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The Ultimate iPhone Guide For Beginners (2021)

The iPhone created by Apple is one of the most popular cell phones utilized by people today. According to Apple’s 2018 Sales Statistics, the company had sold 2.2 billion iPhones since production began. Are you considering getting a cell phone or need help utilizing your new iPhone? To aid you, we’ve created this Apple iPhone Guide For Beginners. 

What Is An iPhone?

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The iPhone is a cell phone created and produced by Apple Inc. starting June 2007. Over the years, the company has changed and evolved its iPhone models and versions of iOS to keep with the times and consumer needs. Each new iPhone model and system comes with new features to stay one step ahead of other cell phone manufacturers and persuade consumers to get an iPhone. Today’s iPhone can be purchased through Apple, one’s cell phone carrier, or third-party vendors. 

 

iPhone Models and iOS Versions

Don’t have an iPhone yet or are a new iPhone user? As we’ve stated, there have been several versions of the iPhone and iOS over the years. Below in this iPhone for Beginners guide, we’ve listed all of the iPhone models and iOS versions. 

iPhone Models 

    • iPhone 12 Pro Max
    • iPhone 12 Pro 
    • iPhone 12
    • iPhone 12 Mini
    • iPhone SE (2nd Generation)
    • iPhone 11 Pro Max
    • iPhone 11 Pro
    • iPhone 11
    • iPhone XS Max
    • iPhone XS
    • iPhone XR
    • iPhone X
    • iPhone 8 Plus
    • iPhone 8
    • iPhone 7 Plus
    • iPhone 7
    • iPhone SE (1st Generation)
    • iPhone 6s Plus
    • iPhone 6s
    • iPhone 6 Plus
    • iPhone 5s
    • iPhone 5c
    • iPhone 5
    • iPhone 4S
    • iPhone 4
    • iPhone 3GS
    • iPhone 3G 
    • iPhone

iOS Versions

    • iOS 14
    • iOS 13
    • iOS 12
    • iOS 11
    • iOS 10
    • iOS 9
    • iOS 8
    • iOS 7
    • iOS 6
    • iOS 5
    • iOS 4
    • iPhone OS 3
    • iPhone OS 2
    • iPhone OS 1

 

Basic Parts of the iPhone

When you get an iPhone manual or iOS manual, it always includes the basics of an iPhone, including its parts (hardware and on-screen). As an iPhone user, it’s essential to learn the iPhone parts so you can use your device to its full potential. In this section of our iPhone Beginners Guide, we’ve listed the parts of an iPhone that are essential for you to know. 

*Note: The parts of an iPhone vary depending on the iPhone model and operating system. We will be basing the below on the latest model, the iPhone 12. 

Hardware

Hardware refers to the physical phone components. The iPhone 12 contains: Front and Rear Cameras, Flash, Side Button, Lightning Connector (for charging), SIM Tray, Volume Buttons, and Ring/Silent Switch. 

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Lock Screen

iPhones come with the ability to lock and unlock the phone when needed. An iPhone user can easily unlock their phone by pressing the Side Button or Sleep/Wake Button. To further secure the phone, there are other security measures that can be taken to lock the screen including: Face ID, Passcode, Apple Watch, and Touch ID. 

Control Center

The Control Center provides an iPhone user with access to several tools and features that are used frequently. This includes picture taking, Wi-Fi, Music, Screen Mirroring, and more. To get to the Control Center, just swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone screen. 

The Dock

The Dock is an area at the bottom of your iPhone’s home screen containing four applications. The apps in the Dock can be set manually to include the apps you most frequently use. As you scroll through your screen, the dock will always remain on the screen. 

Status Bar

The Status Bar on an iPhone appears right at the top of the iPhone, displaying notifications and iPhone status. The icons that appear on the Status Bar have different meanings, but will tell you your iPhone’s connection status (mobile data, Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode, or personal hotspot), battery life, alarm, Do Not Disturb, and more. Visit this site for specifics about each icon. 

 

The App Store

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Applications are what enable iPhone users to conduct several activities including messaging, gameplay, social media, watching televisions, and more. Legitimate, verified, and approved iPhone applications can be found in the App Store

Developers and companies can list their iPhone-compatible apps through the App Store. 100% of the apps listed are vetted to ensure they don’t contain malware or other threats. Apple also makes data privacy and following their privacy guidelines a top priority. iPhone users have control over what apps they can share their data with. In 2020, over 215K apps were removed from the App Store for violating their privacy guidelines. They also removed 80 millions spam user reviews for apps listed. 

