Apple 034-5216 iPhone 3G User Manual


Apple 034-5216 iPhone 3G User Manual


This Important Product Information Guide contains safety, handling, disposal and recycling, regulatory, and software license information, as well as the one-year limited warranty for iPhone. Look for recycling, disposal, and other environmental information in the iPhone User Guide at:

Read all safety information below and operating instructions before using the iPhone to avoid injury. For detailed operating instructions read the iPhone User Guide on your iPhone by visiting or using the iPhone User Guide bookmark in Safari. For downloadable versions of the iPhone User Guide and the latest version of this Important Product Information Guide, visit:

Important Safety Information

Failure to follow these safety instructions could result in fire, electric shock, or other injury or damage.

Handling iPhone
Do not drop, disassemble, open, crush, bend, deform, puncture, shred, microwave, incinerate, paint, or insert foreign objects into the iPhone.

Avoiding Water and Wet Locations
Do not use iPhones in rain, or near washbasins, or other wet locations. Take care not to spill any food or liquid on the iPhone. In case the iPhone gets wet, unplug all cables, turn off the iPhone (press and hold the Sleep/Wake button, and then slide the onscreen slider) before cleaning, and allow it to dry thoroughly before turning it on again. Do not attempt to dry the iPhone with an external heat source, such as a microwave oven or hair dryer. An iPhone that has been damaged as a result of exposure to liquids is not serviceable.

Repairing or Modifying iPhone
Never attempt to repair or modify the iPhone yourself. Disassembling iPhones, including the removal of external screws, may cause damage that is not covered under the warranty. iPhone does not contain any user-serviceable parts, except for the SIM card and SIM tray. Service should only be provided by an Apple-authorized wireless service provider.

If the iPhone has been submerged in water, punctured, or subjected to a severe fall, do not use it until you take it to an Apple-authorized wireless service provider. For service information, choose iPhone Help from the Help menu in iTunes or go to:

Battery Replacement

The rechargeable battery in the iPhone should be replaced only by Apple or an Apple-authorized wireless service provider. For more information about battery replacement service, go to: Charging iPhone To charge the iPhone, only use the Apple Dock Connector to USB Cable with an Apple USB Power Adapter or a high-power USB port on another device that is compliant with the USB 2.0 or 1.1 standards, another Apple-branded product or accessory designed to work with iPhone, or a third-party accessory certified to use Apple’s “Works with iPhone” logo.

Read all safety instructions for any products and accessories before using with iPhone. Apple is not responsible for the operation of third-party accessories or their compliance with safety and regulatory standards. When you use the Apple USB Power Adapter to charge your iPhone, make sure that the power adapter is fully assembled before you plug it into a power outlet. Then insert the Apple USB Power Adapter firmly into the power outlet.

Do not connect or disconnect the Apple USB Power Adapter with wet hands. The Apple USB Power Adapter may become warm during normal use. Always allow adequate ventilation around the Apple USB Power Adapter and use care when handling. Unplug the Apple USB Power Adapter if any of the following conditions exist:

  • The power cord or plug has become frayed or damaged.
  • The adapter is exposed to rain, liquid, or excessive moisture.
  • The adapter case has become damaged.
  • You suspect the adapter needs service or repair.
  • You want to clean the adapter.

Avoiding Hearing Damage

Permanent hearing loss may occur if the receiver, earbuds, headphones, speakerphone, or earpieces are used at high volume. Set the volume to a safe level. You can adapt over time to a higher volume of sound that may sound normal but can be damaging to your hearing. If you experience ringing in your ears or muffled speech, stop listening and have your hearing checked. The louder the volume, the less time is required before your hearing could be affected. Hearing experts suggest that to protect your hearing:

  • Limit the amount of time you use the receiver, earbuds, headphones, speakerphone, or earpieces at high volume.
  • Avoid turning up the volume to block out noisy surroundings.
  • Turn the volume down if you can’t hear people speaking near you. For information about how to set a maximum volume limit on an iPhone, see the iPhone User Guide.

Emergency Calls
You should not rely on wireless devices for essential communications, such as medical emergencies. The use of an iPhone to call emergency services may not work in all locations. Emergency numbers and services vary by region, and sometimes an emergency call cannot be placed due to network availability or environmental interference. Some cellular networks may not accept an emergency call from an iPhone if it does not have a SIM, the SIM is PIN-locked, or if you have not activated your iPhone.

