iPhone and iPad Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials


Here is a list of iPhone and iPad related definitions.  These definitions are not intended to be technical and all encompassing.  They are simply brief explanations of what the term means written so that anyone can understand them.  This list will get more lenghly as time goes on.  If you do not see something in here that you need to know, send me an email.  I’ll get back to you as soon as possible and then add to this list to help others.

Email Alias

An email alias is a disposable email address.  For instance, you could set up an online-shopping or junk alias.  I have an alias for any site or signup form that I don’t quite trust with my information.  In the event that a company sells my information in their email list, and I start getting a ton of SPAM, I just delete the alias and create a new one.


Relating to email.  When you receive an email and it is not immediately sent to your phone by the email server.  Depending on your email app settings, this may happen every 15, 30, or 60 minutes.  Or sooner when you open the Mail app or hit the refresh button from within the Mail app.

Hard Reset

A Hard Reset (or simply “reset” per Apple) is performed by holding the Sleep/Wake button and Home button down, simultaneously, until the device shuts down and the Apple logo reappears.  According to Apple Support, this should be performed “only if it is no longer responding” and a soft reset does not work.


IMAP is a way for your iDevice or Mac to receive email that was sent to you.  When someone sends you an email, it goes to the server then your device receives it from the server.  With IMAP, unlike POP, you get two-way communication between your iDevice or Mac and the web email.  So when you delete a message, or perform some other task, on your iDevice or Mac the same thing happens on your web email.


POP is a way for your iDevice or Mac to receive email that was sent to you.  When someone sends you an email, it goes to the server then your device receives it from the server.  With POP, unlike IMAP, its “receive” only.  So when you delete something off of your iDevice or Mac’s email client, you still have the message hanging around on your web email that you need to delete.

Read-Only Privileges

A person having read-only privileges can do just that…Read Only.  They are not allowed to make any changes to any document, calendar entry, reminder entry, etc.  They can only view it.

Read-Write Privileges

A person having read-write privileges can both view an entry, and make changes to an entry.  For example, say you created a Birthdays calendar for your iDevice and decided to share it with your family.  With read-write privileges they would be able to add other people’s birthdays to the calendar who you may have forgotten.

Soft Reset

A Soft Reset (or “restarting” per Apple) is the act of turning you iDevice off and then back on.  It is performed by holding the Sleep/Wake button down for a few seconds until the red slider appears at the top of the device.  Slide the slider from left to right and wait for the screen to go completely black.  Then hold down the Sleep/Wake button again until the Apple logo appears.  If this does not solve the problem, a Hard Reset may be in order.


This term is used in phrases like “Push Notifications”, or “Push your email to your phone”.  Push Notifications are used by apps to alert you to something.  For example, a game of Chess you are playing might send you a Push Notification when it is your move.  Email that is pushed to your iPhone or computer shows up almost immediately.  Also see Fetch in regards to email.