Apple iPhone 2.0.1 update available on iTunes

Apple just posted the iPhone 2.0.1 update. As usual they have a non-desrcript “bug fixes” listed for the notes. To get the latest, fire up iTunes with your iPhone connected and hit Check for Updates! 

Let me know if this fixes the slow sync and neverending backup problems with iPhone 2.0. I’m also curious about Bluetooth compatibility in Visual Voicemail. My Plantronics headset quit working with VVM. 

As always I’ll post my own experience and notes here. Share yours with a comment below.

(thanks to Jon Lee for alerting me of this news just moments ago)

Update: The download is 242.3 MB

Update (again): the install took <10 min. I The iPhone seems a little more responsive especially in the contacts and keyboard. I updated WordPress, and played with a handful of app, before attempting a sync. The backup seemed to take <5 min, although I had already completed a 2+hour backup earlier today. I think the verdict is still out on this. As for my bluetooth, it’s a no go. My Plantronics 520 reamins unavailable in Visual Voicemail.

Update (again, again): I have since synced my iPhone 3 times, once after updating/installing 5 applications over the air (not through iTunes). Each sync has completed a backup in just a few minutes. For now, I’m thinking the iPhone 2.0.1 update has greatly improved the slow backup on sync issue.

Palringo brings Jabber, AIM, iChat and more to the iPhone

Palringo IM Account ListPalringo just might be the Adium of the iPhone. Just released Saturday July 26th, it has just earned a spot in my personal top 5 most useful iPhone apps. Now I can finally put to rest the buggy AOL client and integrate my company Jabber account.

Palringo Message with Photo

Palringo for the iPhone supports AOL’s AIM, iChat, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, Gadu Gadu, ICQ, Jabber and Windows Live Messenger. Setup requires registration and I’m guessing that is in order to support photo messaging. Oh, I didn’t mention that yet? You can send photos from our albums or directly from the camera. Palringo saves the photo on their servers and send a link to your recipient. 

Palringo is FREE and available via this iTunes Link.

Palringo Contact List

WordPress on the iPhone – initial thoughts and screenshots

I just downloaded and installed the WordPress app for my iPhone. Setup was super simple and with one click I could see my posts. I have created and tagged this post from my iPhone. The only trouble I see is needing to copy and paste a URL. Inline images are also not possible, but adding pics to the bottom of the post is sufficient. Tags, categories, schedule, and passwords are east to set too. For a 1.0 release I give two thumbs up!

I would like to see Comment moderation in a future release. Also improve the inclusion of URLs. Entering HTML code on the iPhone isn’t quick and easy.

You can get WordPress for your iPhone from http://snurl.com/32uhi [--> iTunes Link]

Screenshots attatched. This entire post was created, previewed and published with WordPress on the iPhone.

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Having trouble finding the MobileMe 1.1 Update

MobileMe logoOne of my Macs had a hard time locating the MobileMe 1.1 Update. I had repeatedly been to Software Update, with no avail. My iMac only used my .Mac / MobileMe account for the iDisk and Back to My Mac features. On a whim I decided to open the .Mac preference pane and within a few moments a MobileMe update appeared and linked me to Software Update. Now Software Update is showing the package. I’m not 100% certain of the reason and I’m not in a position to replicate it. But, if you are having trouble getting Software Update to find the MobileMe Update 1.1  then try clicking around in the .Mac preferences for a minute.

Having trouble, or have something to add? Please leave a comment!

SOLUTION: iPhone 2.0’s annoying Backup on Sync

I have solved my slow backup problems (prior post), however I’m not 100% certain of the cause. Here are the two things that transpired to correct the issue. 

  1. I restored my iPhone using the iPhone1,1_2.0_5A347_Restore.ipsw – I originally updated my iPhone using the leaked iPhone1,2_2.0_5A347_Restore.ipsw before it was released via iTunes. There’s been some debate over wether or not there’s any difference in the two builds. I’m not going to debate that here. 
  2. As a result of restore, my iPhone was forced to use one of my backups after reloading. I believe it then recreated a new Continue reading

iPhone 2.0′s annoying Backup on Sync

UPDATE: My problems have been solved. See this post for details.

Myself an others are reporting about iPhone 2.0 Backup and Sync frustrations over on Apple’s discussion boards. The gist of the problem is iPhone 2.0 software attempts to do a full back up every time you sync. According to the Apple User’s Guide:

Once iPhone has been configured to sync with a particular computer, iTunes automatically makes a backup of iPhone on that computer when you sync. iTunes won’t automatically back up an iPhone that is not configured to sync with that computer. If you have configured iPhone to automatically sync with iTunes on a specific computer, iTunes will back up iPhone every time you connect it to that computer. Automatic syncing is turned on by default. iTunes only makes one backup each time you connect, even if you sync multiple times before disconnecting.

