With the release of the new iPhone 5, I’m expecting to receive a large number of questions regarding how to use certain features on the new iPhone. Specifically, iMessage and iCloud typically top the list. Some of these questions may be from owners of older iPhone models that didn’t have these features before, while others may be from first time iPhone users.
This brief post is intended to answer some of those commonly asked questions for new iPhone owners. As always, if you have a question about the new iPhone that you don’t see answered here, please ask me.
How to use iMessage on the iPhone 5
iMessage will remain unchanged for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. The biggest mistake people make regarding iMessage is assuming that they can send iMessages to anyone. Remember that iMessage only works between Apple devices and will not work with friends who have Android or other types of phones. You can still send those “other” friends standard text messages from the iPhone.
Here are some posts to help you use iMessage (be sure to check out the comments on these posts as there is a lot of good discussion):
How to use Siri on the iPhone 5
With the iPhone 5’s high speed 4G connectivity and iOS 6 improvements, Siri receives a nice upgrade. Siri can now answer new types of questions about sports, look up movie times, post Facebook statuses, and even open apps.
Using Siri has not changed, so check out this popular tutorial:
How to use iCloud on the iPhone 5
Similar to Siri, Apple’s popular iCloud service gets even better on the iPhone 5 with faster 4G speeds and iCloud Tabs. iCloud Tabs allows you to share open Safari tabs across multiple devices.
Learn how to use iCloud on your new iPhone (tutorial is for the iPad but also applies to the iPhone):
In the coming weeks expect to see tutorials specific to the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 on the site.