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Apple user's dictionary of tech jargon

David Price | May 10, 2016
From Arrangement Mode to Xcode: we explain all the jargon in our plain-English dictionary of tech terms, focusing on concepts that affect Apple fans

Media player/management software made by Apple. Originally designed to play and sync music with the iPod, but the modern incarnation carries out a wide range of duties, from playing music, video and TV shows to storing iBooks, podcasts and apps, and managing iOS devices.

What is iTunes Match?

iCloud Music service offered by Apple that enable users to sync and stream music from multiple iTunes accounts. Free version works with music purchased from iTunes Store, but a paid-for £21.99 per year service works with all your music.

What is the iTunes Store?

Digital store used to purchase music, movies and television shows. Accessed through iTunes app.

What is iTunes University? (What does iTunes U stand for?)

Part of iTunes Store that enables you to download free video and audio lectures from the world's leading universities.

Apple user's dictionary of tech jargon: J-L

What is jailbreaking?

When you jailbreak an iPhone or iPad, you remove the locks and restrictions Apple puts into place so that you can only install officially approved apps from the Apple App Store. A jailbroken can run non-approved apps, most likely from the Cydia marketplace.

There are risks and drawbacks to jailbreaking, but it's relatively easy and many users swear by it. If you're interested, check out our tutorial: How to jailbreak an iPhone or iPad.

What is Kodi?

A brilliant, versatile and free multiplatform media player that also happens to be great for watching TV and films for free - er, illegally. So please don't do that.

What is a Lightning connector, port, cable or dock?

Lightning is the name Apple gives to the connection port used to connect its most recent iPhone, iPod touch or iPad models to the mains for charging, or to a computer for charging and sync. Older models - such as the iPad 2, which has since been discontinued - use the older 30-pin dock, which is wider.

Lightning dock, on an iPad mini 2 with Retina display

30-pin port, on an iPhone 4

What are Live Photos?

An appealing new feature announced by Apple at the launch of its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. If you have this feature activated, your iPhone will automatically capture 1.5 seconds of video before you take a still photo, and 1.5 seconds after, thus preserving a 3-second video of the moment that can be activated at any time by using 3D Touch.

What are Location Services?

Feature in iOS and Mac OS X that enables apps to determine your current location. Uses a mixture of GPS and triangulation of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and Mobile data masts.


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