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iPhone Q&A (iPhone FAQ)

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EveryiPhone.com's iPhone Q&A answers questions about all iPhone models. Questions range from "What are all the differences between the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s? What are all the differences between these devices and the iPhone 5 replaced?" to "How fast are the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models compared to one another and earlier iPhone models?" and everything in between.

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Most Frequently Asked iPhone Q&As:

What are all the differences between the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s? What are all the differences between these devices and the iPhone 5 replaced?

Which iPhone models fully support iOS 7? For models that "partially" support iOS 7, which features are and are not supported? Which models will support iOS 8?

What are all the differences between the iPhone 5s models?

What are all the differences between the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 4?

How fast are the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s models compared to one another? How fast are the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s compared to the iPhone 5 and earlier iPhone models?

What is Nano SIM? How is different from Micro SIM or a regular SIM card? Which iPhone models use a Nano SIM card?

What are all the differences between the iPhone 4 (GSM) and the iPhone 4 (CDMA)?

What are all the differences between the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 3G?

What are the main differences between all iPhone models? How can each be identified quickly?

Does the iPhone have a SIM card? Which iPhone models have which types of SIM cards? How do you remove the SIM card?

iPhone "Basics" Q&As:

What is a "smart phone"?

Does the iPhone have a SIM card? Which iPhone models have which types of SIM cards? How do you remove the SIM card?

What is Micro SIM? How is it different from a regular SIM card?

What is Nano SIM? How is different from Micro SIM or a regular SIM card? Which iPhone models use a Nano SIM card?

Does the iPhone support handwriting recognition?

Does the iPhone support FileVault? Is information stored on the iPhone encrypted and password protected? Does it have biometric capabilities?

What operating system does the iPhone use? Can it run Mac OS X applications like Skype and Photoshop?

How can I upgrade from an older iPhone to a new iPhone?

How can I begin to troubleshoot a problem with the iPhone?

iPhone Software & Software Compatibility Q&As:

What operating system does the iPhone use? Can it run Mac OS X applications like Skype and Photoshop?

Which iPhone models fully support iOS 7? For models that "partially" support iOS 7, which features are and are not supported? Which models will support iOS 8?

Which iPhone models fully support iOS 6? For models that "partially" support iOS 6, which features are and are not supported?

Which iPhone models fully support iOS 4? Which models partially support iOS 4? For models that "partially" support iOS 4, which features are and are not supported?

What is Siri? How well does Siri work in "real world" use? Are hacks available to run Siri on unsupported iPod, iPhone, or iPad models?

Can the iPhone run Mac OS X or iPod games?

iPhone 5c & 5s Comparison Q&As (Current):

What are all the differences between the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 5s? What are all the differences between these devices and the iPhone 5 replaced?

What are all the differences between the iPhone 5c models?

What are all the differences between the iPhone 5s models?

What are the main differences between all iPhone models? How can each be identified quickly?

How fast are the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s models compared to one another? How fast are the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s compared to earlier iPhone models?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s? Which one should I buy?

iPhone 5 Comparison Q&As (Discontinued):

What are all the differences between the iPhone 5 models? Which is best for me?

What are all the differences between the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 4? Which one is best for my needs?

What are all the differences between the iPhone 5 and the iPod touch 5th Gen?

What are the main differences between all iPhone models? How can each be identified quickly?

How much faster is the iPhone 5 than the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPhone 5? Is the iPhone 5 worth it?

iPhone 4S Comparison Q&As (Current):

What are all the differences between the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4? Which one is best for my needs?

What are all the differences between the iPhone 4/iPhone 4S and the iPod touch 4th Gen?

What are the main differences between all iPhone models? How can each be identified quickly?

How much faster is the iPhone 4S than the iPhone 4? How does its speed compare to the iPad 2?

What is the battery life of the iPhone 4S in "real-world" tests? Is the battery designed to be replaced?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPhone 4S? Is the iPhone 4S "worth it" for me?

iPhone 4 Comparison Q&As (Current - China Only):

What are all the differences between the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4?

What are all the differences between the iPhone 4 (AT&T/GSM) and the iPhone 4 (Verizon/CDMA)?

What are the main differences between all iPhone models? How can each be identified quickly?

How much faster is the iPhone 4 than earlier iPhone models? How does it compare to the iPad?

What is the battery life of the iPhone 4 in "real-world" tests? Is the battery designed to be replaced?

How does the iPhone 4 (CDMA/Verizon) speed compare to the iPhone 4 (GSM/AT&T) model? Which is faster?

What is "FaceTime"? What devices are compatible with FaceTime? How well does FaceTime work in "real-world" use?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPhone 4? Is the iPhone 4 "worth it" for me?

iPhone 3GS Comparison Q&As (Discontinued):

What are all the differences between the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS?

What are all the differences between the iPhone 3GS and the 3rd Gen iPod touch (Late 2009)?

What are all the differences between the iPhone 3GS and the 2nd Gen iPod touch?

What are the main differences between all iPhone models? How can each be identified quickly?

