For Seniors: The iPhone 4S Multi-Touch Screen

When the iPhone 4S Home screen appears, you see a background and two sets of icons. One set appears in the Dock, along the bottom of the screen. The Dock contains the Phone, Mail, Safari, and Music app buttons by default, though you can swap out one app for another. The Dock appears on every Home screen.

You can add new apps to populate as many as 11 additional Home screens. Other icons appear above the Dock and are closer to the top of the screen. Different icons appear in this area on each Home screen.

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Treat the iPhone screen carefully. It’s made of glass and will smudge when you touch it (and will break if you throw it at the wall).

The iPhone uses touchscreen technology: When you swipe your finger across the screen or tap it, you’re providing input to the device. Go ahead and play with it for a few minutes — really, you can’t hurt anything. Use the pads of your fingertips (not your fingernails) and follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Settings icon. The various settings appear.

  2. To return to the Home screen, press the Home button.

  3. Swipe a finger or two from right to left on the Home screen. If downloaded apps fill additional Home screens, then this action moves you to the next Home screen.

    Note that the little dots at the bottom of the screen, above the Dock icons, indicate which Home screen is displayed. The magnifying glass on the far left represents the Spotlight Search screen.

  4. To experience the screen rotation feature, hold the iPhone firmly while turning it sideways.

    The screen flips to the horizontal orientation. To flip the screen back, just turn the device so it’s oriented like a pad of paper again. (Note that some apps force iPhone to stay in one orientation or the other.)

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You can customize the Home screen by changing its wallpaper (background picture) and brightness.

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