It's been a rough year for the iPhone, what with the iPhone 4's antenna issues and iPhone 3G's iOS4 performance problems. Nonetheless, we've seen some great apps and put together awesome posts for the iPhone in 2010. Have a look.
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Per the usual, here are the most popular posts covering iPhone apps and iPhone-related material. We've had so many great posts on iOS this year that you'll find more of those and fewer app-specific posts. That said, we've got a lot of great apps for intact and jailbroken iPhones alike, so check it all out and enjoy the best of our iPhone posts from 2010.
The release of iOS 4 wasn't a day of sunshine and happiness for all. If you owned an iPhone 3G, you not only missed out on a number of the best features included in the iOS 4 update but ended up with a much slower phone. Fortunately, we've got you covered. While iOS4 has certainly sped up since its initial release, if you want to dump it in favour of a speedier version 3.x, this is how you do it.
If you're looking for apps, these are our choices. We've got you covered with our picks for the best iPhone apps for the year. While not every app is necessarily free, most are or have free counterparts. If you've just gotten a new iPhone set it up, this is a great place to start for your first set of iPhone app downloads.
Although Android won out as the better option for power users, it was a close fight. This post outlines the pros and cons of each mobile device and operating system as well as a lot of lively discussion in the comments.
The announcement of iOS4 brought a lot of new features and a lot of changes to the way we navigate iOS4, so we decided to take a look at all the new stuff you need to know to get acquainted. If you're still struggling with the changes to iOS4, or have postponed the update, this post will help you take the plunge and get acclimated.
The iPhone has an app for almost everything, but for those apps that couldn't jump the fence into Apple's walled garden we have the iPhone jailbreak community. But jailbreaking isn't necessary just about apps, but adding lots of other great functionality—like Wi-Fi sync and free tethering—to your iPhone. These are our top 10 jailbreak hacks to give you that added functionality you've been missing on your iPhone.
Leading up to Halloween, Evil Week took us to the dark side of all things Lifehacker. Evil apps aren't so much evil on our eyes, but they embody all the things Apple (at least initially) didn't want dirtying up their beautiful iPhones. If you're looking for ways to circumvent video restrictions, make cheaper phone calls, and play emulated Super Nintendo games, our evil mobile app pack for iPhone is what you're looking for.
The upgrade to iOS4 brought very little to the iPhone 3G, but you don't have to settle. If you want to enable multitasking and wallpaper on your iPhone 3G or iPod touch 2G you can with a simple jailbreak.
If selling your iPhone for a free upgrade is not in the cards, there are a bunch of other things you can do with it to give it new life. Among others, you can install Android, which just happens to be the next item on our list.
To some, the iPhone is more a beautiful piece of hardware than a great smartphone. If you prefer Android over iOS but iPhone hardware over your Android options, you can actually install a functional version of Android on your iPhone. While it's usable, it's not yet ideal. Still, we're growing closer to the day when Android runs well on an iPhone. At least, for now, it makes a really fun project for that extra iPhone you've got lying around.
If there's one thing I hate about owning an iOS device it's iTunes. Syncing is slow, screws up frequently, and still requires actually plugging your iPhone into your computer. As a result, I've gone out of my way to find workarounds to syncing with iTunes. While these are just workarounds and you'll probably have to sync with iTunes now and again, if you're as sick of syncing with iTunes as I am you might find some comfort in these suggestions.
Although this post deals specifically with VLC for iPad, that's only because the iPhone version had yet to be released. Now that you can get VLC for any iOS device, you might want to know what you can and cannot do with it. While VLC is capable of playing practically any media file, the A4 processor in the latest iPhone and iPad is not. This post takes a look at what your processor will allow you to play in VLC and you best bets for optimal performance.
Your smartphone is an incredible pocket computer but nobody's dumping their desktop just yet. Nonetheless, your iPhone probably handles a large amount of tasks you used to manage on your computer and, chances are, you often need to bridge the two together. Here's a look at the best ways of doing just that.