iPhone Secrets

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A top tech blogger takes you behind the scenes for an in-depth look at the iPhone

The world’s love of the iPhone only continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Darren Murph, managing editor of Engadget and a Guinness World Record holder as the most prolific blogger, explores every amazing capability of the iPhone and shows you how to take full advantage of this remarkable mini-computer. He reveals secret shortcuts, best ways to boost your productivity, how to take advantage of ...

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Overview

A top tech blogger takes you behind the scenes for an in-depth look at the iPhone

The world’s love of the iPhone only continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Darren Murph, managing editor of Engadget and a Guinness World Record holder as the most prolific blogger, explores every amazing capability of the iPhone and shows you how to take full advantage of this remarkable mini-computer. He reveals secret shortcuts, best ways to boost your productivity, how to take advantage of iMessage and push notifications, international iPhone travel tips, how to maximize AirPlay, and so much more.

  • Most iPhone users barely scratch the surface of what the device can do; the world's leading tech blogger shares little-known secrets that let you take your iPhone use to a new level
  • Covers keeping the iPhone synced via iCloud, using mobile social networking and location-based platforms, multitasking, iMessage, making the most of Siri, and using all the video calling options
  • Helps you maximize wireless convenience with AirPlay streaming media, Wi-Fi calling solutions for international travel, and the GameCenter
  • Looks at troubleshooting and jailbreaking for peak performance
  • Perfect for any gadget freak, even those with their first iPhone

iPhone Secrets opens up a new dimension of productivity, convenience, and fun for iPhone users.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118339039
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Series: Secrets Series , #167
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 945,888
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Darren Murph is the Managing Editor for Engadget, a respected publication in the world of consumer electronics. He's written more than 20,000 posts on everything from speech synthesis to gadget dissection, which has earned him a Guinness World Record as the planet's most prolific professional blogger. He is also the author of iPad Secrets.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xvii

Part I Becoming an iPhone Setup Pro 1

Chapter 1 Selecting and Setting Up Your iPhone 3

Choosing Which iPhone to Buy 4

Saving Money the Refurbished Way 5

Understanding the Non-Expandable Storage Situation 8

Setting Up (and Understanding) Find My iPhone 12

Working with Networks 15

Updating and Readying iTunes 16

Organizing Your iLife First 17

Summary 19

Chapter 2 Icon Placement and Organization 21

Optimizing Placement for Productivity 22

Generating a Workflow 32

Summary 38

Chapter 3 Managing Your E-Mail Accounts with iPhone 39

Mastering Gmail's iOS Application 40

Perfecting the Mail App 43

Summary 55

Chapter 4 Wrangling iTunes (While Maintaining Your Sanity) 57

Mastering the Initial iTunes Setup 58

Understanding Account Limits 65

What Can be Synced, and Where? 66

Opting Out of a Backup 68

How to Manage Multiple Computers 69

Summary 71

Part II Acing the Advanced Features 73

Chapter 5 Multi-Tasking Magic 75

Shortcuts Galore 76

Mastering Your Inner Keyboarder 80

Screening Your Phone Calls 84

Making the Most of Maps 84

Managing Your Background Apps 87

Spotlight: Universally Searching 88

Gestures to Live By 90

Summary 91

Chapter 6 Taking FaceTime (and Those Other Video Calling Solutions) to the Next Level 93

Making FaceTime Your Go-To Video Calling App 94

Integrating Skype into the Workflow 99

Summary 104

Chapter 7 Streaming Your Multimedia Without Wires: AirPlay 105

The In(puts) and Out(puts) of Audio Streaming 106

Understanding What Can Be Streamed Where 110

Selecting Your Next Speaker System 113

What's Next for AirPlay? 117

Summary 122

Chapter 8 Cutting the Cord: Utilizing Wireless Functionality 123

Cutting the USB Cord 124

Wi-Fi Syncing Your Way to Cordless Freedom 128

Mastering Device-to-Device Transfers 130

Tapping into Bluetooth 136

Summary 137

Part III Diving into Software 139

Chapter 9 Game on with Game Center 141

Getting Jacked in 142

Discovering and Downloading New Games 148

Protecting Your Privacy 150

Keeping a Handle on Restrictions 150

Going Beyond the Game 151

Summary 152

Chapter 10 Useful Productivity Apps 153

Calendars, Maps, and To-Do Tools 154

Obligatory Office Apps 164

Presentation is Everything 166

Travel Must-Haves 167

Fiduciary Responsibility 169

Calculators and Translators 170

Apps for Kids 171

Reading and Re-Reading 173

News and Reference Material 174

Wizarding Weather Apps 175

Alternative Browsing Options 176

Searching for Great Apps 179

Summary 181

Chapter 11 The Best Not-Exactly-Productive Apps 183

Mindless Flings 184

Brain Bolsterers 187

Puzzling Programs 188

Musical Endeavors 188

Playing with Photos 191

Sporting Goods 193

Fitness and Training Apps 196

Elements of Entertainment 197

High-End Gaming 198

Summary 199

Chapter 12 iMessage and the Wide World of Push Notifications 201

What is iMessage? 202

Understanding the Depths of iMessage 203

Managing Your Messaging Contacts 207

Keeping Notifications Under Control 207

Summary 209

Part IV Becoming a Digital Genius 211

Chapter 13 Utilizing the iPhone's Camera 213

Speaking the Camera's Language 214

Understanding the Camera's Settings 215

Editing Your Photos 220

Ditching Your Point-and-Shoot Camera 220

Geotagging Your Photos 222

Sharing is Caring 222

Summary 224

Chapter 14 Utilizing Your Personal Assistant: Siri 227

Commanding a Robot 228

Integrating Siri into Your Digital Workflow 231

Why Location Matters, Even to Siri 234

Summary 236

Chapter 15 Social Networking Savvy 237

Tapping into @Twitter via iOS 6 #howto 238

What About Facebook? 241

Those Other Social Networking Apps ... 242

Location-Based Networking 243

Summary 246

Chapter 16 iCloud, the Cloud, and iTunes Match 247

Wrapping Your Head Around the Cloud 248

Implementing iTunes Match 257

Summary 259

Chapter 17 Ace Accessories 261

Deciding on a Keyboard 262

iPhone Cases for Every Occasion 264

Bluetooth Headsets and Headphones 265

Hacks and Workarounds 265

Next-Level Accessories 266

Summary 267

Chapter 18 Jailbreaking and Troubleshooting 269

Jailbreaking Your iPhone 270

A Look at Recovery Mode 277

A Look at DFU (Device Firmware Update) Mode 278

Taking Your iPhone in for Service 280

Summary 281

Index 283

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