Turn iPhone into a Giant 1990’s Flip Phone

Mar 5, 2012 - 5 Comments

iPhone flip phone

Remember the old flip phones? Of course you do, they were huge and ugly and half of them wouldn’t fit in a pocket even when folded up, but oh were they cutting edge in 1998.

Soon you’ll be able to have that same terrible user experience with the iPhone. From the company who brought you the ridiculous 80’s block iPhone case comes a late 1990’s early 2000’s giant flip-phone case for the iPhone. It’s both hideous and hilarious, and it will certainly be popular in that laughably retro stupid way.

Unfortunately it’s not available quite yet, we’ll all have to wait until later in the year to grab the flip case for about $24, so put it on your Christmas list.
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By Paul Horowitz - Fun, iPhone, Retro - 5 Comments

How to Resolve a “Partition Failed” Error in Mac OS X

Mar 5, 2012 - 94 Comments

Partition Failed error

If you have attempted to partition a drive from Mac OS X and received a “Partition failed” message with the error “Couldn’t modify partition map because file system verification failed.” you can fix the problem with the file system check command line utility. To do this properly, you’ll need to boot into Single User Mode as well:

  1. Reboot the Mac into Single User Mode by holding Command+S during boot
  2. At the command prompt, type:
  3. /sbin/fsck -fy

  4. When fsck is complete, type “exit” or “reboot” to reboot
  5. Boot the Mac as usual, verify the disk again in Disk Utility, and partition as usual

Boot the Mac as usual and relaunch Disk Utility to verify the disk. Go ahead and partition the drive as usual, this time without any such error message.

I have encountered this error a few times when partitioning the boot drive from OS X Lion, most recently after a clean installation when setting up dual boot for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion. The cause of this remains to be seen, and repairing the disk from Disk Utility itself doesn’t work, even when in Single User Mode or when booting from another drive.

Clear iMessage Chat History in Mac OS X

Mar 5, 2012 - 30 Comments

Deleting Messages Cache & History in Mac OS X

The Messages app for Mac keeps track of all chat history through iMessage and SMS, providing you with a lengthy record of conversations in an easily reviewable and scrollable chat log. Unlike iOS, there isn’t an in-app method to delete the chat history in OS X, and though you can close a window it doesn’t necessarily remove all data, logs, caches, or associations with a specific chat, and those caches are still stored on the Mac.

Instead, if you wish to clear out the chat log history in Messages app for OS X, you will have to turn to the Finder or command line if you want to trash your message history on the Mac. This is not difficult, it’s just a matter of removing a few files as detailed below.

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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 30 Comments

4 Simple Mac Maintenance Tips

Mar 4, 2012 - 40 Comments

Macs are notoriously trouble-free and easy to maintain, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore system maintenance entirely. Here are four simple Mac maintenance tips that will help you keep your Mac in tip-top shape, running at its best.

Mac Maintenance
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Enable the iPhone Camera Grid to Take Better Pictures

Mar 4, 2012 - 5 Comments

iPhone camera grid

Turning on the iPhone camera grid makes it easier to take better pictures, here’s how to enable it:

  • Launch the Camera app from home screen or lock screen
  • Tap on “Options” at the top
  • Swipe Grid to “ON”
  • Tap “Done” to hide the Options again and return back to Camera

The grid will not appear on finalized images in the photo stream.

What’s the point? If you’re new to photography or don’t know why the grid is potentially useful, the grid makes composing images using the “rule of thirds” easier. Essentially that means by dividing a picture into horizontal and vertical thirds and placing compositional elements along those lines and intersections, you’ll end up with better pictures. It’s an old artistic technique that has been around for hundreds of years.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

Try Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a Mac with VirtualBox

Mar 3, 2012 - 35 Comments

Windows 8 in VirtualBox

You probably know by now that Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released recently. This is what Microsoft is betting their future on, combining their traditional desktop experience with the all new tiled Metro interface, aimed at tablets and portable computers.

Thanks to virtualization, anyone can try Windows 8 easily right on top of their current operating system. This makes it easy to both install and also remove later when you’re done with it. While this article is intended for Mac users, VirtualBox will run in Linux, Solaris, and Windows as well, so you can take this to just about any platform.

Everything is free and there is little risk to trying this out. If you’ve been curious about Windows 8 this is the easiest way to get direct experience with it. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
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By Paul Horowitz - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 35 Comments

Mac Setups: iOS Developers Home Office

Mar 3, 2012 - 10 Comments

iOS Developers Home Office

Ever wonder what an iOS developers home office looks like? This great Mac setup should give you an idea. Coming to us from Henry in Florida, this setup is used primarily for iOS development and photography. There’s a lot of great Apple hardware here, including:

  • 2011 MacBook Air i7 with 256GB SSD
  • 2008 Mac Pro with 2 Xeon Quad-Core CPU’s, 16GB RAM, and 2 3TB hard drives
  • 2011 Mac Mini Server
  • 27″ Thunderbolt Display attached to the MacBook Air
  • 30″ Apple Cinema Display connected to Mac Pro
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 1 3G
  • Original iPhone, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S, and two iPhone 4’s
  • Logitech Mac Keyboard

There’s a Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse in there too, and the MacBook Air looks to be on an mStand from Rain Design.

