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In this video, I want to look at the Home button and the home screen on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. This is the Home button here on the front of the iPhone. And its primary purpose is to immediately get you back to your home screen. Now, when your screen is locked, as it currently is here. Pressing the Home button is like pressing the sleep/wake button. It activates your screen. But you still have to slide your finger across the screen from left to right to unlock the phone. So this is the home screen of the iPhone, where you can access the various functions and apps that are available. As we'll see later, you can install additional apps which can be spread across multiple screens, which you can access by flicking screens to the left.
Pressing the Home button instantly brings you back to the first and main screen no matter how many screens deep you are. If you're running an app, pressing the Home button always brings you back to the home screen. Double clicking the Home button, meaning giving it two quick clicks, opens up the multitasking view, allowing you to switch among different apps that you've had open recently. We'll take a closer look at the multitasking view in it's own movie, later in this chapter. But when you're in the multitasking view, clicking the Home button again, closes the multitasking view and keeps you in whichever app you're currently using. Now while we're here on the home screen, I just want to take a moment to discuss how things work here.
We've already seen that tapping an icon, opens that app or feature. And that you can page through your multiple screens of apps if you have multiple screens, by flicking left and right. Notice as I do that the four icons at the bottom stay where they are, this is where you can store up to four apps that you always want immediate access to, no matter which screen of applications you run. We'll talk about how to customize your app placement in the chapter on apps. Across the top of the iPhone's home screen we see the name of the wireless carrier, in this case AT&T. And next to that we see the WiFi symbol indicating that I'm currently on a WiFi network. You'll see the same thing on the iPad and iPod Touch.
On the iPhone, however, you may see a 4G here, indicating you're on a 4G cellular network, or LTE if you're on the latest generation of high-speed cellular network. If you're not in the US, you may see other icons or representations of your wireless carrier's network. On the iPod touch and non-cellular iPads, you'll only ever see the Wi-Fi symbol, if you have Wi-Fi turned on, which we'll talk about how to do in an upcoming movie. In the center of the top display is the current time and to the right of that is the battery indicator, which will show you how much battery time remains or if you're currently plugged into a charger.
Other icons may appear across the top from time to time depending on what you're doing. For instance, if you've turned on the alarm clock function in the clock app, you'll see a small clock letting you know the alarm is set. Or if you have a Bluetooth headset connected, you'll see a Bluetooth icon. I'll be pointing out more of these as they come out throughout the course. But for now, that's the extent of what I want to cover about the Home button and the home screen in this movie.
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