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iTunes 7.4.2 released: addresses ringtone issue, other bugs

Apple has released iTunes 7.4.2, a maintenance update for the music playback, purchase and synchronization application. The new release, according to Apple's notes, "addresses an issue with creating ringtones using iTunes Plus song purchases and includes bug fixes to improve stability and performance."

Hopefully this release resolves some of the iPhone sync issues that affected a large number of users under iTunes 7.4 and 7.4.1.

The new release is available Mac [38.3MB] and Windows [49.1MB] editions.

If your problems have been resolved by this release, or you're experiencing new … Read more

Apple: Open Microsoft Outlook prior to first sync

We previously reported on a number of issues related to Outlook/iPhone synchronization â?? particularly calendar information. A number of potential fixes are contained in this article and our special report on troubleshooting iPhone sync issues.

Apple has now posted Knowledge Base article #306406, which states that you can solve a problem where contacts or calendar events may appear in Microsoft Outlook after syncing by opening Microsoft Outlook on the computer and completing the setup wizard to create a profile prior to synchronizing the iPhone. The article states:

"After creating the profile, then perform another sync. The contacts and/… Read more

Interference from cases with magnetic clips

Knowledge Base article #306435 addresses an issue where magnetic cases may cause inteference with wireless signals transmitted by the iPhone. The document states:

"Remove the phone from the carrying case. Turn iPhone off and then on again. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on top of iPhone for a few seconds until a red slider appears, and then slide the slider. Then press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears. Use iPhone to verify the issue is no longer present."

Feedback? info@iphoneatlas.com.

Feedme (iPhone app)

There are several newsreader apps for iPhone, but this app might have the others beat--at least in the ease-of-use category. Opening this app gives you a list of categories to choose from. Once you pick a category, you're presented with all the popular feeds that fit the category. We especially like the way this app presents feeds from a site with a ticker, making it easy to pick out a good story as it floats by.

iPhone link: http://www.feedmenews.net/

Misc. iPod touch notes: Different screen, has small speaker, only music from WiFi store

A few miscellaneous iPod touch notes:

The screen is different in many ways from the iPhone. It seems somewhat brighter, but also appears to lack the level of contrast. As previously noted, there is no visible internal speaker on the iPod touch. However, there is actually a small internal speaker that outputs tap noises for the keyboard and some other alerts. This speaker cannot playback audio from the iPod function (music/videos) or from Web content. The WiFi iTunes Store only permits the purchase of music, not movies or music videos.

Feedback? info@iphoneatlas.com.

Safari for iPod touch has different user agent string, may not go directly to iPhone-optimized sites

The version of Safari used by the iPod touch is ostensibly the same as the version used by the iPhone, but carries a slightly different user agent string.

iPod Touch user agent string Mozila/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Geckto) Version/3.0 Mobile/3A101a Safari/419.3 iPhone user agent string Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/1C28 Safari/419.3

Notice the different in device identifier, and the different build number.

Unfortunately, this means … Read more

Current iPhone hack methods don't work on iPod touch... but it won't be long

We just took delivery of a new iPod touch. Without hesitation, the first thing we tried to do (after oohing and aahing a bit at the WiFi iTunes Store) was hack the device to put third-party applications on it in the same manner as the iPhone. Unfortunately, the current iPhone methodology doesn't work for the iPod touch, and here's why:

The super-simple AppTapp method, which allows you to simply run one application from your desktop computer that jailbreaks the iPhone and puts Installer.app on the device through which other applications can be installed directly doesn't work … Read more

iPhone software/firmware update imminent: What's expected; hack/unlock concerns

Backing speculation spurred by an image on Apple's iPhone store credit page that shows software version 1.1.1 (3B13) -- the latest current release is 1.0.2 (1C28) -- we've received word from reliable sources that an iPhone software/firmware update is imminent. Here's what's expected:

iTunes WiFi store Already available on the iPod touch, Apple promised delivery of the iTunes WiFi store for iPhones some time in the month of September. The functionality is expected to be added to the iPhone with this firmware update, or independently pushed to the iPhone via EDGE/… Read more

iPhone SMS storage limit: 1000

One of the more commonly reported complaints about the iPhone's SMS scheme is that there's an artificial limit on the number of text messages that can be stored. In other words, though there may be a significant chunk of free memory on the device, the amount of text messages that can be stored is capped. This can result in the message "Your SMS mailbox is almost full. Please delete some messages."

Apple has now revealed, in Knowledge Base article #306427, that the limit for SMS messages is 1000, adding:

"If iPhone indicates your SMS mailbox … Read more

Apple posts details of $100 iPhone early-buyer credit, online or retail redemption

Apple has posted details of the $100 early-buyer iPhone credit. The program is available to those who bought their iPhones before August 22nd (phones bought after August 22nd are subject to Apple's price guarantee). Users enter their phone number and iPhone serial number to determine eligibility. They will then receive an SMS text message on the iPhone containing the access code to redeem the $100 credit. The $100 electronic store credit is is tied to an access code that must be entered at the online Apple Store.

Apple says:

"Requests for the $100 credit must be submitted by … Read more