September 29, 2012, 7:25 AM — Congratulations, you've braved the lines, delivery wait times, or in-store negotiations to snag yourself a brand-new iPhone 5. But before you get to playing with your new device, you'll probably want to get to know it and set it up. Thanks to iOS 6's step-by-step activation process, Apple's made it pretty simple to get started; but just in case you need some extra help, we've put together a comprehensive guide for activating your new iPhone, transferring data from your old phone, and some suggestions for exploring its new features.
Meet your iPhone 5
Get acquainted with the iPhone 5's hardware features: every button, switch, slot, port, and plug. Designed with a minimalist aesthetic, the aluminum-and-glass iPhone 5 eschews a button-heavy design in favor of simple controls and a slim figure: It's a mere 7.6mm thick and weighs only 112 grams. Here's a quick rundown of all the features on the device's exterior.
Press the On/Off button to turn the device's screen on or off. You can still take calls, play music, and receive notifications with it off, but the screen stays blank until you wake it by pressing this button or the Home button. To turn the device off, hold the On/Off button down until the screen dims and the red Slide To Power Off slider appears. Slide your finger across the switch, and the iPhone powers down. (To turn your device back on, press and hold this button again until the Apple logo appears.)
You can also decline or silence calls, alerts, and alarms with the On/Off button; press it once to silence an incoming alert or call; press it twice in succession to send the caller to voicemail.
Front-Facing FaceTime HD Camera
This 1.2-megapixel camera can shoot 1280 by 960 pixel stills and 720p HD video (1280 by 720 pixels). This camera was designed primarily for using FaceTime and snapping quick self-portraits.
With no headphones plugged in, this is where you place your ear to listen to incoming calls. Depending on your region, the iPhone 5 may use wideband audio during telephone calls, which increases the vocal frequencies and provides for better-sounding conversations.
The new iPhone sports a diagonal 4-inch Multi-Touch display, an improvement over the previous iPhone's 3.5-inch display; those touch sensors are integrated directly into the display, reducing sunlight glare and keeping the iPhone's figure slim. Its 1136-by-640-pixel Retina display packs 326 pixels per inch into the space allotted. The display is made from optical-quality glass, which makes it highly scratch resistant. It also has an oil-resistant oleophobic coating that makes it easy to wipe off smudges.
The only physical button on the face of the iPhone, the Home button provides a variety of shortcuts for accessing apps and iOS features.
Single-Press: A single-press of the Home button can have several results, depending on what you're using the iPhone for at the time: If the phone is in sleep mode, pressing the Home button wakes the iPhone; if you're in an app, it returns you to the home screen; if you're on a subsequent home screen page, it returns you to the first page; and if you're on the first home screen page, it brings you into the iPhone's Spotlight search mode.
Single-Press and Hold: If you press and hold the Home button for at least two seconds, that activates Siri.
Double-Press: When the phone is locked or in sleep mode, a double-press of the Home button wakes your device and brings up both the iPod controls and a shortcut for the Camera app. In active use, it brings up the multitasking bar, showcasing your active apps.
The new iPhone has a standard 3.5mm audio jack, located on the bottom of the device. Apple includes a set of white EarPods that allow you to listen to audio and speak on a call, but you can also use any pair of third-party headphones instead.
One of the iPhone 5's three microphones is located on the bottom left of the device. (The other two, which are designed to filter out noise, are located on the front and back.) Unless you're using an external microphone, you'll speak into these when making calls, recording voice memos, talking to Siri, and more.
The iPhone uses Apple's new Lightning dock connector to connect to your computer and other accessories. Unlike the 30-pin connector, it's reversible, so you can plug it into your phone in either direction. As this is one of the first Apple devices to use a new connector, it won't work with older third-party accessories without an adapter.
On the bottom right of the new iPhone is a small speaker that's responsible for projecting speakerphone calls, music, movies, game noises, and any other miscellaneous noise. Because your device has just one speaker, it plays all audio in mono (on a single channel).