If you’re wondering why so many iPhones and iPads are necessary, keep in mind developers need a handful of devices around to test for compatibility and to find obscure bugs that only pop up in certain versions of iOS.

Great Mac setup Henry!

Send us pictures of your Apple & Mac hardware setups! Email them to osxdailycom@gmail.com and include some brief details on the hardware and what you use it for.

By William Pearson - Mac Setups - 10 Comments

iPad 3 Pricing Revealed?

Mar 2, 2012 - 12 Comments

iPad 3 Date

The iPad 3 will be priced the same as existing iPad 2 models, even though it is expected to have a significantly improved Retina display, a more powerful processor and graphics capabilities, and 4G LTE connectivity. This unsurprising report comes from 9to5mac, who cites a traditionally reliable source who even provided model numbers of the next-generation iPad. This means pricing for iPad 3 will be as follows:

Wi-Fi Models

  • 16GB – $499
  • 32GB – $599
  • 64GB – $699

Cellular 3G / 4G LTE (?) Models

  • 16GB – $629
  • 32GB – $729
  • 64GB – $829

9to5mac also mentions that some countries with a stronger currency will actually see prices for the iPad 3 go down slightly, though those countries and the final sale prices are not yet known.

While Apple rarely increases the price of products, there was a brief rumor passed around that pricing for the next gen iPad would be slightly higher to accommodate for increased production costs. That sounded unlikely to begin with, and now it appears even less likely.

The model numbers for iPad 3 are alleged to be as follows:





J1 is said to be Wi-Fi and J2 are said to be cellular connected models. Presumably there are two of each to account for the iPad being available in both black and white colors.

iPad 3 will be launched on March 7 and is expected to ship soon after.

By Matt Chan - iPad, News, Rumor - 12 Comments

iOS 6 Development Under Way

Mar 2, 2012 - 5 Comments

iOS 6 User Agent

iOS 6 running on an iPad is beginning to make appearances in web logs, indicating that Apple is working on a future release of their mobile operating system. Virtually nothing is known about iOS 6 at this time, but it should come as no surprise that Apple is working on versions of iOS beyond the current iOS 5.1 beta.

The iOS 6 server log entries were first noticed by ArsTechnica, who narrowed down the origin of the iOS 6 user agents to Cupertino, California, the home of Apple Inc. Similar finds have become a somewhat reliable method of discovering future Apple OS releases prior to announcement, as demonstrated by with OS X 10.8 last October and OS X 10.7 a full year before its debut. This doesn’t indicate that iOS 6 will be released anytime soon however, though speculation suggests we could see an iOS 6 beta as soon as WWDC 2012.

Of course, it’s always possible that Apple will surprise everyone and skip iOS 5.1 completely in favor of iOS 6, but that seems unlikely given the current version of iOS is 5.0.1. The public version of iOS 5.1 is widely believed to debut as a free update alongside the launch of iPad 3 next week on March 7.

It is worth pointing out that spoofing user agents is ridiculously easy. For example, the string below will spoof a similar iOS 6 and iPad user agent to the target server of osxdaily.com, change the URL at the end to something else if you wish to fool others.

curl -A "Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; CPU OS 6_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/535.8 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.3.5 Mobile/8J2 Safari/535.8" http://osxdaily.com

That wouldn’t change your geographical location though, so you may need to book a flight to Cupertino if you really want to trick someone.

By Matt Chan - iPad, iPhone, News, Rumor - 5 Comments

10 Ways to Get OS X Mountain Lion Features on your Mac Right Now

Mar 2, 2012 - 10 Comments

Get OS X Mountain Lion features right now

Can’t wait for OS X Mountain Lion to be released this summer? You can get many of the features of the next generation Mac OS X version right now. Whether you are running OS X Lion or to an extent, OS X Snow Leopard, read on to find out how to get everything from notifications, note syncing, synced reminders, iMessages, the simplified Safari UI, Twitter integration, AirPlay mirroring, and much more.

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6 Ways to Force Quit Mac Applications

Mar 2, 2012 - 23 Comments

Finder Do you need to force quit an unresponsive Mac OS X app? Is your Mac seeing the infamously dreaded spinning beachball of death? Is an app failing to respond to any input? Maybe you have an errant process or two? When any of the above happens, you’ll probably want to forcibly quit the application in question, and that’s what we’ll cover with this walkthrough, showing you how to force quit apps on a Mac with six different methods.

Whatever your skill level with Mac OS X, you’ll find a way to forcibly exit out of an app. Take a moment to remember a few keyboard shortcuts or sequences now ,and save yourself a hassle later when Mac apps start acting up. And yes, these tricks work in all versions of OS X.

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Change (Spoof) a MAC Address in OS X Mountain Lion & Mavericks

Mar 1, 2012 - 50 Comments

A MAC address is a unique identification number assigned to network interfaces, these can be attached to physical hardware like NIC and Wi-Fi cards or assigned to virtual machines. On some occasions, you’ll need to change a MAC address to another ID.

Change a MAC Address in Mac OS X

We’ve received a few questions about this recently because the process of changing (sometimes called spoofing) these addresses has changed slightly from version to version in Mac OS X. With that in mind, we will show you how to change a MAC address in the latest versions of OS X 10.7, 10.8 Mountain Lion, and 10.9 OS X Mavericks, and OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Launch the Terminal found within /Applications/Utilities/ to get started.
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