By default, the iPhone allows you to trigger the following actions when the home button is clicked: go the Home screen (Springboard); go to phone favorites; go to the iPod function. Wouldn't it be great, however, if you could double-click the home button and trigger an automatic launch of Safari, the dialing of a specific phone number, or a blank email message? A new native application dubbed "iPhoneHome" makes it possible.
VNC on the iPhone is a thing of beauty, allowing you to view the screen of and control your Mac or PC. Unfortunately, solutions up to this point have been clunky: Web-based monstrosities that respond poorly even on a fast WiFi connection or native applications that are error-prone when attempting to scroll around the screen or perform any worthwhile control. Now VNSea, a native iPhone VNC client extant for some time, has matured to the point where it is usable.
The change in functionality that affords this new-found usability seems insignificant: "double-tapping on the system status bar will now … Read more
With yesterday's release of GarageBand 4.1.1, you can now "export your original song, your original audio recordings, or use Apple Loops and iLife jingles to create a custom ringtone for your iPhone," according to Knowledge Base article #307108.
The process requires GarageBand 4.1.1 or later, iTunes 7.5 or later and an iPhone with software version 1.1.2 or later.
Apple says that to create the ringtone, you need to "set up a cycle region that covers the area you wish to use in the GarageBand song. Note: This area must … Read more
Aptly named Simplify Media recently launched a native third-party iPhone application that can stream music from any enabled Mac or PC (also running the Simplify Media software) directly to the iPhone over a WiFi or EDGE connection. Once you've made your iPhone ready accept third-party applications, the process for setting up Simplify Media is, well, simple:Download Simplify Media for Mac OS X or Windows. Launch the application on your Mac or PC and select the option to setup a new user account. Enter a username and password. Simplify Media should automatically select your iTunes music folder. If not, … Read more
If you're using an iPhone running software/firmware 1.1.2 or iPod Touch and have installed several third-party applications, you may begin receiving an error message that states "Warning: You are running out of disk space. Please delete some photos or videos," even though there is still significant storage space on the device.
Here's what's actually happening: the iPhone (or iPod Touch) places a low, artificial size limit on its /Applications directory, which is reached after installing a number of third-party apps. In order to get around this problem, you need to store your … Read more
The iPhone, by default, requires 10.4.10 or later. However a poster to the Hackintosh forums, "JSN1", has created a utility that allows the iPhone to mount on and interact with systems running Mac OS X 10.4.9 and earlier, as long as they are running iTunes 7.3 or later. The tool works by modifying the file SystemVersion.plist, essentially tricking various software (including iTunes) into thinking that the system is running a newer version of Mac OS X.
Problems might ensue when trying to sync and otherwise operate the iPhone with Mac OS X … Read more
Developer Tommy Svensson has debuted an unofficial MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) application for the iPhone, partially fulfilling one of the biggest feature requests for the device. The tool allows you to send (but not receive) MMS messages via the iPhone using a variety of service providers. Though we haven't been able to make it work on an AT&T-locked iPhone in-house, other users have reported success with AT&T and other carriers.
We've updated our Applications page with complete instructions for jailbreaking every iteration of iPhone firwmare/software, using Installer.app to install/uninstall applications and add new sources, and what to do if you'd like to restore your iPhone to default state.
A significant advancement has been made in the world of unofficial iPhone feature enhancement. The aptly named "Download Files Plugin" is a new add-on for the iPhone's MobileSafari that fulfills one of the most oft-mentioned functionality requests for the device: the ability to download files of various types (including images, MP3 files, QuickTime, compressed .ZIP files and many more) and store them on the iPhone. By default, the iPhone can access and play MP3, QuickTime, PDF and other files, but cannot store them for later use. This new plug-in makes it possible.
You can install this plug-in … Read more
Though we're still searching for a way to delete multiple email messages from the iPhone simultaneously, an enterprising developer has now developed a native third-party application that will allow you to delete individual SMS text messages instead of simply clearing conversations (the iPhone's only option, by default), which will delete all text messages with a given contact.
The interface is still a bit clunky -- messages are organized and labeled by incoming number, not contact name -- and there are some quirks (like the misspelling of the word "Delete"). Still, this third-party app fills a lapse … Read more