If there was a great time to get the iPhone, this would certainly be considered that time. Not only because of the new iPhone 5 release, but also due to so many retailers offering deals on getting the newest iPhone.
Plus, if you aren’t looking into or have already received the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4S and 4 being optimally priced makes it the hot item on the holiday lists of many individuals this year. If you are asking for a new iPhone or giving one away, this guide to setting up your latest gift will come in handy.
Before Leaving the Store
Before you leave the store, there are a couple of things that you need to remember. If you have the funds, you may want to look into purchasing Apple Care+. Apple’s improved insurance program for iOS devices, we are now able to be covered for two accidental mistakes.
Before, Apple only covered internal issues that weren’t caused by water damage or drops. Now, those are covered twice, all you have to do is pay a small fee to get a replacement. The new Apple Care + costs $99 and individuals have 30 days to claim it before they are ineligible, plus due to the inspection requirement, it may be worthwhile to get it out of the way before you forget.
Secondly, while there, take a look around the store and see if there’s a case that appeals to you. Even though the iPhone doesn’t include as much glass as the iPhone 4S, it is still crucial due to some reporting the iPhone 5 being prone to scratches.
Learn Your Way Around
After you get home and let your iPhone charge a bit, now is the time to learn your way around the new iPhone a bit. Some of the best ways to get to learn more about your iPhone is to look through the settings. This can give you an idea of what your iPhone can do without causing too much havoc.
Also, take a look around the outside of your new iPhone as well, you’ll be surprised at what you find. The iPhone 5 for example has a noise cancelling microphone near the camera that cancels out the sound around you and increases the voice of the person on the other end when it is needed. Also, the home button is convenient for many reasons. Not only does it send you back to the home screen, it also can activate Siri and perform other tasks. This article isn’t a review of the iPhone, so it’s important to look around TechWalls and other websites online to learn the secret workings of iPhone.
Load Up Your Toolbox
By now, if you haven’t already, it is crucial to find the perfect case for your iPhone. It is also important to begin loading your new iPhone with applications that are essential for almost all users. In the coming weeks, we will have a more comprehensive list, however, TechWalls has a ton of articles on recommended applications. Plus, when you visit the Apple Store, take a look at the recommended or featured applications on there. This will keep you ahead of the curve in terms of which apps are popular.
Additionally, there are some things that you may find useful but are found on Mac as well. For example, Evernote is a great application that you should have available on all of the products that you are using. The application allows you to save notes, web clips, photos, and more that you find on the web. This can come in handy for anything you have to make lists for. Plus, many of the Mac or Windows applications you are more used to are also found on iPhone. It doesn’t hurt to search the Apple Store, chances are the app would be available.
Make Some Extra Cash
The iPhone 5 includes a new connector known as the Lightning connector. This allows the iPhone 5 to achieve optimal thinness. However, it also means that your other accessories and iHomes have become obsolete without an adapter. They can be a bit expensive to purchase in bulk, but no need to fret. If you are upgrading from an iPhone 4 or even 4S, you can still get a pretty hunk of change for the accessories you no longer can make use of by selling them on eBay. Plus, you can sell your cases and get a bit more money for the new year.
What are some tips existing iPhone users have for the new adopters? Comment below with your advice.