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iPhone For Seniors For Dummies
By Nancy C. Muir
John Wiley & SonsCopyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
All rights reserved.
Buying Your iPhone
Get ready to ...
* Discover What's New in
iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C,
and iOS 7 10
* Choose the Right iPhone for
* Decide How Much Memory
Is Enough 16
* Understand What You Need
to Use Your iPhone 18
* Know Where to Buy Your
* Explore What's in the Box 19
* Take a First Look at
the Gadget 21
You've read about it. You've seen on the news the lines at Apple Stores on the day a new version of the iPhone is released. You're so intrigued that you've decided to get your own iPhone to have a smartphone that offers more than the ability to make and receive calls. iPhone also offers lots of fun apps; allows you to explore the online world; allows you to read e-books, magazines, and periodicals; allows you to organize your photos, and more.
Trust me: You've made a good decision, because the iPhone redefined the mobile phone experience in an exciting way. It's also an absolutely perfect fit for many seniors.
In this chapter, you learn about the advantages of iPhone, as well as where to buy this little gem and associated data plans from providers. After you have one in your hands, I help you explore what's in the box and get an overview of the little buttons and slots you'll encounter — luckily, the iPhone has very few of them.
Discover What's New in iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and iOS 7
Apple's iPhone gets its features from a combination of hardware and its software operating system (called iOS; the term is short for iPhone operating system, in case you need to know that to impress your friends). The most current operating system is iOS 7. It's helpful to understand which new features the iPhone 5S device and iOS 7 bring to the table (all of which are covered in more detail in this book). New features in iPhone 5S include
* Phone colors: We were stuck with black and white iPhones for years, but now iPhone 5S comes in silver, gold, and a slightly darker gray called space gray. In addition, with the debut of iPhone 5C, a slightly less expensive version of iPhone lacking a few of iPhone 5S's features, you can choose from among five colors: green, white, blue, red, and yellow.
* Touch ID: iPhone 5S comes with a fingerprint reader feature called Touch ID. Rather than enter a passcode again and again through the day to open your phone (keeping its contents safe), iPhone 5S can memorize your fingerprint, and a simple tap on the Home button gets you access to your iPhone and to iTunes.
* An A7 chip: This chip gives you CPU and graphics performance that's up to twice as fast as the A6 chip in iPhone 5. The 64-bit chip is touted as being of desktop quality, though it may take some time for apps to truly take advantage of that.
* An M7 coprocessor: This motion-sensing coprocessor makes it possible for your iPhone to detect monitor data that provides information about your motion. It's expected that this capability will enable lots of interesting new fitness apps.
* New filtering features for camera: The camera in iPhone 5S has a new sensor with a larger active area and a wider aperture. The improved auto functions include better white balance and autofocus. A flash feature and the ability to take photos using a slow motion feature make the camera experience better. Finally, Burst photo mode rounds out improvements. Burst allows you take up to 20 pictures in 2 seconds, and then the processor picks the best ones out of the bunch.
Throughout this book, I highlight features that are relevant only in using the iPhone 5S and/or iPhone 5C, so you can use the majority of this book no matter which version of the iPhone you own as long as you have iOS 7 installed.
Any iPhone device more recent than the iPhone 3G can make use of most features of iOS 7 if you update the operating system (discussed in detail in Chapter 2); this book is based on version 7 of iOS. This update to the operating system adds many new features, including
* A Whole New Look: Apple has entirely redesigned the iPhone interface with iOS 7, providing flatter, more graphically bright buttons for your apps, and a simple clean look to areas such as the Lock screen and Settings. Love it or hate it, it's an overdue facelift for iPhone.
* Control Center: This handy group of buttons and sliders gives you access to the most commonly used settings such as volume, playback tools for music, on/off settings for AirDrop (see next item for more about this feature), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, as well as buttons for a Flashlight, Clock, Calculator, and your Camera. Control Center appears when you flick up from the bottom of the iPhone screen.
* AirDrop: Use this new feature to share pictures, videos, music, and more with somebody in your general vicinity who has an AirDrop-enabled device.
* Notification Center: Swipe down on your iPhone screen and you reveal Notification Center. New Notification Center features in iOS 7 are the Today, All, and Missed views that help you see useful information such as events on your Calendar, Reminders, and stock values from three perspectives.