Driving and Riding Safely

Use of an iPhone alone or with headphones (even if used only in one ear) while driving a vehicle or riding a bicycle is not recommended and is illegal in some areas. Check and obey the laws and regulations on the use of mobile devices like iPhones in the areas where you drive or ride. Be careful and attentive while driving or riding a bicycle. If you decide to use an iPhone while driving, keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • Give full attention to driving or riding and the road. Using a mobile device while driving or riding may be distracting. If you find it disruptive or distracting while operating any type of vehicle, riding a bicycle, or performing any activity that requires your full attention, pull off the road and park before making or answering a call if driving conditions require.
  • Get to know the iPhone and its features such as favorites, recents, and speakerphone. These features help you to place your call without taking your attention off the road. See the iPhone User Guide for more information.
  • Use a hands-free device. Add an extra layer of convenience and safety to your iPhone with one of the many hands-free accessories available.
  • Position iPhone within easy reach. Keep your eyes on the road. If you get an incoming call at an inconvenient time, let your voicemail answer it for you.
  • Try to plan calls when your car will be stationary. Assess the traffic before dialing, or place calls when you are not moving or before pulling into traffic.
  • Let the person you are speaking with know you are driving. If necessary, suspend the call in heavy traffic or hazardous weather conditions. Driving in rain, sleet, snow, ice, fog, and even heavy traffic can be hazardous.
  • Do not text, email, take notes, look up phone numbers, or perform any other activities that require your attention while driving. Composing or reading texts and emails, jotting down a to-do list, or flipping through your address book takes attention away from your primary responsibility, driving safely.
  • Do not engage in stressful or emotional conversations that may be distracting. Make people you are talking with aware you are driving and suspend conversations that have the potential to divert your attention from the road.
Navigating Safely

If your iPhone has applications that provide maps, directions, or location-based navigation assistance, these applications should only be used for basic navigation assistance and should not be relied on to determine precise locations, proximity, distance, or direction. Maps, directions, and location-based applications provided by Apple depend on data collected and services provided by third parties. These data services are subject to change and may not be available in all geographic areas, resulting in maps, directions, or location-based information that may be unavailable, inaccurate, or incomplete.

Compare the information provided on your iPhone to your surroundings and defer to posted signs to resolve any discrepancies Do not use location-based applications while performing activities that require your full attention. For important information about driving safety, see the “Driving and Riding Safely” section. Always comply with posted signs and the laws and regulations in the areas where you are using your iPhone.

Seizures, Blackouts, and Eyestrain
A small percentage of people may be susceptible to blackouts or seizures (even if they have never had one before) when exposed to flashing lights or light patterns such as when playing games or watching videos. If you have experienced seizures or blackouts or have a family history of such occurrences, you should consult a physician before playing games (if available) or watching videos on your iPhone.

Discontinue the use of the iPhone and consult a physician if you experience headaches, blackouts, seizures, convulsions, eye or muscle twitching, loss of awareness, involuntary movement, or disorientation. To reduce the risk of headaches, blackouts, seizures, and eyestrain, avoid prolonged use, hold the iPhone some distance from your eyes, use the iPhone in a well-lit room, and take frequent breaks.

Glass Parts

The outside cover of the iPhone screen is made of glass. This glass could break if the iPhone is dropped on a hard surface or receives a substantial impact. If the glass chips or cracks, do not touch or attempt to remove the broken glass. Stop using the iPhone until the glass is replaced by an Apple-authorized wireless service provider. Glass cracked due to misuse or abuse is not covered under the warranty.

Choking Hazards
iPhone contains small parts, which may present a choking hazard to small children. Keep the iPhone and its accessories away from small children.

Repetitive Motion
When you perform repetitive activities such as typing or playing games on an iPhone, you may experience occasional discomfort in your hands, arms, shoulders, neck, or other parts of your body. Take frequent breaks and if you have discomfort during or after such use, stop use and see a physician.

