Here at iOS Universe, we want to appeal to everyone, with all knowledge and experience levels regarding iOS and iOS devices. This includes those who have just gotten their very first iPhone, and are wanting to learn how to use it. Familiarizing yourself with your new iPhone, or any new device for that matter, can be a daunting process. And we want to make it easier for you.
Introduction To Your iPhone
You’ve just taken a look at your iPhone, wow, it looks great, doesn’t it? You’ll like it even better once you’ve used it for a little bit.
The iPhone is made out of glass and aluminum, and may seem to be more slippery than it appears, so always treat it with care. After all, it will serve as your phone, media player, portable gaming device, and so much more during the course of its life with you. This is why I always recommend protecting it with an iPhone case such as the Otterbox. However, for now, let’s just explore the inside of the box, shall we?
The Stuff Inside Your iPhone’s Box
On the left we’ve got the instruction manual or product information pamphlet. Basically inside, we got a whole bunch of really basic instructions, as well as a bunch of legal disclaimers and warnings, such as not to put your iPhone in the microwave. To the majority of people, it’s not that useful. But unfortunately for us consumers, Apple doesn’t provide a lot of instruction with this, and most people just throw this away or save it for later.
On the right side, we’ve got a few things. Starting at the top, we’ve got the Apple Earphones, or EarPods as they’re now called. On these earphones, there is a little remote which integrates nicely with your iPhone. More on the Earpods will be covered in Chapter 6.
Next down we have the Apple dock connector cord, which is used for charging your iPhone (Unless you have a chargeable case, such as the Mophie Juice Pack) and connecting to your computer for syncing. Note: iPhone 5 and newer will have a different looking cable than the one pictured above.
Finally on the bottom section, we have the power adapter, which can be used to charge your phone if you don’t have a computer or other accessory to connect it to. Simply plug in the USB end of the dock connector cable into the AC adapter, and plug it into the wall. This will usually charge faster than plugging it into a computer, so it’s a great thing to use if an electrical outlet is nearby.
It should also be noted that some iPhones come with a screen cleaning cloth, which is nice since the iPhone can very easily get fingerprint marks on it.
The iPhone’s Buttons And Hardware
Now that you’ve taken your iPhone out and explored the inside of the box, it’s now time to take a look at the iPhone itself. Pictured above is a diagram showing all of the different main hardware components. It’d be a good idea to memorize the names of all of these components, because we’ll be referencing them a lot throughout this book. Now, let’s dig in a little deeper.
Camera Lens:The front camera lens is used for taking photos or video from the front side of your iPhone. It is also used for video calling applications such as Skype or FaceTime.
Sim Card Slot: >Your SIM Card goes in here. A SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) Card is used to hold data for your phone, such as your phone number and text messages. Your phone will not be usable with out a SIM card inside of it. Most carriers lock the iPhone so only their SIM card can be used in that iPhone without displaying an error.
Dock Connector: Your dock connector is what you plug your charger, or dock connector cable into. Use it to connect to computers or other iPhone accessories.
Speakers: Audio will be outputted through your iPhone’s speakers if you do not have any headphones plugged in.
Touch Screen: >The main screen for the device. Using a series of gestures, almost all interactions with the iPhone are done using the iPhone’s beautiful touch screen.
We will get more into the touch screen in Chapter 2.
Home Button: The button you’ll find yourself using the most is probably the home button. No matter where you are on your iPhone, you can always get back to the main home screen by pressing the home button. There are other uses to it though, which we’ll get into later, but this is its primary function.
Power Button: As the name suggests, this button is used to turn off and turn on the device, as well as put it to sleep.
Headphone Jack: Plug your headphones/earphones/some other accessories in here. Not much more to say than that, really. Almost any kind of standard headphones will work, so feel free to use your favorite pair.
Volume Buttons: Control the volume of your device with these two buttons.
Mute Switch: This switch mutes or unmutes noises while receiving phone calls or notifications on the device. You can tell when it’s on when a little bit of orange is showing near the button. Take note that any alarms you have set will still go off even if the mute switch is turned to on.
So now you know all about the hardware, at least on the outside, of your iPhone. So what do you do at this point? Take a look around the website. Visiting the tutorials section may give you some useful guides on further familiarizing yourself with your iPhone. If you do have any questions about your new device, why not head over to our forums and post your question? Our friendly community would be glad to help you.