* Multitasking: In iOS 7 Apple has made some changes to the way you work with more than one app at a time. You can press the Home button twice to get a view of all open apps to make it easier to switch among them. Also, your iPhone now pays attention to the time you typically use certain apps, such as a social app or stock tracker, and updates their content at that time to make the latest content available to you faster.
* Camera Improvements: Now the Camera app makes various shooting formats (still, video, panorama, and the new square format) easily accessible. In addition, Apple has provided filters so you can add effects such as higher contrast or black and white to your photos.
* Photo Categories: To help you organize your photos, iOS 7 has added Collections, Moments, and Years to group your images by the time and location where they were taken. In addition, you can now use iCloud to share photos with others, and photos or videos are streamed to everybody's devices. Others can also post items to your stream and even make comments.
* A New Look for Safari: Apple's browser, Safari, helps you get around the Internet. Now it also provides a unified search field so you can enter a website address or search term and Safari provides the best match for your entry. There's a new tab view that helps you move among open tabs more easily. The Shared Links feature lets you view information about your Twitter timeline, while Reading List helps you save and read articles to keep you informed. Finally, iCloud Keychain is a way to have iCloud store all your account names and passwords, as well as your credit card numbers safely. Keychain also helps out by entering information for you when you need it.
* iTunes Radio: iTunes Radio offers you streaming music from popular radio stations, but beyond that, it learns about you as you listen. This feature allows you to build new stations where you are in charge of how many familiar tunes are mixed in with new songs to help you expand your musical vocabulary. You can also view a History of what you've heard and build a musical Wish List.
* Siri Grows Up: Siri has jumped on the new look bandwagon with a simpler, cleaner look in iOS 7. You can choose between a male or female Siri voice, and enjoy the fact that Siri checks even more sources for its info, including Bing, Wikipedia, and even Twitter postings related to your verbal query.
* App Store Apps Near Me: In the App Store you'll find two new features. You can search for apps that are popular in your area, and browse the Kids category to find kid-friendly apps.
* Find My iPhone Security Features: This app helps you locate a missing iPhone, and in iOS 7, new features help you display a message on the Lock screen that this is a lost phone and provide a phone number where someone can reach you; your phone cannot be used without your sign in information. If you get your iPhone back, you can easily deactivate the message and access your phone again.
* iOS in Your Car: If you happen to have a car that's equipped with iOS in the Car, you can use your iPhone 5, 5C, or 5S to make calls and control a feature called Siri Eyes Free to access music and messages, and get directions.
* Important Free Apps: Along with iPhone 5S and 5C, Apple announced that the iWork suite of productivity apps (word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software), iMovie, and iPhoto would be free.
Choose the Right iPhone for You
iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C are bigger than previous iPhones with their four-inch screen (see Figure 1-1). You can get iPhone 5S in gold, silver, or space gray, or iPhone 5C in white, pink, yellow, blue, or green. Other differences between iPhone models come primarily from the current iOS, iOS 7.
iPhone 5S and 5C models have a few variations:
* Color of the phone.
* Amount of built-in memory ranging from 16GB to 64GB.
* iPhone 5C models have a slightly slower processor (A6), do not have the Touch ID technology built into the Home button, and are missing a few camera features.
Read on as I explain these variations in more detail in the following sections.
Table 1-1 gives you a quick comparison of iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5, 5S, and 5C. All costs are as of the time this book was written.
Decide How Much Memory Is Enough
Memory is a measure of how much information — for example, movies, photos, and software applications (apps) — you can store on a computing device. Memory can also affect your iPhone's performance when handling tasks such as streaming favorite TV shows from the World Wide Web or downloading music.
Streaming refers to playing video or music content from the web (or from other devices) rather than playing a file stored on your computing device. You can enjoy a lot of material online without ever downloading its full content to your hard drive — and given that every iPhone model has a relatively small amount of memory, that's not a bad idea. See Chapters 15 and 17 for more about getting your music and movies online.
Your memory options with an iPhone 5S are 16, 32, or 64 gigabytes (GB) and with 5C either 32 or 64GB. You must choose the right amount of memory because you can't open the unit and add memory, as you usually can with a desktop computer. However, Apple has thoughtfully provided iCloud, a service you can use to back up content to the Internet (you can read more about that in Chapter 3).
