So, you’re curious to know what’s inside your iPhone 3G, but dread actually unscrewing the thing and taking a look for yourself? Well, luckily for you, TechOnline has exposed the nitty gritty details of the iPhone’s insides.
Bloggers at TechOnline examined the iPhone's technical specifications and measured everything from the phone’s motherboard to its 3G capabilities. Read below for the highlights.
Portable pinball crams a big-table feel into an iPhone
Light glinting off silver pinballs always pulls us in like crows to a piece of foil. Zen Pinball Rollercoaster taps our flipper lust with an authentic-feeling iPhone and iPod touch game. On an original table, balls cascade off bumpers, up ramps, and otherwise replicate the real-world pinball feel. While some consolations are made—we miss the physical buttons of a real table—iPhone enhancements include an optional, changing camera angle based on your phone position. Because of the great table and physics, Zen Pinball Rollercoaster is a must-have for any pinballer.
Let’s face it, we live in a world where being first is everything, whether it’s the Olympics or something far less significant. (Who hasn’t been irritated by those inane posters, whose only comment is “First!!111!!”?) Now that sentiment has passed on to the iPhone App Store.
An article by Macenstein.com notes that certain iPhone app developers have purposely added “a space, a quotation mark, or some other symbol so that they appear first in the list of 197 games on the iPhone portal to the App Store.”
One company in particular, Jirbo, Inc., has added a space before each of their game’s titles in order to jump to the head of the line. This action has provoked the ire of fellow developers who apparently hadn’t thought of the ruse or perhaps are just too honest to fall to such a level.
A quick check of the App Store shows that Apple may have taken notice of Jirbo, Inc's ruse and has fixed the line jumping situation.
As someone who has gone through life with a last name in the final four letters of the alphabet, I say take matters in your own hands – when scrolling through fun apps for that new iPhone, start with the end of the list first!
Some owners of the new iPhone are upset over Apple's choice of color temperature for the iPhone 3G. The OG iPhone has a cool blueish tint, while the iPhone 3G has a warmer yellowish tint.
Apple's Bob Borchers, aka iPhone Guy, told MacWorld that the new warmer color is intentional and is meant to make the display "more natural" than the blue OG iPhone screen.
AppleInsider reports that a "hidden" iPhone firmware "fixes" the yellow tint issue. Instead of clicking "Check for Update," users should click on "Restore" within iTunes. The restore method updates the iPhone from build number 5A345 to 5A347.
Out tests actually showed the opposite to be true. Two iPhones with build 5A345 appeared bluer than the iPhone with build 5A347.
The yellowing of the iPhone at this juncture is a point of personal preference. Robbie and Leslie actually prefer the slightly yellower hue, Ray is indifferent to the color change, while Susie prefers old blue iPhone.
How do you feel about the color temperature switch? Drop your comment below.
Put a monkey in a ball, put the ball in a maze, and put the maze in your iPhone or iPod touch. Very little of that concept makes rational sense, but Super Monkey Ball’s absurd style and simple premise work well together. You’ll gently tilt the iPhone to steer one of four monkey characters around obstacles and through a circular goal. The 110 mazes vary in complexity, but nearly all of them seem fair, even when challenging. The novelty of rolling the character by tilting the phone might wear off quickly, but the surprisingly agile game will hold your interest beyond the fad.
A broken PowerBook, an IKEA cabinet, and a guy with an Allen wrench walk into a bar…
Spruce up your next cocktail party by giving your guests the full cocktail bar experience. Blogger Frederic Sebton describes how he turned a regular glass-top IKEA RAMVIK sideboard into a full-blown cocktail arcade cabinet using a busted PowerBook and a bit of elbow grease.
So call up your friends on that new iPhone, turn the lights down low, and plug in Galaga… it’s time to party!
The physics-based iPhone game, like Tiggers, is made for bouncing.
Enigmo salutes those who "fix" ceiling leaks by placing a bucket underneath, making this mechanic into a game. A faucet drips a steady stream, and a vase waits some distance away, often obstructed by walls and other blockades. You’ll have to route the water to its goal by bouncing it off drums and other objects. Originally released on the Mac, Enigmo works well on the iPhone and iPod touch; you just drag parts to reposition them. We usually enjoyed the game’s pace and challenge, but an inconsistent difficulty progression and a lack of a tutorial keep Enigmo from fully riding its wave of potential.
You've made it through the line, finally foisting the iPhone 3G upwards like the captain of a hockey team with the Stanley Cup. If you're upgrading from an original iPhone, here's how to transfer your old settings to the new device.
Plug in the new iPhone, and Control-click its name. This phone is just called "Apple's iPhone" since we didn't bother coming up with a name while in the store. Choose "Restore from backup," and pick the name of your prior phone from the next screen.
Wait several minutes while iTunes transfers network settings, mail details, and other information. The new iPhone will then take the name of the old phone; click the name once, and press Return to rename it with a snazzy new moniker. Finally, sync everything to the new phone.
When finished, your new iPhone will have the same contacts, calendar, and applications as the original. And unrelated to this brain transfer, your old iPhone should behave like an iPod touch. (Ours, upgraded to version 2.0, did as soon as their SIMs were deactivated.)
For iPhone lovers with a hatred for AT&T, or who are stuck in a long term commitment with another carrier, iPhone Software 2.0 is a mixed blessing.
While the App Store and Exchange support brings joy to many of the iPhone faithful, folks with unlocked or Pwnd iPhones have to sit on the sidelines waiting and watching.
Well, the wait may soon be over, the iPhone Dev Team has posted a video of their Pwnage Tool 2.0 working its magic on iPhone Software 2.0. Right now, the tool will only work with OG iPhones. Sorry iPhone 3G users.
-AT&T stores are selling out the of device in two hours in some places, leaving those in line without a shiny new toy.
-Apple Store employees stuck on hold with AT&T employees.
-Customers who've been allowed to leave with un-activated iPhones, are having issues with the iPhone itself not working correctly.
-AT&T account issues you learn about after standing in line for a few hours.
Yeah, it's been a tough day. While standing in line for an iPhone, at the Apple Store, I learned that I had to go to an AT&T store to get an iPhone because of an account discount issue. At that point, all the AT&T stores in the area had sold out of iPhones. It's not that big of a deal to me, but I could see how someone could get mighty upset at the situation.
Have a story of iPhone woe? Drop it in the comments. Think of it as a virtual therapy session.