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21 apps Apple doesn't want on your iPhone

Worthwhile productivity apps you won't find at the App Store

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps Apple's SDK and iTunes App Store rules have prohibited apps that exploit certain iPhone features, such as global UI enhancements (e.g., copy and paste), video recording and streaming, multimedia SMS, Bluetooth file sharing, Internet tethering, and background processing. Apple also blocks apps that don't fit its vision for iPhone usability, including podcasting, direct GPS access, and competing e-mail and Web browser clients. The following 21 apps today run only on jailbroken iPhones. Some of their capabilities will ship with Apple's 3.0 iPhone firmware, but most of them won't.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: Clippy Ryan Petrich Clippy Systemwide copy and paste. Clippy adds the long-desired ability to copy and paste text between applications. For example, you can copy an SMS message and paste it into an e-mail. Alas, Clippy does not work in Mobile Safari.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: Cyntact Jay Freeman Cyntact Add pictures to Apple's contact list. The iPhone's built-in contact directory lets you store pictures that pop up when someone calls. Cyntact displays those pictures in the scrolling listing itself, allowing you to find contacts rapidly by facial recognition.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: Voicemail Forwarder Okori Group Voicemail Forwarder Send voice mail messages to an e-mail destination. The iPhone's visual voice mail is a captive portal for audio messages. Voicemail Forwarder lets you forward individual messages to any e-mail address for archival purposes or just to pass around someone's silly comments.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: Categories BigBoss Categories Organize springboard apps into folders. The iPhone supports up to nine pages of apps. Power users want more, and they want to organize them for easy access. To this end, Categories lets you group applications into an arbitrary number of springboard folders. Folder contents scroll horizontally to show multiple screenfuls of apps.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: Cycorder Jay Freeman Cycorder Most digital cameras today can record video as well as still images. Now the iPhone can, too. Cycorder captures video at up to 15 frames per second in bright lighting at 384-by-288 resolution, yielding QuickTime movies.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: PDANet June Fabrics PDANet Tether iPhone to computer for EDGE or 3G Internet sharing. AT&T prohibits tethering, but jailbroken phones can bypass this restriction using PDANet, sharing Internet via a Wi-Fi connection to the phone or via USB cable to Windows PCs. Be sure you have an unlimited data plan if your iPhone is unlocked for another cellular provider.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: Snapture Snapture Labs Snapture Enhance camera images. The camera app built into the iPhone does little more than a disposable digital camera. Snapture adds a timer, auto-rotation, image resizing, leveler, color and burst modes, digital zoom, and silent snapping. It makes self-portraits easy.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: Searcher Zac White Searcher Global search of iPhone content. Searcher scans virtually all iPhone content -- contacts, SMS, notes, events, Mobile Safari bookmarks and history -- for any keyword, grouping results for easy recognition. You can then inspect item details by tapping.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: MiVTones iFonetec MiVTones Video ringtones. For that special someone, play the video of your choice along with audio. MiVTones provides a video sharing community as well.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: MxTube mxweas MxTube Download and save YouTube videos. For those times when you can't be online, MxTube lets you salt away a few cool YouTube videos for offline viewing.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: BarginBin Proximi BargainBin Watch iTunes App Store for price drops. Prices for apps in the iTunes App Store often fluctuate. BargainBin lets you spot significant price drops or temporary price reductions to snag the best deal on the apps you want.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: Qik Qik.com Qik Stream live video to Internet. Exploiting speedy Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, Qik lets you stream live video from your iPhone to the qik.com capture site, where you can share your video sessions in real time or archive them for later retrieval. Partnerships with Mogulus, Justin.tv, and Twitter allow you to broadcast your qik iPhone live video far and wide.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: TV-Out Lance Fetters TV-Out Display any iPhone content on your TV. As shipped, the iPhone can output to a TV output via an AV accessory cable, but only for playing YouTube and iPod videos or displaying still photos. TV-Out enables general-purpose TV viewing of any iPhone content, including live video from the camera, Mobile Safari, map navigation, and other applications.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: Veency Jay Freeman Veency VNC server for iPhone. Switching between your computer desktop and the small iPhone screen can be tedious, especially for entering textual information. Veency lets you remotely control your iPhone from your computer desktop using a VNC client application like Chicken of the VNC. You can view the screen, touch controls, and activate physical controls such as the lock and menu buttons.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: MCleaner MCleaner.com MCleaner Caller ID blacklist screener. We all have those nuisance callers and SMSers we'd just as soon ignore. MCleaner lets you automate the ignoring process by blacklisting Mr. or Ms. Annoying. You can set up multiple profiles to selectively screen groups of people at times of your choosing.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: Adblock JamesIsBored.com Adblock Blocks ads in Mobile Safari. Browsing the Web on your iPhone can be slow going when downloading ad-cluttered pages. Adblock filters out most ads, speeding Web page display tremendously. Not really an application, Adblock is a list of the most common ad hosting sites. Replacing your iPhone's existing /etc/hosts file with this list effectively redirects ad HTML links to nowhere. As a bonus, Adblock also disables Apple's application killswitch server.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: FindMyi FindMyi.org FindMyi Tracks your iPhone location in the background. If you've ever misplaced your iPhone, you know the deep pit of fear that can instantly envelope you, especially if your phone was on silent ring. Allay that fear with FindMyi, which employs GPS and cell site triangulation to track the location of your phone at programmable intervals. The program hides itself once enabled, running in the background. You can view your phone's location at any time, as well as its traveling history, via a paid subscription to the FindMyi Web site. If you believe your phone is stolen, you can recover data and lock the phone.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: iBluetooth MeDevil iBluetooth Bluetooth file transfer. Every other phone on the market can exchange files via Bluetooth -- to both Bluetooth-enabled computers and other phones. But Apple did not ship Bluetooth file transfer support with the iPhone. Fortunately, iBluetooth adds the capability, allowing you to easily transfer multiple files simultaneously in both directions to any other Bluetooth device.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: myWeek myWeek Display calendar a week or month at a time. Who knows why Apple left by-the-week views out of the iPhone calendar? Fortunately, myWeek puts them in, along with a year view and the ability to search your calendar by keyword.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: NetaTalk NetaTalk Share your iPhone as a Mac OS X network drive. Transferring files using the spacious user interface of your desktop or notebook Mac is much more convenient than twiddling the iPhone's tiny controls. NetaTalk makes your iPhone discoverable via Mac OS X Bonjour file sharing, letting you mount your iPhone as a remote disk. Take care, though -- NetaTalk's root-level access gives you the power to overwrite any file.

  • Jailbreak iPhone apps: StatusNotifier StatusNotifier Summarize status icons. When you want to see at a glance that you have new SMS, e-mail, or IM messages, Apple's text-only status messages make you squint. StatusNotifier presents clear message and other status icons on the sleep screen and status bar.

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