Dual-booting is an oft-used solution in the desktop realm, where users value the capability to boot multiple versions of an operating system from the same volume (e.g. Windows Vista and XP, Mac OS X Tiger and Leopard, Mac OS X and Windows on Intel-based Macs). Now a similar solution has been released for the iPhone, allowing users to boot multiple iPhone OS versions (e.g. 1.1.1 and 1.1.4) from the same device. This capability may come in handy when a future, SDK-compliant iPhone OS release (2.0) is released and users with to maintain compatibility … Read more
In a new Knowledge Base document, Apple encourages users who "experience unexpected results when tapping the Location button in Maps" to submit WiFi location information to Skyhook -- the service used by the iPhone's quasi-GPS function -- in the hope of establishing better accuracy.
Submitting an access point to Skyhook is easy. Navigate to this page, then enter the city you're in, or better yet the address and city, then click "Map It!" Refine the location to an exact point by dragging the marker. The latitude and longitude will be automatically generated. You then … Read more
Getting contacts off your old mobile phone and onto the iPhone may or may not be a straightforward process. If you already have your contacts stored neatly in Outlook (Windows), Address Book (Mac) or a Yahoo! Address Book (Mac/Windows), the process is as simple as syncing via iTunes. If all you have is a set of contacts stored on an old Nokia, Samsung, Motorola or other phone, however, the process is a bit more involved.
Here are your options:
Go to an AT&T store (Mac and Windows) AT&T will copy contacts from your old phone'… Read more
Though this is an extremely basic usage note, we couldn't find documentation of it elsewhere and the process for execution isn't very intuitive. We recently received an email from an iPhone Atlas reader asking when the ability to save draft email messages would be added to the iPhone. This functionality is already there, but it's concealed.
To save a draft message, open Mail then tap the Compose button in the lower-right corner. Compose your message, then click the "Cancel" button instead of "Send." This will bring up a dialog box with the options &… Read more
If your iPhone is exhibiting inordinately short battery life and you're not sure why, check your Mail settings.
First, if you're using a Yahoo! account, navigate to Settings > Mail then select your Yahoo! account and choose "Advanced." Check the "Use Push Mail" setting. If push mail -- which allows the iPhone to notify you of new mail as soon as it hits your inbox -- is enabled, it can put a serious hurt on your battery life.
For other email accounts, reducing the email check interval to every hour (In Settings, choose Mail … Read more
ZiPhone 2.5, a new release of the tool that can jailbreak and unlock iPhones through a graphical interface under both Mac OS X and Windows, has been released in an iPhone 1.1.4-compatible edition. This means that any iPhones with any firmware version -- including those that shipped with 1.1.4 out-of-the-box (OTB) can be jailbroken and unlocked. Users who have older firmware versions and wish to use the utility should perform a "restore and update" process in iTunes to bring their iPhones to version 1.1.4, then use one of the ZiPhone routines, … Read more
Despite its quirky interface, the venerable tool Mac OS X utility iFuntastic [70MB download] offers some great tools for customizing and manipulating jailbroken (full read/write access to the filesystem enabled) iPhones. With a new release -- version 5.0 -- the tool adds a few noteworthy new functions:can copy all files from the iPhone to a disk, performing a complete backup find files and folders on the iPhone by name, or perform a full text search directly edit graphics and text files on the iPhone and write them back to the device install third-party applications downloaded to your … Read more
Surprisingly, iPhone software/firmware update 1.1.4 can still be jailbroken -- for the use of unofficial third-party applications -- via some currently available methods, including ZiPhone (for full instructions, see this page). Previous software/firmware updates from Apple have broken jailbreak methods. (the tool "iJailbreak" does not work with 1.1.4)
After jailbreaking, the iPhone should be restarted once in order to restore normal phone functionality for devices used on authorized networks.
UPDATE: iPhones running software 1.1.4 used on unauthorized networks cannot be artificially activated with current tools. The developers of the jailbreak … Read more
The iPhone can playback H.264 video at throughput rates up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats. This means that videos in other formats -- including AVI -- must be converted in order to be properly synced to the device via iTunes and played.
HandBrake, a free Mac OS X/Windows utility for ripping videos from DVDs and saving them in various formats -- including MP4 files that are playable by the iPhone/iPod Touch -- has been updated to include the ability to generate iPhone-compatible anamorphic video at its full size. As such, we've put together a quick guide for moving DVD video to the iPhone/iPod touch.Insert the desired DVD into your computer's optical drive Download HandBrake and launch the application You should be presented with a prompt to open a source. If not, select File > Open Source … Read more