Friday, 3 June 2011

Must-Haves On A New ₳₱₱£€ iPhone 4

The whole ₳₱₱£€ experience from start to end, from developer to user, from manufacturer to partner is just a big money grabbing exercise by Apple at every step involved. ₳₱₱£€ not only asks you to pay left and right but also restricts on what you can do and how you do things. To get back some sanity when using the new iPhone 4, here are some things that have to be done:

  1. Jailbreak it – for iPhone 4 running iOS 4.3.3 (8J2) here is a good starter.
  2. Change root password – after Jailbreaking, the phone’s (running BSD Unix) root password is automatically set to ‘alpine’. This must be changed. Note that the MobileTerminal app does not work on iOS 3 and 4 at the time of this post. So to do this, it is better to install OpenSSH and use a client such as PuTTY to connect to the iPhone with root login and use the passwd Unix command to change the root password.
  3. Ditch iTune – iTune forces you to sync apps between iPhone and the computer. This is not only waste of time and the computer disk space, but also creates problems when there are multiple computers. CopyTrans is a good solution to this.
  4. Get a decent GPS app – the default map application assumes that the phone is connected to the internet all the time, which can be extremely costly with many carriers and impractical in many countries. So there is a need to have a GPS app that can store map files on the iPhone locally. xGPS seems to fit the bill, although it cannot be used fully offline (like TomTom or Nokia Maps) – you’ll still need to be connected to Google when searching for addresses and working out routes.

As I am totally new to any ₳₱₱£€ product, any free apps suggestions are welcome.

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