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iPhone 4S Questions
Q. I saw an iPhone 4S and I want one now. How long is the wait for one?
A. Ask around at your local stores that carry the phone (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Sam’s Club, Best Buy, Target, Radio Shack, Apple). Not every store is sold out of every model. If you have your heart set on one particular model, you might be better to order online.
Q. Help! I’m trying to activate my iPhone 4S online on AT&T and it’s asking for my IMEI and ICCID numbers. It says to take out the battery to find the numbers, but I don’t want to take my new iPhone apart. I don’t even know how to do that. Is there a way to get these numbers without calling AT&T or going into the store?
A. Don’t take your phone apart! Although the AT&T instructions are correct for most phones, the instructions don’t apply to iPhones.
To find the IMEI and ICCID numbers for your iPhone, go to Settings => General => About and scroll down to the bottom. You will find the numbers there.
Q. I’m syncing my new iPhone 4S to my iTunes account on my computer. Do I say it’s a new device or do I back it up from my old phone?
A. If you want to keep your settings, high game scores, app placement, etc., Restore from your old phone. Some people want a clean start and want to sync their new phone as a new device. I prefer to Restore from my old phone so I can have my new phone be very similar to my old phone.
Q. Will any iPhone 4 case fit my 4S? The dimensions of the iPhone 4 and the 4S are the same.
A. Unfortunately not all iPhone 4 cases will fit the iPhone 4S due to the placement of the volume buttons. Make sure that an iPhone 4 case will fit the 4S before you purchase it. If you’re trying to purchase a case online, the case should be marked as a 4S case for you to be sure it works. If you’re buying from a store and the case is not labeled as a 4S case, try the case on your phone before you buy it to make sure it works.
Case manufacturers need some time to roll out their iPhone 4S cases so by December a large selection of iPhone 4S cases should be available. In the meantime, get a case that fits so you protect your device!
Q. I bought my iPhone 4S at the store and traded in my old iPhone 3GS and they had this really cool thing that transferred everything from my old phone to my new phone. I got $100 for my old phone so my 4S only cost me $99. But I have a calendar app that lost all of my appointments when the phones were transferred. I’m scared, will I be able to get my appointments back?
A. Congratulations on trading in your old phone. Trading in your old iPhone is very helpful to cut the cost of getting a new phone.
I have a few suggestions for you to get your appointments back onto your calendar app. First, do you know if your calendar app syncs with an online calendar? Most calendar apps do, you can choose from using an online calendar in Google, iCal, Yahoo, etc. You may just need to set up the syncing on the app with your new phone if your app on your old phone was syncing with an online calendar.
If you didn’t set up syncing with the calendar app on your old phone, then you should still be able to get your appointments back. If you synced your old iPhone with your computer recently, you should be able to restore your iPhone 4S to your old iPhone settings.
Plug your iPhone 4S into your computer to Restore. (If you’re not prompted to Restore, then right-click on the name of the phone on the left column and click on Restore from Backup.) You should back up your new phone to your last backup of your old phone. I’m hoping you backed up your old phone fairly recently before you traded it in.
Restoring your new iPhone should transfer over all of your appointments from your old phone’s calendar app to the new phone.
Q. I got a new phone and someone asked me how I liked Siri, but I don’t know what that is. What’s Siri?
A. Siri is a digital personal assistant that is the killer feature of the iPhone 4S. You speak into your phone and Siri can help you with the following information:
- Make a phone call
- Play music
- Send text messages
- Read text messages
- Schedule appointments
- Schedule reminders
- Get directions from Google Maps
- Send emails
- Weather locally and in other areas
- Tell you stock prices
- Set alarms
- Set timers
- Find your contacts
- Add notes
- Web searches
Siri uses artificial intelligence to understand what you mean, so you don’t have to ask questions or give instructions according to a specific script. For example, you can have the following conversation with Siri:
“Make an appointment for Tuesday at 2:30.”
Siri: “Okay, you want me to schedule a meeting for Tuesday at 2:30. You already have an appointment at that time. Shall I schedule the appointment anyway?”
“No, change the appointment to 3:30.”
“Okay, I’ll make that change to your appointment.”
Q. I have an iPhone 4S but I don’t have Siri. How can I get Siri?
A. If you have an iPhone 4S in the US, you have Siri. (Note that outside the US, use of Siri may be restricted.)
You will need to set up Siri, if it isn’t already set up on your phone when you get it. To enable Siri,
Go to Settings => General => Siri => On.
Q. How do I use Siri?
A. To use Siri, you press the Home button until you hear the double tone. You can also activate Siri by lifting the phone to your ear as if you ever making a phone call. To enable this,
Go to Settings => General => Siri => Raise to Speak => On
After you hear the double tone, ask your question.
Q. Is there a real person answering the questions?
A. No. The questions are answered from a computer in North Carolina. You need to have Internet access to use Siri.
Q. Do I need to be connected to Wi-Fi to use Siri?
A. No, you can use Siri on your iPhone 4S when you are away from Wi-Fi, but you will use data to do it, Be sure you don’t go over your data limits by using Siri a lot when you’re away from Wi-Fi. Mind the Cap!
Q. Where can I hide a dead body?
A. Ask Siri.
Did you get an iPhone 4S? Have you tried Siri? Is Siri your new best friend? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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