25 iPhone Power Tips

25 iPhone Power Tips

11. Get the Official Mod Tool

If you’ve already had to send your iPhone back to Apple for warranty repair or replacement, you might have discovered something different about the replacement iPhone. First off, it comes in a much thinner box. Second, it comes complete with the official iPhone SIM card removal tool: a paper clip. Yes, Apple actually supplies a paper clip with all replacement iPhones, along with instructions for using it to open the SIM card slot and insert your card. (Thanks to the guys at InsanelyGreatTees.com for tipping us off about this!)


12. Find Wi-Fi Hotspots

JiWire makes it easy to find the nearest hotspot on your iPhone - so you can rescue yourself from the slow-moving hell that is AT&T’s EDGE data service. Surf to iphone.jiwire.com on your iPhone and fill in your location info. If you’re a cheapskate like us, check the box for “Search free hotspots only.”


13. More Wi-Fi Performance Tips

Apple has a potentially useful collection of Wi-Fi-related iPhone tips in a regularly updated knowledge-base article on its website. Suggestions include fixing problems like paid Wi-Fi connections that drop off suddenly, weak Wi-Fi signals, and Wi-Fi connections that revert to EDGE due to issues with WEP passwords or wireless routers that use MAC address filtering as a security measure.


14. Kill GSM Buzz

If you experience a buzzing sound using an iPhone cassette adapter for your car stereo, such as Monster’s iCarPlay - which claims to be iPhone compatible but doesn’t appear anywhere on Monster’s website, www.monstercable.com - Gizmodo offers a low-tech solution: aluminum foil. Yep, just take a little bit of Reynolds Wrap and wrap it around the cable closest to the iPhone. This eliminates the need to switch to airplane mode - which is a viable solution, but sends incoming calls to voicemail.


aluminum foil wrapped around iphone camera

If you really want to amuse your friends, try twisting the foil around the iPhone cable into the shape of a swan.


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15. Buy Spare Parts

If you’re the type who simply can’t resist trying to take your iPhone apart, here’s where to go to find replacement parts when you go too far: www.ifixit.com/iPhone-Parts. Our sources tell us that Apple charges $300 for a replacement screen, but you can get a replacement from iFixIt for $199.95.


16. Troubleshoot Hardware Issues

Apple has a relatively helpful collection of troubleshooting tips for iPhone hardware problems here. iPhone Atlas and The Unofficial Apple Weblog, aka TUAW, also do a great job of keeping tabs on iPhone bugs and common issues.


17. Foil Nosy Nellies

If you’re reading sensitive email on your iPhone or viewing images or documents you’d rather the guy with the wandering eye next to you on the bus or subway didn’t see, invest in an iPhone privacy screen protector from iStyles ($9.99).


18. Choose Your IM Service Wisely

A handful of free Web-based instant messaging apps work pretty well on the iPhone, including Meebo.com, HeySan.com, TinyBuddy, and JiveTalk. Our latest favorite is mundu IM iPhone Edition (free beta, www.mundu.com/im/iphone), because it boasts several of the features we’re used to in Adium (our top choice for IM on the Mac), including tabbed chats, simultaneous logins, and an iChat-like interface. To get started with mundu IM, enter the URL iphone.mundu.com on your iPhone.


mundu IM iPhone Edition interface

Tabbed chats on the iPhone in an iChat-like interface - brilliant!






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I really enjoyed this article, especially the tin-foil trick, I'll definitely remember that one! I was a little disappointed you didn't mention Launchrz as a great source for finding iPhone web apps and managing the links to the ones you like. Many of the apps you mentioned can be found there. Regards!



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Thanks for the aluminum foil idea for isolating the iPhone from the GSM buzz while driving...but what about at the desktop?

I have desktop Harmon Kardon speakers plugged into my Mac, but whenever I put my iPhone into its cradle I have to turn the speakers off, or else I get a godawful buzz. Is there any way to solve that problem?




Put the phone into aircraft mode?



I don't really have a good answer for this one, but you might try asking by submitting that question to ask@maclife.com



It's great that you've posted an article of potentially useful iPhone tips. No, I won't load your site eight-plus times (giving you unearned page-views) for one article. I wanted to read this article, but you won't cheat advertising revenue through me. Show more respect for readers and post articles on a single page.



Add my voice to the growing chorus asking why so many pages? Who's silly/goofy idea was that? How about a "Print" version so people don't have to cycle through so many pages?

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