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iPhone 5 All-in-One For Dummies

From iPhone 5 All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Joe Hutsko, Barbara Boyd

Your iPhone 5 is pretty easy to command — a tap here, a swipe there, and you’re on your way. However, you can use less obvious 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 5 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 5’s Home screen. Pressing the Home button twice performs a couple functions, depending on where you start from, whereas pressing it three times makes your iPhone perform various Accessibility functions:

  • When iPhone is sleeping: Press the Home button twice quickly to reveal the Unlock slider, the Camera button, and the playback controls.

  • When iPhone is unlocked: 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 or drag the Camera button up to take a picture.

    • 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.

  • Press and hold: Whether your iPhone is sleeping, locked, or awake, press and hold the Home button to summon Siri (an Internet connection is required for Siri to function), or Voice Control, if you have Siri turned off.

  • Press the Home button and On/Off Sleep/Wake button simultaneously: Captures an image of the screen, known as a screenshot, and stores it in the Camera Roll of the Photos app.

  • Hold the Home button and the On/Off Sleep/Wake button simultaneously: Your iPhone will turn off without displaying the Slide to Power Off slider.

  • Go to Settings→General→Accessibility→Triple-Click to activate any or all options including VoiceOver, Invert Colors, Zoom, and AssistiveTouch: When activated, triple-clicking the Home button solicits those functions.

Tapping and Holding Buttons and Icons on Your iPhone 5

On your iPhone 5, 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 numeric digit or punctuation you want, and then let go. The number or 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.

  • Links in Safari: Tap and hold a link on a web page in Safari and then tap Add to Reading List to add the linked page to your Reading List without opening the link. Alternatively, tap Open in New Page to open the linked page in a new tab, or tap Copy or Save Image to perform those actions.

Useful Websites for iPhone 5 Owners

One of your first stops for information about your iPhone 5 should be the Apple website. If you’re looking for new applications, go to the App Store by clicking the Apps tab in the iTunes Store. 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.

iPhone-Related Website Description
www.apple.com Official iPhone information direct from Apple
http://buyersguide.macrumors.com Alerts you to the best time to buy an iPhone 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
www.techradar.com Product reviews, rumors, and news
www.gottabemobile.com News, trends, and reviews about mobile devices

Tips on Using Siri in iPhone 5

Siri can do some pretty surprising things, and she (it?) acquired two new skills in iOS 6. 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."

  • “What movies are playing in Philadelphia tonight?”

  • “Which films were nominated for Best Picture Oscars in 2005?”

  • “Buy tickets for the 8 o’clock show of Titanic at the Roxy.”

  • “Who won the World Series in 1948?”

  • “What was the final score for last night’s tennis match?”

Identifying Apps on the iPhone 5 Home Screen

Your iPhone 5's Home screen contains a bevy of useful apps you can tap to launch and use. Plus there are a few free apps that you'll want to download not long after you turn your iPhone on. 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 Provides a four-function calculator in portrait view and a scientific calculator in landscape view.
Calendar Stores appointments and events on a calendar.
Camera Captures photos and video.
Clock Tells time in one or more locations, sets alarms and timers, and times running or swimming laps.
Compass Provides true north and magnetic north orientation.
Contacts Stores names, phone numbers, and addresses (both physical and electronic).
FaceTime Lets you videochat with other Mac or iOS users with an iPod touch or iPad. (To FaceTime with another iPhone, first place a call with the Phone app and then tap FaceTime.)
Game Center Keeps your own game scores and compares rankings with friends.
iTunes Offers free and for-purchase media — music, videos, TV shows, audiobooks, and ringtones.
Mail Sends, receives, and manages e-mail.
Maps Finds and shares locations and directions.
Messages Sends, receives, and manages SMS, MMS, and iMessage text messages.
Music Lets you listen to and manage audio media.
Newsstand Keeps periodical subscriptions in one place.
Notes Provides a portable, electronic yellow notepad for taking and sharing notes.
Passbook Manages your store cards and boarding passes.
Phone Makes voice and FaceTime phone calls, lets you initiate and receive conference calls, manages voicemail, enables you to access Contacts.
Photos Stores and displays photos, videos you’ve recorded, and images.
Reminders Lets you jot down things you need to remember and get reminders for them.
Settings Adjusts 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.
Videos Lets you watch videos.
Voice Memos Records audio.
Weather Provides up-to-date, worldwide weather forecasts.

Download the following apps for free from the App Store:

iPhone App Name Purpose
Find My Friends Locates your iOS-toting friends.
Find My iPhone Helps someone you know find his iPhone.
iBooks Lets you purchase, download, and read e-books.
iTunes U Helps you browse the course catalog, enroll, and attend class.
Nike + iPod Records and monitors walking and running workouts.
Podcasts Enables you to find, manage, listen to, and watch podcasts on a variety of topics.

A few functions are integrated into many of the iPhone apps:

Function Purpose
Facebook Posts status updates and photos from apps such as Photos and Safari.
Print Prints messages, web pages, photos, and more to an AirPlay-enabled printer.
Share Sends photos, video, voice memos, maps, contacts, web links, and notes via e-mail, text messages, iMessage, Facebook, and Twitter.
Siri Gives vocal commands to perform iPhone tasks such as getting directions, writing and sending an e-mail, searching for a movie time or game score, and finding out the weather forecast (iPhone 4S or later).
Twitter Sends 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 later or as part of Siri when Siri is on; also works on iPhone 4).
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