We found it prevalent to include in this iPhone User Guide to include the app categories available within the App Store:

    • Books
    • Business
    • Developer Tools
    • Education
    • Entertainment
    • Finance
    • Food & Drink
    • Games
    • Graphics & Design
    • Health & Fitness
    • Lifestyle
    • Magazines & Newspapers
    • Medical
    • Music
    • Navigation
    • News
    • Photo & Video
    • Productivity
    • Reference
    • Shopping
    • Social Networking
    • Sports
    • Travel
    • Utilities
    • Weather

For the safety of children downloading apps and content from the App Store, parents can set parental controls like restricting purchases and content based on ratings. 

 

iPhone Communication & Messaging

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Through an iPhone, there are various ways to communicate with friends, family, and strangers. The default apps an iPhone uses are the Phone App (calling), Messages App (texting), and FaceTime (video chatting). However, there are several third-party apps through the App Store people can opt to utilize for communicating. 

    • Text Messaging: WhatsApp, Viber, Kik, Telegram, Skype, and LINE.
    • Social Media: Facebook Messenger, Instagram Direct, Twitter Direct, and Snapchat.  
    • Video Chat: Skype, Hangouts, Google Duo, Zoom, and Messenger.  
    • Email: Apple Mail, Outlook, and Gmail. 

*Note: We will continue to up this first-time iPhone user manual section with the latest and most popular messaging and communication options on iPhone. 

 

iPhone Connection Options

There are various methods of connecting an iPhone to the internet: Cellular Data Network, Wi-Fi (Public or Private), or Private Hotspot. The safest and most secure connection options are utilizing a private hotspot or private Wi-Fi network. Utilizing cellular plan data could result in extra charges and public Wi-Fi networks could compromise the iPhone’s security. 

In regards to data networks, there are different types of services that may appear: 

    • 5G: This is the latest data network option. Depending on your carrier, 5G for iPhone is optimized with data usage and battery life in mind. However, 5G is only available for the iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max at this time. 
    • LTE: Long Term Evolution, also known as 4G LTE, increases the speed and capacity of an iPhone to complete tasks like downloading apps. 
    • 4G: This is the fourth generation of phone data communication which is 10x the speed of 3G. 
    • 3G: This is the third generation of data communications which followed the 2.5G GPRS and 2.75G EDGE networks. The focus of this data network was to increase the speed of data transfer. 

If you need assistance with connectivity, please consult Apple support or your specific iPhone user guide. 

 

Siri

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No Apple iPhone User Guide is complete without discussing Siri. First, what is Siri? Siri is a virtual assistant specifically for Apple devices, including the iPhone. This assistant allows people to place calls, send texts, set reminders, play music, and more. It makes everyday life and tasks easier. Simply activate Siri by saying “Hey Siri/”

With Siri helping greatly with day-to-day tasks, you may be wondering if it keeps your data and information private. The answer is, Yes! Personal information is never released to third parties and advertisers and is secure with Apple’s end-to-end encryption. 

 

Safari

Safari is the default web browser for Apple devices including the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It is referred to by Apple as “the world’s fastest browser”, even though it can only be utilized on Apple devices. 

Here are some key points about the Safari browser: 

    • Safari was first released in September 2007 as part of Mac OS X Panther. It was introduced on the iPhone with iPhone OS 1 in 2007.
    • It utilizes a Javascript engine for fast speeds, and to make use of an Apple device’s battery life and power. 
    • Safari has built-in features to ensure user privacy and security including Intelligent Tracking Prevention, Fingerprinting Defense, iCloud Keychain, and Password Monitoring. 

iPhone users do have the option to set another web browser app like Google Chrome or Firefox as their default browser. All of these browsers are simple to use, but consult your iOS user guide or browser support if necessary. 

 

Apple iPhone User Guides, Tips, and Tutorials

To ensure you have an easy and simple iPhone experience, we have created various Apple iPhone instructions, tutorials, and guides for you to follow. We are continuously updating these iPhone tutorial articles with the latest information and creating new ones to answer consumer questions. 

 

That sums up everything about how to use an iPhone for beginners. Now you can get started using your iPhone without hassle. If you need further assistance with your iPhone, you can always consult your iPhone Owner Manual or Apple Instructions.