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iPhone: The Missing Manual, 4th Edition by David Pogue

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Chapter 8. Maps, Apps, & iBooks

Your Home screen comes already loaded with the icons of about 20 programs. These are the essentials, the starting points; eventually, of course, you’ll fill that Home screen, and many overflow screens, with additional programs you install yourself.

The starter programs include major gateways to the Internet (Safari), critical communications tools (Phone, Messages, Mail, Contacts), visual records of your life (Photos, Camera), Apple shopping centers (iTunes, App Store), and a well-stocked entertainment center (iPod).

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Most of those programs get chapters of their own. This chapter covers the smaller programs: Calendar, YouTube, Stocks, Maps, Weather, Voice Memos, Notes, Clock, Calculator, and Compass.

Calendar

What kind of digital companion would the iPhone be if it didn’t have a calendar program? In fact, not only does it have a calendar—but it even has one that syncs with your computer.

If you maintain your life’s schedule on a Mac (in iCal or Entourage) or a PC (in Outlook), then you already have your calendar on your iPhone. Make a change in one place, and it changes in the other, every time you sync over the USB cable.

Better yet, if you have a MobileMe account or work for a company with an Exchange server (Chapters Chapter 13 and Chapter 14), then your calendar can be synchronized with your computer automatically, wirelessly, over the air.

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