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Got a dud iPhone 4 or 4S home button? You can fix it yourself EASILY!

Isn’t this supposed to be the blog of a photographer?  Well, I’m straying off topic a bit but gadgets are dear to the hearts of many snappers out there so knowing how to fix something on the fly is a handy trick to have in your bag!

Whist I’m a convert to Android both my daughters have iPhones – one has my old iPhone 4 and the other a new iPhone 4S.  The old iPhone 4 (bought on launch day in Australia) has developed a very unresponsive home button which in turn has produced a quite unhappy daughter.  So…. Dad to the rescue!

After trawling the web for a few hours researching ways to fix the problem I have finally found what I am 99.999999% sure is the answer to most everyone’s problems.  Over time, oil and grime from your finger makes its way through the tiny gap between the body of your beloved iPhone and the home button causing a build-up on the contact under the button.  This in turn makes the button unresponsive to presses and you have to mash it just to get it to respond.

So…. how do I fix it you ask?














  1. Get some rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol).  I actually used an Aussie product called Isocol which worked like a charm.  Little sachets containing a moist isopropyl alcohol soaked towel are also good.  Aim for a 70% isopropyl alcohol if you can although straying either way a bit probably won’t hurt.
  2. Turn your phone completely off.
  3. Put a drop of the solution on your finger (if you use the moist towel you will have to squeeze a drop on your finger) and rub it quite firmly around the home button, making sure to press the button in and out as you go.  You aim is to let the liquid seep into the gap and down to the contact under the button.  The solution will clean the contact.  I repeated it three times to really get it in there.  Remember, unlike water, this solution will evaporate very quickly and not damage your phone.  It is commonly used by electrical technicians to clean circuit boards etc.
  4. Turn your phone over after working in each drop well and tap the phone reasonably firmly on a padded surface.  Something like a folded tea-towel on your benchtop will be just right (that’s what I did).  I found that a little bit of gunk actually came out on the gap between to button and the phone.
  5. Give your phone a good wipe clean and fire it up.
  6. Test it out.
  7. See?  Perfecto eh?
Now, what I have to point out is that there is probably some chance that you could destroy your phone.  I reckon the chance is so minute that only a real chicken wouldn’t be game to try it.  Anyway, if anything goes wrong don’t blame me.  I’m just telling you that it has worked faultlessly for me and from my research, a LOT of other people have had the same success and I haven’t read of a single problem.
Please let me know how you go, I’d love to know that I’ve helped someone fix their phone (or their pestering daughter’s!) :-)

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How to upgrade to iOS 4.3 for early adopters

UPDATE: iOS 4.3 is now available as a general release.  Plug your iOS device into iTunes and check for updates.

Apple has released the gold master of iOS 4.3 so it’s easy for anyone to upgrade now ahead of Apple’s official general public release.  I’ve put together this easy guide below to help you out.

  1. Upgrade your iTunes to 10.2.  It’s available now, just open iTunes and check for an update if you aren’t already on 10.2.
  2. Download the iOS 4.3 Gold Master for your device – iPhone 4 (link), iPhone 3GS (link), iPod Touch 4G (link), iPod Touch 3G (link), iPad 3G & WiFi (link)
  3. Connect and sync your iOS device via USB and make sure to do a backup
  4. In iTunes hold Alt (shift on PC) and click on the ‘Restore’ button then point it to one of the Gold Master files you’ve just downloaded.
  5. Wait 10-15 minutes while it restores to the new iOS 4.3
  6. iTunes will then recognise it as a new device.  Restore from the backup you made at step 3 and you’ll be back in business just as before but now sporting a spanking new iOS 4.3!
  7. Show some love and retweet my tweet :-)

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365 Project – what a super idea!

I’ve thought about getting into this for a few years and finally thought I’d give it a try this year.  There are a few different ‘365/Pic a Day’ sites and they are all pretty good – it’s the idea and concept that really works.  Many people try and take the time to shoot something really special each day for it but as a photographer that’s the last thing I want to do.  I’d like to show you (and myself in a year) things that really catch my eye and mean something to me visually or emotionally.  That’s why I’m shooting ALL my 365 photos on my iPhone 4.  It’s always with me and puts me on a level playing field with all other iPhone 4 owners.  It’s not too late for you to get started, doesn’t matter if you miss the first little bit.  Head to the 365 Project site here and follow me, I’ll follow you in turn.

My calendar page at 365 Project

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Great timelapse – shooting an iPhone for a Macworld cover

Just stumbled over this great timelapse by US photographer Peter Belanger and thought I’d give you a look.  It shows Peter shooting an iPhone Macworld cover on a view camera with a Phase One digital back.  Not only is this a great idea of the effort and skill that goes into something that seems like it would be simple but it is also a fantastic and well thought out timelapse showing from start to finish of the production of a magazine cover.  Enjoy more of Peter’s great work at his blog here

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On an iPhone using iOS4 and having trouble sending photos?

The last thing a photographer needs is to have trouble sending photos!  I’ve been having a problem with my iPhone sending photos and while this isn’t a problem professionally (as I don’t shoot jobs on my iPhone) it has been bugging me.  It appears to be a problem only with iOS4.

A workaround for me was to send the photo as per normal on my iPhone and then go back to the home screen and go to Mail then Mailboxes and then Outbox and you will see the email sitting in there.  You can then click on the message and click ‘Send’ and it will send.  Easy workaround but annoying when you send lots of pics!

The problem seems to be having a Gmail account set up in your mail accounts more than once.  I had an Exchange account set up that was handling and syncing my Google apps account’s mail, contacts and calendar.  I also had the same Google Apps account set up separately just syncing my notes back to GMail.  As soon as I eliminated the second account that was just handling notes the problem was fixed.

So, in short – if seems as though if you have the same GMail or Google Apps account set up in multiple ways in your mail accounts it doesn’t play friendly when you want to send photos.

Let me know in the comments if this works for you!  Good luck!

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