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About File Sharing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch - Apple Support
You can copy files between your computer and apps on your iOS device using File Sharing.
itunes  macos  apple  osx  finder  ios  iphone 
september 2017 by Aetles
I spent two hours with a mobile video genius and learned 26 useful things
Christian Payne is a photographer who teaches organisations like the BBC, the UN and Al Jazeera how to do in-the-field reporting using mobile phones. He also orders pizza to his train seat.
Last week I was lucky enough to spend some time picking Christian’s brain about using phones to make professional-looking video. At Fluxx, we use video all the time; for recording interviews and sharing how we work.
iphone  video  interviews  techniques  sound  audio 
april 2017 by Aetles
Why Does My iPhone Battery Die So Fast? Here's The Real Fix!
I’m going to tell you exactly why your iPhone battery drains so quickly and exactly how to fix it. I’ll explain how you can get longer battery life out of your iPhone without sacrificing functionality. Take my word for it:

The vast majority of iPhone battery issues are software related.

We’ll cover a number of proven iPhone battery fixes that I learned from first-hand experience with hundreds of iPhones during my time at Apple. Here’s one example:

Your iPhone tracks and records your location everywhere you go. That uses a lot of battery life.

I’ll show you how to fix that in Tip #2.

A Word About iOS 9

iOS 9 includes a new section of Settings called Battery. It displays some useful information, but it won’t help you fix anything. I rewrote this article for iOS9, and if you take these suggestions, I promise your battery life will improve.
iphone  tips  battery  ios 
september 2015 by Aetles
Status Magic and iPhone 6/6 Plus screen sizes - iPhone Developer Blog
Perfect Status Bars in iOS 8 and Mac OS X Yosemite
Back at WWDC, when Apple announced App Preview videos were going to be added to App Store listings they also mentioned that videos could now be recorded with a lightning cable and QuickTime. What they didn't mention however was that as these video recordings are being created, Mac OS X Yosemite automatically puts a perfect status bar on your device!

Over the last couple of days we have been testing this out and we can confidently say that this is absolutely the best way to take still screenshots as well as videos of your app. How? It's easy:

Make sure you're running the latest versions of Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.
Connect an iPhone or iPad with a lightning cable.
Open QuickTime on the Mac.
Select "New Movie Recording" from the File menu.
Click the drop down arrow next to the record button and select your device from the list of cameras.
Voila! your real, actual, iPhone or iPad will now be showing 9:41 AM and have a full battery, full bars of signal and the Wi Fi icon. You do not need to actually record a movie, just have it connected as a camera with QuickTime.
ios  development  iphone  screenshot  screencast 
september 2014 by Aetles
Counter-Forensics: Pair-Lock Your iOS 7 Device with Apple’s Configurator | Jonathan Zdziarski's Domain
So what’s the best way to protect yourself from all of these? Pair-lock your device. By pair-locking your device, you’re preventing anyone from dumping data from your phone, installing malicious applications, or doing anything else to it – even if the phone leaves your physical possession, and even if you are forced to give up the PIN code, or unlock it with your fingerprint. When a device is unwilling to create a new pairing session with a desktop machine, nothing can talk to it through its proper interfaces – not forensics tools, not iMobileDevice tools, nothing. And that means unless you have a really old phone with a hardware exploit, there’s no way they’ll be able to dump data from it. In order for them to get at your data, they’d have to steal the pairing record that your own personal desktop has created for the device; if your’e smart enough to be reading this, you’re likely smart enough to also encrypt your hard drive. On a Mac, you’ll find a copy of your pairing record in /var/db/lockdown. Guard it well.
apple  ios  iphone  security 
september 2014 by Aetles
The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain — Overthought
I worked on the Genius Bar for almost two years, and the most difficult issue to solve was short battery life. It was extremely difficult to pinpoint the exact reason why someone's battery was draining.

I made it my mission to discover the specific reasons for iOS battery drainage. This article is a product of my years of research and anecdotal evidence I gathered in the hundreds of Genius Bar appointments I took during my time as a Genius and iOS technician, as well as testing on my personal devices and the devices of my friends.

iOS 7.1 came out recently and brought with it a bevy of design tweaks and performance enhancements. However, some users are reporting poor battery life since the update, and many blogs are reporting it as fact.
This is not one of those "Turn off every useful feature of iOS" posts that grinds my gears. My goal is to deliver practical steps to truly solve your iOS battery woes.

One quick thing before we start — 99.9% of the time it is not actually iOS that is causing your battery to drain quickly. I guarantee you that if you erased your phone and there were no apps or email on it, it would last for ages. But, no one uses their device like that, nor should they. Hopefully with these steps you will be living in iOS battery bliss while still using all the apps and features you love.

But first, we need to test and see if you even have a problem to begin with.
ios  iphone  tips 
april 2014 by Aetles
Niklas Agevik's blog - 20 lessons about making viral apps I learned the hard way
I have a lot of people to thank for this post - too many to mention that have shared their knowledge with me. But above all, this post would not have been possible without the team we have at Instabridge.
iphone  startup  apps  ios  appstore 
january 2014 by Aetles
This is how a Helsingin Sanomat journalist tried to save Nokia - Kuukausiliite - Helsingin Sanomat
He also told me that when the iPhones came out in the United States in the summer of 2007, the situation was followed closely at Nokia. A courier immediately brought a large number of iPhones to Nokia's head offices in Espoo.

