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Apple iOS 5 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch : Where is iMessage?

by on 13. October 2011 19:06

Where is iMessage? I can't find it anywhere...


I just updated my iPhone 4 with iOS 5 and am trying to take advantage of the wonderful iMessage app. I have several friends and family who have iOS devices and I want to be able to communicate "freely" with them. Ha.


Come to find out, it is easily integrated into one app, “Messages”. See below.


iMessage - iPhone 4 - iOS 5



Well, what is iMessage?

"Thanks to iOS 5, anyone with an iOS device can now easily keep in touch—for free!—by using Apple’s new iMessage service, found within the Messages app. iMessage works without any per-message charges from cellular providers or monthly texting plans; instead, you’ll send messages over your device’s 3G or Wi-Fi connection.

iMessage works with any iOS 5-capable device, sending anything an SMS or MMS can—text, photos, video, contact cards, or map locations. The feature allows iPhone users to talk to iPad users, iPad users to send video to iPod touch users, and so on. You won’t be able to use iMessage to contact people with Android devices or BlackBerry phones—that’s still the province of text messaging.

iMessage is easy to set up and use: All you need is an Apple ID, and you can start messaging your fellow iOS device users."


To set up iMessage, do the following:


“To start using iMessage, open the Settings app and tap the Messages menu. You’re prompted to enter your Apple ID—that’s the email address you use for buying apps in iTunes and logging in to iCloud. If you don’t have one, you’ll be prompted to create an account.


If you’re setting up iMessage on your iPhone, people who know your mobile number will always be able to use it to message you; you can also supply iMessage with an email address where other iOS device users can reach you. If you’re using an iPod touch or iPad, you can message people only by email address, so you’ll have to supply one during the setup. You can use any email address you own—such as your iCloud or Gmail account.


Once iMessage has verified your email address, you’re brought to the Messages settings screen. Here, you can enable or disable iMessage altogether; turn on Read Receipts, which lets others see when you’ve read their message; or allow the Messages app to send your text as an SMS if iMessage can’t get through. This applies to the iPhone only. Disabling this setting prevents your phone from automatically reverting to SMS—and racking up texting charges—should iMessage fail. It doesn’t, however, disable SMS entirely.)


Other settings let you choose the email address or addresses you’d like people to be able to reach you at. (You can associate multiple addresses.) There’s also an SMS/MMS section, which allows you to enable or disable MMS Messaging (iPhone only), Group MMS Messaging (iPhone only), Show Subject Field, and Character Count (iPhone only).”


Credits: Brief overview of iMessage from Serenity Caldwell




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iPhone development - How to make high resolution Icons for iPhone/iPad apps

by on 26. August 2011 13:31

Making apps isn't necessarily easy. However, making icons should be!


Apple iPhone 4


I've been developing apps for close to a year now and I recently found out the best way to make icons specific to the device. If this is old news for you, sorry. But for me, it was new. I knew there had to be some way to make iPhone app icons more crisp, especially on Apple's high resolution iPhone 4 model.



So, let's get started.



In your Xcode project, you should have an appname.plist file. Open that up! Once you have opened the plist file for your project, add a new "node," if you will, at the bottom. This is where you will select "Icon files." Please note: Pay close attention to the plurality of the word files.




From this point on, you can add several Strings underneath this particular "Icon files" node. Here is an example:


For more details on this issue, please visit the developer center's article on this matter.





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iPhone - What Should Be Your First iPhone App?

by on 1. August 2011 14:56

If I were to start over, I believe my first iPhone app would be Instagram,

followed by Air Force+ of course. :)





    One thing I love about Instagram is the Twitter integration that then integrates to my Facebook account. The ability to set the focus on each image is a big hit to me. And then you can apply some pretty neat effects to the pics to brighten them up, give them some 1977 look, or Gothamize them. :)


Another iPhone app recommendation.



    Air Force+.


    It provides a quick and easy way to stay on top of everything happening in the U.S. Air Force. Another great feature, especially for the Aircraft buffs, is the Aircraft feature. It gives great details for the most current list of aircraft that support the entire U.S. Armed Forces. Pretty neat!



    And thirdly, Songify. Songify is something fun for the whole family. We recently went on vacation, and everyone was begging to use my iPhone to create a fun song with the Songify iPhone app. It was a hit! I've really enjoyed the synthesizer making me sound great! LOL.


    I know there are a ton of apps on the Apple App Store, and it really comes down to preference. You will download many apps that you may just not like, and some that are your, "I can't live without" ones. Have fun and enjoy your new iPhone. 


Hope this helps! 


If you are a new-comer to the iPhone and want more suggestions on apps to download, check out this link.






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