OK so there’s nothing really wrong with a backup right? There is when it takes 20-40 min each time. I’m sure this differs based on the amount of data you have on your phone. If you are in a hurry and in need of syncing some data sans a full backup, you can Continue reading

MobileMe 1.1 update is available

MobileMe logoWith little details published, Apple had pushed Mac OS X Update for MobileMe into the update channel. It seems to be appearing only for 10.5 Leopard users. Myself and users in the Apple discussion forums are experincing better overall service with MobileMe. As of this writing I could only find the MobileMe 1.1 update via Software Update, there’s no mention on Apple’s official support page.

Initial thoughts on iPhone 2.0 (part 2 – screenshots!)

This is a continuation to my earlier post Initial thoughts on iPhone 2.0. In this post I’ll cover, Facebook, Twitterrific, PhoneSaber, MobileMe and Screenshots.

The Facebook application is missing Wall posts. You will have to use the web interface for that. Also the photo integration won’t allow you to select an existing photo from your album. You are limited to  a realtime photo which is seldom the case for me. Twice now Facebook has rebooted my iPhone. Not nice!

Twitterrific has some photo orientation problems. I send a note to Iconfactory and this was their response: 

Some images uploaded to TwitPic are not rotated correctly. Again, this is a bug with the EXIF data that Apple is putting into the JPEG image. We are working on a workaround now, but didn’t have it ready in time for the launch. We’ve also heard from TwitPic that they are working on some AJAX code that will rotate the images directly in the browser, so that may help in the short term.

PhoneSaber iPhoneA totally useless useful application is PhoneSaber. I can see this coming in handy during boring meetings. Basically your phone becomes a Light Saber from Star Wars making the all familiar sound with each flip of your hand. Just don’t let go of your iPhone. I’m reminded of the Wii remote warnings and safety straps. I wonder when the first iPhone accident will be chalked up to PhoneSaber. –>iTunes Link

I still can’t stop raving over Shazam (audible song identification, see prior post). Here’s a few screen shots to follow up with. 

iPhone Shazam Shazam iPhone

I finally got MobileMe working. Now my Work and Personal calendars are displayed nicely on my iPhone while maintaining their independence on respective systems. Contacts are also manage much the same way. Here’s a couple of shots:

iPhone Calendar iPhone Contacts

Screenshots on the iPhone? How you might ask? Well, it’s easy, just press the Home button and the Power button at the same time. Your screen will blink and the shot will be added to your Camera Roll.

iPhone Screenshot Camera Roll

Registration Servers - Much like launch day last year, I’m hearing that AT&T is having problems again with their registration servers. This can put a crimp in anyone trying to upgrade to 2.0 or activating a new 3G phone. Be patient, it’s worth the wait. Guess I’m lucky to have completed my upgrade before the rush…

Did you get a 3G, have you upgraded to 2.0? Leave a comment with you thoughts!

Initial thoughts on iPhone 2.0

After countless hours of lost productivity today (chalk it up to R&D), and even more family time spent huddling around our iPhone, I decidied to quickly share a few nuggets with you all. 

First off, I have never been found of Microsoft, aside from Xbox 360, but I will say Exchange on the iPhone is incredible. Within minutes of setting up my account, I already had a meeting request pop-up and accepted. 

Passwords across the board, now show you the last character typed. This is handy for me as I’m a fan of long pass phrases. 

Shazam is one of the most impressive free apps. Have you ever wonder what song was playing on the radio? With Shazam you just let your iPhone listen and within moments it will return Continue reading

iPhone 2.0 firmware link (get it before everyone else)

iPhone 2.0 is here, and for those not willing to wait for the built in software update, you can download the firmware from this link. Make sure you have iTunes 7.7 (readily available via software update). 

Make sure you have fully syncd your iPhone before you upgrade. After you download you can select the firmware file manually by holding the [OPTION] key and pressing Update button. This will let you select the .ipsw file. (UPDATE: rename the file from .zip to .ipsw, no need to uncompress it)

Don’t use this for iPod touch, only iPhone. Windows users hold [SHIFT] key when pressing update. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of 2.0.

Use at your own risk. Your milage may vary. Results are not always typical. Don’t shoot the messenger.