The director brought his own iPhone home that same evening. He studied it so enthusiastically that his four-year-old daughter also became interested.

As an experiment, he gave the telephone to his daughter, and she learned to use it immediately.

In the evening as the parents were going to bed, the drowsy four-year-old appeared at their bedroom door with a question: "Can I take that magic telephone and put it under my pillow tonight?"

That was the moment when the Nokia executive understood that his company was in trouble.
iphone  nokia  business  apple 
october 2013 by Aetles
Disruption and woulda, coulda, shoulda | Learning by Shipping
These are just a few and any one of these is probably debatable. The point is really the breadth of changes the iPhone introduced to the Blackberry offering and roadmap.  Some of these are assumptions about the technology, some about the business model, some about the ecosystem, some about physics even!

Imagine you’ve just changed the world and everything you did to change the world–your entire world view–has been changed by a new product.  Now imagine that the new product is not universally applauded and many folks not only say your product is better and more useful, but that the new product is simply inferior.

Put yourself in those shoes…
apple  blackberry  iphone  disruption  sinovsky 
october 2013 by Aetles
Apple's "Skankphone" Was The iPhone's Ugly Twin Brother | Co.Design | business + design
apple  history  iphone 
september 2013 by Aetles
iNVASIVECODE - Blog • Will a fingerprint sensor be Apple’s next hit? ...
Some months ago, the press reported that AuthenTec was acquired by Apple. In the last few weeks, rumors on a fingerprint sensor embedded in the next iPhone generation have been increasing in the media. What would the fingerprint sensor be used for? Why do we need one on the iPhone or iPad? To make payments? I don’t think so.
apple  iphone  fingerprints  biometrics 
september 2013 by Aetles
iPhone 6 Infinity
Apple fan fiction is more popular than ever and usually takes the form of mockups of designs for new products and alternate designs for existing products. There's been a recent burst of creative energy unleashed on Dribbble around the idea of an iPhone with a screen that wraps completely around the device (or at least down around the sides).
iphone  ios  concept  design 
august 2013 by Aetles
Ken Shirriff's blog: Apple iPhone charger teardown: quality in a tiny expensive package
Apple's iPhone charger crams a lot of technology into a small space. Apple went to extra effort to provide higher quality and safety than other name-brand chargers, but this quality comes at a high cost.
apple  iphone  charger  quality 
july 2013 by Aetles
How To Record Your iPhone Screen or Record Your iPad Screen | Web Video Secrets Podcast -
One of the most common questions I receive is “how do I record the screen on my iPhone or iPad?”.  Unfortunately, at least with the current version of the iOS operating system, there is not an app that allows you to do this.
However, there are still a few ways you can record all of the action on your iPhone or iPad screen.   For example, you can jailbreak your device and install questionable software.  You can point a video camera at your screen and press record.  Or you can take a series of still images of your device screen and piece them together in video editing software.
But the simplest and best way is to use AirPlay.
ios  ipad  iphone  screencast  screenflow 
march 2013 by Aetles
Bakgrundsbelyst tangentbord för Mac, iPad + iPhone – Logitech
Presentation av Logitech Bluetooth® Easy-Switch™ Keyboard för Mac, iPad och iPhone – ett vackert designat tangentbord med belysning och snabbknapp för växling mellan alla dina Apple-enheter.
logitech  tangentbord  keyboard  mac  ipad  iphone  bluetooth 
february 2013 by Aetles
SurfacePad for iPhone - SurfacePad for iPhone - Twelve South
SurfacePad for iPhone is a new breed of protection for iPhone. Feather light and credit card thin, SurfacePad for iPhone adheres to, and wraps around, iPhone 5 or 4/4S. Rather than protecting your iPhone from falling off the side of a cliff, the luxury leather SurfacePad shields your iPhone from more common hazards, like the keys in your pocket. This minimalistic, napa-leather cover also has a built-in stand for hands-free iPhone use. It’s the perfect cover for those who have an iPhone, and are not afraid to show it.
iphone  case  cases 
february 2013 by Aetles
1Password 4.1
The URL scheme for opening website is far more useful for me. You can prepend “op” to a normal Safari URL (so it’ll look something like “ophttp://”) to open it directly into 1Password. For instance, typing op in Safari will launch Google in 1Password’s browser. Therefore, I made a bookmarklet that you can click in Safari to open the current website in 1Password even faster; simply create a bookmarklet with this code:
ios  1password  mactips  iphone 
january 2013 by Aetles
Screenshot Edit - Annotating and Drawing Tools for Screen Captures & Photos for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store
Do you use a lot of screenshots? Double your productivity thanks to this simple and powerful app for editing screenshots and photos. Draw attention to the needed part of the image, highlight, draw, type - all with no hassle. Save edited screenshots into your Camera Roll or email with just one tap.
ios  iosapps  screenshots  appstore  iphone  ipad 
november 2012 by Aetles
The iPod End Game | Mike Industries
I have no doubt about Apple’s desire to make a phone. If there was nothing standing in the way, it would already be done. It won’t be long before the cell phone is your camera, your music player, your organizer, your portable web client, your remote control, and your digital wallet.
apple  ipod  iphone  rumors  predictions 
september 2012 by Aetles
The Blind Shooting The Blind ∵ Stephen van Egmond's weblog
Apple gets a lot of ignorant hate, and a lot of ignorant reverence. Let me give some informed reverence for one area where they kick so much ass: accessibility.

