Apple’s Dark Side – iOS’s Unresponsive Home Button Fix

If you own an iOS device, then you are definitly acquainted to the unresponsive home button issue.

Since the home button is by far the most used button on your iOS, you might have thought that the repetitive use has caused the hardware lying beneath it to deteriorate and probably something like this might have happened (picture below)

THINK AGAIN.

Apparently Apple has a dark side, and this “issue” is part of what is known as Planned Obsolescence. Planned Obsolescence in laymen terms is, when a company (Apple in our case) sets a software limitation to it’s hardware. Meaning that your home button will work perfectly for 100,000 clicks (just a random number i thought of), and then the button will “deteriorate” and starts becoming unresponsive. Totally unrelated to any hardware limitation.

The Fix

Now this is very easy for anyone to do, just launch any stock Apple app (Stocks, Weather, Clock, etc … ) and hold the power button until the “Slide to Power Off” appears. Now press and hold the home button for around 10 seconds, which will force quit the application you had running.

VOILA! go try it.

How to create a Free Apple ID without a Credit Card

I’ve been getting this question A LOT!

Just follow the instructions and you are set to go.. Keep in mind this can be done on an iPhone, iPad, iPod (as demonstrated) or on your MAC/PC.

 

Step 1 – Launch AppStore

Step 2: Select a free App

 

Step 3: Install Free App and choose “Create New Apple ID”

 

Step 4: Fill out the required info and you will get the None option for Billing Information

 

And you’re set to go.

iOS 5 tweaks

Updated on 27-11-2011. Added tweak 2.

Tweak 1: Currency Forex in your notifications drawer.

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Steps:
1- Go to Stocks App
2- Add new entry
3- USDLBP=X ( USD To LBP )
EUROUSD=X (EURO To USD )
XAUUSD= X ( Price of Gold )
XAGUSD=X ( Price of Silver )

Much more currencies can be added, you just have to know the currencies’ 3 letter abbreviation.

Tweak 2: Enable the missing Personal Hotspot feature .

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You may be missing the Personal Hotspot feature on iOS 5 on either iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.

Other sites on the Internet suggest to Reset your Network Settings to fix this. I tried it but it didn’t work, so I dug around and found this 100% fool proof solution.

To fix that just go to Settings -> General -> Network -> Cellular Data Network and scroll down to Internet Tethering ( Check Screenshot Above ) and add your apn name.

The option shall appear instantly.

Check back soon for tweak 3.

iOS 5.0b1 on iPad Review

Approximately a week ago Apple released its first beta of the long awaited iOS 5.0 . I tried to resist the urge to update my iPad, especially as I was awaiting iphoneislam’s phoneitipad hack to enable full phone finctionality on the iPad 3G; I had no idea if it would work on the iOS 5.0 baseband.

BUT luckily for you dear readers, my inner geek couldn’t but succumb to the urge and I updated my iPad to iOS 5.0 beta 1.

Here’s my initial review. Keep in mind that I will update this blog as I discover new functionalities buried within this release.

N.b: if you decide to jump aboard the iOS 5.0 wagon, be sure to have your iDevice registered with Apple as a developer’s device. Without this you won’t be able to activate your device, and you would be stuck with a useless iDevice 🙂

That said, let’s begin with the review.

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As you can see a couple of new native apple apps on the home screen. For the keen eyed who noticed the cydia icon, yup its is already jailbreak-able using the latest release of redsn0w 😉

iMessages

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The iMessages is apple’s answer to the ever growing need for a web-based device to device messaging. It functions more or less like RIM’s BBM, whatsapp, gTalk, ping, etc.. No need to further explain its functionality.

You can also notice the brand new keyboard apple has introduced in 5.0 . The keyboard can be vertically dragged and positioned anywhere across the screen, and with an uber cool animation, the keyboard splits into 2, as you can see in the pic above, making it way easier to thumb type. A very welcome addition.

Reminders

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To satisfy the ever growing need of its users, apple introduced this reminder/tasks app. It’s pretty much a basic tasks app, and I don’t see why this had its own app, while it could be added to the calendar app.

Notification Center

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Another primitive feature gets updated with an all in one notification pull down bar. Just screams ANDROID….

News Stand

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All your magazines and newspaper bought from the AppStore will automatically appear under this app. What’s new with this app is that it behaves just like a folder, when clicked it splits down the screen with a shelved background. Haven’t tried this yet, but it promises to be useful.

Safari

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Safari also got its share of updates. 2 main tweaks were made to the behavior of tabs; All the tabs can now be accessed from the tab bar, which is always visible and no need for that pesky black screen that showed the tabs in an exposé style. The other tweak is the addition of the “read it later” feature which lets you save any web page for later viewing.

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Music App

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A whole new GUI for the Music app, nothing new here except for that, and I can’t seem to find the cover flow feature for the albums. Anyone?

Settings

Some minor tweaks in the settings app; what is mostly noticeable is the addition of iCloud and the Home Sharing in mostly all the screens. I am still yet to explore the iCloud feature, and I reckon it will be a while before the Lebanese can fully utilize its features, not until we have a decent Internet connection.

I’ll leave you with the self explanatory screenshots.

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That’s it folks, and as I promised I will update this post as soon as I discover more new features in iOS5.0

Bonus Pic 😉

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Android OS On iPhone

Managed to make Android OS run on my iPhone, credits go fully to planetbeing from http://linuxoniphone.blogspot.com/ for his remarkable work and effort.

Now, i’ll let the pictures do all the talking, so sit back and enjoy the magic!

Cellular Network..

Sms, Keyboard

DialPad

Menu

Settings

First Impressions:

The installation was a bit advance and not recommended for novice iphone hackers.. But once done, the mere sight of seeing an OS other than the iPhone OS running on your iPhone is worth all the trouble.

Now, the release is just a 0.1 alpha, so a bit buggy and unstable, BUT cell phone connections work, wifi works, multitouch works…