iPhone 4S Made Simple makes it easy for new users to use their iPhones

iPhone 4S Made Simple makes it easy for new users to use their iPhones

iPhone 4S Made Simple is a new book from Apress written by Martin Trautschold and our very own editor-in-chief extraordinaire, Rene Ritchie, and tech edited by none other than Leanna Lofte. That's right, there's a huge iMore presence throughout this book -- I forgot to lock the cages one night, who knew? -- which means it's super detailed, super informative, and has everything a regular person needs to get started with their brand new iPhone 4S.

More than 1,000 screen visuals and clear-cut instructions guide you through both basic and advanced features of iOS 5 that's on your iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and earlier models, from email and calendar tips to navigating the App Store and understanding Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networks to the revolutionary Siri personal assistant.

If you have that special someone in your life who needs extra help figuring out how to use their iPhone 4S, send them to iPhone 4S Made Simple. You -- and your stress level! -- will be glad you did! (And don't forget to leave a review!)

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iPhone 4S Made Simple makes it easy for new users to use their iPhones


Wait a minute: the $9.95 price is for the Kindle edition?! There's no Mac/iPad/iPhone edition?! Seems a bit ironic, but I'm new to the Apple world, so what am I missing? Thanks.

Do you really need a "how-to" book for something as simplistic as the iPhone?
If you do, you shouldn't be using a smart phone period.

I'm sure some people might find it useful but seriously £20.99 for the ebook! Really? That's a joke right?

I find it comical people can make money off of something that they put the directions on. The iPhones instruction manual is loaded into the bookmarks from the factory. This is funny.

Nothing against Rene and Leanna, and congrats. And I would do the same thing, because people don't get that the instructions are on the phone.

My mom has the iPad one. I gave it to her when she bought an iPad. She's just more comfortable with "real" books and likes to page through them and try the stuff out on her iPads.
She's lent it to several of her friends and they've bought copies (or she's gotten them copies so she could get hers back) who likewise liked have a very simple, step-by-step user guide for getting started with her device.
And the best part is that I don't have to help her as much, and she discovers stuff she likes that it never occurred to me to tell her about.
It's easy to be insulting or dismissive, to be smart or savvy or techie and not have any sympathy or empathy for people for whom technology is still scary and hard to approach.
The book might not be for you. But it's for a lot of people. You might even know some who would benefit from it. I know I do.

Any plans for an iBook Author version? While I agree in spirit with your response, I can't help but wonder how much more engaging an iBook Author version would be. Your mom and her friends have already taken the first step, by purchasing iPads, why not provide them with this truly unique iPad experience? This would be a great compliment to the book.

Sadly, this was written back in October, long before iBooks Author was announced. I'm not the publisher, and while I'll stress the need for iBooks and iBook Author versions, I ultimately have no control over that.
This one was squarely aimed at new users who wanted an old-fashioned book to learn about new fangled devices :)

Lol, clearly everyone who is finding out about the book (congrats by the way) on this site doesn't need it. Any thought on writing an advanced edition that covers things like jailbreaking, disassembly, and the like?

That's true, but hopefully they know someone who needs it and can give it to them, so they avoid being "tech support dude" for the whole family.
I'm not sure what Apress' plans are. Once this generation of books is out (I've also done iPod touch on iOS 5, and iPad on iOS 5) my involvement will be done. -- Too busy with iMore to keep that up!

I recommend The Missing iPhone Manual. Goggle it its really informative with a lot of stuff you don't know about your device and when new software updates come out they post a pdf file on their website and you can download for free.

It very easily could. The comments are here to add value to a post, and we have very clear guidelines posted right above the comment box. If you act and comment with the same respect you'd extend someone absent the veil of anonymity, as though standing face to face, you won't have a problem here. Productive discourse, whether it agrees or disagrees with the staff or other commenters is welcome.
Acting like a jerk isn't. No one has the right to be a rude, anonymous troll in these comments, to make personal attacks or otherwise flame or spam this site or anyone on it, including other trolls.
If the comments stop being beneficial to the average reader, they could very well be changed or removed. That's entirely in the hands of the commenters and their behavior.
Otherwise, like it says right above the comment box, they'll be removed.
(I'll leave this comment up for a while and then remove it as well as it has nothing to do with the subject of the post, and it's unfortunate yet another thread gets hijacked by this nonsense.)

You have every right to filter the comments others post.Just remember the more you filter the more you get people that think just like you.If that is what your looking for great.On the other hand looking at different views and opinions you may not agree with can be usefull. Remember Apples 1984 Ad "Think Differently" we don't want to be drones.
Viewers can decide for them self if the want to read comments.
This doesnt mean abusive people should be allowed to hurt others.
The point is if someone says your outfit doesn't match and your hair is messy,instead of getting mad maybe they have a point and that was usefull information you just missed.
Free speech = freedom
Filtering = Cult

Hi guys, I just got my iPhone 4s with IOS 5.0 and i can not Jailbreak the phone, BTW i just won the phone from here if I remember correctly, getappleproductsforfree(.)com please help me with a tutorial.

I'd like to have that info too Vince as I'd buy it immediately if I could upgrade to the 6 cell in the future. The black case S10 will evidently be available shortly, but I can't tell from the photos that I've seen whether they've replaced that cheap looking white hinge or not. That was a horrible design choice and I can't imagine what they were thinking.

Bought a wireless keyboard for my iPad2 (about $80) and I highly recommend going that route. I now use it almost exclusively for meetings rather than my laptop since the keyboard works as a case for the iPad and the whole thing is so much lighter and fits in my purse. I am horrible at typing on the actual screen which is why even my phone has a keyboard.

I too found it hard to get the right CSS information all in one place for the different iOS devices, hence the blog article.