Perhaps you’ve finally made the decision to switch to the iPhone 5 out of sheer excitement from Apple’s September 12 announcement. Problem is, you’re an iPhone virgin. You’ve never used one and it’s going to be your first time handling one by the time it gets delivered to your doorstep (it’s scheduled to begin shipping on September 21 in the US). If you haven’t held an iPhone or any of its models from previous generations, then you’re in for a treat. This article lists down seven major questions you might have about the iPhone.
What is the iPhone and who makes it?
The iPhone is a smartphone model designed, developed, and marketed by Apple, Inc. It runs on the iOS mobile operating system. The first generation of the iPhone was released in 2007 and it’s currently on its sixth incarnation, the iPhone 5. The latest release was unveiled last September 12. Aside from functioning as a mobile phone, it also has a camera, can act as a portable media player, has internet and web browsing capabilities, is able to send and receive SMS and voicemail, and requires a network carrier and a SIM card. It has a touch-powered screen and it doesn’t have a physical keyboard.
Which apps can I use on my device and how do I download them?
Basic Apple application software are pre-installed on the phone while third-party software are available for download through the iOS App Store. The app store hosts some 700,000 apps with diverse functions, including games, productivity tools, location awareness and GPS mapping, social networking, VoIP calling, security, and more. A lot of the apps are available for free, while a lot of them are sold with varying price tags.
I often hear the terms “unlocking” and “jailbreak.” What do they mean?
These two terms comprise the dark yet widely patronized practices involving the iPhone. Since most iPhones are restricted to only one particular network carrier and are initially sold in the US only, various hackers have resorted to “unlocking” phones so that they may be shipped overseas and used with other carriers outside of the US. For example, an iPhone from AT&T can be used with Singapore’s SingTel or the Philippines’ Smart Telecommunications when unlocked.
The iOS-powered device is designed only to run on Apple-approved software. “Jailbreaking” can be done to remove the limitations imposed by Apple on the operating system. With a jailbroken phone, users can download additional extensions, applications, themes, and gain access to a lot of their capabilities that are not available on the official app store. For instance, you can set up a dual boot of Android and iOS on an iPhone which has been “broken out of jail.” Jailbreaking is not illegal per se, but it can void the phone’s warranty.
Should I get the 16, 32, or 64 GB model?
Unless you’re planning to store a bunch of movies and music on the iPhone, the 16 GB model would suffice. In case you’re planning to upgrade to a newer model by the next release, the ones with the lower storage size get a higher resale value, because they’re often sold for cheap.
Should I get the Black & Slate or should I get the White & Silver version?
Black is a popular color for consumer electronics. White, on the other hand, just screams “I’m an Apple product!” Any of the two colors would actually work; and as long as you’re not irked or distracted with the color of the phone, you’re just fine. Close your eyes, picture it in your hand, and buy it!
Who is Siri? Why do I keep hearing about her (or it)?
Siri is iOS’ intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator. She (it) is able to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions through web services. Siri can tell you Egypt’s capital and Yao Ming’s exact height if you ask her (it) to. You can also command her to remind you about renewing your phone service subscription by noon tomorrow.