Confused by tech jargon? You've come to the right place. Welcome to our Apple jargon buster, our guide to all the latest Apple technology terminology and jargon.
Each month we update this article to explain more Apple-related technology terms in plain English. Here's our updated A-Z of technology jargon explained. Let us know in the comments if there are any confusing words or acronyms you want us to explain.
What is 3G or 4G? These are network technologies used to to deliver internet data over the mobile phone network. You need to sign up for Internet Data with your mobile phone company to access 3G or 4G networks. Also known as Mobile Broadband.
What is accessibility? Features offered by devices and operating systems that ensure the device can be used by people with impairments.
What is Address Book? Mac OS X program used for storing the names and addresses of people you know. Called Contacts on iOS devices.
What is Apple Script? Easy to learn Mac OS X programming language created by Apple to automate programs.
What is an App? Short for application: the name that Apple gave to programs you install separately on iOS and Mac OS X devices.
What is App Store? A program on iOS and Mac OS X that enables you to purchase free and paid-for software from Apple.
What is Apple ID? An account used to make purchases from the Apple Store. Also used to access other apple services like iCloud and Find My iPhone. Can be set up from Settings > iCloud in iOS and Settings > iCloud in Mac OS X.
What is Apple Maps? A replacement for Google Maps first launched in iOS, and to be integrated with the Mac OS X in Mavericks. Controversial because some people claimed Google Maps was a better service.
What is Arrangement Mode? Mode that enables you to rearrange the icons on an iOS home screen or within Dashboard in Mac OS X. Identified by the ‘jiggling’ around of icons. Accessed by holding down the Home button.
What is Bluetooth? Technology used to wirelessly transmit data between devices. Principally used to attach accessories (Keyboard and Mouse) to Mac OS X and iOS devices. Also used to transmit music to compatible speakers.
What is Contacts? The iOS version of Address Book. Used to store details of people you know.
What is Control Centre? Feature in iOS that enables quick access to many settings and features of device. Accessed by sliding finger up from the bottom of the screen.
What is Dashboard? Feature in Mac OS X that displays icons for programs installed on the Mac OS X computer (similar in style to the Home Screen on iOS devices).
What is Do Not Disturb? Mode on iOS devices that blocks phone calls and makes the phone run on silent. Useful for meetings and public events. Repeated calls to the iPhone will be let through after three rings (on the default settings).
See: Hands on with iOS 6
What is the Dock? Feature at bottom of iOS and Mac OS X home screen/desktop that contains icons for commonly used apps. On Mac OS X can also contain folders and documents and the Trash Can.
What is an ebook? An electronic book. Made popular by the Amazon Kindle device and also purchased on iOS devices using iBooks. These are books that can be read on digital devices.
What is iBooks? app created by Apple to display e-books. See: iBooks 2 review.
What is iBookStore? Apple store used to access free and purchased iBooks. Part of the iBooks app in iOS, or can be accessed through iTunes on Mac OS X.
What is iCloud? A range of cloud services offered by Apple. Notable features include push email, contact sync, calendar sync, Find My iPhone/iPad and iTunes Match.
What is FaceTime? Video conferencing technology implemented into iOS and Mac OS X technology. Enables users to easily start video conversations with other FaceTime users.
What is Find My iPad/Find My iPhone? App for iOS devices and iCloud web-based service that enables users to locate iOS and Mac OS X devices (iPhones and Macs, and so on). Integrates with Apple Maps and enables users to lock and send messages to missing devices.
What is a flick? a gesture used in iOS. made by moving the finger swiftly in any direction (usually up or down). Often used to quickly move up and down a web page or through a long list of items.
What is High Definition (HD)? A video format with a greater resolution than standard definition. Typically more than 720 horizontal lines, although often more than 1080 lines. The three main formats are 720p, 1080i and 1080p. The i stands for INterlaced which blends frames together, whereas the P stands for Progressive which shows one complete frame then the next. P is generally considered better for film and i for fast-moving television.
What is a Home button? The button on front of an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Used to access the home screen. Also used to unlock an iPhone 5s using Touch ID.
What is a Home screen? The main screen that displays available apps and folders in iOS. You can flick left and right to show more apps and folders.
What is iMessage? Service offered by Apple that enables users to send SMS-style text messages between Mac OS X and iOS devices. Free to send but requires both users to have an Apple ID. If iMessage is not available message is sent from iPhone using SMS instead (which is charged for).
