A Beginners’ Guide to the iPhone

Many people use it, but there are still some who want to know what is an iPhone. It is a smartphone that came out in 2007, and it helped popularize smartphones like never before. Its use of the touchscren interface changed the way that people used their phones, and other companies scrambled to follow suit.

The device includes messaging and Internet connectivity and its features can be divided into applications, hardware and media. Its hardware is one of its most acclaimed features. Its touchscren technology interface means it does not rely on a keypad like traditional phones, but instead uses a virtual keyboard and keypad that appear on the screen.
By taking out the physical keypad, the iPhone has a bigger screen than other cell phones its size. It also has an accelerometer that allows it to change the display depending on whether it is being viewed vertically or horizontally. A flash drive is built in so you can store more data as well as Bluetooth, WI-Fi connectivity, speaker, proximity sensor and a digital camera. The newer models have Bluetooth and GPS.

Media Player and Other Apps
But the mobile phone is more than just a phone. It also comes with a full-featured media player. You can transfer songs from the iPhone to and from home computers and its own iTunes store. With iTunes and other online music stores you can establish an entire music collection. Because it has a large screen, you can view documents and photographs.

The term apps refer to the iPhone’s web browser, music player and the programs that you can download for it. There are thousands of applications for the device, some developed by Apple and others by third party vendors. There are photo viewing and editing apps, games, hotel and restaurant finders, a GPS, news and many others. There are free and to-pay for apps.

The iOS
Anyone who is still wondering what is an iPhone will definitely come across the term iOS. The iOS (formerly called iPhone OS) is the operating system used by the iPhone, iPod and iPad. The iOS is derived from the operating system in the Mac. The mobile version of the iOS has the Core Animation component from the Mac OS. The Core Animation and the PowerVR hardware create the interface’s motion graphics.

As of 2012, there have been six generations of iPhones: the original: June 29, 2007, iPhone 3G: July 11, 2008, iPhone 3GS: June 19, 2009, iPhone 4: June 24, 2010, iPhone 4S: October 14, 2011 and iPhone 5: September 21, 2012.

The original iPhone is a GSM phone and laid down precedents in design including button placement and screen size. The next generation include 3G network capabilities plus a GPS. The 3GS includes a high res camera and a fast processor. The fourth generation was the first to have a resolution of 960 x 640 retina display and has two cameras. The iPhone 4S includes an 8-megapixel camera and Sira, a natural language voice control system.

Anyone who has ever asked what is an iPhone will also want to know what the iPhone 5 features are. It has a 4-inch Retina display and the A6 processor and comes with the new Lightning connector. The fifth generation of the device is much faster than the previous ones and its display is much crisper.

Henry is a free lancer writer of http://www.askdeb.com/ and currently he is analyzing Iphone 5.
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