Downloadable software for the iPhone

Arik Hesseldahl of BusinessWeek said today (here) that a group of independent software developers led by Patrick Walton have created what "appears to be the first downloadable program created for the iPhone." (More details here.)

But actually I think the first genuinely useful downloadable iPhone application might have been this one:


The programmer, a friend of mine named Garth Minette, discovered on July 28 that he could encode an entire application, 85 Kbytes in size, into an iPhone bookmark. So it works even when the iPhone is not connected to the network-- the basic … Read more

Apple playing 'chord' patterns with future devices?

Apple could have a lot more in mind for the multitouch user interface found on the iPhone.

A recent Apple patent filing spotted by Macsimum News, among others, covers technology described as a "multitouch gesture dictionary." It's basically a way of assigning certain tasks, such as opening an application, to a series of gestures and "chords," according to the patent application.

Right now, iPhone users navigate by dragging a finger up, down, left or right to scroll through contacts, music or e-mail. Zooming in or out of a Web page requires two fingers that either … Read more

iTunes 7.3.2 appears to include iPhone-related bug fixes

iTunes 7.3.2 appears to include iPhone-related bug fixes

Though we're not sure yet exactly what they are yet, iTunes 7.3.2 (recently released in Mac and Windows editions) appears to include bug fixes and improvements related to iPhone interaction and synchronization.

Apple's cagey release notes state only that the update provides "bug fixes to improve stability and performance." However, an analysis of the Mac OS X iTunes 7.3.2 update package reveals modification to several iPhone-related files including:

/System/Library/AppleMobileDevice.kext /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/DeviceLink.framework /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/MobileDevice.framework /… Read more

iPhone logic boards, displays, batteries, other parts for sale

iFixIt (not to be confused with our sister site, MacFixIt) is now selling a bevy of iPhone components, including:

iPhone 4 GB Logic Board: $199.95 iPhone Display Assembly: $199.95 iPhone Communications Board: $149.95 iPhone Headphone Jack: $99.95 iPhone Camera: $69.95 iPhone Original Battery: $49.95 iPhone 4 GB Rear Panel: $39.95 iPhone Front Bezel: $29.95 iPhone Antenna Cover: $14.95 iPhone SIM Card Tray: $9.95

The company has also posted a series of guides on installation for these parts, though performing any of the procedures will surely void your Apple warranty.

Exchange in the iPhone's native e-mail client, sort of

The iPhone can't get mail through Microsoft Exchange servers unless those servers are set up to deliver messages through IMAP. This means two things: first, some organizations choose not to enable IMAP delivery due to "security concerns" meaning that users can't get their mail at all with the iPhone's native mail client; second, the "push" capabilities of Exchange servers don't work with the iPhone -- the client must manually check the server for new messages (up to once every 15 minutes) rather than immediately being notified when a new message arrives. You … Read more

iPhone Update 1.0.1: Undocumented fixes, improvements galore: volume, stability, VPN, battery, more

[See release notes and initial troubleshooting coverage. Again, this update is only available through iTunes. Click the "Check for Updates" button with the iPhone selected from the left-hand pane, or the same-named menu item under the "iTunes" menu to get it.]

Note: update takes several minutes Once iTunes has downloaded the iPhone 1.0.1 update, the installation process can take several minutes. Do not disconnect or turn of your iPhone during this time. You may notice that the startus bar stops moving -- still, don't interrupt the process. Firmware updating is tricky business, and … Read more

iPhone Update 1.0.1 troubleshooting: Problems installing (especially with hacks); more

Users are experiencing some issues with installing the new iPhone 1.0.1 software/firmware release. Problems are most likely to occur if you made some type of modification to the device's software through the use of Jailbreak or other hacking methods.

In most cases, simply restoring the iPhone will allow proper installation of the 1.0.1 update. To perform a restore, Connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC and, in iTunes, click the Restore button under the Summary tab. Restoring the phone will erase contacts, calendars, photos and other data on the phone, but will restore … Read more

iPhone update 1.0.1 released: security fixes

iPhone update 1.0.1 is now available through iTunes. The new release patches several security flaws related to Safari, WebKit and WebCore.

You can obtain the update via the "Check for Updates" button or menu item in iTunes To check that the iPhone has been properly updated, tap "Settings" then "General" then "About." The version after applying this update will be "1.0.1 (1C25)".

Problems after updating? Please let us know

Specific security enhancements include:

Safari Visiting a malicious website may allow cross-site scripting Safari's … Read more

Apple unloads torrent of patches, plus the first iPhone update

If you own a Mac or an iPhone, chances are you'll need to download at least one of the security updates issued by Apple late Tuesday.

Dozens of vulnerabilities and bugs were covered by a total of six downloads for Mac OS 10.3.9 (Panther), Mac OS 10.4.10 (Tiger) on PowerPC, and the Universal version of Mac OS 10.4.10, as well as the server versions of each of those operating systems. Each download contains several patches to correct flaws, and Apple is recommending that all users of those operating systems download the updates.

Some … Read more