Posts tagged ipod
So, if you’ve been developing for iPhone and such you know how much it sucks to start xcode every time you want to test webpages or show off your new app. It gets downright frustrating. So, to link to the program in your dock; navigate to the following path. You can start this and select “keep in dock”, or drag it down there yourself:
If you would like to administer the files that are considered to be “on” the device, (including photos) you can navigate to:
/Users/YOUR_USER_NAME/Library/Application Support/iPhone Simulator/
Hope this saves you some time!
So, a friend of mine… “Steve” we’ll call him, uses an iPhone 3G as an iPod touch. Never had a problem with it. Basically, the advantage of this is that he has access to a camera. Nonetheless, before iOS4, there was no activation requirement on these units that would prevent you from using the device without a SIM. Such is no more. After upgrading to iOS4, he was locked out of his phone; and without AT&T here in Montana, he was pretty screwed. I gladly took his phone home as a project and jailbroke it back to 3.1.3 for him again.
So, originally I found this great writeup on how to do this process, but of course there were a few things I didn’t feel were clarified very well, although it got me from point A to B. They cover a few different methods of this; but chances are that if your an iPhone developer and pay for the xcode dev license, you probably know about the firmware settings through it — and most of the population doesn’t have access to that, so I won’t even waste my breath. Instead, here’s how the average joe can get the job done… if they have a mac. There are far too many windows-only tutorials on these things.
Anyhow, you need to gather a few things to begin:
Once you’ve downloaded all of this stuff, (it’ll take a few minutes) install libusb and unpack iRecovery. After this, plug in your iPhone. Open iTunes and hold down the “alt/option” key and click restore. When the box pops up (if you did this correctly… tested and working in iTunes 9.2.x) navigate to where you saved your firmware and select it. Upon restoring, iTunes should error out with a 1015.
Now it’s time to run iRecovery. If you get the “faster” version, it may not be compatible with Snow Leopard… so be warned; you may have to do some command-line stuff… which I find fun, but you may not. Some people get mixed results here. Namely, some phones are fully restored after this and require no additional work. In my case, however, the phone became stuck in an “endless DFU mode”. It was time to resort to some dirty work.
At this point, if you are in my boat, you should download and run blackra1n. Written by a badass named “George Hotz”, blackra1n will solve all of your woes. Open up the program, hit the single button that says “make it rain”, and let it run it’s course. In my case, it solved the endless DFU and came prepackaged with a blackra1n app that allowed me to instantly install Cydia, Icy or Rock My Phone. (These are homebrew repositories, FTWDK) Awesome installer, and a relatively easy process.
If you or anyone you know needs some help with this, shoot me a comment or an e-mail. Always here to help!
Hey guys and gals,
There was a problem I ran into recently with an iPhone where the subscriber had purchased a data package for their SIM card, but was not able to access any data-related features. In a WAP browsing phone, everything seemed to work; but as soon as the SIM was swapped to the unlocked iPhone, the functions were limited to calling and SMS. With WiFi enabled, everything ran great. With a little searching and some deduction, I came across the APN setting for the cellular network.
To the nay-sayers or those who are currently crying foul: unlocking your phone is not illegal. The Copyright Office issued six exemptions to the DMCA last year, one of which allows consumers to unlock their cellphones “for the sole purpose of lawfully connecting to a wireless telephone communication network.” Still with me? Let’s move on.
I suppose I should preface all this by telling you that in Montana, there’s only one certified GSM provider, Cellular One. There’s only one possible connection setting for people in this area unless they have a different service. (see: AT&T, T-Mobile, Worldphones, etc… most providers will kick you off for roaming 60% of the time or more) Also, this is not a workaround for not having a data subscription… it won’t work unless you pay for a data package, as you should. It just so happens to be the same GSM system that the iPhone uses, and it works just like any other smartphone. The company recently purchased and took over Chinook Wireless as well, prompting the cellphone communities to dub them “Chinookular One”. Duly noted… and class dismissed.
Originally, I scoured the free Nokia phone that came with the activated SIM and found an APN address… “wap.cellular1.net”, but as you can tell by the URL, the Nokia phone had been defaulted to run as only a WAP browser. That wasn’t going to do me any good. With that set, safari would pull up some pages, but still throw the error — and e-mail, weather, etc were all down as well. Eventually I stumbled across this pdf for an HTC Touch where Cellular One gives out the data connection address. I came across the correct settings, as detailed below. Super confusing and difficult, I know. Note: This is for iPhone OS 3.0.
Navigate in your iPhone’s system preferences to:
Settings–>General–>Network–>Cellular Data Network
And then type “internet.chinookwireless.net” in the APN field. Leave username and password both blank.
Seems to work great around here! Let me know if you experience any problems… I’d love to document them. If your a subscriber for a different service, have a look through some of their help and setup articles for smartphones as you can easily find this address for any carrier worth it’s salt.
