Paul McFedries

“Information appears to stew out of me naturally, like the precious ottar of roses out of the otter.” —⁠Mark Twain

iPhone Portable Genius, Sixth Edition

Getting more about out of your iPhone smartphone, as well as the iOS 14 operating system that runs it.

Front cover of the book iPhone Portable Genius, Sixth Edition

Book Info

  • Publisher: Wiley Publishing
  • Pages: 240
  • Price: US$19.99
  • Pub. date: December 30, 2020
  • Category: devices
  • Tags: Apple, beginner, devices, intermediate, iPhone, smartphones

The iPhone is a success not because more than 2 billion of them have been sold (or, I should say, not only because over 2 billion of them have been sold; that’s a lot of phones!), but because the iPhone has reached the status of a cultural icon. Even people who don’t care much for gadgets in general and cell phones in particular know about the iPhone. For those of us who do care about gadgets, the iPhone elicits a kind of technological longing that can be satisfied in only one way: by buying one.

Part of the iconic status of the iPhone comes from its gorgeous design and remarkable interface, which makes all the standard tasks — surfing, emailing, texting, scheduling, and playing — easy and intuitive. But just as an attractive face or an easygoing manner can hide a personality of complexity and depth, so too does the iPhone hide many of its most useful and interesting features.

When you want to get beyond the basics of iPhone and solve some of its riddles, you might know some iPhone geniuses in person or online. Ideally, you’ll get good advice on how to get your iPhone to do what you want it to do. Asking a genius is a great thing, but it isn’t always a convenient thing because geniuses often have better things to do with their time.

What you really need is a “genius” of your own that’s easier to access, more convenient, and doesn’t require pleading emails or bribery. What you really need is a portable genius that enables you to be more productive and solve problems — wherever you and your iPhone happen to be.

Welcome, therefore, to iPhone Portable Genius, Sixth Edition. This book is kind of a genius all wrapped up in an easy-to-use, easy-to-access, and eminently portable format. In this book, you learn how to get more out of your iPhone by accessing all the powerful and timesaving features that aren’t obvious at a casual glance. In this book, you learn about all the amazing new features found in the latest iPhones and the latest version of iOS. In this book, you learn how to prevent iPhone problems from occurring and (just in case your preventative measures are for naught) how to fix many common problems.

This book is for iPhone users who know the basics but want to take their iPhone education to a higher level. It’s a book for people who want to be more productive, more efficient, more creative, and more self-sufficient (at least as far as the iPhone goes). It’s a book for people who use their iPhone every day but would like to incorporate it into more of their day-to-day activities. It’s a book I had a blast writing, so I think it’s a book you’ll enjoy reading.

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