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Get the most out of your new iPhone or iPad. In this course, Garrick Chow provides in-depth instruction on all aspects of the Apple iPhone and iPad: making and receiving calls, emailing, browsing the web, managing your time, getting around town, taking notes, shooting photos, and listening to music. Plus, learn how to install any one of the thousands of apps from the App Store and extend the functionality of your device. Garrick devotes time to the new features in iOS 7, including iCloud Keychain, Control Center, AirDrop, and new Photos organization. The course also includes hands-on demonstrations of how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and includes tips for setting up the iPhone and iPad so they behave as expected. We also include an extensive section on troubleshooting help when the occasional glitches happen.
Now we'll start looking at some of the settings found under Settings > General. And the first item here is About. The About area in your device is basically an inventory that tells you most of the important information you'll ever need to know about your device, from hard drive space and the number of songs, photos and videos you have, to your cellular provider info and software and hardware information. There's really not much to customize or alter in here, though. It's pretty much just information about your device, but there is a lot of useful information here. Say, you're in the App Store on your iPhone, and you need to know if you can download a new game app.
Here in the About area, you'll be able to find out the capacity of your device, and how much free space is available. You can see how many applications that didn't come with your device you currently have installed, and you can see which version of iOS you're running, which you may need to know in order to check if it's compatible with the app you want to download. Other useful information found in the about section include your iPhone's serial number and model number should you need to file a warranty or repair claim, or if you're just keeping records of all of your gadgets. On many mobile phones, a lot of information like this is usually placed on stickers or engraved beneath the battery. Of course since iOS devices don't have removable batteries or any opening compartments, a lot of the information you'll find under the battery is located here in the about area.
That information includes the IMEI number, which is your iPhone’s unique identification code used to identify your phone to a GSM mobile station. If your iPhone is stolen or lost you can use the IMEI number to stop the phone from being used to place calls. And this number is not related to the iPhone's SIM card and it can't be changed by swapping out SIM cards. Other info includes the ICC ID number which is the 20 digit serial number for your iPhone SIM card, and your iPhone's modem firm ware, which usually shouldn't concern you unless you're doing some iPhone hacking. Down towards the bottom here you'll find diagnostics and usage.
When you first set up your device you may have agreed or disagreed to send anonymous data about your usage to Apple to help them improve their products. If you change your mind about your choice you can come in here and switch to either Automatically Send or Don't Send. And if you're really itching for some light reading you can browse through the legal section and get caught up on legal notices, warranty and regulatory information and your licensing agreement. Really makes for some great fireside reading. But other than that, chances are you'll rarely need to look in the about section here unless your having trouble with your phone or your on a tech support call with an operator who needs things like your IMEI number or the like.
But now you know where to find this information if you ever need it.
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