Apple fans can sometimes be guilty of looking down our noses at newcomers to the cult. But new blood is good for a community, and we should welcome mainstream acceptance with open arms, writes David Price.

At this time of year, it’s common for those of us with (rarely used) long-term gym memberships to look down our noses and complain about the influx of keen but untutored newcomers into our sweaty, exclusive domain.

Of course this sort of attitude is both appalling and forgetful, since we were all newbies once. And it’s great that as a species, we are happier than ever to try new things. ‘Eternal September’, as hipsters of the early net referred to the seemingly unquenchable torrent of new users, holds the power to renew: to stop us growing stale and cliquey.

The healthy response to new arrivals is to make them feel welcome, and enjoy the new blood and new ideas they bring. And in this spirit, the Feb 2013 issue of iPad and iPhone User magazine offers a beginner’s guide to the wonderful world of iOS devices: a welcome to newcomers who, perhaps, received an Apple device for Christmas and aren’t sure how to get started. In the feature, we guide you through the first steps with your new iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or iPad mini.

But don’t panic, loyal oldsters, there’s plenty in issue 70 for you too. Our cover feature, in fact, deals with some of the most panic-inducing moments of modern life: gadget disasters. Inside we offer advice for the unhappy few who’ve just seen their Apple undergo any one of 35 catastrophes, from theft, loss and breakage to falling in the toilet.

The new issue is available to buy at most magazine stockists, or buy your digital version here: on Zinio, or on Newsstand.

iPad & iPhone User issue 70