The iPhone can playback H.264 video at throughput rates up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats. This means that videos in other formats -- including AVI -- must be converted in order to be properly synced to the device via iTunes and played.
HandBrake, a free Mac OS X/Windows utility for ripping videos from DVDs and saving them in various formats -- including MP4 files that are playable by the iPhone/iPod Touch -- has been updated to include the ability to generate iPhone-compatible anamorphic video at its full size. As such, we've put together a quick guide for moving DVD video to the iPhone/iPod touch.Insert the desired DVD into your computer's optical drive Download HandBrake and launch the application You should be presented with a prompt to open a source. If not, select File > Open Source … Read more
We recently reported that attaching a small piece of scotch tape to the outer side of the iPhone's SIM card (the side that does not have metal contacts) or the inside of the SIM slot (again, on the contact-less side) can provide a surprisingly dramatic boost in signal strength. Despite the naysayers, several readers have new reported success with this workaround.
For those too squeamish to attempt this procedure, which we can't recommend and which might void your iPhone's warranty, iPhone Atlas reader Tony Ramirez suggests a solution that we might otherwise consider informercial-type snake oil, the … Read more
Methods for tethering the iPhone (using its EDGE connection from a desktop system or other device) have thus far been complicated and fraught with issues. Thanks to the hard work of Jonathan "NerveGas" Zdziarski, however, the process has become easier and more robust.
Zdziarski has ported BIND 9.4.2 to the iPhone, allowing the device to service DNS using ad-hoc networking to your iPhone, This means that that tools without SOCKS support for DNS can use the connection. If you're using Firefox, for instance, toggling one setting (network.proxy.socks_remote_dns turned to true) will allow access. … Read more
There's now an even easier method for jailbreaking iPhones running software/firmware 1.1.3 -- if you're on a Mac. Jailbreaking allows read/write access to the filesystem for the installation of unofficial third-party applications.
To use the software, download it, expand it, launch it, connect your iPhone and follow the on-screen instructions. The application also includes an unlock mechanism.
Unlike … Read more
Apple has posted a Knowledge Base article on swapping SIM cards in iPhones, which the company says may be required for "repair, warranty service, or if you own an authorized unlocked phone (Germany and France only) and want to use a different network provider's SIM."
The gist is that SIM cards can be swapped, but if they are, the user should reconnect the iPhone to iTunes subsequently in order to ensure proper operation. Apple says "If you do not connect iPhone to iTunes after changing or reinserting the SIM, iPhone may not work as expected." … Read more
George Hotz has released what is, as far as we know, the first software-based mechanism for unlocking the iPhones running software/firmware 1.1.3 for use on unauthorized wireless carriers. Hotz is the Glen Rock teen that delivered the first hardware-based iPhone unlock in August of last year.
The new unlock method is not for the faint of heart and requires modifying your iPhone's baseband -- a procedure that can genuinely brick the device, rendering it (at least temporarily) non-functional. We certainly don't recommend it. There are step-by-step instructions here, which are Windows-based but can be easily … Read more
The history of iPhone ringtones has been tumultuous. First there were no custom ringtones whatsoever. Then a number of third-parties introduced methods for moving ringtones to the device with or without hacking. Apple then introduced a scheme for buying ringtones through iTunes, simultaneously thwarting some third-party efforts. Finally, built a routine into its GarageBand application for Mac OS X allowing custom ringtones to be sent directly to iTunes. See our guide "The many methods for using custom iPhone ringtones" for detailed instructions on all of these methods.
Now a company called Nakko, which offers a variety of free … Read more
With today's announcement of an 16GB iPhone, a number of users are interested in upgrading their 4GB or 8GB models. Here's the skinny on contracts, keeping your SIM card, returns and more:
Can I return my 8GB iPhone and get a 16GB model? If you bought your 8GB iPhone 14 or fewer days ago, you can return it an purchase a 16GB model for $100 more. If the iPhone has been opened, you will also be responsible for a 10 percent restocking fee.
Is the 16GB iPhone available in Europe? How much is it? The 16GB iPhone is … Read more
With iTunes 7.6, you can now manually manage music on your iPhone. You can't, however, listen to music stored on your iPhone on your computer. A new release of ecamm's iPhoneDrive makes that possible -- if you're on a Mac.
iPhoneDrive a tool created for storing files on the iPhone as if it were a removable drive, much like the iPod's disk mode function (which is missing, by default, from the iPhone). It can copy music and other media to or from the iPhone or iPod Touch.
Version 1.4 allows you to play music … Read more