P.S. – A fellow Montanan from Missoula, Evan Lovely, has a great write-up about iPhones in montana, with some more info on MMS settings (the phone I was working with didn’t have this for some reason) and some great comments after the article. Too bad I found this after the fact… could have saved me quite some time.
So, after fiddling with the promised “Fix Number Three” — an iPod Classic that would only charge — this week, I determined that although the harddrive was to blame and I could easily replace it; it was still under warranty. Which prompted me to write this, as I’m sure a lot of people don’t think about this when reading my blog posts here: Please, please check your warranty statuses. You could save both of us a lot of time, and yourself a lot of money by running your serial through a little box, or submitting a simple repair request. On average, I find warranties to normally end after one year. Visit the following to find some more information:
Aside from all of this, I have another fix planned on the software side. I’ll show you all how to set up an unlocked iPhone to correctly use a data connection over a local (or any) GSM provider.
See you tomorrow,
So, a buddy of mine has had this iPod forever… and throughout snowboarding and such, the screen got progressively worse. At first it was a couple of lines, and it got all the way to the point of the first photo… so bad you couldn’t pick a song. To make a long story short, I made my first order from iFixIt (always used their guides, but never ordered from them) and these guys are great! I don’t know how big they are, but they have that small company feel and their salesmen are incredibly knowledgeable. Safe to say I will be purchasing my apple replacement parts through them every time I can. iFixIt kicks serious ass.
Anyways, on with the fix. I used their iPod Video 5G disassembly guides, which have great hi-res photos and step by step instructions for how to pry open the case without denting it, disconnecting the cables without damaging them, etc. I not only ordered the replacement screen, but a couple of sets of the ipod opening tools — I figured it was worthwhile to stock up. The iPod came up in iTunes with everything seemingly intact… all the music was there and the headphone jack was working, although it was basically a glorified shuffle. So, time to take ‘er apart!
With the iPod tools, I started at the docking port, worked up the left side and around the top. Once the back case was separated, I had to undo a ribbon cable before the case would flop out book-style. Once the case is open like that, the harddrive will just come up as you see in the shot. Beware of it’s ribbon cable as well — these things are everywhere. Once the battery/headphone cable and harddrive are out, it’s time to take the screws out of the frame.
Now, the frame is glued in, so this is the part to treat delicately. Once you get that front faceplate off, make sure you keep the center button with the click wheel… or touch wheel or whatever they call that damn thing. This one had seen some use, and didn’t just magically stay together anymore. We need to focus on replacing the screen, however… so unclip it’s ribbon cable safely and slide it right out. At this point it’s almost completely unattached save for that cable, so be extremely careful with it. In reading some forum threads, a few kids thought the screen could just be pulled out at this point, but I will refrain from calling them names. I figured that the old screen would be WAY more destroyed than it was, so this part went without a hitch.
After swapping out the old faulty part, the last steps were to reassemble! Put it all back together in reverse order, the 1.8″ PATA drive being the most important (and expensive). The bumpers are not necessarily attached to the drive itself so be aware of their positions when dis- and re-assembling. You don’t want to crack one of those ribbon cables through pressure over time in your pocket or backpack. Srsleh.
With everything in place and back together, I gave her a quick boot and magically… BAM! New screen works like a charm. I’d say the fix would normally take me maybe 20-30 minutes to do if I didn’t have to shoot photos and stop working every five seconds for the purpose of documentation. I ordered the parts on Friday, so the shipping was fast and cheap and iFixIt is my new go-to place; but you already knew that. This really is an easy fix that most anyone could do, and the replacement screen was only 25 bucks.
Well, I recently installed redsn0w on my iPod Touch, and I have to tell you… this was seriously the EASIEST device hack ever. Take it from a guy who’s hacked almost every console he owns — this one is child’s play. redsn0w works with the iPhone 2G and 3G (not the 3GS) and both 1st and 2nd generation iPod Touches. It installs with a few clicks. Blew me away.
The hardest step in the whole process is finding the*.ipsw files that iTunes downloads when you pay the god-awful price of $9.95 for the 3.0 update. (Yeah, I know I could have downloaded it from a torrent – by why not legally modify firmwares if we can?) IpodTouchFans was an indispensable site for finding all the info I needed, as well as good tips and little tweaks further on down the road. Anywho, here are the coveted IPSW locations on Windows XP and Mac OS X:
Mac – “User>Library>iTunes>iPod Software update”
Windows – “C:\Documents and Settings\<USER NAME>\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPod Software Updates”
Aside from that, the only thing I found trouble with was getting file transfer through SFTP to work. AFP has always been sloppy and slow in my experience, so i went the other route. Turns out Cyberduck could only connect to the iTouch through the MBP’s wireless connection. Whoda thunk it, huh?