Like any new piece of tech, your iPhone is going to need some good maintenance. And with the price at which Apple is offering the iPhone, one should really look into squeezing the most out of the device and using it at its full potential. Battery life, physical damage, OS maintenance – all these and more are things to look out for when caring for your little device. Lest you want to be caught with a broken screen or a phone that won’t turn on, here are some good tips in maintaining your iPhone.
Battery Life. Like any electronic device, the iphone battery is probably the most important part of your iPhone. After all, how could you take advantage of all the snazzy features and iPhone apps if there’s no battery powering it? Exposure to heat and extreme temperatures will reduce the performance of your battery the most. Shield your iPhone from the warm rays of the sun, and keep it out of heated areas like inside your parked car, near ovens, etc. Avoid overcharging and remove the plug once the battery reaches 100%, then completely drain to 0%. Do this at least once a month. Also, try turning off some power intensive features (running apps in standby, turning down the brightness, etc.) to prolong the battery life.
Touchscreen. One of the best things about the iPhone is its glorious 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display. As the primary source of input and output, the iPhone screen gets the most abuse from its touchy owners. Common sense would tell us to never spill any liquid on it like coffee, and other beverages. So be careful when using your iPhone while hanging out in your favorite bar or coffee shop. Also avoid using the touchscreen with wet or damp hands. For added maintenance, keep a small piece of clean cloth specifically for your iPhone; to wipe off dust, grime and unsightly fingerprint marks on the screen.
Software. Maintaining your iPhone OS is just as important as caring for the actual physical phone. Always update to the latest version of the software to take advantage of fixes, added features, and protection from malicious exploits. Jailbreaking your iPhone might give you more functionality, but it also breaks your warranty. Some 3rd party applications may even cause damage to your iPhone OS. Only jailbreak your iPhone if you are aware of the consequences and you really know what you are doing.
Memory and Processor. If you experience apps crashing, webpages freezing, or just a general sluggish performance of your iPhone, it might be caused by a memory problem. Don’t fully load your iPhone; free a certain percentage of the memory to compensate for spikes in activity. Also take note of general trends; if an app keeps crashing, the problem might lie in the app itself and not on your phone. Quickly uninstall these problematic iPhone apps. If a webpage doesn’t load, it might be that the page is too big. Most websites have a mobile version that requires less memory. To be sure, try rebooting your iPhone to free up some memory.
Added Accessories. To add an extra layer of protection for your iPhone, why not invest in some protective accessories. iPhone cases, screen protectors, and the like would go a long way in keeping your iPhone looking as good as new. Body cases – in hard plastic or moulded rubber – would protect your iPhone body from dents and scratches, as well as absorbing impact from drops or falls; saving you the agony of seeing your iPhone cracked open and exposing its electronic guts. Screen protectors make sure your iPhone display is as crisp and clear as the day you bought it. Stylish designs also abound for these added accessories to give that extra bit of customization to your iPhone. Be protected and geek-chic at the same time.
If any other problems would arise for your iPhone, immediately take it to an Apple Service Center to find a solution. Also, only buy products and solicit services from brands and companies you know you can trust. Quality is not a high price to pay for the happiness that a well-maintained and fully functioning iPhone brings.
This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.