9. The Other Applications

I’ve covered the iPhone’s major areas—Phone, Mail, Safari, and iPod—as well as its most significant applications, including Messages, Calendar, Photos, Camera, YouTube, the iTunes Store, and the App Store. It’s time to turn to the smaller applications, which by default occupy the bulk of the iPhone’s Home screen: Stocks, Maps, Weather, Voice Memos, Notes, Clock, Calculator, and (on the iPhone 3GS) Compass.

If you’ve used Mac OS X, many of these applications are familiar to you, as most of them are offered in that operating system as widgets—small applications that perform limited tasks. On the iPhone, they’re considered to be full-blown applications, even though they’re largely single-purpose programs. They work this ...

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