Archives for January 2010

Apple Opens YouTube Channel, Posts iPad Video and Keynote

YouTubeApple has finally opened what appears to be an official YouTube Channel. This means we can now embed any video that Apple release there, here on AIS. Here is the iPad video from Apple’s website and that was played at the end of the Keynote and the entire Keynote split into 4 videos:

Apple – iPad – Introducing the iPad

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Apple Removes Flash Content From iPad Ads

AppleI noticed that when Steve Jobs was doing his demo of the new iPad, he quickly skipped over areas of webpages that had flash on them. There was, just like the iPhone, a little blue cube where the flash belongs. This has disappointed everyone that the new device won’t support flash. Most likely, Apple doesn’t allows flash on it’s iPhone, iPod touch and new iPad because it doesn’t want users bypassing the paid for App Store for free flash game sites.

Anyway, Apple was displaying their iPad on their website with the flash working. Not sure how they missed this one but they have now updated the images. This would mean they do not intend to have flash working on the device any time soon.

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What I Backup When Restoring My iPhone

Apple iPhone SchoolBefore the recent event from Apple I was waiting for the announcement of new iPhone OS so I could upgrade and get all the new features. Unfortunately, there was no update as of yet. So, I decided to rejailbreak my iPhone. I’ve been missing push notifications from my last jailbreak and wanted to go a different route. Before I restore my iPhone I sync my iPhone and then use SSH to backup all kinds of stuff. Here’s the process I use. Some are redundant because the iTunes sync backs them up but many times I’ve had a bad backup or want to start fresh and if you don’t back up everything, you will lose it. If you can think of anything else, please add it in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.

1. Sync with iTunes. This will save all of your App Store & stock app information like notes, game saves, logins, etc. Again, if you are not going to restore from this backup then you don’t need to do this.
2. Remove all pictures and videos using the USB connections. If something has happened where you can’t access your iPhone via USB to see pictures, like me right now. You can go to /private/var/mobile/Media/DCIM/ and manually download them via SSH. Beware, if you have a lot of pictures and videos, it may take a while.
3. Take a screenshot of every page of your springboard. I also take them of Winterboard and my Settings app where the jailbroken apps list is.
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How to Get More Than 11 Pages of Apps (No Jailbreak)

Apple iPhone SchoolA while back a friend of mine text me these instructions on how to get more than 11 pages of apps on my iPhone. I now have 13 thanks to the hack so here’s the guide. From what I see, there is no jailbreak required to do this.

1. Create 11 pages of apps by dragging apps to all pages. There can be blank spots.
2. Fill the first page & last page full of apps.
3. Drag the Voice Memos app to the very last page and last location in the bottom right. (Not on the dock)
4. Move one app up from the dock so the Voice Memos app gets bumped off. Hit the home button so they stop wiggling.
5. Hold down power button and turn off. Turn back on.

That’s it! When iPhone boots up it should create a new page. It seems the best amount is 19 pages. That way you can still see all the dots :) I’ve also heard that it doesn’t work on older firmware. I’m using 3.1.2.




Update: I’ve updated the instructions for #2. I added that you need the first page to be full of apps also.

iPad Pricing and Availability

AppleThe new iPad from Apple was released yesterday. It will come is a few different configurations. You can get it with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage. You can also get it with or without the 3G connection for an extra $130. The non 3G version will be available within 60 days and for added 3G it will be 90 days. Below is the pricing structure:

$499 – 16GB wifi
$629 – 16GB wifi + 3G
$599 – 32GB wifi
$729 – 32GB wifi + 3G
$699 – 64GB wifi
$829 – 64GB wifi + 3G


The 3G service will be available in the US through AT&T for $14.99 for 250MB per month or $29.99 for unlimited per month. There is no contract and no cancellation fee. The iPad will be unlocked so you can use it with any carrier that supports micro SIM cards. It’s also a data only connection. There are possibilities of VOIP calls but no phone app comes with it.

Poll: Will You Buy The New iPad?

AppleWith today’s announcement of the new iPad, we’re wondering how many will buy the new iPad from Apple? Let us know in the comments why or why not and what model you’re planning on getting. I am planning on getting one. Depending on exactly how the 3G data service works, I will get the 64GB with 3G but not activate it for now. Gonna have to save up first…

Will you buy the new iPad (tablet) from Apple?

  • Yes (36%, 1,093 Votes)
  • No (64%, 1,929 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,019

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iPad (Tablet) Keynote Video Now Available on

AppleToday’s Keynote is now available on Apple’s website. Total run time is about an hour and a half.

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Apple Tablet Live Blog

Apple iPhone SchoolToday I will be live blogging during the Apple event. I’m going to do it a little different from the past. I’m not going to attempt to write every little thing that happens on this one post. I will be taking notes from the event and then, later, writing full articles about each point. What we’ll be doing during the events is tweeting and live streaming both major iPhone and Tablet announcements and sharing our comments. There will be a live video feed from me and an area where you can either live chat (type), comment in the post, or reply via twitter.

