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How to learn to use your iPhone

If you have a new iPhone, you may be wondering how to learn to use it. And since I've been using, and teaching, Apple stuff for many years, my recommendation is just to play with it. Really.

Part of the reason for the success of Apple is that their products are meant to be learned as you play. If you've made the mistake of looking at an instruction manual, or asking someone to show you how to do something, you can get very frustrated, and you are missing the point. Here's what you should do:

• Push some buttons. Yep. It's the same thing that I have said for years about using Adobe Software on the Mac. See what a button does. Yeah, it might take you somewhere that you didn't know about, but you can always get out of it. Take some quiet time, and play.

Find someone who understands that you want to learn, and is willing to accept calls, text messages, etc., just because you're playing. Call them, send stuff to them. It doesn't matter what, just do it.

If you have a playful, or artistic, personality, Apple products are very intuitive. If you are looking for rote memorization, and having to remember lists of things, well, all I can say is that you must be much smarter than me - I like to play! Go ahead, push some buttons!