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Apple’s iPhone isn’t just another mobile phone. It’s
also a full-featured iPod and the smallest Mac ever
created—because underneath that glass touch
screen it’s running OS X.
The iPhone represents the second time Apple has
tried to completely rethink the way we connect with
our computers. The original Macintosh changed the
world by providing a physical control (the mouse) that
moved a cursor on a computer interface. But the
iPhone does it one better. Now, instead of pushing around a mouse to
make a disembodied arrow or hand move on the computer screen, you
use your finger to do all the moving. When you touch a photo, Web page,
or e-mail message on the iPhone and slide your finger across the screen,
the image moves along with your touch, as if you were moving a physical object. There’s no cursor on the iPhone because your finger is your
pointer—and pointing, despite what your mother may have told you, is
just what fingers are meant to do.
That brings us to the subject of this book. Why in the world would
Macworld publish an entire book about a device that’s supposed to be so
intuitive? It’s a question I get a lot, including from people at Apple. Their
goal—and it’s a smart one to shoot for—is to make an incredibly complex
technology as easy to use as possible. And the iPhone is easy to use,
which is one reason it’s so appealing.
But make no mistake about it: the iPhone is a computer. And a full Web
browser. And an e-mail client. It can run thousands of programs written
by independent developers, connect to Wi-Fi networks, and even log in
to your employer’s virtual private network (VPN). As easy as it is to use,
the iPhone has an ocean of depth. Our goal is to help you plumb those
depths and uncover more of your phone’s hidden potential. In the pages
of this book, we’ll give you not only the basics but also more-advanced
tips, tricks, and troubleshooting advice. And for the very latest iPhone
coverage—including accessory reviews—be sure to visit iPhone Central
—Jason Snell, Editorial Director, Macworld
San Francisco, February 2009
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Getting Started
we’ll show you how to quickly navigate the iPhone’s most important
8 The iPhone 3G at a Glance
Familiarize yourself with the
iPhone’s main hardware features,
including every button, switch, slot,
and plug.
42 Checking E-mail
Review the basics on how to set
up new e-mail accounts and work
with your messages—including
viewing attachments. We’ve also
got tips for mastering the iPhone’s
13 Changing Your Settings
Take a tour of the Settings menu,
where you can change your ringtone, check how many minutes
you’ve used, and set preferences
for individual third-party apps.
53 Sending Text Messages
SMS text messages offer a
convenient way to have a brief
conversation or send quick notes.
Learn how to carry on multiple
conversations with the iPhone’s
Text program.
24 Getting On the Network
Cover Photograph by peter belanger; Photograph courtesy of apple
Get the most from the iPhone’s
Wi-Fi, Edge, and 3G abilities. We’ll
show you how to connect and what
precautions to take to protect your
valuable data.
Staying in Touch
30 Managing
At the heart of all of the
iPhone’s communication
features—including phone,
e-mail, and text messaging—lies the contacts list.
Here’s how to create,
sync, access, and organize your contacts.
36 Using
the Phone
From making calls to
answering voice mail,
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Multimedia on
the iPhone
58 Navigating Music
and Videos
Learn how to navigate your media
library easily, how to access some
of the less obvious features, and
how to create playlists on the fly.
67 Using YouTube
If you get bored with the video files
synced to your iPhone, you can
access streaming content from
YouTube’s online video warehouse.
70 Smart Syncing Strategies
Do you have more music, podcasts, and videos than will fit on
your iPhone? Learn how to get the
most from the iPhone’s storage by
slimming down files and setting up
smart playlists.
90 Surf the Web
The iPhone’s Web browser packs
a lot of power. Navigate the Web,
manage your bookmarks, and learn
the smart way to check RSS feeds.
81 Converting Video
for the iPhone
With the help of some free or lowcost software, you can quickly convert videos from your hard drive or
other sources to enjoy on the road.
100 Maps and GPS
Use iPhone’s Maps program and
GPS powers to find local businesses, follow driving directions,
and keep an eye on traffic.
83 Working with Photos
The iPhone can sync existing photos from your computer and take
new ones. We’ll show you how to
get photos onto the iPhone, use
the built-in camera, and show off
your masterpieces to others.
106 Scheduling
Track time with smart calendar
syncing and alarm settings. Here’s
how to manage events and deadlines without missing a beat.