We trekked out to the wilds north of Eglinton to the CNIB, dropping in on the iDevice User Group. This is a group where blind people teach each other how to get around in the world, using iOS applications as their helpers. We were the only sighted people present, there to talk to this particular subset of Pocket Rocket‘s users.

We I simply gawped when one blind woman pulled out an iPhone then snapped a perfect shot, guided by the built-in Camera app.
accessibility  apple  development  ios  iphone 
september 2012 by Aetles
The iPhone 5 is Boring and Amazing | Gadget Lab |
It’s a weird paradox. The iPhone 5 can simultaneously be the best phone on the market and really, really boring. And that has almost nothing to do with Apple and everything to do with our expectations.
apple  iphone  iphone5 
september 2012 by Aetles
Before Apple introduced the iPhone… « counternotions
This list too could go on. But it’s sobering to remember that a single device by a company with zero experience in the industry and against all odds caused such a tidal wave of change. Change didn’t come because of Nokia, Microsoft, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, RIM or any other player in the market for the past 15 years bet their company on it. Android and webOS weren’t there before the iPhone. But it’s convenient to forget all this when the meme demands Apple to be smeared with the evil brush.

Yes, “Apple’s evil”…except for all the others.
apple  history  iphone  business 
september 2012 by Aetles
Apple Rejects App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes | Danger Room |
It seemed like a simple enough idea for an iPhone app: Send users a pop-up notice whenever a flying robots kills someone in one of America’s many undeclared wars. But Apple keeps blocking the Drones+ program from its App Store — and therefore, from iPhones everywhere. The Cupertino company says the content is “objectionable and crude,” according to Apple’s latest rejection letter.
apple  drones  politics  ios  appstore  iphone 
september 2012 by Aetles
ssh - How can I use a passcode generator for authentication for remote logins? - Ask Ubuntu
I would like to strengthen the authentication of my SSH logins by adding another factor: a passcode generator device, or a passcode generation application on my mobile phone. The only obvious options in the default setup are a fixed password and key pair. How can I do this?

(If I use a password plus a passcode generator, this provides two-factor authentication (2FA): the password is “what I know”, and the passcode is “what I have”.)
twofactorauthentication  ssh  googleauthenticator  twostepverification  2fa  iphone  security 
august 2012 by Aetles
iPhone: The bet Steve Jobs didn’t decline « counternotions
Suppose you were the CEO of Apple in 2005 when a couple of intergalactic visitors with time-warping technology offered you this bet:

Design and manufacture a small mobile device that seamlessly combines the functionalities of a cellular phone, a web surfer, an audio/video player and a small PC, and your company will double its market cap and establish a third mass-market computing platform after Windows and Macintosh.

Would you take it?

Before you say, “Are you nuts, why wouldn’t I?” ponder just a few of the issues involved:
apple  iphone  business  stevejobs 
august 2012 by Aetles
Edward Marks: Improve Usability With A Black Status Bar and Rounded Corners
The use of a black status bar and rounded corners can increase the usability of your iPhone application by bounding your content and thus separating it from the viewport.
apple  ios  design  usability  development  iphone 
august 2012 by Aetles
Find the best music identification app for iOS | Macworld
Overall, SoundHound ∞ earns the title due to its speed, reliability, massive information library, and broad sharing options. Shazam Encore is a solid second place finisher with Hound in the middle of the pack. The other apps trailed farther behind, with MusicID with Lyrics coming in a distant fourth and MusicDNA ID, with its spartan set of features and sketchy performance, barely finishing the race.
music  ios  iphone  apps  appstore 
august 2012 by Aetles
Elgato Game Capture HD
Elgato Game Capture HD enables you to record PlayStation or Xbox gameplay to a Mac or PC and share it with your friends and fans. With advanced hardware H.264 encoding, you can capture in stunning HD quality, while keeping the file size low.

