Set Up And Get To Know Your New iPhone, iPad Or iPod Touch

You've just been given an iDevice: a magical entity that bestows the gift of more apps than you can fathom. We'll help you make sense of it all with some great apps, tips, and tricks for your shiny new Apple toy.

Before you dive in, here are a few things you should do with your new iDevice first:

  • Update to the Lastest Version of iOS - There's a decent chance your new iDevice isn't running the latest version of iOS. Before you sync for the first time, check for updates in iTunes. If there's one available, iTunes should tell you automatically but it's always good to double check.
  • Get to Know iOS 4.2 - Once you've updated, you ought to know what you're in for. We've got you covered with our guide to iOS 4.2.
  • Sign Up For Free Find My iPhone - You no longer need to pay to use Apple's great Find My iPhone app. Just download it from the iTunes App Store and follow the signup instructions. You'll need to create a MobileMe account to get it to work but you will not have to pay for it. Once you're all set up, you'll be able to find your lost or stolen iPhone much more easily.
  • Organise Your Home Screen - When you start downloading a bunch of apps, your home screen is going to get cluttered very quickly. Stay ahead of the game and start organising. As you download apps it'll be easier to keep track of where every app is and will be stored.

Download Some Killer Apps

One of the iPhone's primary draws is the high quality of apps in the iTunes App Store. Here are some app suggestions to get you started:

  • Lifehacker Pack for iPhone: Our List of the Best iPhone Apps - Looking to power up your iPhone with the best free and cheap apps out there? Our first edition of the Lifehacker Pack for iPhone rounds up our favourite must-have iPhone applications.
  • The Best Media Streaming Apps for Your iPhone - Why store media on your iPhone when you can stream it? Whether it's coming from the cloud, your computer, or a third-party service, these are our picks for the best media streaming apps for your iPhone
  • The Best Writing Apps for iOS - Although writing in iOS might seem troublesome, with faster fingers or a Bluetooth keyboard you can actually get a lot done. Whether it's just a note, your next novel, or new screenplay, here are the apps you'll need.
  • The Best VNC Apps for Your iPad - The iPad is a great remote desktop tool, but there are tons of VNC apps and many are very pricey. Luckily for you, we've sifted through a bunch to help you find the best for your needs.
  • The Best "Evil" Apps for iPhone - Locked down for your "safety", your iPhone is designed to operate the way Apple intended. With recently relaxed app store policies and great strides within the jailbreaking community, however, you can add great functionality that Apple never wanted you to have.
  • The Best Photography Apps for Your iPhone - With the quality of mobile phone cameras approximating that of yesterday's point-and-shoots, you can take some amazing photographs on your iPhone. It gets even better with the right apps. Here are our favourite photography apps for your iPhone.
  • The Feed is a Straightforward, Simple, and Organised RSS Reader for iPad - The iPad has solidified itself as the fanciest of RSS feed readers with so many pretty apps to handle the task. The Feed is another attractive app, but it makes reading feeds enjoyable by staying out of your way.
  • Wunderlist for iPhone Is an Elegant, Syncing To-Do Manager - We loved the Wunderlist desktop app for Mac and Windows and the iPhone app makes a perfect companion. With the same simple features, attractive interface, and syncing support, you can now easily manage your Wunderlist from your pocket
  • Word Lens is a Mind-Blowing App that Translates Any Text Your Camera Can See On the Fly - Word Lens is an app for your iPhone or iPod touch that translates any Spanish or English text your camera can see. And it does it on the fly. And it's amazing.
  • Nike Training Club is Your New, Handheld Personal Trainer - Nike Training Club is a handheld personal trainer for your iPhone, walking you through timed exercises with visual demonstrations and keep you on task with your exercise goals. Oh, and it's free.

Neat iOS Tips and Tricks

Even if you don't jailbreak, there are tons of neat things you can do with your iPhone. Here's a selection of tips, tricks and hacks to try:

Do Even More: Jailbreak

If you're looking to escape the walled garden that is Apple, jailbreaking your iDevice is the path to take. When you've got a successfully jailbroken device, check out our Top 10 iOS Jailbreak Hacks to get the most out of your newly freed device.

We hope we've been able to help create a foundation for a long, loving relationship with your brand new iDevice. If you're an iOS veteran, maybe you've got some additional tips, tricks, and suggestions. If so, let's hear 'em in the comments.


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