iPhone All-in-One For Dummies
Your iPhone with iOS 7 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 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'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 once to reveal the Status Bar, time and date, the Unlock slider, and the Camera button.
When iPhone is unlocked: Press the Home button twice quickly to reveal the open apps carousel. Swipe up the apps you want to close.
Pressing the Home button once has three 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 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 open apps carousel.
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.
And if you have an iPhone 5s, the Home button houses the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that uses your fingerprint to unlock your iPhone and authorize purchases and downloads in the iTunes and App Stores.
Tapping and Holding Buttons and Icons on Your iPhone
On your iPhone, 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: Tap and hold to open the magnifying loupe and insert the cursor precisely where you want to edit your text.
Text or image: Tap and hold to select text or image, and when you lift your finger, 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.
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 Owners
After the iPhone All-in-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition, your first stop for information about your iPhone should be the Apple website. If you’re looking for new applications, open the App Store app on your iPhone or go to the App Store by clicking the Apps tab in the iTunes Store on your computer. 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.
|Apple||Official iPhone information direct from Apple|
|MacRumors Buyer's Guide||Alerts you to the best time to buy an iPhone based on the age of current models and the latest rumors|
|AppleInsider||Provides the latest news and rumors about Apple products|
|iPhone Life||Website (and print magazine) dedicated to iOS news and products|
|Macworld||News, reviews, and tips for iPhone, apps, and other Apple products|
|CNET||Offers product reviews, Apple news, and a section for downloading applications|
|TechRadar||Product reviews, rumors, and news|
|Gotta Be Mobile||News, trends, and reviews about mobile devices|
Tips on Using Siri in iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, and 5s
Siri can do some pretty surprising things, and she (it?) is constantly acquiring new skills. 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." You can also teach Siri a name that she has trouble understanding. 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 showing 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 Home Screen
Your iPhone's Home screen contains a bevy of useful apps you can tap to launch and use. Plus there are a few free apps that we recommend you 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; swipe to open a spirit level on the second screen.|
|Contacts||Stores names, phone numbers, and addresses (both physical and electronic).|
|FaceTime||Lets you make video and audio calls to other Mac or iOS users with an iPhone 4 or later, iPod touch, or iPad.|
|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.|
|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.|
If you purchased a new iPhone after October 2013, you can download the following apps for free:
|iPhone App Name||Purpose|
|GarageBand||Records and edits music with virtual and real instruments.|
|iMovie||Edits video to create movie projects and trailers.|
|iPhoto||Edits still photos and creates shareable and printable albums.|
|Keynote||Creates and projects multimedia presentations.|
|Numbers||Creates spreadsheets with charts, tables, and calculations.|
|Pages||Uses templates to make word processing and page layout documents.|
A few functions are integrated into many of the iPhone apps:
|Posts status updates and photos from apps such as Photos and Safari.|
|iCloud||Keeps your data synced across all your devices and computers.|
|Notification Center||Keeps you informed of weather conditions, upcoming appointments, updated apps, new posts on social networks, and news sites.|
|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 AirDrop, 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).|
|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).|