Sep 202012

Apple patent application has iPhones text when calls don't reach spotty coverage areas

If you’re already using Android 4.0 or iOS 6, you’re likely familiar with the option to send a pre-made text reply to incoming calls you can’t take. Continue reading »

Mar 312012

Everyone loves a bit of privacy every now and then, and let’s face it, I am pretty sure that everyone has given their cell phone number out to someone that they later regretted giving it to for one reason or another. You would expect, that in this advanced day and age when smartphones play such an increasingly important and prominent role in our everyday lives, we would have a native filtering option on the device, or at very least our networks would be able to provide such a service. Continue reading »

Jun 232011

We have already seen some useful custom widgets for iOS 5 such as Music Center, SpringPrefs, UISettings etc. that will give users easy access to information and settings toggles via iOS 5 Notification Center with a single swipe.

iOS developer – iHaz3 has revealed plans to release a custom widget called QuickComposer, which as the name suggests, makes composing SMS, email, tweet etc. quicker.

The custom widget adds a shortcut to the Mail, SMS, Twitter, Notes and Reminder app in iOS 5 Notification Center as you can see in the screenshot below. Continue reading »

May 292011

Folks at iPhoneIslam Team claim that they have managed to hack iPad 3G to enable full phone and SMS functionality like the iPhone.

iPhoneIslam Team has previously released jailbreak tweaks like FaceIt-3GS that brought FaceTime – Apple’s video calling feature to iPhone 3GS.

iPhoneIslam Team has provided the following details about PhoneItiPad, which will turn the iPad 3G into an iPhone: Continue reading »

Sep 262010

A new tweak which goes by the name of SecretSMS is now available for jailbroken iphones which allows you to send secret SMS text messages to any mobile phone. Recipient wont be able to read the message until he or she knows the password for the encrypted message.

SecretSMS (1) Continue reading »

May 252010


You love your iPhone as much as we do? You text all the time? Want more features? Then biteSMS is for you, with lots of extra features like smileys, Quick Reply, Quick Compose, privacy, scheduled SMS, passcode lock, delivery reports, signatures, and much more!

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Mar 202010


Audio text messaging could soon be coming to the iPhone if a recent patent application filed by Apple with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is anything to go by. In the filing, Apple notes that conventional text messages may not be easily readable under certain circumstances due to the small size of the display or due to the ambient light conditons.

Furthermore, the application also notes that conventional text messages mandate the need for a backend-server that restricts the amount of information that can be processed at any given time.

In order to tackle these issues, the patent filing calls for the “vocalization” of multimedia data by the sender’s device followed by the transfer of this data over a voice channel to the destination device. This is in contrast to the use of data channel for conventional text messaging. The filing notes that the technology can enable any textual data on the display screen, like contact numbers, to be vocalized before being sent over a voice channel.

“The invention, however, provides a mechanism whereby data is passed between a sender and receiver unit by way of voice channel only bypassing use of the data channel used in conventional arrangements. In this way, a sender can select that data which he/she desires to send to a receiver unit using by first converting the data into an appropriate vocal/voice format which is then forwarded to a receiver unit by way of the voice channel. Once received at the receiver unit, the vocalized data can be converted to an audio signal, which is then output by way of an audio output device (such as a speaker, earphone, etc.). This arrangement is particularly well suited for people having visual problems or in those situations where viewing the data on a small display screen (typical of most personal communication devices) is problematic.”


Apple patent for voice based text messaging

The filing further notes that in the absence of a backend-server, undelivered messages cannot be stored for future transmissions in the traditional way. To solve this, the inventors describe the use of a memory device to store the multimedia data until the voice channel to transfer the data is established.

As Apple Insider notes, such a technology could enable the iPhone to be used like walkie-talkies where text clippings may be replaced by voice clippings.

Sounds interesting, let us know what you think in the comments.

[USPTO via Apple Insider]

Jan 302010


The iPad may not have a camera in its current incarnation, but Apple’s at least laying thefoundation for one: we just confirmed with extremely trusted sources that iPhone OS 3.2 contains rudimentary support for video calling, which could explain that mysterious space at the top of the device in our leaked pics. We’re told that there are hooks to accept and decline a video conference, flip a video feed (which suggests a front-facing camera) and — most importantly — run the video call in either full screen mode or in just a portion of the screen. That means you’ll be able to chat and do other things at the same time, which could mean there’s at least some type of multitasking going on here.

We can also confirm that iPhone OS 3.2 supports file downloads and local storage in the browser, which means you’ll be able to pull files off the web and use them in other apps, and there’s at least the beginnings of SMS support buried within the code — a fact we were able to verify with noted iPhone jailbreaker chpwn, who sent in the above screenshot from a hacked-up copy of the iPad simulator. (The simulator always says “iPhone simulator” in the menu bar, but that’s the iPad.) chpwn also tells us he’s found some inklings of actual phone support, there’s a spellchecker, and that both the new landscape orientation for the homescreen and keyboard support appear to be destined for the iPhone itself when 3.2 comes out.

We’re not sure what any of this means at this point, or if any of it will ever be implemented, but we’re definitely starting to get the impression that Apple didn’t tell us everything there is to know about the iPad on Wednesday — and we’re even more curious to find out what iPhone OS 4.0 will look like when it arrives.

P.S.- chpwn was also able to port iPhone multitasking hacks ProSwitcher and Backgrounder to the iPad simulator, which is certainly going to be useful if an iPad jailbreak exploit is eventually discovered. Check out a shot of it going in the gallery below, along with some other settings panels the coder dug up.

[via engadget]