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The iPhone can be very intimidating for first-time users, especially since Apple doesn't include a traditional manual in the box with the device. There is a large market for aftermarket books like the forthcoming iPhone 5 for Dummies, but Apple also offers a free iPhone Users Guide updated for iOS 6 both in PDF form and on iBooks.

The guides are excellent for customers new to the iPhone, and for the less tech-savvy iOS user. Download the guide through Apple's iBookstore [Direct Link] or as direct download as a PDF.

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Simplicated Avatar
153 months ago
The iPhone can be very intimidating for first-time users

Really? :rolleyes: My grandma, who had never used an iPhone, made a phone call within seconds of using the phone.
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firewood Avatar
153 months ago
"The iPhone can be very intimidating for first-time users"

Well maybe if apple didn't add so much useless crap in their os (such as a multitasking bar whose apps all use up valuable ram without the owner realizing) then maybe people would be able to use it more easily.
Apple's opinion is that knowing that the device has a certain amount of RAM or that apps use any RAM is way too intimidating. So Joe user isn't supposed to realize anything about this. Just see a bunch of pretty icons.
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ECUpirate44 Avatar
153 months ago
My grandpa got an iPad and was upset he couldn't find a 200 page instruction manual in the box....
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steviec Avatar
153 months ago
My grandpa got an iPad and was upset he couldn't find a 200 page instruction manual in the box....

LOL - Can you imagine the unboxing videos back in yesteryear....

OK hi doing a unboxing review of access for windows.. Ummm 21 Floppy disks, they look nice... ummm manual - this has got to be like 600 pages so I think its pretty good ... ummm I notice that if you run your finger nail over the sticker on the diskette it scratches a little, so you might wanna buy a case or somethin.... So thats my review don't forget to leave me a comment in the space below (points at pants).....
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ConCat Avatar
153 months ago
Nobody needs a manual to operate an iPhone. All they need is the ability to recognize icons, or at the very least be able to read overly complex words such as "Phone" or "Photos. The only people who ask for manuals are people who feel insecure without one. My grandma is like that. There could be a big "PUSH HERE TO DIAL THE NUMBER YOU JUST ENTERED!", and she'd still consult the manual.
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Akarin Avatar
153 months ago
The iPhone can be very intimidating for first-time users

Allow me a polite 'WTF?!?'.
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