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The iOS 4.1 Offers All this and More…But that's Just the Beginning

To make sure you appear as smart as your iPhone Smartphone, iOS 4.1 now utilizes its built-in spell checker seamlessly and automatically in Mail, Notes, and several other apps.

As you'll discover, the programmers at Apple have incorporated literally hundreds of new features and improvements into the iOS 4.1 iPhone upgrade. However, this is just the beginning.

At the same time this upgrade was made available to iPhone users, Apple announced the iOS 4.2 upgrade, which will be released in November 2010. With the iOS 4.2 upgrade on your iPhone, you'll soon be able to send and print documents, email, and data wirelessly with virtually any printer, for example.

Even if you're happy with how your iPhone operates with whichever older version of the iOS operating system is currently running, it's a good idea to upgrade your phone as each new operating system revision is released. This ensures that your phone and all your favorite apps will continue to operate properly.

As you continue to use your iPhone and add new apps to it, periodically tap on the App Store icon on your phone and then tap on the Updates icon displayed at the bottom of the screen. This checks to see whether newer versions of your installed apps are available. If the Updates screen lists new versions of any apps (shown in Figure 5), tap the Update All icon located in the upper-right corner of the screen to automatically upload and install the latest version of your favorite apps.

Updating apps you've already purchased is always free of charge. You can also upload the latest versions of each app using iTunes on your computer and then have the apps on your iPhone get updated when you sync the two devices.

Especially if you don't consider yourself to be a technologically savvy person, you may think that updating the operating system and apps on your phone will make it more complicated to use. This is not the case.

In fact, many of the improvements made to the operating system and your favorite apps actually make the iPhone easier and more enjoyable to use. Plus, the learning curve to begin using the new features and functions typically takes just a few minutes of practice to get accustomed to.

The best online resource for information about the iOS 4.1 or iOS 4.2 iPhone upgrades is the Apple website (http://www.apple.com/iphone/ios4/). For one-on-one, in-person instructions for using any of the iPhone's features, make an appointment for a free meeting with an Apple Genius at any Apple retail store. The Apple stores (http://www.apple.com/retail) also offer free group seminars covering how to use the iPhone, which anyone can sign up for.

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