I haven't seen this documented anywhere, but I discovered that you can select an entire paragraph of text by quadruple-tapping on it when entering text in the iPhone. For instance, when replying to an email, you can quadruple-tap on paragraphs in the quoted reply, then cut them.
You have to do it pretty quickly, and take care not to move your finger too much between taps. Try it a few times, though, and you'll get the hang of it. And yes, I know it might sound weird, but I actually find it quite useful sometimes.
[robg adds: This works, and isn't covered in the iPhone user's guide.]
Sometimes I visit a website on my iPod Touch that is almost unreadable due to the expected size of a screen on a desktop computer. Even when zoomed in, some sites have the text continue off screen, meaning I'd have to scroll left and right to read a whole line of text.
I have MobileMe and sync my bookmarks between computers and my iPod Touch. And one day I happened across just such a too-small site. Frustrated, I decided to just try my Readability bookmarklet, and was happy to see it worked!
You'll need either an iPhone or iPod Touch and a computer that you sync your device to via USB or MobileMe. From a computer, navigate to Readability and set your desired options. I like Inverse, Extra Large text, and Extra Narrow margins, but pick what you like. Drag your bookmarklet to your bookmark bar, as the site instructs. (You can move it to your Bookmarks menu, anywhere, or into the sidebar of Safari's Bookmark organization, so it'll be one of the first items you see on your iPhone's bookmarks).
Using either MobileMe or iTunes, make sure you have Bookmarks selected under your device's settings. Sync the changes. To use, navigate to a site with text you want to read, press the bookmarks button, select the Readability bookmark and voila!
[robg adds: You should be able to set this up directly on the iPhone/iPod touch, though I haven't tried.]
If you have entire albums, artists, or playlists excluded from shuffling in iTunes (The 'Skip when shuffling' flag is set), your iPhone 3GS will fail to play these albums, artists, or playlists when you select them using Voice Control if it has shuffle play mode enabled.
The manner in which it fails makes it seem as if something is seriously amiss (hence this hint): It acknowledges your voice input, indicating that your selection is about to play (e.g., 'Playing album Avatar'), but then returns to whatever had been playing before. If nothing had been playing before you gave the voice command, the iPhone will remain resolutely silent after acknowledging your input.
The solution to this 'issue' is, of course, to simply to turn off shuffle play mode. Unfortunately you can't do this with a voice command (as far as I know).
I do a lot of podcast listening and I hate the long sync times in iTunes to get the freshest content on my iPhone. As a result, I do most of my podcast downloading directly on my iPhone. When you have old episodes in your Podcast section, you can touch the Get More Episodes button to get thrown to the iTunes app and download a new one.
But if you always delete shows when you're done (to save precious space), the quick link is gone -- instead, you have to type the relevant podcast name into the iTunes app's Search bar. What a pain! So here's a way to make podcast links list in Mobile Safari that toss you right to the show's page in iTunes:
Go to iTunes on your Mac/PC, look up the podcast you want to bookmark in the store.
Right next to the Subscribe button is a down arrow; click that and choose Copy Link.
Paste this link into an email addressed to the account you access on your iPhone (or any other method for getting text snippets from your computer to your iPhone). Send a bunch of links in one email and save time.
Open the email on your iPhone. A long press on the link pops up the option to copy it.
Open Mobile Safari and bookmark whatever page is showing. (It doesn't matter what it is; we end up editing it anyway.)
Go to the Bookmark menu, find the bookmark you just made, and tap Edit. Change the name to the name of the podcast, clear the old URL, and paste the link in the URL field.
That's it! That link will now take you straight to the iTunes app to download the newest podcast without searching or retyping.
[robg adds: I haven't tested this one, but if you're willing to sync one time, it seems you could simplify it by bookmarking the podcast URLs on the Mac/PC version of Safari first, then syncing your iPhone (assuming you sync Safari bookmarks).]
For you iPhone/iPad/iPod touch developers out there, did you know you can change the name of the carrier that appears in the iPhone Simulator? The default carrier name is Carrier, but you can change this to a custom name of your choice.
In Terminal.app, run this command, replacing your_user with your user's short username:
I checked a ton of forums and none of them had this hint -- only the same questions over and over. I hope I'm not embarrassing myself by stating the obvious. If it hasn't been noticed before, I guess I stumbled across the fix.
Open your iPhone's Safari browser and log in to your Hotmail account. Then, all you have to do is tap the Bookmark button. A screen will come up asking what you would like to do. Simply select Add to Home Screen. You should now see a Hotmail icon up on your home screen, just like an app; it even has its own App icon.
When you select the 'app,' your Hotmail will open up in Safari, automatically refreshing. It will live update, and maintain your folders, including folders you've created.
[robg adds: Microsoft offers this document, which explains how to set up Hotmail as a POP3 client on the iPhone. However, there are downsides to POP3, such as only being able to see your inbox. I'm not sure if there are any better ways to use Hotmail on the iPhone, as I'm not a Hotmail user. Suggestions welcomed in comments.]
If you're like me and have no use for the Stocks application, I'm sure you've wished of a method to remove it so it doesn't take up home screen real estate. A few months back, I searched for a method but I found none that suited my needs. I wanted something that would not require a jailbreak, and I wanted the change to be permanent. I remembered that disabling an application through the Restrictions panel removes it from the home screen, so I figured adding Stocks to the list of restricted apps should have the same result.
Note that this hint requires connecting your iPhone to a Windows machine, either directly or through a virtualization application such as Fusion or Parallels.
Let me preface this hint by explaining the use for the Navigon Connect Bookmarklet on my iPhone. I understand that there are apps out there that already connect to Navigon's MobileNavigator; this is just another option if you find yourself on Google Map's site in Mobile Safari and want to quickly open MobileNavigator with the destination you found on Google. With that said, lets get to business...
Drag this bookmark to your Bookmark Bar in Safari and sync your bookmarks to your iPhone through iTunes: Navigon Connect
On the iPhone, find a destination on maps.google.com in Mobile Safari.
Select the Navigon Connect Bookmark from Mobile Safari.
That's it; MobileNavigator will then open with the Longitude/Latitude coordinates from the destination in Google Maps.
On jailbroken iPhones where sbsettings is installed (nearly all of them) and the 'autolock' toggle is also installed, there is a chance of getting permanently stuck in a lock screen loop. When you slide to unlock the iPhone, it unlocks for a 10th of a second, then locks again.
The problem is that this unlock-lock loop stays through a restore. Try as you might: DFU mode, restarting, restoring from backup, etc., all will end with an iPhone in the same loop. This problem is caused by a bug in sbsettings' autolock toggle.
This is how I fixed mine when it happened to my phone last night...
This AppleScript will add the current track you are playing to a play list (currently named street) on your iPhone (or iPod). It will also make a backup of this added track to a playlist on the iTunes local playlists (also named street). The script also checks first if a song exists on the playlist, so as to not duplicate any tracks.
property playlistname : "street"
tell application "iTunes"
repeat with s in sources
if (kind of s is iPod) then set the_ipod to s
set doit to true
set idx to (count tracks of playlist playlistname of the_ipod)
repeat with i from 1 to idx
set n to track i of playlist playlistname of the_ipod
set n to (name of n as string) & (artist of n as string) & (album of n as string)
set m to (name of current track as string) & (artist of current track as string) & (album of current track as string)
if (n is m) then
set doit to false
set v to output volume of (get volume settings)
set volume output volume 30
say "Dup file!"
set volume output volume v
if (doit is true) then
duplicate current track to playlist playlistname of the_ipod
duplicate current track to playlist playlistname