The gameplay is passed through to the TV via HDMI – in pristine quality, without delay. Elgato Game Capture HD doesn’t need a lot of cables or even a power supply to record your game: With direct Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 input, you can use a single cable to connect it to your console.
games  ios  ipad  iphone  video  capture 
june 2012 by Aetles
Mathy Vanhoef: WhatsApp Considered Insecure
For my internship I created a methodology to test the security of mobile applications. After I finished it I decided to take a look at WhatsApp and test the methodology I created. Several new vulnerabilities were found, including a very severe one that even affected people not using WhatsApp. But before going into detail let's first investigate the security history of WhatsApp.
whatsapp  iphone  ios  security 
may 2012 by Aetles
Add to home screen
I found that many iPhone and iPad users don’t know that they can add their favorite web sites to the Home Screen and interact with them like standard native applications. This script helps them to discover this great feature and suggests the steps needed to add your web app to the dashboard.
ios  iphone  homescreen  javascript 
may 2012 by Aetles
PhoneView for iPhone and iPad - Save SMS, iMessages, Voicemail, Call History, Music, Photos, Notes - Ecamm Network
Full iPhone and iPad Access

Save iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch app data, voicemail, text messages, iMessages, call log, notes, contacts, music and photos to your Mac.
backup  iphone  mac  osx  ipad 
april 2012 by Aetles
Retina Web Clip Icons and Reeder for iPad — Shawn Blanc
A few days ago I updated this site’s Web clip icon to be 300×300 pixels.

It looks great in Reeder, and it looks good as a Home screen icon on new and old iPads and on the iPhone 4/4S.

There are two (yea, three) ways to upload your Web clip icon and make it discoverable:
icons  ipad  webclip  apple  ios  iphone 
march 2012 by Aetles
TidBITS iPhone iPad iPod: Where to Speak on Your iPhone 4
And now for the surprise. When you take the iPhone away from your face during a call and put it into speakerphone mode (tap the Speaker button), the top microphone is the one that is now active. Did you know this? I sure didn’t.
iphone  tip  tips 
march 2012 by Aetles
iTunes 1080p video looks better, saves space using better H.264 compression
The reason that the 1080p versions of the iTunes Store videos can be a good deal better without doubling the file size—or worse—can be found in the tech specs of the new AppleTV and the new iPad. The AppleTV now supports H.264 compression for 1920x1080 resolution video at 30 frames per second using High or Main Profile up to level 4.0, the iPad and the iPhone 4S the same up to level 4.1. The profile indicates what kind of decompression algorithms the H.264 decoder has on board—the "High" profile obviously has some tricks up its sleeve that the "Main" or "Baseline" profiles known to previous devices don't support. The level value indicates how many blocks or bits per second a device can handle.

The A4 SoC that Apple used in the iPhone 4 and the second generation AppleTV as well as the A5 in the iPad 2 can handle Main Profile level 3.1, which is good enough for 1280x720 video at 30 frames per second. The original AppleTV can only handle 720p at 24 frames, and earlier devices are limited to SD video. This means that the increased 1080p resolution breaks compatibility with everything older than the iPhone 4S anyway, so Apple is free to use the high profile, resulting in better compression for a given quality level. The files are larger, but not that much larger. Whether the increased resolution comes with extra visual fidelity, however—and thus worth the extra download time—will vary from movie to movie and show to show.
1080p  720p  apple  itunes  ipad  iphone 
march 2012 by Aetles
Everything We Think We Know About Apple's Events Is Wrong | Techland |
Apple’s product launches may be the most obsessively-covered media events on the planet — presidential press conferences possibly excepted — but that doesn’t mean that people understand them.

Actually, as I mulled over today’s new iPad event and its implications, I’m struck by how little of the conventional wisdom about these rollouts feels like wisdom. Much of it is crude, out of date or just plain wrong. Including some of my own assumptions.

(PHOTOS: Apple Announces New iPad)

So here are seven things that a lot of people seem to believe they know about Apple’s events. The more attention you pay, the less they ring true. I think of them as, well, mythperceptions.
apple  event  keynote  ipad  iphone 
march 2012 by Aetles
How to: Quickly Save + Access Saved Mail Draft on iPhone, iPad, & iPod touch | Obama Pacman
Q: How do I access my last saved email draft on my iDevice?

A: There is the long way, which is using “Mailboxes”, then scroll down to Accounts, select an account, click Drafts, then click on the draft. To go back to unified email inbox, you then have to hit back two times, then select All Inboxes. It’s surely long and tedious.

Short way: hold the Compose button (annotation 2) to bring up your last saved draft.

The shortcut to last draft is saved as long as you don’t restart your device. If you restarted the device, as of iOS 5.0.1, you have to use the long way to access your last draft.
iphone  ios  tips 
february 2012 by Aetles
2012: The Year Scam Apps Killed the App Store | Impending
Drafting this one for 2014, because we like to write our blog posts a couple years early at Impending. Let’s hope I’ll never have to dig it up again.

As we’ve learned from Apple’s latest earnings call, App Store revenue growth for developers has begun to stall and slip behind device sales, resulting in many beloved indie studios closing shop or selling to larger companies, folding to the pressure and tighter profit margins.

Considering the past two years with hundreds of scams, fraud apps, hoaxes, and clones that have hit the top of the charts, it’s no surprise the atmosphere in 2014 among both App Store customers and app developers can only be described as cynical.

Most significantly, what we once took for granted before 2012, the “impulse buy”, has largely evaporated. Consumer trust in apps is now completely broken, and even customer reviews can’t be trusted due to more and more elaborately sleazy services for hire to game the system. In this fallout, we have come to understand how important the impulse buy was in a market environment dominated by rock bottom pricing. Developers have raised app pricing to compensate, kicking into effect a feedback loop resulting in sustaining revenue (for now) but plummeting sales, reach and cultural relevance for popular apps.

