A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
Let's begin by familiarizing ourselves with the layout of the iPhone, and iPod touch. If you're a brand-new iPhone or iPod touch user, you'll definitely want to pay attention here because much of what I'm showing you will be referenced throughout this course. We'll start at the top of the iPhone 5, and work our way down. The lone button at the top of the iPhone is the Sleep/Wake button. This is the button that lets you lock the screen when the phone is on, so you don't accidently tap or activate any apps or other features. When the phone is on, press the Sleep/Wake button once to lock the screen. At this point, the phone is still on and can still receive calls, text messages and so on, but its using very little power with the screen off.
And this way, you can't accidentally hit any on-screen buttons because there are no on-screen buttons when the screen is off. Putting the phone to sleep, or locking the screen as it's also referred to, is always just one press of the button. Unlocking the screen actually happens in two parts. First, press the Sleep/Wake button again. The screen comes back on. But to let your iPhone or iPod touch know you didn't press the button by accident, you have to drag your finger across the area that says Slide to Unlock. This is really an ingenious system because there's very little chance that both the Sleep/Wake button and the Slide to Unlock action will happen unintentionally.
The Sleep/Wake button is also the button to turn the phone completely off and back on again. Where you just press the button and release it to lock and unlock the phone, to turn the phone off, hold down the button for about three seconds. You'll see this message that says 'Slide to power off.' Again, this is to make sure that you don't accidentally turn the phone off. Just slide your finger across the display and the phone will power down. In just a few moments, the phone will be completely off and unable to receive calls, text messages, emails, or any other communications. Anyone calling your phone while it's off will be sent directly to your voicemail.
To turn the phone back on, just hold the Sleep/Wake button again for about three seconds. Just so you know, so far, everything about the Sleep/Wake button I've shown you is how the button works on the iPod touch as well. But on the iPhone, the Sleep/Wake button is also used to manage incoming calls. For instance, you can use it to send incoming calls directly to your voicemail, but the iPod touch, not being a phone, doesn't have this feature. I'll talk more about redirecting and managing incoming calls in upcoming chapters. Moving down the right side of the iPhone 5, you'll find the SIM card slot. The SIM card is where your account information with your cellular provider is stored.
In most cases, you'll never have to access your SIM card, but it's handy to know where it is in case you ever want to swap out another SIM card in here, or take yours out to put it into another iPhone, which you might need to do if you have to send your iPhone in for repairs. Since the SIM card has all your cellular account information, you could put it into any compatible phone from your cellular provider, and make, and receive calls right away. Moving down the left side of the phone, we next have the Silencer switch. The sole purpose of this switch is to put your phone into Silent mode, making it super easy and quick to silence your phone even when keeping it in your pocket.
Below the silencer are the volume control buttons. Depending on what you're doing on the phone, the volume control buttons can do different things. If you're listening to music or watching a video, the volume control can turn the volume up and down. If you're on a call, it controls the level of the caller's volume. In all other cases, it adjusts the volume of your ringtone or alarms. The only other button on the iPhone is on its front at the bottom. This is the Home button. And even though it's just one button, it's a very important one so it has its own movie in this chapter. Now, let's look at the bottom of the phone.
In the center is the connector where you connect the cable to attach your iPhone or iPod touch to your computer. With the iPhone 5 and the 5th generation iPod touch, Apple introduced a new type of connector called Lightning. All the previous generation of iPhone and iPod touchs use the older wide dock connector, but for this new line, Apple has implemented the smaller connector, which fits into your iPhone in either direction. But I point this out because if you're upgrading from a previous iPhone model, your old cables won't work with the new iPhone unless you get an adapter or other new cables. To the right of the connector is the built-in speaker for using when you're making speakerphone calls or listening to other sounds coming from your iPhone.
The slightly smaller grille to the left of the connector is the microphone; again, used for when you're making calls or with applications that record or monitor incoming sounds. Also, in the bottom of the iPhone is the headphone microphone jack. This is where you plug in the earbud headset that came with your phone, or any other third-party headphone set. This is also a microphone jack. So you can use headsets with integrated microphones, including the headset that comes with the iPhone letting you make calls with your headset as well. This is the first iPhone model where the headphone jack is on the bottom of the phone. All previous models had it at the top.
On the back of the phone, you'll find the main camera called the iSight camera. To its right is the camera's flash, which is useful for low light situations, and in between them is an additional microphone. In actuality, the iPhone 5 has three microphones. The third one is hidden in the earpiece on the front of the phone. The microphones are used for a variety of purposes, including helping to eliminate background noises during calls, so your voice sounds clearer to the people you're calling. Also, on the front of the phone is a front-facing camera, which is this tiny lens right above the earpiece speaker. It's used for taking self-portraits, and for using the FaceTime video chatting feature, which we'll look at in a later chapter.
That's pretty much all there is to the exterior of the iPhone. Now, the iPod touch is similar, but there are some differences. Let's take a look. The 5th generation iPod touch's Sleep/Wake button is also on the right side at the top edge. In previous models, it was on the left, but now it matches the iPhone's layout. Because this isn't a phone, its function is to sleep or wake the device or to turn it off using that combination of holding down the button for three seconds, and then sliding to turn it off. Similarly, hold down the Sleep/Wake button again to turn the iPod touch back on. There are no other buttons on the top of the iPod touch.
Again, it's not a phone, so there's no SIM card slot either. Like on the iPhone 5, the headphone jack is on the bottom of the iPod touch. This is both a headphone and microphone port just like on the iPhone. But the earbuds that come with the iPod touch don't have a built-in microphone, so if you want to be able to get sounds into your iPod touch, you'll need to buy an aftermarket headphone microphone set or use the built-in microphone, which is located near the top of the iPod. On the bottom, you'll also find the Lightning connector as well as the speaker. The iPod touch also has both rear- and front-facing cameras. So, at this point, it's really very similar to the iPhone in terms of features.
It's like the iPhone without the phone. Other than that, the iPod touch is just slightly thinner than the iPhone 5, we're talking .05 of an inch. And this dark plastic area on the back is the Wi-Fi antenna cover, which allows for better Wi-Fi reception. And there's also a small metal disc that pops out at the bottom to which you can attach the included wrist strap. So, that's your basic tour of the outside of the iPhone and iPod touch. In upcoming movies, we'll start looking at the essential knowledge needed to start using the phone and its operating system.
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