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111 The iPhone’s Other
136 Stay Connected
Stay up-to-date on the latest news,
changing stock prices, and your
friends’ Twitter feeds.
Meet the iPhone’s other default applications that make it a true PDA:
Calculator, Notes, Stocks, and
138 Have Fun
These iPhone apps are excellent at
cutting loose. Listen to the radio,
find movie times, edit photos, and
of course, play games.
116 Tools of the Trade
The Best iPhone
Every iPhone owner should learn
these simple steps. They will help
you recover fast from the most
common iPhone problems.
144 Cases
Keep your iPhone safe from drops,
scrapes, and other mishaps with
these cases. Whether you want
something stylish, rugged, or invisible, there’s a case for you.
121 Fixing Common
Whether it’s stubborn e-mail attachments or confusing sync options,
here are our tips on how to solve
some of the most common iPhone
147 Headphones
Improve sound and get
interesting features,
such as noise-canceling
technology, when
you invest in a
good pair of thirdparty headphones.
Third-Party Apps
130 Accessing Apps
Get acquainted with Apple’s App
Store and learn how to download
and manage any of the thousands
of third-party apps available.
151 Speakers
Find the right iPhone speakers for
any setup in our recommendations
that cover every size and budget.
133 Be Productive
Use your iPhone to accomplish
more with these recommended
productivity apps which let you log
time, organize your searches, and
transfer files.
153 Power Accessories
Keep your iPhone juiced and ready
to go with these clever powerrelated gadgets.
Macworld’s iPhone Superguide, Second Edition
Ben Boychuk is a freelance writer
and columnist in Rialto, California.
Senior Contributor and troubleshooting guru Ted Landau’s latest
book is Take Control of Your
iPhone (Take Control Books, 2008,
Senior Editor Christopher Breen is
the author of The iPod and iTunes
Pocket Guide, third edition, and
The iPhone Pocket Guide, second
edition (Peachpit Press, 2008).
Associate Editor Dan Moren is the
editor of and a contributor to the iPhone Central blog.
Senior Editor Peter Cohen writes
news for when he’s
not stoking the fires of Macworld’s
Game Room.
Jon Seff is Macworld’s senior
news editor and resident expert
on converting video files for the
iPhone, iPod, Apple TV, and any
other medium imaginable.
Jim Dalrymple is Macworld’s editor at large, covering the pro audio
market. Jim has a video training
series on on
how to record guitars using a Mac.
Jason Snell, Macworld’s editorial
director, guides you through the
iPhone basics.
Glenn Fleishman writes about
Wi-Fi at and is the
author of Take Control of Sharing
Files in Leopard (TidBits Publishing, 2007,
Macworld’s iPhone Superguide
Senior Editor Dan Frakes reviews
iPod, iPhone, and audio gear for
Macworld and runs’s
Mac Gems and Mobile Mac blogs.
Editor Kelly Turner
President and CEO
VP, Editorial Director
Mike Kisseberth
Jason Snell
Managing Editor Jennifer Werner
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Senior Editor Rob Griffiths runs, writes Macworld’s monthly Mac OS X Hints
column, and offers Mac hints on
Macworld’s Mac OS X Hints blog.
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Getting Started
How to Get Comfortable, Access Important
Settings, and Get Online
s its name promises, the iPhone is
a phone. But it’s also a hand held
computer, offering Web browsing,
e-mail, GPS, and much more. Add to that
the huge selection of applications available
in the App Store, and the iPhone can be
anything from a powerful game console to a
Spanish teacher. To top it off, the iPhone is
also an outstanding iPod. In short, it’s unlike
any cell phone you’ve ever used before.
But to unlock all that your iPhone can do,
you’ll need to know your way around both
the interface and the iPhone’s settings and
preferences. In this chapter, we’ll introduce
you to the most important features on your
iPhone (and iPod touch) and get you up and
running as quickly as possible.
Table of contents
The iPhone 3G at a Glance
Changing Your Settings 13
Getting On the Network
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The iPhone 3G at a
t’s always best to start from the beginning. And the beginning, in this
case, is the outside of the iPhone—the slots, buttons, switches, and
ports. Here’s what you’ll find. (Most of these features also exist on the
original iPhone and on the iPod touch, except where noted.)