Customers have also in turn begun to rely more and more heavily on existing giant brands, and are avoiding less trustworthy upstarts, independent developers and studios, and apps that stray from the familiar. As a result innovation in the App Store is in a slow death spiral.

I remember early in 2012, which we can now recognize as the peak of an App Store bubble, when what felt like a utopia took a distinct left turn for the worse with the first wave of scams. Now that we’re stuck in this hole, the road to recovery, if it exists at all, will be painful and take years of education and pro-active improvements from Apple.
scam  appstore  ios  apple  iphone  apps 
february 2012 by Aetles
Samsung's super-sized Galaxy Note changed my life | The TechBlock
LCD or Plasma? That was my dilemma before the multi-talented Galaxy Note came into my life and spared me the expense. I hung the Samsung in my entertainment center and never looked back. Surely this is what James Cameron had in mind when he reimagined Fern Gully.
android  humor  iphone  screensize 
february 2012 by Aetles
AnandTech - Why Thunderbolt Won't Come to the iPhone Anytime Soon
Apple may eventually move to USB 3.0, but sync and external displays will be done over wireless technologies. Thunderbolt remains a very high performance spec that we'll see limited to notebooks and desktops for the foreseeable future.
iphone  thunderbolt  apple  intel 
january 2012 by Aetles
Stolen iPhone? Your iMessages may still be going to the wrong place
Those who have had a phone lost or stolen are familiar with the horrors that follow: the thief (or the person he sold your phone to) starts to send texts as you to your family and friends, leaving you scrambling to de-activate the device as soon as possible. For modern iPhone owners, though, such a phenomenon should be in the distant past thanks to the advent of remote wipe capabilities, right?

Perhaps not. Some unlucky iPhone owners are beginning to discover that, despite their best efforts to remove all information from their stolen phones, thieves and unsuspecting buyers are still able to send and receive iMessages as the original owner—even after the device is registered under a new account. Almost nothing seems to work—remote wiping, changing Apple ID passwords, or even moving the old phone number to a new phone—and users are becoming more than frustrated that thieves are so easily able to pose as them.
apple  iphone  imessage  ios 
december 2011 by Aetles
Elevation Dock: The Best Dock For iPhone by Casey Hopkins — Kickstarter
If you have tried using docks for your iPhone, you have probably felt our frustration: Undocking is difficult, many aren't designed to work with cases, they are lightweight, and are generally made as a cheap afterthought accessory. 

That's why we designed the Elevation Dock - Simple to use, quick undocking, and it works with or without a case. We didn't stop there - It's beautifully precision machined from solid aluminum and it comes in a gorgeous set of surface finishes, setting a new bar for quality and something that looks really good on your desk. It complements the high-level craftsmanship of the iPhone with like no other.
iphone  dock  kickstarter 
december 2011 by Aetles
Studio Neat — GLIF+
Glif+ is a deluxe Glif package. It contains the Glif, the Serif, and the Ligature. The Serif is an additional piece that is designed to keep your iPhone incredibly secure on the tripod. While the Glif is great for normal use, the Serif will keep your phone safe in more extreme situations. And, when you are not using the Serif, it fits snuggly inside the Glif, making it very compact.

Additionally, Glif+ comes with the Ligature, a simple keyring loop that attaches to the tripod thread on the Glif. Now, you'll have a way to always keep your Glif handy, by attaching it to your keychain, backpack, purse, or anything, really.

And to top it all off, the Glif+ packaging transforms into a little tripod. So, in a pinch, it's there if you need it. Cute.
iphone  photo  photography  tripod 
december 2011 by Aetles
A simple gesture I would love to have on the iPhone
I use the multitasking drawer a lot. So much that the double tap of the home button is no longer cutting it. It feels slow and interrupts my flow when using the device.

To make matters worse, the home button on my iPhone is no longer as responsive as it should be. A double tap is often interpreted as a single tap which means that instead of showing the multitasking drawer it either closes the app, or if I'm already on the home screen it takes me to the search page.

A simple gesture would decrease the wear and tear of the hardware button, and also speed up the usage of the multitasking drawer. You simply start dragging from outside the bottom of the screen and move your finger onto the screen. This edge swipe would activate the multitasking drawer.

This could be an optional setting, in the same way that Apple has made the iPad gestures optional. Certain apps might have a conflicting gesture, or a novice user might activate it accidentally. So the default behavior should probably be to have this turned off.
iphone  ios  from instapaper
december 2011 by Aetles
the understatement: Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support
The announcement that Nexus One users won’t be getting upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich led some to justifiably question Google’s support of their devices. I look at it a little differently: Nexus One owners are lucky. I’ve been researching the history of OS updates on Android phones and Nexus One users have fared much, much better than most Android buyers.

