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The ultimate Apple iPhone user guide

everything you need to know to use an iPhone.

Here's everything you need to know to get started with a new iPhone.

The bottom and the back

On the bottom edge of the iPhone, Apple has parked three important components, none of which you'll ever have to bother with: the speakerphone speaker, the microphone, and the 30-pin connector that charges and syncs the iPhone with your computer.

On the back of the iPhone, the camera lens appears in the upper-left corner. The rest of the back is mostly textured aluminium — all except the bottom, which is black plastic. That's where the antenna is. Phone signals have a hard time going through metal, which is why this one piece is made of plastic. Fortunately for people who fear mobile-phone radiation, the antenna is as far from your brain as it can be.

Tip: There's only one payoff for knowing what's down here: the speakerphone isn't very loud, because it's aimed straight out of the iPhone's edge, away from you. If you cup your hand around the bottom edge, you can redirect the sound toward your face, for an immediate boost in volume and quality.

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This article is extracted from David Pogue's 'iPhone UK The Missing Manual' (OReilly 2007).


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