Chapter 14. Apps-O-Lutely!

In This Chapter

  • Browsing for cool apps

  • Searching for specific apps

  • Getting apps onto your iPhone

  • Deleting and organizing your iPhone apps

One of the best things about the iPhone these days is that you can download and install apps created by third parties, which is to say not created by Apple (the first party) or you (the second party). At the time of this writing, more than 225,000 apps are available and well over 2,000,000,000 (yes, 2 billion) apps have been downloaded. Some apps are free, other apps cost money; some apps are useful, other apps are lame; some apps are perfectly well-behaved, other apps quit unexpectedly (or worse). The point is that of the many apps out there, some are better than others.

In this chapter, we take a broad look at iPhone apps. Don't worry: We have plenty to say about specific apps in Chapters 16 and 17.


You can obtain and install apps for your iPhone in two ways:

  • On your computer

  • On your iPhone

To use the App Store on your iPhone, it must be connected to the Internet. And, if you obtain an app on your computer, it isn't available on your iPhone until you sync it with your computer.

But before you can use the App Store on your iPhone or computer, you need an iTunes Store account. If you don't already have one, we suggest that you launch iTunes on your computer, click Sign In near the upper-right corner of the iTunes window, then click ...

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