Potentially Explosive Atmospheres

Turn off your iPhone (press and hold the Sleep/Wake button, and then slide the onscreen slider) when in any area with a potentially explosive atmosphere. Do not charge your iPhone, and obey all signs and instructions. Sparks in such areas could cause an explosion or fire, resulting in serious injury or even death. Areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere are often, but not always, marked clearly. Potential areas may include: fueling areas (such as gas stations);

below deck on boats; fuel or chemical transfer or storage facilities; vehicles using liquefied petroleum gas (such as propane or butane); areas where the air contains chemicals or particles (such as grain, dust, or metal powders); and any other area where you would normally be advised to turn off your vehicle engine

For Vehicles Equipped with an Air Bag  
An airbag inflates with great force. Do not store the iPhone or any of its accessories in the area over the airbag or the airbag deployment area.

Exposure to Radio Frequency Energy

iPhone contains radio transmitters and receivers. When on, the iPhone receives and sends out radio frequency (RF) energy through its antenna. The iPhone cellular antenna is located on the back of the iPhone near the dock connector. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® antenna is located near the back top edge of the iPhone. iPhone is designed and manufactured to comply with the limits for exposure to RF energy set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the United States, Industry Canada (IC) of Canada, and regulating entities of Japan, the European Union, and other countries. The exposure standard employs a unit of measurement known as the specific absorption rate or SAR.

The SAR limit applicable to iPhones set by the FCC is 1.6 watts per kilogram (W/kg), 1.6 W/kg by Industry Canada, and 2.0 W/kg by the Council of the European Union. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions (i.e., at the ear and worn on the body) specified by these agencies, with the iPhone transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although SAR is determined at the highest certified power level in each frequency band, the actual SAR level of an iPhone while in operation can be well below the maximum value because the iPhone adjusts its cellular transmitting power based in part on proximity to the wireless network.

In general, the closer you are to a cellular base station, the lower the cellular transmitting power level. iPhone has been tested,2, and meets the FCC, IC, and European Union RF exposure guidelines for cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth operation. When tested for use at the ear and for body-worn operation (with the iPhone positioned 15 mm (5/8 inch) from the body), the iPhone’s maximum SAR value for each frequency band is outlined below:

Frequency BandBodyEarFCC & IC 1g SAR Limit (W/kg)
GSM 8501.0300.5211.6
GSM 19000.5221.2901.6
UMTS II 19000.4021.3881.6
UMTS V 8500.7330.5161.6


Frequency BandBodyEarEU 10g SARLimit (W/kg)
GSM 9000.5590.2352.0
GSM 18000.3690.7802.0


The device was tested by Compliance Certification Services, Fremont, CA according to measurement standards and procedures specified in FCC OET Bulletin 65, Supplement C (Edition 01-01) and IEEE P1528.1, April 21 2003 and Canada RSS 102. iPhone adheres to the European Council Recommendation of 12 July 1999 on the Limitation of Exposure of the General Public to Electromagnetic Fields [1999/519/EC].

Frequency BandBodyEarEU 10g SARLimit (W/kg)
UMTS I 21000.2310.8782.0

iPhone’s SAR measurement may exceed the FCC exposure guidelines for body-worn operation if positioned less than 15 mm (5/8 inch) from the body (e.g. when carrying an iPhone in your pocket). For optimal mobile device performance and to be sure that human exposure to RF energy does not exceed the FCC, IC, and European Union guidelines, always follow these instructions and precautions: When on a call using the built-in audio receiver in the iPhone, hold iPhone with the dock connector pointed down toward your shoulder to increase separation from the antenna.

When using the iPhone near your body for voice calls or for wireless data transmission over a cellular network, keep the iPhone at least 15 mm (5/8 inch) away from the body, and only use carrying cases, belt clips, or holders that do not have metal parts and that maintain at least 15 mm (5/8 inch) separation between iPhone and the body. If you are still concerned about exposure to RF energy, you can further limit your exposure by limiting the amount of time using iPhone, since time is a factor in how much exposure a person receives, and by placing more distance between your body and your iPhone, since the exposure level drops off dramatically with distance.

