iPhone 4S For Dummies

iPhone 4S For Dummies

The full-color guide to getting the most out of your iPhone

Completely updated and revised to include iOS 5, iCloud, and the latest iPhone features, this full-color book is your guide to all things iPhone. Bestselling veteran authors Edward Baig and Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus introduce you to the capabilities of the iPhone for making phone calls, browsing the Internet, sending and receiving e-mails, working with the calendar, watching and recording HD videos, taking and editing great photos, and much more. You’ll discover how to set up iTunes, buy music and videos, protect your information, troubleshoot, multitask, and download the hundreds of thousands of apps available from the App Store.

  • Gets you started with your iPhone, and gets you on your way to mastering the multitouch interface, synching with iCloud, making phone and video calls, texting, working with the calendar, and more
  • Explains setting up iTunes, watching videos, taking photos, making FaceTime video calls, and listening to your favorite music
  • Walks you through connecting to the Internet, sending and receiving e-mails, getting directions from GPS maps, working with Siri – your voice-activated virtual assistant, protecting your information, and troubleshooting
  • Addresses the latest updates, iCloud, and new iOS 5 features that make your iPhone even more powerful and easy to use
  • Includes coverage of iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and the iPhone 4 models from all  major carriers

Presented in the straightforward-but-fun style that defines the Dummies series, iPhone For Dummies, 5th Edition is the just the book you need to get acquainted with your brand new iPhone.


  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 5 edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118036719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118036716
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
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  1. I purchased this book as a gift for my friend’s granny, who recently decided to get an iPhone 4S to keep up with her techo wizard grandkids. I was thinking that I’d ship this book to her as soon as I receive it. However after flipping through the book I decided to keep it for myself – and order another, separate one for her! That’s because there are so many little tips in here I didn’t know about.. even though I’ve had iPhones for a couple years now. For example I didn’t know that if I hold my finger against a picture in Safari that it will allow me to save the image from the web page.. or about the ability to sync with Google and Yahoo calendars. Apple’s iPhone manual is truly missing. This book is nicely formatted with colorful headings on quality heavy stock paper (not one of those black & white dummies books). There is basic coverage of iCloud. I’ll give this 4 stars (instead of 5) because the iCloud coverage is kind of thin, but it’s enough to get familiar with it.

  2. OK, so I’m not completely computer illiterate… I’m a proficient graphic designer, so I do know my way around a Mac, however, I am new to the iPhone and wanted to get the most out of it, so I ordered this book. MISTAKE. This is not a “How To” book, it’s a compilation of what the iPhone will do. No offense, but that’s what the Apple site is for. If I wanted a detailed description of what the iPhone will do, I’ll go there – I wanted the book to find out HOW to do what I know it can do. This book is filled with great gems, like, oh, you can set up reminders by location. However, there is no help for actually getting this neato feature to work. Want to shoot video – you get a vague two pages with helpful insights like press the “fill in any number of button names here” button to get this feature to work – but they never tell you ANYWHERE where these magical buttons are. There is no introduction that gives you a tour of the iPhone, so if you don’t already have an intimate knowledge of where all the bells and whistles are, you’re on your own. I’ve had to Google almost every feature to actually get it to work (thanks all you iPhone gurus who’ve taken the time to write your how-tos – they’re deeply appreciated). The only positive to this book is the text is quite conversational – but if I want to be amused, I’ll make a funny video… if I can figure out how!

  3. I bought this product for my mother, who made the bold leap from standard cell phone to the iPhone4S without realizing how much technology she was about to experience. Needless to say, she was limited for a while trying to learn the in’s and out’s of the iPhone software. She told me the book has lots of good information for her and she’s happy with it. After reading some other reviews it sounds like the more advanced users aren’t fond of this book, but for the average to new smart phone user it will probably do the trick.

  4. Still reading through this book cover to cover but loving it so far..Very well done and laid out well and easy to follow. So much to learn with these phones and could not do without this book.

  5. I bought 2 of these books and both myself and my friend have found them to be very informative. I am new to the use of a smartphone and i am amazed at what all it can do. I never would have known what it could do without this book though

  6. When I got my iPhone4 I was a complete newbie to smart phones and “iPhone for Dummies” was exactly what I needed.

    When I traded in the iPhone4 for an iPhone4S, it was enough different that I thought “iPhone4S for Dummies” would be equally useful. And it was, mostly.

    The exceptions seem to be where sections from the iPhone4 version were simply cut and pasted without editing. I discovered this when I went to check something new in the camera section. To my surprise, the screen shots were of the iPhone4 and not the iPhone4S. They are enough different that the section was of no use to me.

    Another example of cut and paste misinformation is in finding Wi-Fi networks. One method works as described. The “alternative method” requires tapping an icon that does not exist on the iPhone4S.

    With these warnings in mind, this should be a 90% useful reference.

  7. I like my iPhone 4S.It does so many wonderful things but it’s often hard to figure out (and then to remember) the various steps to get it to do what I want. I like this book because it’s clear and it’s easy to find what out what you want to know by using the index. I bought the book in two formats: hard copy and the Kindle edition. I’m not sorry I bought this.

  8. If you own an iphone4S, and even though you think you know everything there is to know about it, you probably could learn a few more things your phone can do for you. Everyone should order this book, IPHONE 4S FOR DUMMIES. You can read it from cover to cover or simply use it for a reference. I suggest you do both.

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