Chapter 5. Texting 1, 2, 3: Messages and Notes

In This Chapter

  • Sending and receiving SMS (text) and MMS (multimedia) messages

  • Using the Notes app

If this is your first experience with an intelligent virtual keyboard, it will probably feel awkward in the beginning. Within a few days, however, many iPhone users report that they not only have become comfortable using the virtual keyboard but also have become proficient virtual typists as well.

By the time you finish this chapter, we think you'll feel comfortable and proficient, too. You discover all about using the virtual keyboard in Chapter 2. In this chapter, we focus on two iPhone apps that use text — namely, Messages and Notes.

Texting 1, 2, 3: Messages and Notes


The Messages app lets you exchange short text messages with any cell phone that supports the SMS protocol. You can also send and receive MMS messages, which lets you exchange pictures, contacts, videos, ringtones, other audio recordings, and locations with any cell phone that supports the MMS protocol.


SMS is the acronym for the Short Message Service protocol; MMS is the acronym for the Multimedia Messaging Service protocol. Most phones sold today support one or both protocols.

MMS support is built into iPhone OS 3.0 and higher and works with iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4 (but not the first-generation iPhone).

Typing text on a cell phone with a 12-key numeric keypad is an unnatural act, which is why many people ...

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