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a Receiver
the Home screen. If you quickly
press the button twice when the
phone is locked, you’ll be able to
access basic iPod controls. At all
other times, a double-click of the
Home button can either take you
to the Home screen, bring up your
iPhone favorites, or switch to the
iPod app—you can choose which
by using the Settings app, under
General: Home Button.
With no headphones plugged in,
this is where you’ll place your ear
to listen to incoming calls. (This
switch doesn’t appear on the iPod
b Touch-Screen Display
Unlike other smart phones, the
iPhone doesn’t have a tactile
keyboard or a bunch of navigation
buttons. Instead, you’ll use its 3.5inch touch-screen display to make
selections, type e-mail messages
and Web addresses, dial phone
numbers, and change settings.
The display is made from opticalquality glass, which makes it highly
scratch resistant. The screen has a
resolution of 320 by 480 pixels at
160 pixels per inch (much higher
than that of most computer displays). Though the screen smudges
easily, the display is so bright that
you won’t see those smudges
unless it has gone black. Apple
includes a chamois cloth in the box
so you can polish the screen.
D Speaker
You’ll find the speaker on the bottom edge of the iPhone, on the
left side. If you have a caller on
speakerphone, this is where the
sound will come out. It’ll also play
anything that makes noise on your
iPod, including music and a video’s
audio track. Because the iPhone
has just one speaker, it plays all
audio in mono (in a single channel).
(On the iPod touch the speaker is
located inside the body of the iPod
rather than on the bottom.)
e Dock Connector
The iPhone uses the standard 30pin iPod dock connector to hook
up with your computer or other
accessories. But keep in mind that
the iPhone is a different shape than
the iPod models, so it may not fit
right in some accessories. And
interference from the iPhone’s cellular antenna may mean that external speakers don’t work as well, or
at all, unless you turn on Airplane
mode. (When you place the iPhone
c Home Button
The only physical button on the
face of the iPhone, the Home
button is your shortcut out of the
current program and back to the
iPhone’s main interface. You can
also press this button to wake
up a snoozing iPhone. If you’re
looking at the iPhone’s Home
screen, pressing the button will
take you back to the first page of
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H Camera
in a dock-connector speaker system not designed specifically for
the iPhone, it automatically asks if
you want to switch modes.)
The back of the iPhone sports
the lens of the phone’s built-in
2-megapixel camera. The image
is displayed on the front screen so
you can frame the shot. (The iPod
touch doesn’t have a camera.)
F Microphone
The iPhone’s internal microphone
is found on the bottom right of the
device. You can use it for making
calls or, with the help of add-on
software from the App Store, use it
for voice recording and many other
purposes. (There’s no microphone
on the iPod touch.)
I Sleep/Wake Button
Press this button to lock your
iPhone’s screen. (The phone will
still receive calls and play music,
but the screen itself will be off.) If
it’s already locked, you can press
this button to wake it up, then slide
your finger across the bottom of
the touch screen to unlock it. To
turn the iPhone completely off,
hold the Sleep/Wake button down
for a few seconds, until the red
“slide to power off” slider appears.
(When shut down, the iPhone won’t
ring, play music, or anything else.)
To turn the iPhone back on, press
and hold the Sleep/Wake button
until the Apple logo appears. If you
wish to silence an incoming call,
press the Sleep/Wake button. If
you want to decline an incoming
G Headphone Jack
This is a standard 3.5mm audio
jack, like the one used on iPods,
rather than the smaller 2.5mm size
found on many cell phones. You
can use any sort of headphones
with it, though if you want to talk
as well as listen, you’ll need to use
Apple’s included earbuds, buy
a set with a built-in microphone,
or buy an add-on adapter that
lets you use your favorite headphones with the adapter’s own
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call and send it directly to voice
mail, press the Sleep/Wake button
twice quickly.
small hole and push. (Because the
iPod touch isn’t a phone, it has no
SIM card.)
J SIM-Card Slot
K Volume Up and Down
Like other current GSM phones,
the iPhone uses a SIM (Subscriber
Identity Module) card—a small
programmable card that contains
personal data such as your phone
number and carrier ID. Without an
activated SIM card, your iPhone is
just a pretty hunk of metal, glass,
and plastic. The top of the iPhone
bears a small slot for the phone’s
SIM card (it’s the one with the tiny
hole). The iPhone’s SIM card is
preinstalled and turns on when
you activate the phone through
iTunes. Your old GSM mobile
phone likely has a SIM card as
well. Regrettably, that SIM card
won’t work with your iPhone—
the iPhone’s SIM card has some
special characteristics not found
in other SIM cards. However, you
can use the iPhone’s SIM card
with other phones on AT&T service. To eject the SIM card, insert
the end of a paper clip into the
Below the silent ringer switch are
the iPhone’s volume buttons. Press
up to increase volume and down to
decrease volume. This affects not
only the volume of calls, but also
application sounds and audio and
video playback.
