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. 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 videos.|
|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
|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
|Health||Helps track your fitness activity, diet, and medical
|iBooks||Lets you purchase, download, and read e-books.|
|iTunes||Offers free and for-purchase media — music, videos, TV
shows, audiobooks, and ringtones.
|iTunes U||Helps you browse the course catalog, enroll, and attend
|Sends, receives, and manages email.|
|Maps||Finds and shares locations and directions.|
|Messages||Sends, receives, and manages SMS, MMS, and iMessage text
|Music||Lets you listen to and manage audio media.|
|Newsstand||Keeps periodical subscriptions in one place.|
|Nike + iPod||Records and monitors walking and running workouts.|
|Notes||Provides a portable, electronic yellow notepad for taking and
|Passbook||Manages your store cards and boarding passes.|
|Phone||Makes voice and FaceTime phone calls, lets you initiate and
receive conference calls, manages voicemail, and enables you to
|Photos||Stores and displays photos you’ve taken and videos you’ve
|Podcasts||Enables you to find, manage, listen to, and watch podcasts on a
variety of topics.
|Reminders||Lets you jot down things you need to remember and get reminders
|Settings||Adjusts settings and preferences for iPhone and apps.|
|Stocks||Tracks market movements and individual investments.|
|Tips||Gives you suggested tricks and tips from Apple.|
|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, iPad, or Mac.|
A few functions are integrated into many of the iPhone apps:
|If you install the Facebook app, Facebook appears on the Share
Sheet so you can post status updates and photos from apps such as
Photos and Safari.
|Prints messages, web pages, photos, and more to an
|Share||Sends photos, video, voice memos, maps, contacts, web links,
and notes via AirDrop, email, text messages, iMessage, Facebook,
and Twitter, as well as prints, copies, and opens documents in a
compatible app. All commands are found when you tap the Share
button to open the Share Sheet.
|Siri||Gives vocal commands to perform iPhone tasks such as getting
directions, writing and sending email, searching for a movie time
or game score, and finding out the weather forecast (iPhone 4S or
|If you install the Twitter app, Twitter appears on the Share
Sheet so you can send tweets from within apps like Maps, Photos,
|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).