To those that have never owned an iPhone, it can seem like a mysterious device. As people glide their fingers across the screen to the dismay of confused onlookers, the iPhone seems more like a magical gizmo than a cell phone. Heck, even people who use the iPhone on a regular basis are excited by its capabilities from time to time. Thus, it’s no surprise that in today’s world of tech-savvy media, there are plenty of rumors swirling about the iPhone.
So, we decided to take a closer look at some of the different iPhone myths floating around, based on the input of other bloggers from around the web, and our personal opinions.
iPhones are Highly Prone to Scratching:
A number of iPhone forums and blogs claim that one of the most prevalent myths about iPhones is that they are easily scratched. And nobody likes an over abundance of scratches and dings on their cell phone. However, talk to just about any iPhone user, myself included, and you’ll find that the iPhone is no more likely to scratch than any other cell phone on the market. With normal wear & tear, it’s inevitable that the iPhone will display a few imperfections. However, so did every other cell phone I’ve ever owned. With a protective screen coating and proper care, it’s likely you’ll not be overwhelmed by the “scratch-ability” of the iPhone.
“Jailbreaking” an iPhone is illegal:
Jailbreaking is a process by which cell phone users can hack into the operating system files of their iPhone. After jailbreaking, users can activate the cell phone with a service provider besides AT&T or Verizon, and access apps from venues other than iTunes. By no means am I encouraging jailbreaking, nor would I ever do it myself. The process will void any warranty on your iPhone and personally, I like my warranty and am a-okay with AT&T service. However, for a long while it was rumored that jailbreaking an iPhone was illegal. Gasp! Come to find out, in Summer of 2010, the U.S. government confirmed that people are well within their legal rights to jailbreak an iPhone if they are compelled to do so. Just don’t expect any warranty service at the Apple store.
Holding the iPhone in a certain way will cause it to lose service:
This “scandal” was dubbed “Antenna-gate” during the release of the iPhone 4. It seems that some users were having issues with the iPhone dropping calls while placing their hands around the phone to talk and, thus, covering the device’s external antennas. Sure, some of the early iPhone 4 buyers may have experienced trouble, but by in large, it seems that users aren’t having continued antenna issues. In fact, I tried to get my phone to drop calls by covering the antennas…And I still couldn’t “accidentally” hang up on my Aunt Sue.
There is no way to print from the iPhone:
Have you ever taken a photo, or checked an e-mail on your iPhone and just wanted to hit the “print” button. But, gosh darn it, printing wasn’t an option? This “myth” was true, until recently. Besides e-mailing yourself documents and printing them at a later time, from a different device, stuff was stuck in electronic copy on your phone. However, in late 2010 Apple released AirPrint with its iOS 4.2 update. Via AirPrint, iPhone users can set their phones to print directly to a printer. Unfortunately, AirPrint only works with a limited number of HP brand compatible printers for the time being…But we’re getting somewhere!
iPhones require a ton of money in app purchases to be useful:
Not so! As we’ve proven time and time again here on iPhoneandKids.com with our free app posts, thre are thousands and thousands of fantastic FREE apps for downloading in the iTunes store. Whether you’re searching for children’s apps, cooking apps, gaming apps or simply random apps, there is a great selection of free (and low cost apps.) There’s so many great free apps, that the iTunes store offers an ongoing listing of the current best free apps. Now that’s value!