Enable the Emoji Keyboard on an iPhone

Dec 19, 2011 - 22 Comments

The Emoji Keyboard on an iPhone

The Emoji keyboard and all emoji characters are now included directly in iOS for all iPhone (and iPad / iPod touch) users to access, it just needs to be enabled first. Adding the Emoji symbols to your keyboard is simple and only takes a moment, and because virtually every Apple device supports the icon graphics display, those you interact with will be able to see the emoji icons on their iPhones and iPads too, even if they don’t have the keyboard enabled themselves (though they will probably quickly want to turn Emoji on once they see yours!). After it’s enabled, you will gain access to literally hundreds of Emoji icons, which can be inserted anywhere that typing is allowed.

Ready to have fun with Emoji? Here is how to add the special keyboard to any iOS device including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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By Paul Horowitz - iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks - 22 Comments

Redsn0w 0.9.9b9 Jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1 Released [Download Links]

Dec 19, 2011 - 22 Comments

Redsn0w 0.9.9b9 has been released by the iPhone DevTeam to jailbreak iOS 5.0.1. It is still a tethered jailbreak and the process is mostly the same as before, except users no longer have to point the redsn0w application at older 5.0 IPSW.

Supported hardware continues to be iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 1, iPod touch 3rd or 4th gen. The iPad 2 and iPhone 4S are yet to work, but the upcoming untethered iOS 5 jailbreak should bring those two devices as well.

Download Redsn0w 0.9.9b9d

Mac and Windows versions are available:

If you’re already jailbroken on iOS 5.0.1, this version of redsn0w won’t be of much use to you, although the updated version includes a variety of bug fixes and minor changes to supported hardware.

Update: Here is a guide on how to use redsn0w 0.99b9 to jailbreak iOS 5.01

Update 2: Updated links to latest version, Redsn0w 0.9.9b9d

By Matt Chan - iPad, iPhone - 22 Comments

Santa Uses an iPhone 4S and Siri in the Latest Apple Commercial [Video]

Dec 18, 2011 - 8 Comments

Santa using the iPhone 4S

Apple has started to air a new Christmas themed TV ad for the iPhone 4S and Siri featuring none other than Santa Claus. The commercial is the most entertaining iPhone 4S ad yet and features Santa asking Siri for directions, what kind of weather to expect at various locations around the country, requesting an email from Mrs Claus, and finally asking about his schedule, which Siri responds is filled with 3.7 billion appointments.

The ad has the same background music as past iPhone 4S commercials, which actually sounds a bit like Christmas music at this point. It’s also worth pointing out that the ad doesn’t even mention either the iPhone 4S or Siri by name, it just shows an Apple logo at the end.

You can watch the video below, or just wait for it to show on TV.

By Paul Horowitz - Fun, iPhone, News - 8 Comments

Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy – BBC Documentary [Video]

Dec 17, 2011 - 8 Comments

The recently aired BBC documentary Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy may have a dumb name, but the show itself is worth a watch for anyone interested in the subject matter. About an hour long, it features classic footage of Steve Jobs, in addition to interviews with a variety of Apple execs and industry leaders, including Steve Wozniak, John Sculley, Andy Hertzfeld, Tim Berners-Lee, Avie Tevanian, and many more names that will be familiar if you follow Apple history or have read the Steve Jobs biography.

The video looks to have been posted to YouTube unofficially, so watch it while you can.

By Paul Horowitz - Fun, News - 8 Comments

Mount a DMG from the Command Line in Mac OS X

Dec 17, 2011 - 4 Comments

Mount a DMG from the Command Line in Mac OS X

A helpful command line tool called hdiutil is included in Mac OS X that allows disk image files (.dmg extension) to be mounted directly from the Terminal, without the need of using the GUI. Using hdiutil for such a task is helpful for scripting or remote connections through SSH.

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By William Pearson - Command Line, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 4 Comments

Mac Setups: Mac Mini TV Setup, MacBook Pro, and iOS Hardware

Dec 17, 2011 - 5 Comments

Apple gear setup

This reader submitted Mac setup features a dual use Mac Mini and a MacBook Pro, as well as a bunch of great iOS gear. The Mac Mini connects to a TV to function as a digital hub for the household, alternating between the 32″ TV shown in the picture and a 55″ HDTV in another room, where it serves up video, pictures, and other media.

The hardware shown includes:

  • Mac Mini 2010 8GB RAM, 320GB HD
  • Samsung 32″ LCD TV/Monitor
  • MacBook Pro 13″ late 2011, 8GB RAM, 500 GB HD
  • iPhone 4 16 GB (Verizon)
  • iPod Touch 4 32GB
  • iPad 2 White 16GB
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • Apple Magic Trackpad
  • Seagate 2 TB External HD (via AEBS)
  • Not shown: Apple Airport Extreme Base Station, Apple Airport Express (extender)

The background image shown on both Macs is the planned new Apple “Spaceship” campus set to be built in Cupertino, California.

If you want to setup a Mac Mini media center yourself, we’ve covered two guides in the past: a simple walkthrough for a basic media center and a full featured media center with remote torrent capabilities.

