The following tutorial will teach GNOME, Ubuntu, and other Linux users how to manage the icons (SpringBoard) on their Apple iPhone 3G, 3Gs, or iPhone 4 devices. The tutorial was tested with an iPhone 3Gs phone, on the Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) operating system.

As you all probably already know, iPhone devices are supported in Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) or Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat), all thanks to an amazing library called libimobiledevice.

The SpringBoard is the screen where all of your installed applications are displayed. You can easily rearrange the icons on your iPhone device if you hold your finger on an icon, for a few seconds, until they start jiggle. More »

With the iOS 4.2 launch closing in, iDevice owners must be well prepared when accepting the software update. Those who rock a clean device at all times only have to worry about backups. Those who like living on the edge by hacking their units must be twice as careful when downloading the iOS 4.2 IPSW file from Cupertino.

In September, Apple offered a sneak peek of iOS 4.2, confirming that the software update would arrive in November.

The release specifically targets the iPad with key new additions like multitasking, Game Center, application folders, mail application enhancements, iAds, and more.

iOS 4.2 is believed to alleviate a number of issues experienced by iPhone 3G users, as well as problems encountered by iPod touch owners running iOS 4. More »

Despite showing a clear disapproval of Apple’s App Store guidelines, the developers of VLC Media Player for iOS still have a binary available through iTunes, at the time of this writing. Following news that Apple had been sent a formal notification of copyright infringement for not allowing other means of distributing VLC Player except for its App Store, the application was expected to disappear from iTunes listings.

Basically, it says that since VLC Player is free software licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), Apple cannot restrict the means of distributing the app.

Yet it does, Denis-Courmont stressed last week, by applying Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection, which prevents users from freely sharing iOS applications that are distributed through the iTunes App Store. More »

On April 8th, 2010, at its Cupertino campus in California, Apple previewed iPhone OS 4.0, the latest version of the software powering not only iPhones and iPod touches, but also the iPad. The fourth version of the iPhone software would be released to the iPhone userbase in summer, Apple said, while iPad owners would be able to apply the update, which enables multitasking and other new features, in Fall 2010.

Via an uber press release posted yesterday, Apple goes through all the major announcements made during the Town Hall keynote address delivered by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, alongside the company’s SVP of iPhone Software, Scot Forstall, and its SVP of Worldwide Product Marketing, Phil Schiller. The iPhone OS 4 software preview saw the release of a beta version of the software to registered iPhone developers. According to the Mac maker, “The iPhone OS 4 beta release includes an updated Software Development Kit (SDK) with over 1,500 new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and over 100 new features that will be available to iPhone and iPod touch users this summer.”

The report continues to enumerate key new features included in the new beta software, such as: More »