iPhone 4S new users guide

iPhone 4S new users guide

Did you just get a new iPhone 4S? TiPb's here to help you get set up, get up to speed, get apps and games, get accessories, and get going as fast as possible! Whether you upgraded from a previous iPhone, or from another smartphone, or it's your very first smartphone, once you're powered up we've got your back!

Note: If you haven't bought your iPhone 4S yet, start here:

What are we talking about?

Before we start, if any of the terms below are unfamiliar you can find descriptions in our handy glossary:

Get unpacked

If you've never had an iPhone before there are a few very useful accessories that come in the box, and a some buttons and ports on the iPhone 4 itself that you should become familiar with.

Get set up

With iOS 5 and iCloud, you don't even need a computer to set up your iPhone 4S. You can do it right on the device. Of course, iTunes is still an option if you prefer it, or if you have an older iPhone backup you want to restore from. We've got both covered for you.

Get informed

Once you're up and running, you're ready to find out about all the amazing things your iPhone 4S can do. Here's a great place to start!

Get tips and tricks

Whether you're a beginner, a techie, or a flat out ninja, there are always new tips and tricks coming out for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Out daily tips cover everything from the most basic features to most advanced hacks, and our how-tos provide in-depth video and screenshot walkthroughs to help you get more out of your device. We've also got weekly podcasts, iPhone Live! and iPad Live! if you prefer audio, and a new video show, TiPb TV if you prefer to watch along!

Get apps and games

There are hundreds of thousands of iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps in the iTunes App Store and more and more of them have now been updated to really take advantage of iOS 5. We're also keeping track of our Top 5 and Top 10 apps in a bunch of great categories.

Get accessories

Every Apple device looks the same and every Apple Store sells the same stuff. If you're wanting something different -- a splash of color, a bit of style, a new look, check out:

Get talking, get help

If you just want to talk about your new iPhone 4, iPod touch, iPad, or Apple TV and all those apps and accessories, or if you need help getting started (or to trouble-shoot bugs), or advice and recommendations, we have the best community on the web waiting for you (yes, you!):

Get more!

Still not enough? Check out the other posts. We've got contests and give-aways, polls and award votes, bug fixes and how tos, and much, much more. Bookmark TiPb now and come back often, we want to hear from you!

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LOL not even. Maybe has better hardware but iOS sure knows how to work with the hardware. Android is laggy, thats why i gave up on my DROIDX and bought an iPhone 4S

Right there with ya Carlos. Gave up on my Droid X as well and picked up a white 4S yesterday. I love android but just too buggy for me. I love this new phone.

Haha dude there are legit ones too... The user fills out the offer. The advertiser gets a potential client..the company pays for the gift and reward it to its user. Although there are fake ones out there...this seems quite real..look at his descriptions. Who know, until you try! I am gonna try it..

VCards work for transferring contacts from an android device. The guy at the Apple store had never heard of vCards.
I transferred over 100 contacts from my wife's android that way and it was SIMPLE. Someone should write an article on here about vCards if they haven't already. :)

I did that but when they transferred I got contacts in duplicate and some from people I didn't even remember ever knowing. The apple store guy had to delete all of them and then take them from my old phone. I thought Backup assistant was supposed to take care of this also.

I did that but when they transferred I got contacts in duplicate and some from people I didn't even remember ever knowing. The apple store guy had to delete all of them and then take them from my old phone. I thought Backup assistant was supposed to take care of this also.

When I try to use the buttons on the side of the phone to turn the volume up or down, the indicator "dots" don't show up.

When I try to use the buttons on the side of the phone to turn the volume up or down, the indicator "dots" don't show up.

Http Live stream does not play in IOS5 but plays in IOS4
Hi,
I'm having a problem playing Http Live session via iphone 4s.
this is the playlist I'm using:
EXTM3U
EXT-X-TARGETDURATION:10
EXTINF:9000
http://193.33.177.146/sid_10.676.22.55/000002410.ts
EXT-X-ENDLIST
now this play list works fine on iphone 4, but with iphone 4s it sees he can't even read the play list...what am i missing??

Http Live stream does not play in IOS5 but plays in IOS4
Hi,
I'm having a problem playing Http Live session via iphone 4s.
this is the playlist I'm using:
EXTM3U
EXT-X-TARGETDURATION:10
EXTINF:9000
http://193.33.177.146/sid_10.676.22.55/000002410.ts
EXT-X-ENDLIST
now this play list works fine on iphone 4, but with iphone 4s it sees he can't even read the play list...what am i missing??

Google Sync works really well for that. Download it on your Blackberry then set it up with Microsoft Enterprise.

Google Sync works really well for that. Download it on your Blackberry then set it up with Microsoft Enterprise.

My brand new 4S does not have a + sign in the iCal to add events. Double Clicking on the date does not work either. Anyone have this problem or know how to fix it?

OK, and what do we do with the annoying buzz noise on the speaker now ? Check th apple forum ..thousands of users are affected.

i saved pictures from my iphone 4S via itune sync, however i wnat to delit these pictures.. howcan i do it?? pls help... thanz.

I purchased new iPhone 4S from Verizon. I was sending a text message and noticed that the # symbol was on the same page as the numbers. On my previous iPhone 4, when I would hit 123 key I would have to hit another key #+= to take me to another symbol screen where I could select the # symbol. My new 4S phone had the # symbol on the same page as the 123 page and eliminated having to select another page. When I sync'd with iTunes, my keyboad reverted back to the old where I have to hit the #+= key on the 123 page to take me to the page with the # symbol. I called Apple Care and they claim that I have the correct layout and that is just the way it is. I cannot believe this answer. The initial layout was an improvement from the old. Any ideas on why this happened or how I would correct the situation?

My weather app is showing the local weather where i purchased my phone (fayetteville NC) I live in Pittston Pa; how do i get the weather app on my home screen to reflect my local weather??

I just got a 4S. I am new to this tecnology. So, when i use the flash on the camera the pictures come out "foggy". It doen't happen with the flassh off or when in HD mode but if I put it on Hd mode the flash does not work and indoor pictures come out too dark...

I had the same problem. There is a very thin sheet of plastic on the back of the phone that is covering the camera lense. Once I took that off using the flash was fine.

Why can't I see microphone symbol sometimes when i'm sending a text? sometimes it's there and sometimes it isn't but if I reboot my phone it will come back for a little while then disappear AGAIN

I put my sim card in (t-mobile) and call from another phone and it says it cannot connect to the phone what do i do ? help please

Help please, my iphone is stuck in the turn off mode and nothing I will move it from that mode, what can I do? Is there a way to turn it off by removing the battery or rebotting it?

HELP! on the iphone 4s under settings than general then usage...how do you clear up your storage space? I have deleted some apps but the storage available space and used spaced doesn't change, how do you fix this. Please help asap!

I know this if off topic but I'm looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what all is needed to get set up? I'm assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I'm not very web smart so I'm not 100% sure. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks

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