Posts filed under iPhone

Unofficial iOS5 upgrade

After reading the iOS5 upgrade on the Lifehacker website, I decided to upgrade my iPad2 to iOS5. It's unofficial, because iOS5 hasn't been released yet. The version mentioned on the Lifehacker websites is considered to be the Gold-Master version. Meaning that it's the final version, waiting to be released somewhere this month.

First I installed the iTunes beta version as mentioned and downloaded the appropriate iOS versions for my iPad and iPhone. The upgrade went extremely well. Just remember to backup your device before the 'upgrade' proceding.
After the iPad upgrade, I decided to upgrade my iPhone3gs. This went as smooth as the iPad upgrade.

The biggest new feature for me so far is the possibility to use custom text/notification tones. The iPhone3gs also feels more responsive.

There was one annoyance with the initial configuration of the iPad;
My Apple ID was a basic username, and not an e-mail address. This is NOT accepted by the initial iOS5 configuration wizard. Your Apple account NEEDS TO BE an e-mail address. It took me a while to set that up properly in my online account settings.

Posted on October 9, 2011 and filed under Apple, Operating Systems, Software, Tips'n Tricks, iPhone.

Torrents and Usenet Downloading with an iPhone

No idea if this is a new feature introduced with a newer version of Dropbox, but it is possible to download nzb and torrent files through the Mobile Safari app.

What you need is the following (for a complete downloading system):

  • A Dropbox account (the 2GB version is free!!!!)
  • A torrent application with the possibility of using a so-called watch-folder (e.g. Vuze)
  • An usenet application with a watch-folder capability (e.g. SabNZBd+)
  • An iPhone with the Dropbox app.

First you need to setup Dropbox. This is the easiest part. Just create two folders called 'NZB' and 'Torrent'. These folders will contain the downloaded torrent and nzb files.

After that you need to configure the Vuze and/or NZB download application to use a watch-folder.
I use these apps on my Mac Mini server. So it's operational 24/7.

Posted on May 19, 2011 and filed under Apple, Internet, Software, Tips'n Tricks, iPhone.

iPhone iOS 4.2 and Carrier Update Released

There's probably more than enough information on this subject, but there's something I ran into;

After the iOS 4.2 update, I also got a iPhone Carrier update through iTunes, and brave as I am, I installed it.

Afterward, several options in the Settings -> General -> Carrier menu of the iPhone were gone. Specifically, the settings regarding the Cellular Data settings, MMS. Basically, all the stuff I had to do manually as described in this blogpost.

Apple must have included the KPN Carrier settings in their Carrier Support package. Checking the default carrier profile location (/Users//Library/iTunes/iPhone Carrier Support/) showed the KPN_nl_iPhone.ipcc profile.

This does make it easier to upgrade to another iOS version, because each earlier upgrade erased the settings I had entered manually the time before. On the downside; The profile could also be updated to remove/disable tethering on the iPhone on the KPN network.

The ipcc file mentioned earlier is the one distributed on (or around) November 24th, 2010.

Posted on November 24, 2010 and filed under Apple, iPhone.

iPhone 3GS, iOS4 and MMS not working

I ran into a problem with MMS after I upgraded to iOS4 on my iPhone 3GS. Somehow, it was impossible to send MMS messages on the KPN cellular network. Searching the Internet revealed that I wasn't the only one.

The general consensus to solve this issue was a restore of the iPhone and not to restore old settings, but start from scratch.

After doing this, MMS still couldn't be sent from the iPhone, so time to do some more research. It turned out that KPN must have change the MMS settings, since my old MMS settings weren't correct anymore. So try these settings BEFORE you restore your iPhone. It might save you a lot of work and time.

Note: the following settings are for the Dutch KPN Network, and probably won't work on other networks / carriers.

Old Settings

MMS Proxy:
MMS Max Message Size: 300000

New Settings

Username: kpn
Password: kpn
MMS Proxy:
MMS Max Message Size: <leave empty>

Notice the differences? Anyway, with these new settings, MMS worked again.

KPN does have a page dedicated to the iPhone (in Dutch), regarding the Internet, and MMS settings. Just check those pages for the lastest settings.

I've updated the original page on my blog with the new settings.

Posted on July 23, 2010 and filed under Apple, Internet, Tips'n Tricks, iPhone.

My iPhone 3GS and iOS 4

Apple released the latest Operating System/software/firmware for the iPhone. This new OS (iOS) adds several new features and lots of enhancements (which I wont be going into).

I upgraded my iPhone earlier this week. No problems with that. The only real hick-up I ran into was the Voicemail number. The phone had forgotten the Voicemail, MMS and Tethering settings, so I needed to add it again. Even tethering was still available on the SIM-lock free iPhone with the KPN carrier.

There's one thing that's not 'Apple' about this update. With the regular Apple operating systems there's always the experience that an upgrade to a new release (10.4 -> 10.5 -> 10.6) leaves you with a faster/snappier OS. Even if the hardware is relatively old. Don't know how they do it, but it's something that Microsoft hasn't accomplished yet since MS-DOS 3.

Anyway, the OS upgrade on the iPhone is completely different. The device is less snappy. It looks like the device goes into some sort of suspended animation and when you need to use it it takes a couple of milliseconds (it's not much, but it's noticeable) for the phone to react. After a couple of seconds it seems to be gone.

For me, the new/improved features are more important than the snappy-ness of the device, so I'll stick to the new iOS for the moment.

Posted on July 1, 2010 and filed under Annoying, Apple, Personal, Review, iPhone.

DIY Porn on the iPhone

Most of the regular iPhone / iPod Touch users already know that there's no sign of porn or erotica to be found in the Apple App Store. Reason for this is (according to Steve Jobs);

You know, there’s a porn store for Android. You can download nothing but porn. You can download porn, your kids can download porn. That’s a place we don’t want to go – so we’re not going to go there.

So no porn for the iPhone (at least not the jailbraked versions), or is it? It seems that Apple facilitates the biggest 'app' for getting your porn 'fix'. The app is called 'Safari'. The good old browser. The application that made the Internet for what it is today. As an alternative you can use iTunes to provide you your 'fix'.

Note that eventhough I'm talking porn/erotica here, you can project this to any piece of content.

Before continuing, I must warn you. The complete article might have some explicit pictures, so continue at your own risk. I can't and won't be held responsible for the consequences.

Posted on April 20, 2010 and filed under Apple, Browsers, Tips'n Tricks, iPhone.

Nikon Learn & Explore iPhone App (part deux)

It took them long enough, but they finally released the Nikon Learn & Explore app for the iPhone in the Dutch iTunes store. I'm still wondering why it took them a couple of months to do so.

Enough negativity for now. Initial impression is that it gives you something nice to read with excellent (example) photos. No matter if you're just starting or a more advanced photographer, there's always something to learn (and explore).

Posted on March 17, 2010 and filed under Photography, Software, iPhone.

iPhone 3GS Tethering with Firmware 3.1.3

With the release of firmware 3.1.3 the tethering option is back on the iPhone. After the reboot of the iPhone you get additional fields in the 'Cellular Data Network' section in the 'Network' menu (Settings -> General -> Network -> Cellular Data Network). Just enter the appropriate information in the APN field (for KPN in the Netherlands enter internet in the APN field) and the Internet Tethering option is back (w00t) in the 'Network' menu.

Posted on February 3, 2010 and filed under Apple, Tips'n Tricks, iPhone.

iPhone Firmware Update 3.1.3

Apple released an update for the iPhone. Release 3.1.3 fixes some issues like;

  • improves accuracy of reported battery level on iPhone 3GS
  • resolves issue where 3rd party apps would not launch in some instances
  • fixes bug that may cause an app to crash when using the Japanese Kana keyboard
  • Tethering is back (even on the non exclusive carriers)....
    Results may vary since not every carrier allows tethering (like T-Mobile in the Netherlands).
Posted on February 3, 2010 and filed under Apple, Software, iPhone.