Additional Information

For more information from the FCC about exposure to RF energy, see: The FCC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also maintain a consumer website at RadiationEmittingProductsandProcedures/HomeBusinessandEntertainment/ CellPhones/default.htm to address inquiries about the safety of mobile phones. Please check the website periodically for updates. For information about the scientific research related to RF energy exposure, see the EMF Research Database maintained by the World Health Organization at:

Radio Frequency Interference

Radio-frequency emissions from electronic equipment can negatively affect the operation of other electronic equipment causing them to malfunction. Although the iPhone is designed, tested, and manufactured to comply with regulations governing radio frequency emission in countries such as the United States, Canada, the European Union, and Japan, the wireless transmitters and electrical circuits in the iPhone may cause interference in other electronic equipment. Therefore, please take the following precautions:

Use of iPhone may be prohibited while traveling in aircraft. For more information about using Airplane Mode to turn off the iPhone wireless transmitters, see the iPhone User Guide.

Radiofrequency emissions from iPhones may affect electronic systems in motor vehicles. Check with the manufacturer or its representative regarding your vehicle.

Pacemakers The Health Industry Manufacturers Association recommends that a minimum separation of 15 cm (6 inches) be maintained between a handheld wireless phone and a pacemaker to avoid potential interference with the pacemaker. Persons with pacemakers:

  • Should always keep the iPhone more than 15 cm (6 inches) from the pacemaker when the phone is turned on
  • Should not carry iPhone in a breast pocket
  • Should use the ear opposite the pacemaker to minimize the potential for interference

If you have any reason to suspect that interference is taking place, turn your iPhone off immediately. Hearing Aids iPhone may interfere with hearing aids. If it does, consult the hearing aid manufacturer or your physician for alternatives or remedies. Other Medical Devices If you use any other personal medical device, consult the device manufacturer or your physician to determine if it is adequately shielded from radio frequency emissions from the iPhone.

Health Care Facilities
Hospitals and healthcare facilities may use equipment that is particularly sensitive to external radio frequency emissions. Turn your iPhone off when staff or posted signs instruct you to do so. Blasting Areas and Posted Facilities To avoid interfering with blasting operations, turn off the iPhone when in a “blasting area” or areas posted “Turn off two-way radio.” Obey all signs and instructions.

Important Handling Information

Carrying and Handling iPhone
iPhone contains sensitive components. Do not bend, drop, or crush the iPhone. If your iPhone’s back case has a high gloss finish, handle it with care to maintain its appearance. If you are concerned about scratching, you can use one of the many cases sold separately.

Using Connectors and Ports
Never force a connector into a port. Check for obstructions on the port. If the connector and port don’t join with reasonable ease, they probably don’t match. Make sure that the connector matches the port and that you have positioned the connector correctly to the port.

Keeping iPhone Within Acceptable Temperatures  
Operate the iPhone in a place where the temperature is between 0º and 35º C (32º to 95º F). Low- or high-temperature conditions might temporarily shorten battery life or cause the iPhone to temporarily stop working properly. Avoid dramatic changes in temperature or humidity when using iPhone as condensation may form on or within iPhone. Store iPhone in a place where the temperature is between -20º and 45º C (-4º to 113º F). Don’t leave your iPhone in your car, because temperatures in parked cars can exceed this range.

When you’re using an iPhone or charging the battery, it is normal for the iPhone to get warm. The exterior of the iPhone functions as a cooling surface that transfers heat from inside the unit to the cooler air outside. Keeping the Outside of the iPhone Clean To clean the iPhone, unplug all cables and turn off the iPhone (press and hold the Sleep/Wake button, and then slide the onscreen slider). Then use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth. Avoid getting moisture in openings. Don’t use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean iPhones.

Certification and Compliance Important:

Changes or modifications to this product not authorized by Apple could void the EMC and wireless compliance and negate your authority to operate the product. This product has demonstrated EMC compliance under conditions that included the use of compliant peripheral devices and shielded cables between system components. You must use compliant peripheral devices and shielded cables between system components to reduce the possibility of causing interference to radios, televisions, and other electronic devices.

FCC Compliance Statement

This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, under part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used following the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.

However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures”

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
  • Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help

Canadian Compliance Statement
Complies with the Canadian ICES-003 Class B specifications. Cet appareil numérique de la Classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada. This device complies with RSS 210 of Industry Canada. This Class B device meets all the requirements of the Canadian interference-causing equipment regulations.


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