The iPhone's screen is durable, but not invincible. An awkward fall, too much pressure and other unnatural impact can cause cracks in the optical glass that render the device unusable. When you're done cursing your buttery fingers and have traversed the stages of guilt, denial and acceptance, here are some productive means for dealing with a broken touchscreen:
Repair/replacement from Apple: $200-$250 The iPhone is covered under a standard limited one-year Apple warranty for manufacturer's defects, but is not eligible for AT&T's wireless phone insurance, which (for a $5 monthly fee) will … Read more
Unfortunately, the iPhone lacks a good, conspicuous method for creating video playlists for items that have been downloaded from other sources or converted by the user. We've found a method that almost works. It gives you a fully customizable playlist for all stored videos, but the video portion doesn't actually play. You get a static image from the video, and playback of the audio. Nonetheless, we're publishing the steps in the hopes that one of our readers can find a working solution. If you've found a way, please let us know.Add the desired videos to … Read more
The "Send to Web Gallery" function added to iPhones over the past several days has caused some confusion. The button links with new .Mac iPhone integration functionality that allows photos to be sent directly from the iPhone to the new "Web Gallery" function (which offers an app-like interface to photos stored online). The same Web Gallery can be directly accessed in an iPhone-optimized fashion.
Apple has posted three new Knowledge Base articles of interest to iPhone users.
iPhone: About Network Settings explains how to:select a carrier for phone calls: "Any international roaming charges will be billed by the carrier of the selected network through AT&T [...] Carrier menu only appears when you have more than one carrier available" See your usage statistics and more...
iPhone: About General Settings explains how to:Adjust screen brightness Set whether the iPhone adjusts screen brightness automatically Set Wallpaper Set whether the iPhone shows 24-hour time or 12-hour time Turn on Calendar time zone support … Read more
Taking your iPhone overseas can be a costly proposition, and you may not even know that you're racking up a huge data transfer cost until you get your AT&T bill. The problem is a combination of the following two facts:1. The iPhone is capable of using international data roaming, which is billed at $5/MB in select countries ("DataConnect Global" countries), and nearly $20/MB in other countries (you must activate a per-use international roaming data plan) 2. The iPhone will automatically download data over available data networks without notifying the user for applications … Read more
iPhone-optimized sites and Web apps are springing up like mad, and so are the iPhone-optimized methods for tracking them. There's mojits, which tries to replicate an application launcher, iPhone Application List, which acts as a software repository with live previews of Web apps (and can be very slow to load on an iPhone), a Mac OS X widget for tracking iPhone apps and others.
While some of these tools have merit -- especially with regard to finding new iPhone Web apps -- we've found that the best way to manage and launch iPhone-optimized sites is with the tried … Read more
The iPhone includes a dedicated YouTube application with access to some of the site's video content. Unfortunately, much of the vast library still has not been converted by YouTube to play properly on the iPhone. That's where TubeTV comes in. Available as freeware, TubeTV can convert any YouTube video from its default Flash format to an .m4v file that can be synced to and played on the iPhone.
This nifty little app has a built in Web browser (and a built-in YouTube search mechanism) that allows you to navigate to the YouTube (or Google Video) movie page of … Read more
The iPhone's mail client/contact scheme lacks an important feature: the ability to store groups of contacts that can be sent an email in one fell swoop. Mac OS X's Address Book and most Windows contact management solutions offer this functionality, but it is for some reason missing from the iPhone. (Groups from desktop applications synchronized to the iPhone simply show up as individual contacts).
There are two methods we've found for getting around this limitation:
Store contact list as a data URI bookmarklet Follow these steps to store an HTML link with all of your contact'… Read more
Filemark Maker is a new Mac OS X application that converts various file formats into data URLs, which can be stored locally as bookmarks on the iPhone (see our separate coverage on turning Web pages into locally stored bookmarks). Currently supported file formats include .doc, .xls, .rtf, .txt, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .pdf, or .html.
The process works like this:Set Safari as your default Web browser (in Safari, go to Preferences > General > Default Web Browser) Download the Filemark Maker application Drag any .doc, .xls, .rtf, .txt, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .pdf, or .html onto the application icon … Read more