L Silent Ringer Switch
On the left side of the phone is
the silent ringer switch. It does
exactly what you’d suspect—
push it toward the back of the
phone (so that you see an orange
dot) and the iPhone’s speaker
goes quiet. Pull it toward the front
of the phone and the ringer is active. Note that flipping the switch
into silent mode does not silence
audio playback in the phone’s
iPod area, and some iPhone apps
may still make noise. (This switch
doesn’t appear on the iPod
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M Headset
once to
a call
and again
to end the
call. If you
wish to decline
an incoming call
and send it to voice mail,
squeeze and hold the microphone for a few seconds. The
iPhone will beep twice to let you
know it’s done the job.
While on a call, you can take an
incoming call and put the current
call on hold by squeezing the mike
once. To end the current call and
answer an incoming call, or to
return to a call you’ve put on hold,
squeeze and hold the mike for two
The headset can operate exactly
like an iPod’s earbuds. You can
listen to calls through it, as well as
audio from the iPod program and
other apps. But this headset differs
from those included with the iPod
because it also has a small microphone attached to the cable dangling down from the right earbud.
With the headset plugged in, this
microphone picks up your voice
when you speak during a call.
The headset has a built-in
switch. Squeeze the microphone
once while listening to music or
watching a video to pause playback. Squeeze it twice in succession to skip to the next track.
Squeeze it three times to skip
back to the previous track. If a call
comes in, you can squeeze the mi-
iPod Touch
Although this book is called the Macworld iPhone Superguide, most of
what we write will cover the iPod touch, which is essentially the iPhone
without the phone part. Generally when we say iPhone, we mean the
iPod touch, too. We’ll specify when certain features don’t work on the
iPod touch when necessary.
Macworld’s iPhone Superguide, Second Edition
Staying in Touch
Make the Most of Your Phone, E-mail, and
Instant Messaging Features
iPhone Photographs courtesy of apple
he iPhone packs a lot of power into its
slim frame. But first and foremost,
it’s a phone. In addition to
the features you’d expect from
a modern mobile phone, the
iPhone includes a few extras you
wouldn’t—including a new way of
interacting with your voice mail.
But the iPhone doesn’t limit the
concept of communication to just
calls. You can also use it to send
e-mail or text messages to others.
Although the process of making
calls and checking your e-mail isn’t
complicated, you can save time and get more
done by customizing a few settings and taking
advantage of a few hidden shortcuts. We’ve
got the inside scoop on managing your contacts, juggling multiple callers, saving e-mailed
photos, filling in the gaps in the included text
messaging application, and more.
Table of contents
Using the Phone
Checking E-mail
Sending Text
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Multimedia on
the iPhone
Explore the iPod Hiding Inside Your iPhone
iPhone Photographs courtesy of apple
teve Jobs has pronounced the
iPhone “the best iPod we’ve
ever made.” It plays music, audiobooks, and podcasts
and you can view TV shows,
music videos, and full-length
movies on it. Store your
favorite photos on it, and it
acts as a personal slideshow player. But with the
iPhone, Apple has released
an iPod that’s markedly
different from previous iPod
models—one that not only adds
slick eye candy and a larger display
but streams videos from the Internet. Unfortunately, it also lacks some favorite features
found on previous iPod models—the ability
to copy media from more than one computer
to the device, for example—and, because of
its relatively limited storage, it places greater
limitations on how much media you can carry
with you.
In this chapter we’ll show you how the
iPhone differs from your iPod as well as
offer hints for working around some of its
Table of contents
Navigating Music
and Videos
Using YouTube
Smart Syncing
Converting Video
for the iPhone
Working with
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Make Your iPhone a Multitasking PDA with
Apple’s Built-in Applications
n addition to being a top-notch
phone and iPod,
the iPhone is also
a capable Web
browser and fullfledged PDA. While
many phones can
access the Internet,
few do it well, and
none comes close
to approximating the
experience you get
on a real computer.
