The First Home Screen on Your iPhone - dummies

The First Home Screen on Your iPhone

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

If you haven’t rearranged the icons on your iPhone, you should see the following apps on your first Home screen, starting at the top left:

  • Mail: This app lets you send and receive email with most POP3 and IMAP email systems and, if you work for a company that grants permission, Microsoft Exchange accounts, too.
  • Calendar: No matter what calendar program you prefer on your Mac or PC (as long as it’s Calendar, Microsoft Entourage, Outlook, or Exchange, or the online calendars from Google or Yahoo!), you can synchronize events and alerts between your computer and your iPhone. Create an event on one, and it’s automatically synchronized with the other the next time they’re synced. Neat stuff.
  • Photos: This app is the iPhone’s terrific photo manager. You can view pictures that you took with the iPhone’s built-in cameras, transferred from your computer, received through email, saved from Safari, or acquired as part of your Photo Stream. You can zoom in or out, create slideshows, email photos to friends, and much more. Other phones may let you take pictures; the iPhone lets you enjoy them in many ways.
  • Camera: Use this app when you want to shoot a picture or video with one of the iPhone’s built-in cameras.
  • Maps: This app is among our favorites. View street maps or satellite imagery of locations around the globe, or ask for driving, walking, or public transportation directions, traffic conditions, or even the location of a nearby pizza joint.
  • Clock: This program lets you see the current time in as many cities as you like, set one or more alarms for yourself, and use your iPhone as a stopwatch or a countdown timer.
  • Weather: This app monitors the six-day weather forecast for as many cities as you like.
  • News: Apple’s next-generation News app is designed to deliver the news you want to read in a beautiful, uncluttered format.
  • Wallet: This app stores Apple Pay credit cards as well as gift cards, coupons, tickets, boarding passes, and other passes, all in a single convenient location.
  • Notes: This program lets you type notes while you’re out and about. New in iOS 10 are finger-sketching tools, checklists, and support for images in notes. You can send the notes to yourself or anyone else through email or save them on your iPhone until you need them. And now your notes can be synced with your other devices via iCloud if you so desire.
  • Reminders: This app may be the only to-do list you’ll ever need. It integrates with Calendar, Outlook, and iCloud, so to-do items and reminders sync automatically with your other devices, both mobile and desktop.
  • Stocks: This app lets you monitor your favorite stocks, which are updated in near real-time.
  • Videos: This handy app is the repository for your movies, TV shows, music videos, video podcasts, and some iTunes U courseware. You add videos via iTunes on your Mac or PC or by purchasing them from the iTunes Store with the iTunes app on your iPhone.
  • iBooks: Tap here to purchase and read iBooks.
  • iTunes Store: Tap here to access the iTunes Store, where you can browse, preview, and purchase songs, albums, movies, and more.
  • App Store: This icon enables you to connect to and search the iTunes App Store for iPhone apps you can purchase or download for free over a Wi-Fi or cellular data network connection.

Home: New to iOS 10, this app lets you control HomeKit-compatible lights and appliances.

  • Health: This app gathers info from fitness devices and other health apps to provide a clear and current overview of your health on an easy-to-read dashboard.
  • Settings: Use this app to adjust your iPhone’s settings. If you’re a Mac user, think System Preferences; if you’re a Windows person, think Control Panel.