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iPhone HTML apps - Status bar control (color control)

iPhone HTML apps status bar FAQ: When creating an iPhone web app so it looks more like a native iPhone app, how can I control the iPhone status bar color?

Once you've removed the iPhone Safari browser URL bar, the next thing you can do to make your HTML web app look more like a native iPhone app is to control the iPhone status bar. The status bar is the bar at the top of the iPhone screen.

iPhone HTML app full screen mode - How to remove the URL and button bars

iPhone HTML web app FAQ: In an HTML web app optimized for the iPhone, how do I remove the URL bar on top of the iPhone Mobile Safari web browser so I can show my HTML app in full screen mode?

When you're creating an HTML/web app to look like a native iPhone app, one of the things you'll want to do is remove the URL bar in the Mobile Safari web browser. This is the URL bar on the top of the iPhone browser, and by getting rid of it, you can display your web app on the iPhone in full-screen mode.

Setting iPhone HTML app page width/size (pixel width)

iPhone HTML page size FAQ: In an HTML web app optimized for the iPhone, how do I set the page size to be the optimal iPhone page size (iPhone page pixel width)?

By default the iPhone assumes HTML pages are 980 pixels wide. When you're creating a custom iPhone HTML app, you really want to control this page size so your web app will look better.

The way you change the iPhone HTML page size (pixel width) is to use the special iPhone HTML "viewport" meta tag, like this:

MacBook Air carrying cases and sleeves

MacBook Air carrying cases and sleeves: I recently bought a MacBook Air, and while there are a lot of nice things about it, an unusual thing about it is that it creates a dilemma about how to carry the thing around. Do you use a sleeve, carrying case, laptop bag, or something else?

My old laptop bag is much too big and cumbersome for the Air, so that doesn't work.

iPhone 4 Zagg protective skin (review)

iPhone 4 Zagg protective skin review: While buying a new iPhone 4 a few days ago I took some time to look at different iPhone 4 protective cases and skins. I just wrote about one of these products in my iPhone 4 Otter Defender protective case review.

As I mentioned in that article, the Otterbox Defender protective cover made the iPhone 4 feel a little too large in my hands, so I decided that rather than use a protective case like that, I'd rather just go with an iPhone 4 protective skin.

iPhone 4 screen cleaning tips from Apple

iPhone 4 screen cleaning FAQ: How do I clean the front screen on my iPhone 4 (the iPhone 4 glass)? Also, what kind of iPhone 4 cleaning cloth can I use?

I just bought an iPhone 4 a few days ago, and the front glass screen and oleophobic coating is pretty awesome. I used it for a while without noticing any smudges on the glass. As soon as I got a little bit of a smudge on it this morning I began to wonder, how am I supposed to clean the iPhone 4 screen/glass?

Is Jonathan Ive leaving Apple?

Jonathan Ive Apple news: Just returning from a vacation in Seward, Alaska ("holiday" in Europe), the first news story I read is that Jonathan Ive may be considering leaving Apple. For those who don't know of him, Mr. Ive is the Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple, and is known as the Apple designer behind many of the Apple products you've come to know, including the iPod, iMac, iPhone, and iPad.

iPad price drops; iPad 2 coming soon?

I just read on techradar that both T-Mobile and Orange have reduced their iPad prices, most likely to reduce inventory for a new iPad 2 model. This is of particular interest to me, because I've been reading a lot of books with the Kindle software lately, and I'd like to buy an iPad soon to make that reading experience more enjoyable.

iPhone bedside mode

iPhone bedside mode FAQ: Does the iPhone have a "bedside mode" like the BlackBerry bedside mode? If so, how does it work?

The iPhone currently doesn't have a bedside mode like the BlackBerry, but there are some things you can do to get a similar behavior. Here's how I create something like an iPhone bedside mode.

My "iPhone bedside mode" setup

I use my iPhone as an alarm clock, and so I achieve something like an "iPhone bedside mode" as follows: