I almost always have the mute switch on my iDevices engaged, so I’ve only had the one vibration signal to let me know about incoming emails, texts, phone calls, etc. With the one signal, I’ve always had to pull my iPhone or iPad out and see exactly what had come in. No more.
Thanks to iOS 5′s new Accessibility options for the hearing impaired, it’s possible to set custom vibrations for your muted phone. You can choose from Apple’s pre-set options, or you can record and set your own by using your iDevice’s touch screen as a drum pad for your fingers. See below the jump for how.
In the event that someone has lost some or all of their contacts from Address Book or Outlook, but had them on their iPhone/iPad, there’s a way to extract the contacts data from the iTunes-hosted backup of their iDevice.
Since the procedure to do it for free can be a little tricky (lots of outfits are willing to sell you a way to do iPhone contact recovery for $24.95 and up), see below the jump for the way I did it.
Apple’s built a great Cisco IPSec client into iOS 4.x, but until recently there hasn’t been support for Juniper’s SSL VPN. Now there is, thanks to Juniper’s recent release of the Junos Pulse client for iOS 4. To get it, search the App Store for “Junos Pulse” for the free download. At my own shop, we’re using it with RSA tokens and the Junos Pulse client works fine with those.
Because it runs in the background, the Junos Pulse client requires iOS 4.x and it should work with any iDevice that can run iOS 4.x. Unfortunately, that means (for now) the iPad can’t run it. Hopefully, iOS 4.2′s release in November fixes that problem for iPad users.
As part of my preparations for taking a trip overseas, I’ve been trying to figure out how I can access WiFi on my 3G iPhone while having the phone off and EDGE and 3G disabled. It turned out to be pretty easy to do, but it seems to be undocumented by both AT&T and Apple.
I just downloaded WordPress’s iPhone app and I’m seeing how well it works to publish blog entries from my iPhone.
I’ve started finding myself using my iPhone more in situations where I would have needed my laptop before, and this may be another. If nothing else, waking my iPhone from sleep is faster.
I sure did, but only after I upgraded to 1.1.1 and then downgraded back to 1.0.2. The weekend I was on 1.1.1, I noticed my battery life was going a lot further than I’d grown accustomed to. When I switched back to 1.0.2 and reloaded my third party apps, my battery life was back in the toilet again, barely making it through the day without needing to charge. Did Apple introduce some new battery-saving technology with 1.1.1?
Nope, rather I had introduced some battery-draining technology. Specifically, I’d installed SSH. Fortunately for me, there’s a fix (thanks to another third party app) and iPhone Alley shows how to apply it.
Honestly, had Apple mentioned the fact that the iPhone detects just about every visible WiFi network you walk by, that would have been just one more selling point for me. I’ve been mulling over getting a Canary Wireless Digital Hotspotter for quite a while now. Now, who needs it? My iPhone automatically tells me all about the nearby wireless networks and shows whether they’re encrypted or not. (It doesn’t tell you what kind of encryption until you try to connect, but that’s more detail than the Airport menu on OS X provides to you.)