How To Use iPhone : Perhaps the single best thing about the iPhone is the sheer number of applications – or apps – available for it. There are tens of thousands of apps out there, the vast majority of which can be downloaded inexpensively or for free. An app might be anything from a driving game to a metro map, from a tool for making calls across the Internet to a version of your favourite website optimized to work perfectly on the ‘Phone’s small screen. If you can imagine an application for your iPhone, someone has probably already created it and made it available.
The iPhone comes pre-installed with a bunch of apps – from Mail and Safari to Weather and Stocks. But these are only the tip of the iceberg. To see what else is available, dive into the App Store…..
Just as the iTunes Music Store changed music-buying habits, Apple’s App Store – which provides apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad – is quickly changing the way in which software is distributed.
With so many apps available, the main problem is the potential for getting somewhat addicted and spending more time and money than you meant to.
To use the App Store you’ll need your Apple ID username and password.
Accessing the App Store
The App Store can be accessed in two ways:
On the iPhone Simply click the App Store icon. Assuming you’re online, you can either browse by category, search for something you know (or hope) exists, or take a look at what’s new, popular or featured. When you find something you want, hit its price tag (or the word “free”) and follow the prompts to set it downloading. You’ll need to enter the Apple ID that you already set up when you activated your iPhone.
Although apps can be downloaded via 3G or EDGE, larger ones can take an eternity with anything less than a Wi-Fi connection.
On a Mac or PC Open iTunes, click the Store icon and then hit App Store in the top menu. All the same apps are available and the interface for browsing them is, if anything, better than the one on the phone itself. Any apps you download in iTunes will be copied across to your iPhone next time you sync. Or, if you have one Apple ID for iTunes and iCloud, you can access apps bought on any device by opening the App Store on your phone and looking in the Purchased list.
Note that there are no refunds in the App Store, so it pays to read reviews before you buy.
TIP Be careful if buying via iTunes that you choose apps that are suitable for the iPhone — some are iPad-only. Apps suitable for both devices are known as universal and marked with a + sign.
Buying apps with multiple accounts
Neither the iPhone, nor iTunes on your computer, have to be wedded to a single Apple ID. So if more than one member of your household uses the same iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC, there’s no reason why you can’t all have your own IDs and buy apps separately. Once installed on the phone, all the apps will be available to use, whichever account is currently logged in to the iPhone’s Store. However, to update an app, you’ll need the password for the account through which it was purchased.
TIP To log out of your account on the iPhone, ether tap Settings > Store > Sign Out, or scroll to the bottom of most App Store windows and tap your Account: name button.
One of the best features of the App Store is that as and when developers release updates for their software, you will automatically be informed ,of the update and given the option to install it for free, even if you had to shell out for the original download. To update apps:
On the iPhone The number of available updates is displayed within a red badge on the corner of the App Store’s icon. Tap App Store > Updates and then either tap. Update All or choose individual apps to update one at a time.
On a Mac or PC The number of available updates is displayed next to the Apps header in the sidebar of iTunes. Click Apps followed by Check for updates, bottom-right, to see what’s available.
TIP In Settings > Store you can decide if your Newsstand apps will automatically update by downloading new content automatically.