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I have to admit that even though I love the iPhone in some aspects it is at a disadvantage when compared with other similar devices. In my opinion its killer feature – the OS and its usability – still lack some things that can be found on high-end Nokia or HTC handsets. One such missing feature is a good lock screen. The vanilla iPhone lock screen shows almost no information (only clock). Compared to Nokia handhelds it lacks things like weather, missed calls, new E-mail messages…

Something must be done! And it has! For jailbroken iPhones exists the possibility to buy and install Lockinfo – an extension to the iPhone OS that shows all that information on the Lock screen. As far functionality goes this was just what I (and the iPhone) needed, but.. from a design and usability point of view it was.. well, not optimal. It was possible to customize it a bit by replacing some images and changing some font colors. That, however, didn’t do anything for its usability. Luckily the creator exposed an API for to implement themes using HTML, JavaScript and CSS. As a result one of the more popular themes emerged – the Gruppled Lockinfo theme. It’s design was better than the native Lockinfo, but naturally it consumed more resources due to the fact that it was a HTML-based theme. (more…)

iPhone OS 4.0

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Categories: apple
April 19, 2010

For almost half an year I have been an iPhone user. This device is so much more than a phone – nowadays there are apps for absolutely everything. As an avid Apple fan I’m opening a new category in my blog, which will handle topics like iPhone, Apple, iPhone OS, iPad etc. This is the opening article for the apple category.

On April 8th Apple revealed the features of the latest iPhone OS installment. To the casual user they were all new, different and cool, but to a group of “hardcore” iPhone users that wanted to squeeze out everything from their phone in terms of functionality and performance they were already available. This group had already jailbroken their devices and had extended their phone with additional functionality. Here I would like to discuss whether the features provided by apple are actually better than that which was already available to jailbroken iPhones. It should be noted that I haven’t tested the new version of the OS myself – everything I know can be seen / read in the hundreds of reviews and tests.

The changes that impact me personally and to which I’m looking forward to are Birthday Calendars, App Folders, Multitasking and Improved E-Mail. (more…)