I went back and found every Android phone shipped in the United States1 up through the middle of last year. I then tracked down every update that was released for each device - be it a major OS upgrade or a minor support patch - as well as prices and release & discontinuation dates. I compared these dates & versions to the currently shipping version of Android at the time. The resulting picture isn’t pretty - well, not for Android users:
iphone  ios  andriod  smartphones 
october 2011 by Aetles
iPhone Mockup
Disclaimer: Any creation of a mockup through this website happens at your own risk. Note that your mockups are not protected in any way other than by a non-obvious URL. I can not be held responsible if you create a mockup and your competition figures out how to access it. Mockups can contain user-uploaded images and user-entered text. View at your own discretion. I do not watch, see or check this user-generated content in any way, and can not be held responsible for images uploaded by users of this site or text entered by users of this site.
iphone  ios  mockup 
october 2011 by Aetles
iOS 5: Tips, Tricks & Hidden Features
As exciting as every new major iOS release is, there’s just as much if not more excitement in finding the little things that no one knows about. Apple spends a lot of time creating major additions and changes for their releases, and then lets the users try to figure out all the small stuff. Well, not everyone has time to figure them out or doesn’t want to go through the effort to do so. This is where MacStories comes in. We know our readers are all about the details, so we went on to scan, search and pry our way through iOS 5 to find many of the hidden treasures that will make your iOS experience even better.
ios5  ios  iphone  ipad 
october 2011 by Aetles
The 7 Best Secret Features of iOS 5 « Tech Pr0n
Just installed the new iOS 5 on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch? There's a lot of great features to check out and play around with. After messing around with it on my iPhone 4 for a few minutes, these seven additions caught my attention. Check them out below—and tell us what your favorite new features are in the comments below.
ios  ios5  iphone 
october 2011 by Aetles
Notes on the iPhone 4S announcement | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog
That same footnote on the Siri page also says "requires Internet access." We never did find out exactly what that big data center Apple built was for -- given that iTunes content is mostly stored in CDNs and iCloud is implemented on top of Microsoft's Azure and Amazon's EC2 platforms.

I'm speculating that at least some of that data center's huge processing capacity is for Siri, and that at least some portion of Siri's sophisticated voice recognition works in the cloud. Presumably not all of it, otherwise it won't work when you are in a weak signal area; but consider what happens when you dictate text to the Siri software. It reads the text back and asks you to confirm that you are happy with the transcription. This is a classic setup for machine learning algorithms, and I think perhaps that each time you teach Siri a correction for a word it is uploaded to the cloud and, eventually, downloaded to everyone else's Siri implementations. There's very few effective ways to build a phenome database of all the world's dialects and accents, but this would work (for a fascinating look at how Google solved the same problem, look at the history of GOOG-411).

If my rampant and baseless speculation is correct, this means that Siri is a huge, powerful, learning network with nodes all around the world. Hopefully it'll never become self-aware, eh?
iphone4s  apple  siri  iphone 
october 2011 by Aetles
All sizes | How to use the Home Button | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
How to use the Home Button

Your iPhone has one button on its front. Pressing this button may perform different actions in different circumstances. This simple visual guide shows you how it works.
design  iphone 
september 2011 by Aetles
Collection of Beautiful iPhone Homescreen walls — Round 2
Our last roundup of awesome iPhone 4 wallpapers was especially well received. Many asked for a round 2. Contrary to what you might think, designers aren’t churning these out by the dozen, which is probably a good thing. I’ve made my best effort at finding and curating this second list, but it probably won’t be as good as the first. I pray you beg to differ.
iphone  wallpapers 
september 2011 by Aetles
On Apple Rumors: A Tale of Two iPhones? – John Morrison – Subism Studios
All signs seem to be pointing at it but no one seems to notice. My gut says that Apple is planning to launch not one but two new iPhones this fall and both will be available on all four major US carriers. I believe we will see a mildly revamped iPhone 4 and an “all-new” iPhone 5.

Apple will however downplay the 4′s revamp with a comment like “the iPhone 4 has proven to be the most popular phone in history and it’s not slowing down so today we’re making it available to T-Mobile and Sprint customers too”. No new name, and no upgraded specs they’ll want the press to focus on the iPhone 5, not a bunch of internal changes to a 15 month old device.

How will they do this? Instead of individual models for individual carriers I believe that both the revised 4 and the new 5 will have both CDMA and GSM chips in them will be compatible with all four carriers right out of the box.
apple  iphone  iphone5  rumor 
august 2011 by Aetles
Prototypes Bring your mockups to life
Prototypes for Mac turns your flat mockup images into tappable and sharable prototypes that run on iPhone or iPod touch.
browser  ios  design  iphone  from instapaper
may 2011 by Aetles
Maintain app organization when restoring iOS devices | Phones | iOS Central | Macworld
If you’ve ever had to restore an iOS device from its iTunes backup—for example, if you’ve upgraded to a new phone, or if Apple has replaced an iPhone that was having problems—there’s a good chance you’ve come across one of the most frustrating bugs in the iTunes/iOS 4 system: Much of your painstakingly created Home-screen organization is wiped out. Specifically, most of your third-party apps are no longer on the screens where you placed them, and while a few of your folders may remain, even those are missing most of their original contents (which are instead scattered across various screens).
backup  ios  iphone  itunes 
may 2011 by Aetles
TidBITS Safe Computing: Make Sure Your iOS Device is Really Encrypted
Encrypting your data on your iPad or iPhone is a great way to protect yourself on the off chance you lose your device. Even if someone plugs your device into a computer, they ideally won’t be able to steal all of your data. On current iOS devices, encrypting is as simple as setting a passcode.

