iPhone 3G

Help: My iPhone 3G or 3GS is slow, how do I fix it?

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 | Business | 5 Comments

My iPhone 3GS (yeah, the “fast” one) has been getting slower and slower since the iOS 4 update.  Recently calls have come in without answer buttons popping up instantly.  Whenever I call up the keyboard I can now type an entire sentence before seeing anything show up.

I have found something you can do to fix this…

Here’s how:

  1. Settings
  2. General
  3. Reset
  4. You want “Reset All Settings” – be warned that you will lose all of your setting information.  Generally this isn’t much.  You will forget your saved WiFi networks, and any Sound / Wallpaper settings etc.  You will NOT lose any of your email account information, photos, songs, data, bookmarks, notes, or application information.

This helped me a LOT.  Of course I did spend a minute setting up my old settings again.

I’m not sure if this works because after a while the “Multitask” bar gets extremely long or what.  It just seemed like a big “Recently Used” applications bar to me.

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iOS4: Funny Video of Performance on iPhone 3G

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 | Business | 3 Comments

I was told about this video a few days ago, but never checked it out until today.  I’ve been having very few issues with iOS 4, but I’m still on my 3GS.  I feel bad for those on iPhone 3G, and it’s very difficult to downgrade back to iOS 3.

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Apple iOS 4: My Review

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

Everyone has an iOS 4 review, or an iPhone 4 review, why shouldn’t I?

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Apple iOS 4: iPhone 3G and the missing Wallpaper

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

I saw on Engadget, Why Your iPhone 3G Didn’t Get Backgrounds with iOS 4 — and wanted to comment.

The problem is people are unhappy their iPhone 3G (and older models) doesn’t have the ability for custom backgrounds.

From the article, a letter written to Steve Jobs and the response:

Hey Steve! I just upgraded my iPhone 3G to iOS 4 and was really looking forward to setting a background on my home screen. Guess that’s not happening, but I’d like to know why.

See, I get why you don’t include multitasking. My iPhone gets pretty hot when certain apps run, couldn’t imagine how multitasking would fry my phone.

But the background thing, I don’t see how that would be memory intensive and/or battery draining. It doesn’t seem like that feature needs to be exclusive to the 3GS and 4G.

I hope this email finds you in good health.

Erica

.. and the reply by Steve Jobs …

The icon animation with backgrounds didn’t perform well enough.

Yes, it sucks that users don’t get new features (I did like the tone Erica used in her email, it wasn’t annoying or accusatory, just curious).  I’ve seen around the internet various receptions of this “lack” of new functionality.

Poor Steve Jobs.

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iPhone: An update to the carrier settings? MicroCells?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 | Personal | No Comments

I just popped my iPhone into the dock to sync, and got the following message:

An update to the carrier settings for your iPhone is available.  Would you like to download it now?

From a little bit of research, it seems to be linked to AT&T’s upcoming 3G MicroCell technology.  

It’s a smart idea, and it looks like they’re charging people for it!  

The only information I can put together about these MicroCells is:

  • An AT&T 3G MicroCell acts like a mini cellular tower supporting voice and data
  • It uses an existing broadband connection
  • Supports up to 10 3G handsets
  • Works with any AT&T 3G phone
  • Seamless call hand-over
  • Uses GPS somehow (probably for the cellular GPS information we take for granted, maybe associated with “e911” issues, also to verify the network is used where AT&T is licensed to operate — some lines will be blurred here)
  • There is an associated fee (comparable offerings by Sprint $99 and $4.99 monthly, Verizon $249 and no monthly fee)
  • Unlimited plans will be available

Wow!  This is interesting!

If your gripe was ever “I don’t get service where I live”, then you just pay AT&T to extend their network to your home.  Your cell phone will act like your landline. 

I have to say, I didn’t see this coming, and I believe it’s brilliant.  With so many issues on some 3G phones, just buying this device should eliminate those problems.  Of course, it sucks to have to pay to fix service coverage.  We all know some of us will do it.

This has to be great for some small businesses too.  Setup a MicroCell in your office, pay for a basic cellular plan for your employees, and they can use the cell at the office for free.  

Plus — Apple Stores won’t ever have those embarrassing moments when you unbox your iPhone (do they still do that?) and you have no service in the store!

I’m not sure whether this is for any 3G device in the area, or if it’s specifically for your 3G devices in the area.  Most descriptions say it is secure, and that you can modify these settings.  I’d love to be able to share my 3G service with my neighbor’s phones if I could.  

Wonder if this is going to result in grumbling fro ISPs — now they’re supporting cellular calls.  

Some relevant links:

What is an AT&T 3G MicroCell?

AT&T’s 3G MicroCell to patch iPhone dead zones

AT&T 3G Microcell, a femtocell, coming sooner than we think?

Apple Issues Update Signaling iPhone Compatibility With AT&T’s MicroCell

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iPhone 2.2 to be released on 11/21/2008?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 | Personal | No Comments

According to a “reliable” source of information in a german blog, the new iPhone OS will be available on November 21, 2008.

You can see the google translation here, iPhone OS v2.2 to be released on 21 November!, at iPhonehellas.gr.  

Some of the other features of the iPhone OS v2.2 are:

 

  • New look for the Safari with the Google search bar now occupying its own space on the title bar (iPhone v2.2 beta1)
  • Add toggle On / Off to disable the auto-correction (iPhone v2.2 beta1).
  • 461 Japanese emoji icons (iPhone v2.2 beta1).
  • Support for new languages.
  • The Line-in audio is activated and can be used through the headphone jack.
  • New features of Maps.app:
    • Google Street View (iPhone v2.2 beta1).
    • Google Transit information – Routes public transport (iPhone v2.2 beta2).
    • Walking directions (iPhone v2.2 beta2).
    • Location sharing.
  • New features of the App Store:
    • The sector ‘Categories’ now shows the icons of the applications instead of the list.
    • In each page of the application has been added by a button ‘Tell A Friend’ & ‘Report A Problem’.
    • Added the possibility of scoring the application when the user chooses to delete from the device (iPhone v2.2 beta2).
  • Added the possibility for direct downloading of podcasts from the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store (iPhone v2.2 beta2).

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