Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video A tour around the outside of your iOS device, part of iOS 9: iPhone and iPad Essential Training.
- Let's begin by familiarizing ourselves with the physical layout of the current crop of iOS devices. If you're a brand new iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, or iPod touch user, you'll definitely want to pay attention here because much of what I'm going to be showing you will be referenced throughout the rest of the course. The physical layout of the buttons and the other features of the iOS devices are nearly identical at this point. I'll be using the iPhone 6 for this walk through. When looking at the screen of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or later, you'll find the Sleep/Wake button on the right side of the device.
This is its location for the current line of iPhones. On all previous models of the iPhone, and on the iPads, the Sleep/Wake button is located on the top right corner. Centered below the screen on all iOS devices is the Home button. On the back of all three devices, you'll find the Camera. The iPhone and iPod touch have built-in flashes for the camera, while the iPads don't currently have flashes. On the iPhone, there's a Microphone located between the Camera and the Flash. All iOS devices have a Front-facing camera as well, located above the screen. It's used for taking self portraits and for using the FaceTime video chatting feature, which we'll look at in a later chapter.
On the iPhone, you'll also find the Earpiece for hearing your calls. And there's actually a third Microphone here as well, which helps to eliminate background noises during calls, so your voice sounds clearer to the people you're talking to. Another slight difference in hardware layout has to do with the placement of the Mute switch and Volume buttons. The Volume buttons are found on the left side of the iPhone and iPod touch and on the right side of the iPad and iPad mini. Above the Volume buttons on the iPhone and older iPads is the Mute switch. The iPod touch and newer iPads don't have one.
iPhone and cellular capable iPads also have a SIM card slot, which is where your account information with your cellular provider is stored. But for the most part, the iOS devices have the same features and buttons. Now let's look a little more closely at what some of these buttons are for. The long button at the top of the device, or in the case of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and later, on the right side of the device, is the Sleep/Wake button. This is the button that let's you lock the screen when the device is on, so you don't accidentally 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, emails, and so on, but it's using very little power with the screen off. In 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, or you can also press the Home button. The screen comes back on, but to let your device know that you didn't press the button by accident, you have to drag your finger across the screen from left to right.
You don't have to slide across the specific area that says slide to unlock, anywhere on the screen is fine. This is really a ingenious system because there's very little chance that both the Sleep/Wake button and the slide to unlock action will happen unintentionally, so it's difficult to wake up your device by accident. Now 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 you don't accidentally turn the phone off. And here, you do have to slide across the specific area, and in just a few moments, it 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 again just hold the Sleep/Wake button for about three seconds. Now all of these actions I've showed you so far work identically on all iOS devices, 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.
I'll talk more about redirecting and managing incoming calls in an upcoming chapter. Moving down the left side of the iPhone, we, next, have the Mute switch. The sole purpose of the switch is to put your phone into silent mode, making it super easy and quick to silence your phone, even while keeping it in your pocket. On older iPads that have the switch, you can customize it to determine whether it acts as a Mute switch or an orientation lock, which prevents the content on the screen from rotating when you turn the iPad sideways. And again, the iPod touch and newer iPads don't have a Mute switch.
Below the Mute switch are the Volume control buttons. Depending on what you're doing on the device, the Volume buttons can do different things. If you're listening to music, or watching a video, the Volume control can turn the volume up or down. If you're on a call, it controls the level of the caller's volume, and 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. Again, this is the Home button, and even though it's just one button, it's a very important one. And I'll be showing you its uses over the course of the following movies.
Now let's look at the bottom of the device. In the center is the Dock connector, where you connect your cable to attach your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to your computer. Starting with the iPhone 5, the fifth generation iPod touch, the fourth generation iPad, and the iPad mini, Apple introduced a type of connector called Lightning. All the previous generation of devices used the older, wide, Dock connector, but for the current line, Apple implemented the smaller connector, which fits into your device in either direction. I point this out because if you're upgrading from an older iPhone model, basically the iPhone 4S and older, your old cables won't work with the Lightning connector unless you get an adapter or other new cables.
Also on the bottom, you'll find the device's Speaker. The iPhone's Microphone is also found here, but on the iPod touch and the iPads, the Microphone is located at the top of the device. On the bottom of the iPhone and iPod touch is the Headphone/Microphone jack. This jack is located at the top of the iPad and the iPad mini. But this is where you plug in the earbud headset that came with your device 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.
So that's your basic tour of the outside of the iOS devices. In upcoming movies, we'll start looking at the essential knowledge needed to use your device and its operating system.
- Connecting to Wi-Fi
- Controlling sounds
- Syncing music, photos, contacts and more with your computer
- Calling and texting
- Making video calls with FaceTime
- Sending and receiving email
- Surfing the web
- Playing music
- Shooting photos and video
- Getting directions from Maps
- Making purchases with Apple Pay
- Adding events to the calendar
- Purchasing and installing apps
- Finding your iPhone
- Controlling your device with Siri
- Troubleshooting your iOS 9 device