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Dvorak Slams Apple for iBricking, Threatens to Write More Crazy Editorials

Tech curmudgeon John C. Dvorak (the C stands for cranky) points the spotlight of criticism on Apple for its blatant act of bricking unlocked iPhones. He points out that in many overseas markets unlocked phones are common place, and a lucrative business. Hey, John... I agree with you, but trying to get Apple to change its policies is like trying to wrestle a half ton alligator. It's a futile effort and just makes the gator angry.

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Still Working on Broken Apps

Ambrosia Software, makers of iToner, a software program used to put ringtones on an iPhone, have announced that they are still working on fixing iToner for firmware version 1.1.1. They expect to have an update Real Soon Now:

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A Weekend of Restoration Provides a Painful Lesson In Patience and Haste

Last week and the proceeding weekend I was on the receiving end of some terrible misfortune; the worst series of mishaps I have endured in... well, quite a long while. Fools rush in where hackers fear to tread. And I not only rushed in, I kicked in the door and set fire to the house on my in. Very unwise.

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Think Different Parody Ad

Someone has posted a YouTube parody video of Apple's 'Think different' campaign. Until folks manage to crack and hack the 1.1.1 firmware, it probably functions as a eulogy for the 1.0.2 firmware that allowed us to install 3rd party applications and unlock our iPhones. There was a nice little ecosystem going on the iPhone for a while, and it was pretty much nipped in the bud.

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Downgrade Your iPhone Firmware

It is possible to downgrade your iPhone from 1.1.1 to 1.0.2, restoring some functionality of your iPhone.

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Bluetooth Audio

There's a bug in the 1.1.1 firmware that lets you stream audio through bluetooth. It's not quite Stereo Bluetooth. It's essentially mono Bluetooth, but it brings some functionality, and may be useful for podcasts and the like. To get audio through Bluetooth:

  1. pair your Bluetooth, if you haven't done so already
  2. open Visual voicemail
  3. select 'Audio' at top right. If it doesn't say 'Audio,' reconsider step 1.
  4. It will bring up a dialogue box to choose sound output. Select your Bluetooth headset
  5. Presto! Enjoy your audio through both the speaker and your Bluetooth headset.

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Apple Posts Interface Guidelines

Apple has posted their Human Interface Guidelines (HIG, PDF link) for programming for the iPhone. What this means is that they've completed the rules and guidelines for how they expect you, the iPhone user, to interact with applications on the device. It also means that now that they have interface guidelines, they can begin focusing on building the software they need for native third party applications and not web applications. Yes, I said it; worst of all, I believe it. Even worse, I think this is the big news of the weekend, even more than bricked iPhones. You'll have to brave the cut for why.

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iPhone Update Impressions

Well, the first major update is out. It brings some cosmetic changes to the iPhone, and fixes a few glaring issues. The ability to purchase tracks on iTunes is great, and I can see iTunes going a long way with this. For example, if Apple could get radio stations to have some sort of standardized 'now playing' list in exchange for money or shared revenue or something, perhaps one could buy a song that one heard on the radio and liked. That would be a much more dramatic tie-in than say, Starbucks.

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Restoring 1.0.2 Instead of 1.1.1

I have two iPhones, one that I've been keeping "clean and pristine," and that's the iPhone that I use most of the time. I do have another iPhone though, that I have done all manner of hacking and installing apps and the like. If, like me, you have an iPhone that you'd rather keep on version 1.0.2, it's easy to select older versions of the firmware when you restore the iPhone:

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Undocumented Features of 1.1.1

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Along with the official changes of yesterday's update, there are some unofficial changes that aren't good enough to make a bullet point on Apple's list. Which is weird, because some of these are huge.

  • You can now select different alerts for incoming messages:
    Settings -> Sounds -> New Text Message -> choice of:
    Tri-Tone (default), Chime, Glass, Horn, Bell, Electronic
  • International keys are available by holding down the letter key.
  • The iPhone mail application supports MP3 and .wav Attachments
  • includes the closed captioning abilities promised
  • enables a debug console for MobileSafari for web developers to find errors on their pages:
    Settings -> Safari -> Developer -> Debug Console [on/off]
  • breaks every 3rd party jailbreak -- the iPhoneDevWiki team will have to reverse-engineer the iPhone all over again
  • since the iPhone can't be jailbroken, there is no way to get 3rd party ringtones on the iPhone.

And just for the sake of posterity, after the break there's a readable version of Apple's list of official changes.

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