Thanks for sending this in P! You can submit your own Apple gear setup shots to: osxdailycom@gmail.com

By William Pearson - Mac Setups - 5 Comments

Fix “No SIM Card Installed” Error on iPhone 4S by Installing iOS 5.0.1 Build 9A406

Dec 16, 2011 - 9 Comments

No SIM Card Installed error on iPhone

The recently released iPhone 4S specific build of iOS 5.0.1 resolves an ongoing SIM card issue that was effecting some users. The issue would cause some iPhone 4S’s to not recognize a SIM card, with the iPhone reporting a “No SIM Card Installed” or “Invalid SIM” error message, in addition to the phone not connecting to a cellular network.

To resolve the error, users have two choices:

This makes the latest iOS 5.0.1 update a welcome change for iPhone 4S users who frequently encountered the problem, and this also answers the question as to what exactly the iPhone 4S specifc 9A406 build of iOS 5.0.1 aimed to accomplish. Thanks to MacRumors for discovering this.

By Matt Chan - iPhone, Troubleshooting - 9 Comments

Benchmark SSD & Hard Drive Performance with Disk Speed Test for Mac OS X

Dec 16, 2011 - 46 Comments

Mac SSD and Hard Drive benchmark test tool

Want to compare hard disk performance or see just how big of a speed difference that SSD upgrade had? Grab the free Disk Speed Test tool from the Mac App Store, it’s a quick and simple way to measure drive performance. The app works by creating large blocks of temporary data that are written to the drive and then read, allowing for a consistent benchmark across multiple Macs or disks. The UI is easy to understand and there’s no frills, just launch the app and the test starts.

It’s not exactly scientific, but it’ll give you a good idea of performance changes with upgrades or different disks, just note the read and write speeds both before and after an upgrade, or have your friends run it on their Mac to test speeds across drives.

For example, a MacBook Air might write to an SSD at around 180mb/sec and read at 220mb/sec, whereas a standard 5400 RPM drive in a MacBook Pro may only write at 45mb/sec and read at 60mb/sec. Many third party SSD’s perform even better than the MacBook Air, and these kind of numbers really drive home the day-to-day performance boost you’ll see with an SSD upgrade. If you’re in the market for one, check out the deals on SSD drives at Amazon and get yourself an early Christmas present.

By William Pearson - Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 46 Comments

4 New iPad Wallpapers from iOS 5.1

Dec 16, 2011 - 7 Comments

iPad wallpapers in iOS 5.1

We’re suckers for new wallpapers around here, and iOS 5.1 includes four new gorgeous background pictures sized at 1024×1024 for the iPad. Extracted from the iOS 5.1 beta releases, 9to5mac found and resized the images to fit the iPhone 640×960 display as well.

Grab them in a bundle from Mediafire or via the 9to5 links below:

iPad (1, 2, 3, 4)

iPhone (1, 2, 3, 4)

Many share similarities to those found in OS X Lion, the beach image looks like it’s probably from the same photo shoot as the one included on the Mac.

By Paul Horowitz - Customize, iPad, iPhone - 7 Comments

Slow iPhone Wi-Fi? Speed Up iOS Wireless Connections with Faster DNS Servers

Dec 16, 2011 - 17 Comments

Wi-Fi on iPhone

If your iPhone Wi-Fi connection seems inexplicably slow, particularly when having moved from one wireless network to another, try manually setting custom DNS servers. This speeds up the response time and your wireless connectivity in general.

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Add Spacers to the Right-Side of the Dock in Mac OS X

Dec 16, 2011 - 5 Comments

Spacers on the Right Side of the Dock in Mac OS X

Just like you can add spacers between app icons in the OS X Dock (the left side), we can also add these same spacers to the right-side of the Dock, where the Applications, Documents, Downloads, and Trash icons live.

Launch the Terminal and paste the following defaults write string into the command line:

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-others -array-add '{tile-data={}; tile-type="spacer-tile";}' ;killall Dock

If you want multiple spacers added, just hit the up arrow and return to initiate the command again. Each execution of the defaults write command will create one additional spacer in the Dock.

After a spacer has been added, you can click and drag it around the Dock to fit between icons. If you want to remove it, drag it out of the Dock like any other Dock item.

As previously mentioned, if you’re wanting to put spaces in the left side of the Dock instead, use the following command:

defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{"tile-type"="spacer-tile";}' ;killall Dock

Notice the two commands are different, and the spacers can not be dragged from the left side of the Dock to the right, or vice versa.

Both of these commands work with Mac OS X Lion and prior releases.

By Paul Horowitz - Customize, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks - 5 Comments

iPad Mini Rumors Return, 7.8″ Screen with a Launch in Fall of 2012?

Dec 15, 2011 - 5 Comments

iPad Mini mockup

Apple is said to be working on a smaller iPad with a 7.85″ display, according to a new report from Digitimes. Citing sources in the supply chain, the “iPad Mini” is suggested to debut late in 2012, not alongside the expected iPad 3 release earlier in the year.

Digitimes sources suggest that Apple decided to produce the smaller iPad to handle increasing competition in the tablet marketplace, specifically from the Kindle Fire:

However, in order to cope with increasing market competition including the 7-inch Kindle Fire from Amazon and the launch of large-size smartphones from handset vendors, Apple has been persuaded into the development of 7.85-inch iPads, the sources indicated.

Getting more specific, the display panels for the device are said to be supplied by LG and AU Optronics, and that production will begin at the end of the second quarter of next year.

This isn’t the first time a report of an iPad with a smaller 7.85-inch display has surfaced. Last month, an analyst report also suggested that a smaller iPad would be released sometime in 2012, in addition to the iPad 3 with a retina display.

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

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