|
|Music||Listen to and manage audio media|
|Newsstand||Keeps periodical subscriptions in one place|
|Nike + iPod||Record and monitor walking and running workouts|
|Notes||A portable, electronic legal notepad for taking and sharing notes|
|Phone||Make voice and FaceTime phone calls, initiate and receive conference calls, manage voicemail|
|Photos||Stores and displays photos and images|
|Reminders||Jot down things you need to remember and be reminded of them|
|Settings||Adjust settings and preferences for iPhone and apps|
|Stocks||Tracks market movements and individual investments|
|Utilities Folder||Holds apps like Clock, Calculator, Compass, and Voice Memos|
|Voice Memos||Record audio|
|Weather||Up-to-date, worldwide weather forecasts|
|iWeb||Templates and tools for designing a website|
|YouTube||Watch videos on YouTube|
|Mission Control||Switch between multiple desktops|
A few functions are integrated into many of the iPhone apps:
|Print messages, web pages, photos, and more to an AirPlay-enabled printer|
|Share||Send photos, video, voice memos, maps, contacts, web links, and notes via e-mail, text messages, iMessage, and Twitter|
|Siri||Give vocal commands to perform iPhone tasks such as getting directions, writing and sending an e-mail, searching for an answer to a nagging question, and finding out the weather forecast (iPhone 4S only)|
|Send tweets from within apps like Maps, Photos, and Safari|
|Voice Control||Use vocal commands to perform simple tasks such as audio playback, making phone calls, and asking for the time (works when Siri is turned off on iPhone 4S or as part of Siri when Siri is on)|