Encryption in iOS 3 and then iOs 4 -- I say “ideally” because it turns out to be a little more complicated than simple setting a passcode.
iphone  ios  security 
march 2011 by Aetles
Ask Ars: What are those symbols on the back of the iPhone?
Question: There are a bunch of symbols and numbers on the backs of iPhones. I know what 16GB means; what about the rest?
february 2011 by Aetles
Go To URL Faster on iPad - Mac OS X Hints
The process of loading a URL in a new tab on iPad can be rather cumbersome and slow. First, one launches Safari from the home screen, waits for the app to open and the old webpage to re-render, then one hits the tab switch button, presses the new tab space, waits for that tab to open, waits for it to switch to the search panel (this is the most irritating part of the process, since it seems to take even longer when what one really wants is the URL bar), and finally, one clicks on the URL bar to enter in a new URL.

To simplify this process considerably, just add a new icon to your Springboard that goes directly to about:blank. Details after the jump.
mactips  iostips  tips  mac  ios  mobilesafari  ipad  iphone 
february 2011 by Aetles
OneLessDrop by Dean Heckler — Kickstarter
In the time it takes to read this page, millions of power cords for mobile phones, iPads, and notebooks will slide off nightstands, side tables, and desks and fall to the ground. The global frustration created by this phenomena cannot be overestimated. This problem deserves an elegant solution.

Introducing OneLessDrop.
kickstarter  cables  mac  iphone 
february 2011 by Aetles
Apple-holic's shocking AAPL stats and fiscal facts - Computerworld Blogs
Apple's 91-day quarter yields some impressive numbers -- take them apart a little and you get the kind of stats you can reel off at a dinner party without being seen as too utterly crushing a bore, for example, did you know there's one iPhone being sold for every two people being born into this world today?

Apple sold 16.24 million iPhones in the December quarter. That sure is a lot of iPhones, and while dwarfed by the 650 million bottles of Heinz Ketchup sold around the world each year means Apple sells more iPhones each year than there are cars sold worldwide.
apple  mac  ipod  ipad  iphone 
january 2011 by Aetles
Make a Drupal theme look better on the iPhone and the iPad |
When I got my first iPhone two years back I adapted the theme here on to work better with it. I documented it in my post Make a Drupal theme look better on the iPhone.

During the holidays I got to try out the iPad for a few days and found ways to make the theme work better for it as well.
drupal  theme  ipad  iphone 
january 2011 by Aetles
The best Mac and iOS apps I used in 2010
Following up on my article about the best Mac apps I used in 2010, here are some of the best hybrid "Mac and iOS apps" I used in 2010. This wasn't an attempt to come up with a specific number, just the results of some careful reflection.

You may wonder why some apps appear on this list instead of the Mac list. For example, Dropbox has an iOS app, why not add it here? Because my primary use of Dropbox is on the Mac. Yes I use it with iOS, but it's usually through another app that is syncing back to my Mac. On the other hand, using OmniFocus for iPad (our review) led to me using OmniFocus for Mac more, so I put OmniFocus on this list.

All that is to say, these are my distinctions, and you are free to disagree with them.
mac  macosx  iphone  apps 
december 2010 by Aetles
Accessibility for iPhone and iPad apps » Matt Legend Gemmell
Ensuring that your iPhone or iPad app is accessible (in this case, to visually impaired users) is the right thing to do, and thankfully it’s very easy – in many cases, there’s no work to do at all. This article for iOS developers describes how to implement accessibility support.
accessibility  development  ios  ipad  iphone 
december 2010 by Aetles
Server monitoring with e-mail, SMS, iPhone, Android alerts - Server Density
Avoid false positives with easy-to-configure alerting options.
Improve page load time by discovering when your servers are overloaded.
Save $1,000s worth of time - minutes to install and no complex config or ongoing management.
iphone  server  monitoring 
december 2010 by Aetles
The cost of 14 million iPhones - Apple 2.0 - Fortune Tech
"Take iPod for example -- very expensive, only worked with Macs (latest with firewire). Then USB solution came, but still PCs didn't have iTunes, thus significant work arounds required. Nobody took Apple seriously on iPod -- too expensive & minute addressable market.

"Couple, three years later -- all in rapid succession -- Apple releases iTunes for Windows, iTunes Music Store, cut prices and introduced the iPod mini. Within 9-12 months iPod share exploded from 20-30% to 70-80%. Just like that Apple had sewn it up. It was too late for competitors. None of any valiant attempts were able to dent iPod share thus they folded their hands in concession. iPod created a new market.
ipod  apple  ipad  iphone 
october 2010 by Aetles
How to integrate a iPhone application with Drupal | Good Old
This is a guide to integrating a iPhone application with Drupal using the services module with the REST server and OAuth authentication.
drupal  iphone 
september 2010 by Aetles
ignore the code: Chris Clark
I’m kind of weird, I love negative feedback. Unsolicited complaint means somebody cared enough to write it down, and then when you fix their pet peeve they transform into a fan. Plus you got to fix a real problem for a real person, which is pretty rewarding. The oft-bemoaned fact that iOS developers can’t reply directly to App Store commenters is all the more reason to fix the root of the problem.

