iPhone 5 For Seniors For Dummies 2ND EDITION
by Nancy Muir
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About the Author
Nancy Muir is the author of over 100 books on technology and business topics. In addition to her writing work, Nancy runs
a website on technology for seniors called TechSmartSenior.com and a companion website for her iPad books in the For
Dummies series, iPadMad eClear.com. She writes a regular column on computers and the Internet on Retirenet.com. Prior
to her writing career Nancy was a manager at several publishing companies, and a training manager at Symantec.
To Blair and Dennis, my partners in crime, for all their help.
I was lucky enough to have Blair Pottenger, the absolute best editor in the world, assigned to lead the team on this book.
Blair, I hope you don抰 get tired of me saying that I couldn抰 have gotten through this rush schedule without you; not to
mention the other four rush schedules that coincided with this book. Thanks also to Dennis Cohen for his able work as
technical editor, and to Melba Hopper, the book抯 copy editor. Also thanks to John at the Tacoma office of Sprint for making
sure I got my iPhone 5 ASAP after it was available. Last but never least, thanks to Kyle Looper, Acquisitions Editor, for
hiring me to write this book.
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Conventions Used in This Book
This book uses certain conventions to help you find your way around, including
Text you type in a text box is shown in bold. Figure references, such as 搒ee Figure 1-1,?are also in bold, to help you
Whenever I mention a website address, or URL, I put it in a different font, like this.
Figure callouts draw your attention to actions you need to perform. In some cases, points of interest in a figure may be
indicated. The text tells you what to look for; the callout line makes it easy to find.
Tip points out insights or helpful suggestions related to tasks in the step lists.
New highlight features of iPhone 5 or iOS 6 that are new and exciting, in case you抮e moving up from earlier
If you bought this book (or are even thinking about buying it), you抳e probably already made the decision to buy an iPhone.
The iPhone is set up to be easy to use, but still you can spend hours exploring the preinstalled apps, finding out how to
change settings, and syncing the device to your computer or through iCloud. I抳e invested those hours so that you don抰
have to ?and I抳e added advice and tips for getting the most out of your iPhone.
This book helps you get going with the iPhone quickly and painlessly so that you can move directly to the fun part.
About This Book
This book is specifically written for mature people like you, folks who may be relatively new to using a smartphone and want
to discover the basics of buying an iPhone 5, working with its preinstalled apps, and getting on the Internet. In writing this
book, I抳e tried to consider the types of activities that might interest someone who is 50 years old or older and picking up an
iPhone for the first time.
This book is organized by sets of tasks. These tasks start from the beginning, assuming that you抳e never laid your hands
on an iPhone, and guide you through basic steps provided in nontechnical language.
This book covers going online using either a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection. I抦 also assuming that you抣l want to download
and use the iBooks e-reader app, so I tell you how to download it in Chapter 13 and cover its features in Chapter 14.
Why You Need This Book
The iPhone 5 is cool and perfect for many seniors because it provides a simple, intuitive interface for making calls, and also
for activities such as checking e-mai l and playing music. The iPhone 5 also offers a slightly bigger screen than its
predecessors, which can make some things onscreen a bit easier to see. But why should you stumble around, trying to
figure out its features? Following the simple, step-by-step approach used in this book, you can get up to speed with the
iPhone right away and overcome any technophobia you might have.
How This Book Is Organized
This book is conveniently divided into several handy parts to help you find what you need:
Part I: Making the iPhone Work for You: If you抮e about to buy your iPhone or are ready to get started with the
basics of using it, this part is for you. These chapters highlight the newest features in iPhone 5 and iOS 6 and help
you explore the different specifications, styles, and price ranges for all iPhone models. You find out how to set up
your iPhone 5 out of the box, including
?Opening an iCloud account to register and push content to all your Appl e devices automatically.
?Opening an iTunes account to buy entertainment content and additional apps.
These chapters also provide information for exploring the iPhone Home screen when you first turn the phone on
and for useful accessibility features to help out if you have hearing or vision challenges.
Part II: Start Using Your iPhone: In this part, you discover the basics of making and receiving calls ?this is a
phone, after all! You find out how to set up and manage your contacts, how to get the most out of some useful utility
apps, and how to take advantage of iPhone抯 accessibility features.
In this part, you抮e also introduced to Siri, the iPhone 4S and 5抯 useful feature that allows you to talk to your phone
and have it provide information and perform tasks for you. You also explore the exciting FaceTime feature, used for
making video calls to other people who use the iPhone 4, 4S, or 5; iPad 2 or third generation iPad; or a Mac or iPod
touch running OS X, 10.6.6 or later.
Finally, you discover how integrated features for using Twitter, Facebook, and iMessage (the latter is
accessed via the Messages instant-messaging app) help you to connect with others.
Part III: Taking the Leap Online: Here, you find out how to connect to the Internet and use the built-in Safari
browser. You putter with the preinstalled Mail app and set up your iPhone to access e-mail from your existing e-mail
accounts. In this part, you also get to shop online at the iTunes Store for multimedia content, such as movies and
music, and shop the App Store for additional iPhone apps.
Part IV: Having Fun and Consuming Media: The iPhone has been touted by some as a great device for
consuming media such as music, podcasts, and movies. Included with every iPhone are a Music app for playing
music and the Videos app for watching video content. In addition, in this part, I explain how to use iBooks, the free
e-reader a pp from Apple. You also explore playing games on your iPhone, which ?trust me ?is a lot of fun, and I
help you experiment with the newly designed Maps app to find your favorite restaurant or bookstore with ease. You
also discover the wonderful possibilities for using still and video cameras on iPhone.
In this part, you also explore the new Newsstand app for subscribing to and reading magazines.
Part V: Managing Your Life and Your iPhone: For the organizational part of your brain, the iPhone makes
available Calendar, Notification Center, Reminders, and Notes apps, all of which are covered in this part.
The Reminders app and Notification Center feature are also great for keeping you on schedule. Reminders is a
great to-do list feature that allows you to enter tasks and details about them, and can also display tasks from your
online calendars. Notification Center lists all your alerts and reminders in one place.
You discover the new Passbook feature t o help you store and carry with you all your concert and plane tickets, as
well as coupons, and you find out how to redeem them at many venues.
Finally, I offer advice in this part about keeping your iPhone safe and troubleshooting common problems that you
might encounter, including using the Find My iPhone feature to deal with a lost or stolen iPhone. You can also use
the new iCloud service to back up your content or restore your iPhone.
Where to Go from Here
You can work through this book from beginning to end or simply open a chapter to solve a problem or acquire a specific
new skill whenever you need it. The steps in every task quickly get you to where you want to go, without a lot of technical
Note: At the time I wrote this book, all the information it contained was accurate for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone
4S and 5, version 6 of the iOS (operating system) used by the iPhone, and version 10.7 of iTunes. Apple is likely to
introduce new iPhone models and new versions of iOS and iTunes between book editions. If you抳e bought a new iPhone
and its hardware, user interface, or the version of iTunes on your computer looks a little different, be sure to check out what
Apple has to say at www.apple.com/iphone. You抣l no doubt find updates on the company抯 latest releases. When a change
is very substantial, we may add an update or bonus information that you can download at this book抯 companion web site,
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