What is iOS? The operating system used on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. See more: What is iOS, should I update iOS, how to downgrade to an earlier version of iOS and more
What is an iPhone? A mobile phone and portable data connected computer made by Apple. There have been eight models released, with various flavours of each, with different storage capacities, features and colours. Current models available: iPhone 4s; iPhone 5c; iPhone 5s.
What is an iPod? Traditionally a music player made by Apple. The most modern incarnation is called iPod touch and is essentially an iPhone without the mobile data connection. But Apple still sells more music-focused iPods: the tiny iPod shuffle; the small iPod nano; and the relatively big iPod classic, which hasn't been updated in a while, and people are always predicting is going to be discontinued.
What is an iPad? Tablet computer made by Apple. Similar to the iPhone but with a larger display. Three models are available: the iPad 2; the iPad with Retina Display, also known as the iPad 4; and the iPad mini. The first two have 9.7in screens, while the smaller mini has a 7.9in screen.
What is iTunes? Software made by Apple. Originally designed to play and sync music with the iPod. Modern incarnation carries out a wide range of duties from playing music, video, TV shows, storing iBooks, podcasts, 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 iTunes Store? Digital store used to purchase music, movies and television shows. Accessed through iTunes app.
What is iTunes U Short for iTunes University? Part of iTunes Store that enables you to download free video and audio lectures from the world’s leading universities.
What is Lightning connector? The connection used to connect an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Used to connect the device to the mains for charging, or to a computer for charging and sync.
What is 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.
What is Lock? Feature on iOS devices used to fix the display in either vertical or landscape orientation. Accessed via Control Centre.
What is a Mac? A type of computer made by Apple.
What is a MacBook? Apple’s term for a Mac laptop computer. Several models are available, split into the more powerful MacBook Pro units, and the ultra-slimline MacBook Air models.
See: MacBook reviews
What is a Mac mini? A small desktop computer sold without a keyboard, monitor or mouse.
What is a Mac Pro? Apple’s high-end desktop computer. (See new Mac Pro release date and rumours).
What is Mail? Stock program used to read e-mail installed with Mac OS X and iOS devices.
What is Newsstand? Program used to download and read digital versions of newspapers and magazines.
What is Notification Centre? Feature in iOS and Mac OS X that enables you to view recent messages and alerts on the the device.
What is Objective C? Programming language created by Apple and used to develop Mac OS X and iOS software.
What is a Pinch to zoom? Gesture made on iOS devices and Mac trackpads. Made by pinching finger and thumb together on screen, then expanding the two. Often used to zoom in on items (web pages, photographs, and so on).
What is Photo Booth? Program for iOS and Mac OS X that captures self portraits. Often combined with humorous effects.
Photo Stream? iCloud service that shares recently capture photographs across multiple iOS and Mac OS X devices.
What is QuickTime? Video compression technology used by apple to distribute movies across the web. Also the name of a program used on Mac OS X to watch and share video clips.
What is Retina display? Display featured on many Mac OS X and most iOS devices. Features a high resolution (comparative to size of display) that packs around 300 pixels into a inch. The amount is considered more than the eye can pick out individually, so it's fooled (in theory) into thinking it's looking at a real thing, rather than a picture of the thing on a screen.
What is Safari? Web browser included with iOS and Mac OS X devices. (See Safari tips)
What is Settings app? App on iOS that enables you to adjust settings on iOS devices
What is Sleep/Wake button? Button at top of iOS device that enables you to wake up the device.
What is Siri? Voice technology featured in iPhone and iPad. Enables you to perform many features on device without having to interact with the touchscreen.
What is Spotlight search? Search technology found in iOS and Mac OS X devices that enables you to find many different types of information: contacts, documents, music files and so on. Can search through documents as well as by the file name.
What is a status bar? The top bar running along the iOS devices. Displays many small icons related to the status of the device (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G and so on).
What is a tap? Gesture used on iOS whereby you place and remove a single finger on the screen . Comparable to a ‘click’ used on a desktop mouse or trackpad.
What is Time Capsule? AA device sold by Apple that combines a wireless router with a hard drive. Enables users to wirelessly backup Mac computers.
What is Time Machine? Backup software made by Apple.
What is Wi-Fi? Wireless technology used to transmit data from a router to a mobile device (such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet).
What is Xcode? Mac OS X software development environment. A program distributed for free by Apple that enables users to create Mac OS X and iOS software.