Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting the latest version of iTunes, part of iOS 5: iPhone and iPod touch Essential Training.
In this chapter, we're going to look at how to sync your iPhone or iPod with your computer, which allows you to move content like music, videos, photos, contacts, and so on to your device, and the tool for getting these things onto your iPhone or iPod touch is iTunes, the free music and video player and management software from Apple. And although with the release of iOS 5, you can now sync your device without connecting it to your computer, you still need iTunes for the initial setup and to manage your sync settings. If you're on a Mac, you most likely have iTunes already installed. If you're on Windows and you don't have iTunes installed, regardless of your operating system, go to apple. com/itunes to download a copy.
The copy you download will be the latest version of iTunes available. If you already have iTunes installed, it's still important to first check to make sure you're running the latest version. Apple is always releasing upgrades to iTunes to add features or bug fixes. So it's a good idea to make sure you're running the latest version. Currently, I'm running iTunes 10.5 which is the minimum required version for syncing with an iOS 5 device, but by the time you're watching this, there might have been one or more updated versions released. You can see which version you're running on a Mac by choosing iTunes>About iTunes, and here you can see I'm running iTunes 10.5.If you're on Windows, you'll click the Help menu and then choose About iTunes and you can see here again, I'm running iTunes 10.5.
Similarly on a Mac, to see if any updates are available, choose iTunes>Check For Updates, and here you can see I got a message telling me that I'm running the current version. On Windows, you'll choose Help>Check For Updates, and again, I'm running the current version. In the rest of this chapter, we'll look at what you can do once you've connected your iPhone or iPod touch to your computer.
- Exploring the touchscreen interface
- Setting up iPhone and iPod touch preferences
- Synching with a Mac or PC
- Typing with the intelligent keyboard
- Making phone calls and retrieving voicemail
- Finding a location with Maps
- Downloading and playing music and video
- Shooting and editing photos and video
- Using accessibility features
- Tweeting on the iPhone
- Locating a lost iPhone with Find My iPhone
- Sending free text messages with iMessage
- Finding and purchasing applications from the App Store
Skill Level Beginner
1. The Basics
2. The Essentials of Typing
3. Syncing with a Computer
4. The Phone Part of the iPhone
6. Surfing the Web
7. The iPod Part of the iPhone
8. Shooting Photos and Video and Managing the Photo Library
9. Getting Around
10. Managing Your Time
11. Taking Notes
12. The Other Included Apps
13. The App Store
14. Important Settings
15. Protecting Your iPhone
16. Using Siri and Voice Control
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