Wow. How things have changed. My frustration was more about the websites I mentioned than the iPhone itself – but boy did I unload on the iPhone, too!
Replug is one of the most useful gadget accessories I’ve seen in a long time. At only $13, Replug protects your iPhone or computer headphone jack by turning it into a sort of mag-safe adapter like you find on Apple’s laptop line. Put simply, when you jerk your headphone cord by accident, rather than the jack breaking off in the mic jack, it safely just pulls away. Very cool!
If your iPhone’s Home button appears to be “stuck” or otherwise unresponsive, and a reboot doesn’t fix the problem, there is one more quick fix to try before taking your phone to the local Apple Store for repair. Many times, recalibrating the home button will do the trick!
To recalibrate the Home button, do the following:[ordered_list style=”decimal”]
- Launch the Calendar app (or other stock iPhone app like Mail or Stocks)
- Press the Sleep/Wake button at the top right of your iPhone and hold it down until the red slider appears on screen
- As soon as the red slider appears, press and hold the Home button until the red slider disappears
- The iPhone home button should now be recalibrated, but you might want to reboot the iPhone anyway
I’ve had this problem twice with my iPhone 4 and both times this did the trick. To be clear, this is a software problem/fix. If your Home button is physically stuck in the down/pressed position, then you’ll definitely need to take it in to the Apple Store for repair.
Every once in a while, an app freezes on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. You can try force quitting the app by holding the icon down in the app switcher at the bottom, but sometimes an app freezes so hard that you aren’t able to force quit. That’s when a hard reset can come to the rescue.
To perform a hard reset, do the following:
- Hold down the power button until the Slide to Power Off message appears
- When the message appears, release the power button
- Now hold the Home button at the bottom of the device until the problematic app quits
This tip is extremely helpful when on occasion you come across a rogue game or suspect app on the App Store!
If you use your iPhone to take photos and import them onto your computer or send them via email, you may have come across an issue where the photos display sideways or upside down on the computer or the recipient’s email. It’s frustrating for most users because they’re not sure why it’s happening. The reality is that there’s nothing wrong with your phone.
If Steve Jobs were alive today, he would simply tell you that “you’re holding it wrong!”
The iPhone supports an Orientation Tag in the image EXIF data under iOS 4 and above. It stores the information that tells the display the device what direction the photo was taken and how to display it properly. The problem is that most software doesn’t implement the Orientation Tag.
Until all Windows and Mac developers update their software to read the Orientation Tag, the solution is to make sure that you hold your iPhone with the home button either at the bottom for portrait photos, or to the right for landscape shots.
Get the official Google Gmail experience for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. As you may know, Google released the app previously, but it was buggy and was pulled shortly after. The app offers little more than the mobile version of Gmail, but users may be interested in giving it a try anyway.
With the Gmail app, you can:
- Receive notification badges for new messages
- Read your mail with threaded conversations
- Organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting, and reporting spam
- Keep track of important messages with priority inbox
- Auto-complete contact names as you type
- Send and receive attachments
- Search through all your mail
The Gmail app is available for devices running iOS 4+.