The iPhone aims to
be the first, thanks to a customized version of
Safari and a host of programs that work like
their computer-based counterparts rather than
limited mobile-phone versions.
Whether you’re surfing the Web by the
pool, searching for a restaurant from the road,
or scheduling your day, the iPhone can help
you find information and stay on task. Here’s
how to get the most out of the other applications it has to offer.
Table of contents
Surf the Web
100 Maps and GPS
106 Scheduling
111 The iPhone’s Other
Macworld’s iPhone Superguide, Second Edition
When Your iPhone or iPod Touch Acts Up,
Follow These Steps to Get It Back on Track
ven with all of its groundbreaking
features and beauty, the iPhone is still
fallible. You should expect to encounter
a few wrinkles along the way—such as freezes
and crashes—that will need ironing out.
Unfortunately, you are limited in the number of
ways you can troubleshoot your iPhone. Your
only view of the iPhone is the one you get
when you turn it on, and you can only interact
with the system through the various settings
screens on the iPhone itself. When you dock
your iPhone, you can only work with it through
iTunes (or iPhoto if photo syncing).
This chapter will walk you through the most
common troubleshooting techniques available
to iPhone and iPod touch users, as well as
look at some common problems and mysteries you may encounter.
Table of contents
116 Tools of the Trade 121 Fixing Common
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20 Great Ways to Extend Your iPhone
or iPod Touch
n July 2008, Apple opened the doors to
the iPhone and iPod touch and let thirdparty developers create programs that
users could purchase and download even
while on the go. Since then, customers have
snapped up more than 500 million of these
add-ons, many of which pick up where Apple’s standard applications leave off—including
productivity boosters, audio recorders, image
editors, and much more.
But with so many options, it can be hard to
pick out the truly great apps from the merely
weird and wacky apps. In the pages that
follow, you’ll find 20 of our favorite third-party
programs. But don’t stop here. New programs
are added to the store all the time. For our
latest reviews, check out Macworld’s iPhone
Application Guide (
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130 Accessing Apps
133 Be Productive
136 Stay Connected
138 Have Fun
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The Best iPhone
Make the Most Out of Your iPhone Experience
with These Add-Ons
hen you purchase an iPhone, Apple
gives you everything you need to
get started—including a power
adapter, a USB cable, and a pair of
headphones with an incorporated
microphone for hands-free calls.
But there are plenty of other
useful accessories that Apple
doesn’t offer. Whether you’re
looking for a Bluetooth headset, a protective case, highquality headphones for better
sound, or a set of speakers
for listening to music out loud,
there are scores of add-ons
that let you do more with your
Here are our picks for some of the
most useful accessories for the iPhone. For
more reviews of the latest iPhone gear, go to
Table of contents
144 Cases
147 Headphones
151 Speakers
153 Power Accessories
Macworld’s iPhone Superguide, Second Edition
Nobody spends more time with Apple’s
revolutionary products than the editors
at Macworld.
In this book Macworld’s team of
experts uses its knowledge to create
an updated and straightforward guide
to the iPhone. Apple’s groundbreaking
mobile device is an iPod, phone, Web
browser, PDA, and game console all
in one.
Inside these pages you’ll find detailed
instructions for mastering your device’s
most important features, as well as a
few hidden ones. You’ll learn how to
customize the iPhone or iPod touch’s
settings, squeeze the most juice out of a battery charge, and connect
to nearby wireless networks while keeping your data protected. You’ll
also get insider tips for communicating using the phone, e-mail, text
messages, and instant messages. Take advantage of the iPhone 3G’s
powerful GPS technology and built-in maps, as well as its Web browser.
Enjoy the iPod hiding inside your iPhone with our strategies for navigating your media files and converting video files on your hard drive or
DVDs into an iPhone-compatible format. We’ll show you how to take
advantage of iTunes’ space-saving features, including smart playlists
that sift through your massive library and find the files you want to carry
with you. Expand your iPhone’s capabilities with our picks for best
third-party apps from Apple’s App Store. And for when you run into
trouble, our experts offer vital troubleshooting advice and indispensable
tips for solving common hiccups.
Whether you’re on a Mac or Windows PC, using a first-generation
iPhone, iPhone 3G, or iPod touch, Macworld’s award-winning team will
show you how to get the most out of your device.
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