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View exchange rates on the iPhone iOS devices
I think it's a real shame that the iPhone doesn't have an Exchange Rate widget. Perhaps someday there will be, now that Apple is opening up the platform. In the meantime, I looked for a Exchange Rate web-app for the iPhone at the Apple site. I could only find one, which isn't too bad, but I was hoping for something with charts, etc., a la the Stock widget.

Then it struck me: since the Stock widget is getting its feeds from Yahoo!, I should be able to use their special codes for the FX market. Voil ! Here are the ones I use:
  • GBPUSD=X $US / £UK
  • GBPEUR=X €EU / £UK
  • EURUSD=X $US / €EU
  • GBPINR=X Indian Rupees / £UK
There's loads more if your needs are different.

[robg adds: You can find more codes using Yahoo's currency page. You can also use these codes in the Stocks widget -- as of 10.4.11, it's now using Yahoo as well.]
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View exchange rates on the iPhone
Authored by: swilcox on Dec 03, '07 08:30:29AM

Very very cool. Thank you!



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View exchange rates on the iPhone
Authored by: macnai on Dec 03, '07 08:37:18AM

Great hint. I can finally use that widget for something useful. Stocks?! Seriously Apple, is that one of the 13 most pressing things to put on the iPhone?



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What about Leopard?
Authored by: chrisjniles on Dec 03, '07 10:19:09AM

Oddly enough, I could not get it to work in 10.5.1. When trying to add GBPUSD, the widget could not return any matching symbols.



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What about Leopard?
Authored by: chrisjniles on Dec 03, '07 10:21:19AM

Nevermind, I forgot to add =X at the end of the code. It works in Leopard too.



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What about Leopard?
Authored by: saywake on Dec 03, '07 11:06:25AM

You need to enter the full string as "EURUSD=x" (without the quotes) .... don't forget the "=x" part.



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Exchange with Google
Authored by: bomb2001 on Dec 03, '07 03:46:24PM

You can also just use Google, right in Safari. Type:

300 USD in CAD



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Exchange with Google
Authored by: morespace54 on Dec 04, '07 07:28:45AM

Sweet... I love both hints!
Thanks



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View exchange rates on the iPhone
Authored by: kirk5 on Dec 05, '07 12:11:22PM

At least for me, on the iphone, the exchange rates I'm tracking do not get updated in real time. The exchange rate is the same as it was the day I set it up and so it is out of sync with the values reported on yahoo's finance page.



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