First Look: Up close with the iPhone

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Internet and networking

Can the iPhone join a password-protected Wi-Fi network?

Yes. And, according to Steve Jobs, it will remember networks you’ve connected to in the past and automatically re-connect to them.

Safari on iPhone

How is the iPhone’s Web browser not like other phone browsers?

Unlike other smart phones, which generally run browsers that are anything but full-featured, the iPhone includes a version of Safari. It can load standard Web pages (not scaled-down WAP versions) complete with images and formatting. You can navigate around a page by dragging your finger to scroll. “Pinching”—drawing two fingers together or apart on the screen—or double-tapping will zoom in or out on a section. You can even open multiple Web sites at once, and switch between them at will.

Most Web pages are wider than they are narrow. Can I rotate the iPhone and view the pages in landscape mode?

Yes. Although not all iPhone applications work in both portrait and landscape mode, Safari does. All you have to do is turn the iPhone in your hand, and it will sense its new orientation and re-orient the Safari window accordingly.

Zooming in on Web pages in Safari

Can I have more than one Web page open in Safari at a time?

Yes. Safari can have multiple pages open at once. Press the Web Pages button (at the bottom-right) and Safari will zoom out of the page you’re currently viewing. You can then use your finger to slide back and forth between all open pages. When you’ve found the one you want to see, tap on it to expand it to fill the screen.

The text on most Web pages is way too small to be readable on the iPhone. So how do I read those pages?

By default Safari shows you the entire Web page, but just double-tap on a section of the page and it will intelligently zoom in, making that portion of the page readable; double-tapping again will zoom in even further. You can also use the two-fingered “pinch” gesture to zoom in and out. When zoomed in, text on Web pages is quite readable thanks to the screens high resolution.

What if I want to visit a site that I haven’t bookmarked? Or do a Web search?

Tap on the URL bar at the top of the Safari window and it will expand to display two boxes: a URL box and a search box. The iPhone keyboard will also slide out from the bottom of the screen. If you want to type in a Web address, just start typing. iPhone even adds a “.com” button to its keyboard when in Safari to help speed URL entry.

Entering a URL in Safari with the onscreen keyboard—note the “.com” key.

If you’d rather just do a search, tap on the search box and then use the keyboard to type your search term.

Do I have to enter all the bookmarks I use on my computer again on my iPhone?

No. Using iTunes, you can sync your iPhone’s bookmarks with Safari on the Mac or with Safari or Internet Explorer on a Windows PC. To see your bookmarks on the iPhone, just tap the Bookmarks button on the bar at the bottom of the Safari window.

If a Web site I visit uses Flash to display video or other stuff, will the iPhone display it?

Nope. Safari on the iPhone doesn’t do Flash, and doesn’t do Java.


How do I access Mail on the iPhone?

From the iPhone’s home screen, tap on the Mail button on the very bottom. Mail will open and take you to your inbox.

What types of accounts does Mail support?

The iPhone works with many of the most popular Web-based e-mail systems including Yahoo, Mail, Gmail, AOL, and .Mac Mail. It also supports any industry-standard POP3 and IMAP email system.

Mail attachments are read-only on the iPhone.

Can I view attachments? How about editing them?

You can view several types of attachments, including JPEG images, PDF files, and Microsoft Word and Excel documents. But it’s a view-only experience: you can’t edit of them.

How do I know which e-mail messages have not been read?

Mail on the iPhone works very similar to the Mail application included with Mac OS X. E-mail messages that have not been read have a blue dot beside them; once a message has been read the blue dot goes away.

How do I delete e-mail messages?

To delete an e-mail message, you tap the Edit button on the top-right of the screen, tap the red circle to the left of the e-mail, and then tap delete. Or you can delete a message more quickly by swiping to the right across the message and then tapping the delete button that appears.

How do I compose, reply or forward an e-mail?

The compose, reply, and forward buttons are all at the bottom of the Mail screen. To compose a new message tap the compose button on the bottom right and either start typing an e-mail address or click on the plus sign to pick a contact from your Address Book.

While viewing an e-mail you can tap the arrow button on the bottom of the screen and choose whether to reply to the message or forward it to someone else.

Do the links in e-mail messages work on the iPhone?

Yes. If you receive a message that contains a link to a Web site, tapping the link will open Safari and take you to the site. If the e-mail message contains a phone number, tapping it will call the number. (This is, in fact, a feature that works across all iPhone applications—whenever you seen an e-mail address, phone number, or Web URL, you can tap it to compose a new e-mail message, call the number, or visit the URL in Safari, respectively.)

How do I view images that come with my e-mail?

The iPhone supports rich HTML e-mail, so images are displayed inline, within your e-mail message.

Can I send attachments?

You can send photos from your photo library, and you can forward attachments you receive from others.

How do I navigate through my mailboxes?

Press the Mailboxes button at the top left and navigate through your mailboxes.

How do I edit my e-mail settings?

Use the Settings program to add or edit e-mail accounts, choose how messages are displayed, and set how often your phone will check for new e-mail. You can also set a minimum font size and decide if you want Mail to show you the To: and CC: lines of incoming mail.

Will iPhone eventually support Exchange Server’s ActiveSync for e-mail?

Apple hasn’t said so. ZDNet reports that it will at some point, but we’ve yet to see any further confirmation of that report.

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