iOS 4 Folders, or How OCD Are You?


If you installed the iOS 4 update on your iPhone or managed to get your hands on a new iPhone 4, you can now group your apps together. This greatly improves your ability to organize apps as well as enables you to add even more apps to the device than before. Apple’s has a pretty-looking overview of the feature on their web site.

Too Much?

iOS4 Home Screen
I, of course, went a little nuts with the folders. Was I overzealous? Maybe. I previously had nine pages of apps; now I have two, though I could have just one page if I didn’t leave the second one there for a folder called “Unused”. All but six apps are in folders. The remaining six are out “in the open” due to a combination of my desire to open them more quickly and how often I use them.

Et tu?

In case you didn’t already know, you can use iTunes to drag your apps into folders. If want you organize all of the apps on your iPhone, and you have a whole bunch of apps to organize, you may find that it takes you a while. That didn’t stop me from doing it that way, of course. I’d like to see if you can top my anal retentiveness organization skills, so be sure to post a link to a screenshot of your iPhone’s newly-organized home screen in the comments section.

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More iPhone App Ideas

So since my (somewhat) recent post on iPhone App Ideas, I’ve seen a number of site visitors apparently searching for iPhone app ideas themselves. If you are here looking for your own ideas, I’d recommend doing something no one else has thought of yet.

Oh wait, you mean you are having difficulty figuring something like that out? Yeah, it’s tough isn’t it. πŸ™‚

Anyway, thought you might like to know that I do have some app ideas, I’m just not sharing them because I’m hoping to find the time to develop them myself.

If you are looking for some of what I’ve been tinkering around with, check out — I haven’t worked on it lately (in all honestly), but I thought you might find it interesting, especially if you are interested in seeing some fun, artsy things you can do with just JavaScript.

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Watch New Yorker Cover Be Drawn on iPhone

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Artist Jorge Colombo drew that on his iPhone in about an hour. Wow.

[via Gizmodo]


iPhone App Ideas

I was talking with some friends in our couples’ small group yesterday night about the fact that I now have an iPhone developer’s license, as I’d wanted to write an app or two for the iPhone.

I’m thinking about doing something for version 3.0 of the iPhone software – due out this June to the general public.

Any thoughts on what sort of app you’d like to see (that isn’t already one of the millions out there, or that could be done better)?



New Features Coming to the iPhone in v3.0

Today Apple announced v3.0 of the iPhone software. Here’s a quick list of the new features that they promised for June, with the caveat that not all the features (e.g., A2DP and MMS) will be available on the 1st generation iPhone or iPod touch:

  • Copy, Cut, & Paste
  • Send multiple photos at one time
  • MMS! This will make my sister very happy πŸ™‚
  • Background push notifications for apps (let’s IM apps, and basically anything else let you know of new notifications, even when in other apps)
  • Updated BlueTooth, allowing compatability with wireless stereo (A2DP) headphones
  • Updated SDK, with new features that include more mapping in apps and the ability to control new 3rd party accessories
  • Peer-to-peer Bluetooth communication, allowing for data to be sent between iPhones directly, for things like multi-player gaming without going across the Internet
  • Landscape mode in email and all other (Apple) apps
  • Ability to forward or delete multiple text messages at a time
  • A new Apple voice memo app
  • Over-the-air syncing of non-Exchange, calDav calendars (i.e., Google and Yahoo calendars)
  • Spotlight – a new app allowing you to search for data across the iPhone
  • Sync notes
  • New stock app
  • Safari will include anti-Phishing technology and auto-fill
  • Paid apps can do subscription-based model and allow you to by add-ins (e.g., new levels) seamlessly, using you Apple/iTunes account
  • Youtube ratings and account support
  • LDAP
  • Audio and video tagging
  • On the phone iTunes account creation
  • Enhanced parental controls
  • Create meeting requests on the iPhone
  • Proxy support
  • Encrypted profiles
  • Shake to shuffle
  • HTML5 and built-in video support in Safari
  • Support for turn-by-turn navigation, if you use your own (not Google’s) maps
  • “100 new features” total, not all of which were given today

What was missing:

  • Video functionality
  • Tethering (the phone will support it, but the carriers still won’t for a least a little while longer)
  • No true background application support
  • Adobe Flash support
  • Syncing the iPhone via BlueTooth

Did I miss anything? Apple has some information up on their site now too:


Google Sync Now Available on the iPhone

Google has just released their free sync service for both the iPhone and Windows Mobile phones. This means you can sync your Gmail contacts and Google calendar with your phone over the air. And it’s free!

The drawback? The service, which has been available for Blackberry’s for sometime, does not handle actual Gmail. So no Push email from your Google account – you still have to fetch it. I’m curious as to why, so if you’re in the know, be sure to me me know!

Oh, and note that our phone’s calendar and contacts will be DELETED if you start using Google Sync, so be sure all of your contacts and events are either backed up or already in your Google account!

Google Sync