Written by: Alex Curtis
Categories: Hints & Tips
While the iPhone is going to be great, there may be a few things that we might find lacking. So here are some hopefully useful shortcuts to get around some of the iPhones “missing features.”
Uploading photos to the Web:
Even though we don’t have a special 3rd party photo uploading tool on the iPhone like we do on the Mac, many web2.0 photo sharing services provide other means of uploads. One of the most popular is Flickr.com. Flickr provides its users a special email address that will receive and post your image. Log into flickr.com and then go here to find your special email address. To provide more detail to your uploaded image, here’s a cheat sheet:
subject line = title
body = description
tags = in the email’s body or subject put “tags:” followed by the tags as you would normally add them to a flickr photo.
limiting who can see your photos = in the prefix (just before the “@”) of your special flickr email, add “+friends” for friends only, add “+family” for family only, “+ff” for friends and family, and lastly, “+private” to make the images only visible to you.
Of course, this isn’t specific to iPhone, so if you want to use this method to post your Flickr photos, it should work just fine.
iPhone so far is email and SMS texting only; no native iChat client yet. However, there may be a few ways to get around that limitation.
IM over SMS: iChat on the Mac gives you the ability to send SMS messages and have a two-way conversation that way. To do this, launch iChat on your Mac, using the phone number of person you’d like to message with, in the File menu, select “New Chat with Person…”. You’ll next receive a chat window with a drop down box with AIM pre-selected, and an area that lets you add a person’s address. Here you will add a person’s phone number, but use the prefix “+1” before the number. So, if the person’s number you want to text is: (202) 555-1212, then you’d put +12025551212 in this text field.
After you do that and send your first message, AIM will notify you that the message has been sent through their SMS gateway, but shortly thereafter, the mobile user (or hopefully iPhone user) will be able to reply to you directly.
I’m still testing this on my own Nokia cell phone, but I believe you can initiate a message from the mobile as well. To do this, create a text message and in the address put “265060” and in the body of your message, type out the username with a colon and then the rest of your message. So, if the name of the user you want to send to is “iloveiphone24”, then start out the body of the message with “iloveiphone24:”, without the quotes.
Remember, if you’re an iPhone subscriber, the default plan “only” gives you 200 messages a month, so you might consider using this sparingly.
Meebo functioned just fine, and appears only to need java-script enabled. This fantastic web-app gives you access to AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk, and MSN Live Messenger. It’s all text based, no voice or anything super advanced. Granted, formatted for a MacBook’s resolution, I had no problems. We’ll see how things look on the iPhone, but some comments on the Meebo Blog suggest that those lucky few with an iPhone already are have used the service and it works fine.
What apps do you think are missing from iPhone and how do you plan to get around it?
PS—Are there any MacCast readers who plan on standing in line on Friday for the iPhone, who live in the Washington, DC area? I’m still figuring things out, but I think I’m going to Fashion Center at Pentagon City, but the more friends in line, the better! It might be helpful to coordinate amongst ourselves, so I started a thread in the MacCast Forum. And if you’re in DC and plan on standing in line, please let me know—line buddies are a good thing!