So how much memory is enough for your iPhone? Here's a rule of thumb: If you like lots of media, such as movies or TV shows, you might need 64GB. For most people who manage a reasonable number of photos, download some music, and watch heavy-duty media such as movies online, 32GB is probably sufficient. If you simply want to check e-mail, browse the web, and write short notes to yourself, 16GB might be enough.
Do you have a clue how big a gigabyte (GB) is? Consider this: Just about any computer you buy today comes with a minimum of 250GB of storage. Computers have to tackle larger tasks than iPhones do, so that number makes sense. The iPhone, which uses a technology called flash memory for data storage, is meant (to a great extent) to help you experience online media and e-mail; it doesn't have to store much and in fact pulls lots of content from online. In the world of memory, 16GB for any kind of storage is puny if you keep lots of content and graphics on the device.
What's the price for larger memory? For the iPhone 5S, a 16GB unit costs $199 with a two-year contract; 32GB jumps the price to $299; and 64GB adds another $100, setting you back a pricey $399. iPhone 5C comes with 16GB under contract for $99 and with 32GB for $199.
Understand What You Need to Use Your iPhone
Before you head off to buy your iPhone, you should know what other connections and accounts you'll need to work with it optimally.
At a bare minimum, to make standard cellular phone calls, you need to have a service plan with a cellular carrier such as AT&T, as well as a data plan that supports iPhone. The data plan allows you to exchange data over the Internet, such as e-mails.
You also need to be able to update the iPhone operating system and share media such as music among Apple devices. Though these things can be done without a phone carrier service plan, you have to plug your phone into your computer to update the iOS or update over a network using iCloud. You need to use a local Wi-Fi network to go online and make calls using an Internet service such as Skype. Given the cost and hi-tech nature of the iPhone, having to jury-rig these basic functions doesn't make much sense, so trust me, get an account and data plan.
You can open an iCloud account to store and share content online. You can also use a computer to download photos, music, or applications from non-Apple online sources such as stores or sharing sites like your local library and transfer them to your iPhone through a process called syncing. You can also use a computer or iCloud to register your iPhone the first time you start it, although you can have the folks at the Apple Store, AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon handle registration for you if you have one nearby.
Apple has set up its iTunes software and the iCloud service to give you two ways to manage content for your iPhone — including apps, music, or photos you've downloaded — and specify how to sync your calendar and contact information. Chapter 3 covers those settings in more detail.
Know Where to Buy Your iPhone
You can't buy iPhone from every major retail store. You can buy an iPhone at the Apple Store and from the mobile phone providers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. You can also find an iPhone at major retailers such as Best Buy, Radio Shack, and Walmart, through whom you have to buy a two-year service contract for the phone carrier of your choice. You can also find iPhones at several online retailers such as Amazon.com and Newegg.com.
Apple offers unlocked iPhones that can be used with any of the three iPhone cellular service providers, but though you save a lot on a service commitment, these phones without accompanying phone plans can be pretty pricey. T-Mobile is offering the iPhone 5C in an unlocked version with no service plan required.
Explore What's in the Box
When you fork over your hard-earned money for your iPhone, you'll be left holding one box about the size of a deck of tarot cards. Here's a rundown of what you'll find when you take off the shrink-wrap and open the box:
* iPhone: Your iPhone is covered in a thick plastic sleeve-thingie that you can take off and toss (unless you think there's a chance you'll return it, in which case you might want to keep all packaging for 14 days — Apple's standard return period).
* Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic: The EarPods are Apple's new breakthrough for earbud headphones. Plug these into your iPhone 5S for a free headset experience. If you buy an iPhone 4S or earlier, you get the Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic with your phone.
* Documentation (and I use the term loosely): Notice, under the iPhone itself, a small, white envelope about the size of a half-dozen index cards. Open it and you'll find:
A tiny pamphlet: This pamphlet, named Important Product Information Guide, is essentially small print (that you mostly don't need to read) from folks like the FCC.
A label sheet: This sheet has two white Apple logos on it. (I'm not sure what they're for, but my husband and I use one sticker to differentiate my iPhone from his.)
A small foldout card: This card provides panels containing photos of the major features of iPhone 4S and information about where to find out more. (Prior to 4S, you got only a single card with a photo of the phone and callouts to major features; 4S documentation expanded exponentially ... which isn't saying much!).
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