We will also be tweeting as much info as possible from our @iphoneschool twitter account for those of you on mobile devices.

Link to Live Stream of Event:

Video Stream of Live Blog

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Name: iPad
Price: $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32 GB, $699 for 64GB. Add $130 to each model for 3G chip.
3G: available from AT&T, 250MB a month for $14.99 or Unlimted for $29.99 a month. No contract, includes AT&T wifi hotspots, unlocked, no voice.
On Screen Keyboard
1GHz Processor
10 hour battery life, 1 month standby
Runs all App Store Apps, some in full screen with more features. SDK out now.
Main apps rewritten for iPad: Mail, Photos, Browser, Contacts, Calendar, Maps, YouTube, iTunes
New Apps: iBook Store, iWorks ($9.99 per app)
Physical Specs: 1/2 inch thick, 9.7 inch screen, 1.5 lbs, 9.56 high x 7.47 inches wide.
Connectivity: 3G, Wifi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
Other hardware: A-GPS, Digital Compass, microphone, speaker, volume rocker, mute switch, headphone jack, 30pin connector, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, home button.


Today’s Apple Event

AppleToday is Apple’s big event where the tablet will most likely be released. The event starts at the following times:

08:00AM – Hawaii
10:00AM – Pacific
11:00AM – Mountain
12:00PM – Central
01:00PM – Eastern
06:00PM – London

We will be blogging about the new device and and any updates to the iPhone.


McGraw-Hill’s CEO Confirms Apple Tablet Runs iPhone Like OS

AppleThe CEO of the book publishing company, McGraw-Hill, shared in an interview on CNBC that the upcoming tablet from Apple will run an operating system that is based on the iPhone. He explains it’s so it’s “transferable” and references the 95% of the company’s books that are already in e-book format.


ProSwitcher Update

Available In: Cydia       Price: Free  

CydiaIt seems as soon as I wrote about ProSwitcher, the next day an update was released. Here are some of the features of the new release. Show Icon toggle (allows for activation from springboard icon); Empty Tap to Close toggle; Show Default Apps toggle (hide apps like phone and mail); Empty Style options of Text, Blank or Disabled.

It also feels a little snappier but I have some many hack running I’m never sure what’s causing slow downs. Let me know if those of you having lag issues see improvement.

ProSwitcher – Palm Pre-styled Application Switcher

Available In: Cydia       Price: Free  

cydiaBackgrounder is a really great hack for the iPhone. It lets you keep an application running in the background even when you hit the home button to close it. This is great for apps like Pandora and other music apps or anything else you might want. The annoying part for me has always been moving around between those apps. Usually I just use the search to find them because I have so many pages of apps I don’t want to scroll around looking for them. One newer feature of backgrounder displays a badge on the icon of the apps running in the background so you know what’s still running. Now with all of that said, a new app helps streamline all of this called ProSwitcher.

This app has a ton of customization that I could talk about all day but I’ll tell you the main point and you can mess with settings. Basically what it does is when you activate it from one of it’s many ways, it zooms out of the app, kinda like the way multiple webpages display in Mobile Safari, and you can flick left and right through what’s running. It also triggers the app you’re currently in to run in the back ground. Here’s some screenshots and a quick video demo. The apps free so check it out and if there’s something you don’t like, make sure you check all the features and options ’cause a lot of it can be changed.


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Loren Brichter Explains How He Created Tweetie

##ICON_NAME##I used to be a HUGE fan of Tweetie until Tweetie 2. Some of my favorite features were removed like the dark theme and I don’t really like the new retweet feature and the quote feature only lets you use “via” instead of “RT”. Anyway, this is a really kewl video from the developer speaking at Standford University back in May of 2009. It’s a kewl inside view to app developing and more support for why some apps should be paid and not free. Oh, and be prepared, it’s 30 minutes long.

Tweetie 2


DIY $2 iPhone Car Mount

hammerIf you have the money for an iPhone, and the money for the monthly plan, I’m not sure why you would need to skimp on a $2 car mount but maybe it’s cause both drained you of your money. Anyway, if you’re looking to make a cheap mount out of PVC pipe, craft foam, and plastic coated wire follow the step by step instructions and in 10 minutes, you’ll have you’re very own car mount!



Redo – Task List You Can Reset

Available In: App Store       Price: $1.99 or Free (Lite Version)  

RedoI had been looking for a long time, when I found this app, for a task list app I could use for repeating tasks. This way I don’t have to write my list over again or uncheck every task. Once you check off everything, you tap the refresh button in the bottom left and it resets the list. You can also make more than one list. You can drag around lists to reorder them and individual items within the lists. This is a big feature for me too because if a task suddenly becomes high priority I can drag it to the top.

The icon for the app supports badges and the number represents how many tasks are left in the currently opened list as default. You can make it show only lists you favorite or all lists or none.

Overall, I like this app because of it’s simplicity. It just works. This applications is on my first page of my iPhone.



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