Customer comments do ease the planning of future software releases a little. They’re the squeaky wheels. It’d be foolish to ignore your own ideas and priorities in favor of being 100% feedback-driven… you’d find yourself in the Henry Ford «my customers wanted a faster horse» situation pretty quickly, but it’s helpful nonetheless. Popular feature requests jump up the queue, others languish.

Some negative feedback just isn’t helpful, but that’s life. The world has its share of caustic assholes with nothing better to do than give 1-star reviews on iTunes, but if mean words really bother you, you have no business making things and selling them to the public. Don’t be a musician, either. Or a writer. Or a chef.
design  iphone 
september 2010 by Aetles
Twitter / Matt Drance: Am I the last person to di ...
Am I the last person to discover that double-tapping the top/bottom of a WebView (incl. Safari) pages up/down?
iostips  iphone  ios 
september 2010 by Aetles
iPod, iPhone and iPad Firmware Download
After downloading the desired firmware below, you can shift-click (PC) or option-click (Mac) the Restore or Update buttons in iTunes. A file dialog will open and let you choose the downloaded ipsw-file.

Note: Your browser may change the ipsw-file into a zip-file. In that case, just rename it to end in .ipsw and iTunes will accept it.
iphone  ipod  firmware 
september 2010 by Aetles - A smartphone retrospective
Smartphones were an established consumer-electronics market with devices that people thought were pretty cool, but often frustrating and with serious shortcomings and design flaws.

Then this happened:
ipad  apple  iphone 
august 2010 by Aetles
Questions and Answers on the JailbreakMe Vulnerability - F-Secure Weblog : News from the Lab
Q: What is this all about?
A: It's about a site called that enables you to Jailbreak your iPhones and iPads just by visiting the site.
iphone  jailbreak 
august 2010 by Aetles
So You Just Got an iPhone 4 – An App Store Gaming Guide | Touch Arcade
If you're one of the lucky ones you managed to secure themselves an iPhone 4 today (or even the past two days if you're really lucky) you've no doubt marveled at how thin it is, how crisp the Retina Display is, and maybe you've even found someone else to do a FaceTime call with… but what about loading it up with some games? Since we haven't gotten our own iPhone 4's yet, we haven't really been able to put together a "games that are really awesome on the iPhone 4" listing, but I figured we'd start out by compiling a list of some of our favorite games in the App Store.

If you think this looks a lot like our 2009 Buyer's Guide, that's because it does. However, we've updated the list with some of our recent favorites and kept some of the old ones. In the interest of space, we had to drop many off the list, but that doesn't reflect the quality of those games. If you're looking for more suggestions, please check out the 2009 Buyer's Guide for additional titles we also loved.

If you want to play games on your new iPhone, you're in for a treat.
june 2010 by Aetles
Urbanape - Some Non-Busy iPhone Wallpapers
I pretty quickly tired of the bright, busy background images for the wallpaper, and so created a few in Acorn.
june 2010 by Aetles
Quiet iPhone wallpaper
Add my voice to those saying that the default wallpaper choices for iOS 4 are too busy and high contrast. So, I've made an iPhone wallpaper called Tranquil that will hopefully help with this problem.
june 2010 by Aetles
Choosing Which Calendars to Sync : Mail, Calendar, & Contacts - Google Mobile Help
Google Sync allows you to choose up to 25 Calendars with the Calendar app on your iPhone (on iPhone OS 3.0).
iphone  googleapps  calendar 
march 2010 by Aetles
Blue Marble - iPhone J.D.
One of the default pictures included with the iPhone is a beautiful image of the Earth as seen from space.  Unless you weren't paying attention, you saw this picture when you first purchased your iPhone, and you can still view it by going to Settings --> Wallpaper --> Wallpaper; it is the second image provided by Apple.  Here is what it looks like as a wallpaper on an iPhone:


If you have ever wondered where this photograph came from, a recent post from Gizmodo sheds some light on the subject, although to get the full story you need to go to some more sources, including this page from the Swiss Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science.  Here is a short version.
march 2010 by Aetles
[cmdshft] » Blog Archive » Free Push Fix for hacktivated iPhone’s is here!
Thanks to the work of the iPhone DevTeam, with their original “by hand” method of fixing push, they have paved the way for a more automated process.

#iphone IRC commoner anethema has setup a way to fix push via Cydia which gives you GENUINE activation certificates, and they are ALWAYS unique. You will never share acivation certs with another iPhone user. The best part? Unlike which charges it’s userbase a fee for them to get their push working,  anethema’s solution is 100% FREE.
iphone  jailbreak  push  hacktivation 
march 2010 by Aetles
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