Apple has just pushed out the very FIRST iPhone update 1.0.1, its been only a month since the iPhone launch so long awaited update might be an over kill. However based on the information available up till now the update seems to be fix for some of the bugs especially the iPhone’s Safari flaw that lets hackers take control.
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I had posted an article on iPhone Tips & Tricks over the weekend with the focus on iPhone’s Keyboard to improve the usability of your iPhone’s soft keyboard. If you found them useful, here are some more interesting iPhone Tips & Tricks that offer pointers to make good use of iPhone’s revolutionary new multi-touch interface.
PopCap Games, the leading developer and publisher of casual games, today announced that it has launched a custom version of its flagship game Bejeweled for iPhone’s Safari browser and is making it available at no cost to iPhone owners thus making it one of the first high profile games to hit the iPhone.
Though not a downloadable game like many of PopCap’s popular PC games, the
Safari web-browser based game is expected to deliver players all the original
functionality and gameplay that helped make Bejeweled popular.
Folks at iPhoneology have been doing some digging into iPhone’s firmware and guess what? they have stumbled onto some very interesting stuff. One of the system preference files has revealed possibilities of hidden iPhone applications & widgets waiting to be unlocked by a firmware upgrade.
While the "Unit converter" seems to be a conversion application & "Translation" seems to be a translation widget (just guessing), the application that has got me excited of the three is the "Radio". We all know that the iPod has not had a radio for years and the radio functionality was only introduced recently with the iPod Radio remote accessory so the chances that Apple will introduce this capability in the iPhone are slim.
However after seeing the screenshot; we cannot rule out the possibility that Apple could be looking to introduce streaming mobile radio on the iPhone in the near future. Also the fact that these names have already made it to the iPhone‘s firmware indicates that each of these iPhone applications or widgets should get unlocked with a firmware update.
The screenshots look quite genuine and iPhonelogy guys have also confirmed that the icons on the first image above are not the actual icons but are ones captured from Mac OS X Tiger widgets (the only part that was doubtful).
You might call it wishful thinking, but earlier we were only wishing for Apple to unlock the iPhone to help us do some customizations currently only possible with iPhone hacks like custom ringtones or custom backgrounds, with today’s revelation we are also hoping for new iPhone applications to be unlocked as well with the FIRST firmware upgrade.
[Images and source courtesy iPhoneology]
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Before the iPhone launch, Jobs put the kibosh on any talk about Apple opening up iPhone’s platform for third party developers by saying "You don’t want your phone to be an open platform", Apple then backtracked slightly on that statement when they announced that developers could use the web kit engine to develop sophisticated web 2.0 sites and applications for the iPhone.
You will agree that it that didn’t mean complete freedom for third party developers which has motivated folks at #iphone IRC channel to build their first unauthorized iPhone GUI "Hello world" application.
iPhone hacks are evolving from being only for those technically inclined to new GUI based tools being released to simplify the hacking process so even mortals like us could try them out. One of those GUI based tools was iFuntastic which had simplified the complicated procedure of getting custom ringtones on your iPhone.
bitSpilt, the iPhone hacking genius who had brought you iFuntastic has now released version 2.0 of the tool with improved functionality, added features and bug fixes.
One of the gambles Apple took with with the iPhone, dubbed the most hyped gadget ever created, was doing away with a physical keyboard and instead featuring a full QWERTY soft keyboard on the large multi-touch display with innovative new software.
Apple wanted to ensure that there are no hiccups so prior to the iPhone launch; Apple released videos to help users use the iPhone’s keyboard and since then we have also had a lot of tips and tricks from iPhone users themselves.
So here is a roundup of all the tips & tricks which should help make a difference in the usability of your iPhone’s keyboard.
Did you know that iTunes offers short audio samples or previews of its entire library as free downloads? I am talking about those 30 second clips of every song on iTunes that you can listen to before you buy. That makes these iTunes previews perfect ringtones as a ringtone is usually nothing but a tiny snippet of a song and not the entire song.
The good news for iPhone users is that an iPhone hack can help you download these audio previews from iTunes and install them onto your iPhone as custom ringtones.
iPhone’s stunning 3.5-inch widescreen display is the ultimate way to watch TV shows and movies on the go so it was unfortunate to see that Apple does not support DVDs or flash videos on to the iPhone via iTunes.
However, in the hackers world, "does not support" doesn’t mean "it’s not possible".
The software required is freeware or shareware, and their guide includes the following sections:
Part 1: How to convert DVD movie to iPhone (Windows)
Part 2: How to convert AVI, WMV, MPEG, RM, RMVB, ASF, MOV, DivX, XviD, MPG to iPhone MP4 or H264 format (Windows)
Part 3: How to convert DVD movie to iPhone on Mac OS.
Part 4: How to convert video to iPhone on Mac OS.
Part 5: How to add movie and video to iPhone.
Part 6: How to convert flash, swf to iPhone.
Follow this link for a step by step tutorial until the pre-formatted content increases. Enjoy the Hollywood movies on the stunning 3.5 inch widescreen display with stereo sound on your iPhone!
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If you want to activate your iPhone so that you can use it without having to set up an account with AT&T but were put off by the need to use command line then there is some good news for you. A GUI based iPhone activation program; iActivator has been released.