Apple has published a series of Knowledge Base articles detailing various usage and troubleshooting instructions for its newly shipping Bluetooth headset:How to pair iPhone Bluetooth Headset Make it discoverable by holding the headset button for 8 seconds. How to charge iPhone Bluetooth Headset: The headset can be charged via USB 2.0 or AC and reach full capacity in about and hour and a half. Bluetooth Headset troubleshooting Solving problems with pairing, not charging, intermittent connectivity and more. Finding the serial number It will be necessary in the case of replacement. About auto-pairing Doesn't work in Airplane mode (… Read more
We previously reported that the iPhone is covered under a standard limited one-year Apple warranty, but is not eligible for AT&T's wireless phone insurance, which (for a $5 monthly fee) will provide replacement in the case of loss or theft, accidental physical or liquid damage or mechanical and electrical failure after the manufacturer's warranty period has expired, and noted several options for protection. Among them: AppleCare, third-party warranties like those offered by SquareTrade and Homeowners'/renters' insurance.
One set of options we left out is purchase protection plans offered by credit card companies.
As noted by … Read more
What's a bookmarklet you ask? It's a piece of code that is stored as a bookmark (see our previous article on using the data: URL scheme to store iPhone Web apps locally). Basically, you can store the code in the bookmark, then simply access the bookmark from within Safari on the iPhone whenever you want to access its functionality.
The find function … Read more
The iPhone's virtual keyboard has some interesting methods for improving typing accuracy. As previously reported, it can dynamically change the "hot zone" for for a given key to be larger if it expects you will type said key next. If, for example, you type "fiel," the iPhone will automatically increase the size of the "d" key's hot zone (since no common words other than "field" start with "fiel"). This way, even if you don't precisely hit the "d" key, the iPhone will be able to … Read more
QuickTime 7.2, released yesterday, adds the ability to export iPhone-compatible video files -- if you've purhcased QuickTime Pro for $30, that is. There are two new formats offered:"Movie to iPhone" "Movie to iPhone (Cellular)"
The first exports video at 480x266 pixels, reducing file size and quality the the maximum level allowed by the iPhone (the device supports up to 1.5 Mbps throughput and 30 frames per second). The second delivers a much smaller file that is meant for delivery over EDGE.
Getting movies onto your iPhone with QuickTime 7.2 is easy. … Read more
[Published Tuesday, June 10th]
There are two main levels at which software problems can occur: the user level and the system level.
Recall that Mac OS X, with its Unix roots, is user-based. Each user has a home directory (with its own Documents, Music, Library, Preferences, and other built-in folders), and permissions are supposed to guarantee that users cannot trespass on one another's territory. It's easy to forget about this, though, because most of us have just one user - ourselves. (And that user is usually the computer's administrator as well.)
When problems occur, one of the … Read more
iPhones, like most other data-enabled phones from AT&T, have a built-in email-to-text address:email@example.com
Sending a message to this address (replace "yournumber" with your line of service number -- full number including area code with no dashes and no preceding "1") will result in a text message arriving on your iPhone through the built in SMS application. Text messaging charges apply.
Note: For unknown reasons, this feature may not work for all AT&T subscribers. If you receive a bounce-back, try calling AT&T's technical support for assistance. … Read more
[Published Friday, July 6th]
A recent cartoon in The New Yorker shows a doctor telling his patient: "Sure, it's a routine procedure, if you routinely have someone slice you open with sharp instruments and then fiddle with your insides." Pretty funny, eh? Who would "routinely" permit that? Yet MacFixIt readers do routinely do something analogous to applications that they depend on - and then they wonder why those applications are behaving oddly.
We here at a MacFixIt continue to receive email from people who are disregarding our advice about Input Managers. How many times do … Read more
[Published Thursday, July 5th]
It sometimes happens that, in an extreme situation, it is necessary to reinstall the system. We have, indeed, explained in a recent tutorial that this is not difficult or time-consuming, and that it can be an easy and reliable way to restore the system to a known, clean state without losing any data.
However, the technique we advised in that tutorial does have one step that can be slightly troublesome: "Locate and start up from your system installer disk." The assumption here is that you've got something like a Tiger installer DVD. But … Read more
Several readers have asked if the iPhone supports languages other than English. Jeffrey Williams writes:"Here is a question I have not seen addressed anywhere: does the iPhone support ideographic languages like Chinese and Japanese? OS X support for display and input of these languages is quite good, and my Treo runs an OS extension that allows for using these languages. If someone sends a Chinese SMS to an iPhone, can it be displayed?"
The answer is that while the iPhone cannot accept input text in languages other than English and currently offers no options to display interface … Read more