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David Pogue
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December 29, 2011 1449301770 978-1449301774 Fifth Edition

With the iOS5 software and the new iPhone 4S device, Apple has another world-class hit on its hands. This sleek, highly refined pocket computer comes with everything—cellphone, iPod, Internet, camcorder—except a printed manual. Fortunately, David Pogue is back with the latest edition of his witty, crystal-clear, colorful guide: the world's most popular iPhone book.

  • Use it as a phone. Learn the basics as well as time-saving tricks and tips for contact searching by voice, texting, and more.
  • Manage your stuff in the cloud. Sync and back up your contacts and media across all of your devices with iCloud.
  • Get things done. Ask Siri to send reminders, place calls, and more.
  • Master notifications. Use the Notification Center to find missed messages, calendar invitations, friend requests, and more.
  • Connect with other iPhone owners. Send unlimited iMessages to friends, family, and colleagues who are also running iOS5.
  • Treat it as an iPod. Master the ins and outs of iTunes, and listen to music, upload and view photos, and fill the iPhone with TV shows and movies.
  • Take the iPhone online. Make the most of your online experience to browse the Web, read and compose email, use social networks, or send photos and audio files.
  • Go beyond the iPhone. Learn how to use the App Store, and how to multitask between your apps, organize them in folders, and read ebooks in iBooks.

    Whether you have a brand-new iPhone or want to update an earlier model with the iOS5 software, this beautiful full-color book is the best, most objective resource available.

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About the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.


Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manuals
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Pogue Press; Fifth Edition edition (December 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449301770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449301774
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. Each week, he contributes a print column, an online column and an online video. His daily blog, "Pogue's Posts," is the Times's most popular blog. David is also an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News and a frequent guest on NPR's "Morning Edition." His trademark comic tech videos appear each Thursday morning on CNBC. With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 60 titles. David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's been profiled on both "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes."

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch reference source for iPhone October 3, 2008
Format:Paperback
For those who already know of David Pogue's Missing Manual series there is hardly any need to read a review of any of the latest publications, like "iPhone, the Missing Manual, Second Edition." For those in need of a written guide to the iPhone, you just buy the book and enjoy it, without wasting any time with comparisons, reviews, or undue deliberation. You can trust the author and publisher. For years, Pogue Press', the Missing Manual series, has been a benchmark of quality for the genre. In an era where manufacturers provide skimpy support materials, the Missing Manual series acts as a great substitute.

For those unfamiliar with the series, I'll elaborate on the iPhone book. It is a great book. It is designed to tell you in an objective casual, easy to follow fashion, all you need to know about using your iPhone. It is lavishly produced in heavyweight glossy paper with high resolution full-color graphics. The text is larger sized and organized in a very easy-to-read layout. There are many dozens of sidebar "Tips" which break up the text and make learning about the iPhone very easy.

The best part of the book is the content where you get a very thorough, comprehensive, and well-organized presentation of the iPhone hardware, software, and services. In six parts and fifteen chapters, Mr. Pogue covers nearly everything an average user needs to know about the product. There are plenty of sections covering advanced topics, as well, including use of the iPhone in a business setting. Part One is a guided tour to the hardware and how to get started making calls and texting. In this chapter and throughout the book, Mr. Pogue gives more than mere description and explanation of features, he provides step-by-step instructions and practical guidance on use.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best iPhone intro book, good 4S coverage December 30, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Wow I love this book, it covers all the aspects of the iPhone 4S (and prior models), not just the software. For example a sidebox talks about what the Gorilla glass screen is made of, and there are explanations about where the various sensors are located (do you know where the proximity sensor is?), the antenna band, etc. This book is up-to-date and comprehensive - there are 21 pages devoted to Siri, an 11 page chapter just for iCloud, and info regarding iOS5 throughout (better coverage than the other books I've seen so far). The appendix contains some interesting sections on accessories and troubleshooting. If you have an iPhone 4S or an older model iPhone running iOS5, then this is a must-have book, especially for the price you can't go wrong!
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic iPhone resource August 27, 2007
Format:Paperback
As easy to use as the iPhone is it still has some secrets up it's sleeve and this is where "iPhone: The Missing Manual" comes in really handy. The book goes step by step through the basics of the phone, mail, browsing and the iPod functionality, as well as all of the other handy applications. And with each of those I found something I had missed along the way.

In addition to handling the basics he also has a lot of handy tips about special numbers to dial, the differences in the various email services, and handy keyboard shortcuts that have allowed me to get much more out of the phone.

This book is definitely worth the money, and I think it's a must have for anyone who has just bought an iPhone. If it's worth several hundred dollars to get the phone. It's worth another $14 to find out how to use it right.
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David Pogue and his team have done it again with the iPhone Missing Manual, 5th Edition, for all iPhones using iOS 5.0.1. This is a terrific full-color book with hundreds of screen captures and illustrations. The topics are logically introduced and explained for the new iPhone user and there are details and secrets of iOS 5 for those who have been using the iPhone for several years. The Missing Manual covers the differences in the iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S models as well as the idiosyncrasies between iPhones using AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon when there is a difference. (If you haven't upgraded your iPhone 3GS or 4 to the free iOS 5, instructions are included for doing the upgrade.) The instructions are not all dry and dull as there is a lot of humor in the book (such as "You don't have to say "call" or "dial" in English. The iPhone recognizes the equivalent words in 32 languages. Collect them all!" (page 94)). One of the best features of "The Missing Manual" is that it does not go out-of-date, even as Apple releases updates to iOS 5. Page 5 of the book describes the website where you can find errata, corrections, and updates for the book. And be sure to see the inside back cover for "The Missing CD". Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend this to any iPhone user
Since Apple doesn't give much advise on the use of their iPhone, I found this book to be invaluable in negotiating the maze of features on my first iPhone. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by RonL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything was as expected
Published 5 days ago by Beth VB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Manual
If you have an Iphone then this is an excellent support item. Would recommend it for sure. Easy to understand.
Published 1 month ago by C. One
5.0 out of 5 stars New to IPhone
Just got my first iPhone and new nothing about them. I found it very useful and keep it in my office for a quick reference.
Published 3 months ago by Sandra A. Liscio
5.0 out of 5 stars New Owner
This book was exactly what I needed to get me started--so well written and easy to understand--although 7 years old which must be so long ago in technology age it meets kmy needs.
Published 3 months ago by Deborah Wilhelm
5.0 out of 5 stars Great "Missing manuals" book.
Wonderful book, answered everything I needed to know. Blows the "Dummies" books out of the water. This is now the new benchmark for "how to" books.
Published 5 months ago by A W Skone
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of good information..
This was helpful to me in many different ways. Answered a lot of questions for me, and even learned a few things I had no clue about ! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Muttley Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything is explained in detail.
If you want to take full advantage of most of the Iphone features, you need this book. It is for for the 4 and 4s but you could actually use it for most of the models as the apple... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mark M. Castiel
5.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Manual Series
Man. I love The Missing Manual series. I did learned to many things about my new iPhone!. I recomend to anyone interested in learn a lot more about iPhone.
Published 9 months ago by Guy S. Junior
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful.....
This book should have come with the phone. Very helpful and easy to understand. It' a manual I always refer to for any questions....
Published 9 months ago by Janice Byrd Quigley
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