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iPhone: The Missing Manual: The book that should have been in the box

December 2, 2023


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The iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR aren’t just faster and more powerful than ever—they’re also better at all of the things you use an iPhone for. With the latest edition of this bestselling guide, you get a funny, gorgeously illustrated guide to the tips, shortcuts, and workarounds that will turn you into an iPhone master. This easy to use book will also get you up to speed on all iOS 12 features, including new Siri shortcuts, Group FaceTime, and improved parental controls.

Missing Manual series creator and former New York Times columnist David Pogue helps you accomplish everything from web browsing to watching videos. You’ll get up to speed on features such as Dual SIM Support that lets you use two lines on one phone and True Tone technology that adjusts the display to your environment. Pick up this beautiful full color book and learn how to get the most out of your iPhone.


From the Publisher

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From the Introduction

So what is the iPhone? Really the better question is what isn’t the iPhone?

It’s a cellphone, obviously. But it’s also a full-blown multimedia player, complete with a dazzling screen for watching videos. And it’s a sensational pocket internet viewer. It shows fully formatted email (with attachments, thank you) and displays entire web pages with fonts and design intact. It’s tricked out with a tilt sensor, a proximity sensor, a light sensor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a gyroscope, a barometer, and that amazing multitouch screen.

The iPhone is also the most used camera in the world. Furthermore, it’s a calendar, address book, calculator, alarm clock, ebook reader, stopwatch, podcast player, stock tracker, video viewer, traffic reporter, and weather forecaster. It even stands in for a flashlight, a tape measure, and, with the screen off, a pocket mirror.

And don’t forget the App Store. Thanks to the 2.2 million add-on programs that await there, the iPhone can also be a medical reference, a musical keyboard, a time tracker, a remote control, a sleep monitor, a tip calculator, and more. Plus, the App Store is a portal to thousands of games, with smooth 3D graphics and tilt control.

Calling this thing a phone is practically an insult. (Apple probably should have called it an ‘iPod’, but that name was taken.)

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About This Book

You don’t get a printed manual when you buy an iPhone. Online, you can find an electronic manual, but it’s free of details, hacks, workarounds, tutorials, humor, and any acknowledgment of the iPhone’s flaws. You can’t easily mark your place, underline, or read it in the bathroom.

The purpose of this book, then, is to serve as the manual that should have accompanied the iPhone. (If you have an iPhone 5 or an earlier model, then you really need one of this book’s previous editions. And if you do have an iPhone 5s or later model, this book assumes you’ve installed iOS 12.1 or later; see Appendix A.)

Writing a book about the iPhone is a study in exasperation, because the darned thing is a moving target. Apple updates the iPhone’s software fairly often, piping in new features, bug fixes, speed-ups, and so on.

Apple introduces new iPhone models every fall. In September 2018, for example, it introduced the 13th, 14th, and 15th iPhone models, the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max. (They’re pronounced ‘ten R’ and ‘ten S’, although plenty of people will insist on saying ‘ex R’ and ‘ex S’.). There’s also a new, free version of the iPhone’s software, called iOS 12. (This book covers the 12.1.1 update.)

You can run iOS 12 on older iPhone models without having to buy a new phone. This book covers all the phones that can run iOS 12, from the iPhone 5s through the XR, XS, & XS Max.

iOS 12 has become a very dense operating system, with more features than you could master in years. That’s a lot of tweaks, polishing, and finesse-and a lot to learn. Fortunately, 700 pages of instructions now await you.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ O’Reilly Media; 12th edition (November 20, 2018)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 712 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 149204041X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1492040415
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.3 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1 x 9 inches