How much faster is the iPhone 3GS than the iPhone 3G? How much difference does this speed boost make in actual use?

How does the battery life of the iPhone 3GS compare to the iPhone 3G in "real-world" tests? Is the battery designed to be replaced?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS? Which is the best one for my needs?

iPhone 3G Comparison Q&As (Discontinued):

What are all the differences between the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G?

What are all the differences between the iPhone 3G and the 2nd Gen iPod touch?

What are the main differences between all iPhone models? How can each be identified quickly?

How does the battery life of the iPhone 3G compare to the original iPhone in real-world tests? Is the battery designed to be replaced in either model?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS? Which is the best one for my needs?

iPhone (Original/EDGE) Comparison Q&As (Discontinued):

What exactly is the original iPhone?

What are all the differences between the original iPhone and the original iPod touch?

What are the main differences between all iPhone models? How can each be identified quickly?

How does the original iPhone compare to the Palm Treo 750, Motorola Q, and Blackberry Pearl models available at the time of its release?

What is the difference between EDGE and 3G? Why does the original iPhone support EDGE and not 3G?

What is the battery life of the original iPhone? Is the battery designed to be "swapped" or replaced?

What are the "pros and cons" of the original iPhone (1st Gen)?

iPhone Performance Q&As:

How fast are the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s models compared to one another? How fast are the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s compared to the iPhone 5 and earlier iPhone models?

How much faster is the iPhone 5 than the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4?

How much faster is the iPhone 4S than the iPhone 4? How does its speed compare to the iPad 2?

How much faster is the iPhone 4 than earlier iPhone models? How does it compare to the iPad?

How does the iPhone 4 (CDMA/Verizon) speed compare to the iPhone 4 (GSM/AT&T) model? Which is faster?

How much faster is the iPhone 3GS than the iPhone 3G? How much difference does this speed boost make in actual use?

iPhone Battery Q&As:

What is the battery life of the iPhone 4S in "real-world" tests? Is the battery designed to be replaced?

What is the battery life of the iPhone 4 in "real-world" tests? Is the battery designed to be replaced?

How does the battery life of the iPhone 3GS compare to the iPhone 3G in "real-world" tests? Is the battery designed to be replaced?

How does the battery life of the iPhone 3G compare to the original iPhone in real-world tests? Is the battery designed to be replaced in either model?

What is the battery life of the original iPhone? Is the battery designed to be "swapped" or replaced?

iPhone Technical, Expansion, & Connectivity Q&As:

What processor or processors does each iPhone model use?

How much internal storage does each iPhone model have? Can storage be expanded? Does the iPhone have a MicroSD slot?

Does the iPhone support Bluetooth? Which iPhone models support which versions of Bluetooth?

Can you use the iPhone with an external keyboard? What external keyboard options are available?

iPhone Phone Functionality & Network Q&As:

How long is AT&T Wireless the exclusive iPhone carrier in the US?

Is the iPhone available for purchase "unlocked" or only tied to a carrier?

What is the difference between EDGE and 3G? Which iPhone models support 3G?

What is 3G? How much faster is 3G than EDGE in real-world tests?

What is "FaceTime"? What devices are compatible with FaceTime? How well does FaceTime work in "real-world" use?

Does the iPhone use a MVNO?

iPhone "iPod" Functionality - Music, Photo, & Video Q&As:

How do you access music, photos, and video using the touch screen?

How does the iPhone synchronize music, photos, and videos with a computer? Can it sync via Bluetooth or wi-fi?

Can you access the iTunes Music Store directly from the iPhone?

Can you "beam" music, photos, and videos between iPhones? Can you "beam" data files between iPhones?

iPhone "Internet Communicator" & Data Functionality Q&As:

How can the iPhone Safari web browser fit an entire webpage on a such a small display?

Does the iPhone Safari web browser support Flash?

Does the iPhone support FileVault? Is information stored on the iPhone encrypted and password protected? Does it have biometric capabilities?

Can the iPhone open and allow one to edit Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files?

Can the iPhone open and allow one to edit Adobe PDF files?

Does the iPhone support Outlook or Exchange?

Can you "beam" data files between two iPhone models? Does the iPhone support "disk mode" when connected to a computer?

What is GPS? How does the iPhone GPS system work?

iPhone Design Q&As:

Who designed the iPhone?

What font does the iPhone interface use?

What ringtone does the iPhone use? Where can I download it?

Can I add additional or custom ringtones to the iPhone?

How does the iPhone "multi-touch" interface work? Who developed the "multi-touch" interface originally?

iPhone Purchasing Q&As:

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s? Which one should I buy?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPhone 5? Is the iPhone 5 worth it?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPhone 4S? Is the iPhone 4S "worth it" for me?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPhone 4?

What are the "pros and cons" of the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS?

What are the "pros and cons" of the original iPhone? Is it right for my needs?

Where is the iPhone available for purchase? Can it be purchased from Apple Authorized Resellers?

Is the iPhone available for purchase "unlocked" or only tied to a carrier?


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