iOS 3.1 So You're Stuck With a First-Gen: How to Get iOS 4 Features on Your Old Device

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  1. Sarcasm Siempre

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    So You're Stuck With a First-Gen
    A Guide to Getting iOS 4 Features on Your Unsupported Device

    You're one of the older members around here. You're a proud owner of an original EDGE iPhone or a first-generation iPod touch. It still works fine and you don't want to shell out hundreds of dollars for a new one. But Apple's left you out in the cold with the latest firmware update and you want some of the cool new stuff all the newer iPhones and iPods have. That's what this guide is for.

    Some things this guide is not for: getting the actual iOS 4, or apps that require it, onto your old device. This cannot be done.

    That being said, let's get started.


    iOS 4 Feature: Multitasking
    SYSWAFG Solution: Backgrounder + Kirikae or ProSwitcher or Circuitous
    This was one of the most anticipated features in iOS 4. Finally, apps like Last.fm and Pandora could stream music in the background! You'd be able to pick up your game where you left off, instead of starting all over!
    Thing is, if you were jailbroken, you could do this for over a year before iOS 4 was even announced. Backgrounder is actually more versatile than the iOS 4 multitasking system, allowing you to run an app as though it was in the foreground; iOS 4 only allows apps to run a set number of services in the background. And there are multiple choices for "background managers;" Kirikae lets you both launch and close apps, ProSwitcher has an excellent Palm-Pre-like aesthetic, and Circuitous can actually be themed to look just like the iOS 4 multitasking "tray."

    iOS 4 Feature: Custom Wallpapers
    SYSWAFG Solution: WinterBoard
    Apple seems to be lagging a bit behind the jailbreak scene in this regard. By the time they're finally permitting static homescreen wallpapers, jailbreakers can have rotating wallpapers and HTML widgets. Plus WinterBoard lets you theme your icons and UI in addition to putting a pretty picture on your homescreen.

    iOS 4 Feature: Folders
    SYSWAFG Solution: CategoriesSB or Stack
    CategoriesSB and Stack are both essentially clones of Folders. Both let you create an icon (or icons) that, when pressed, present you a list of apps you can launch from. Both allow scrolling, which means that there's no limit on how many apps you can put in one Category or Stack (Folders have a max of 12). And if you want legit-looking Folder icons for your Categories or Stacks, you can use this template. Word of warning: Stack 3 is currently in beta, so expect some bugs.

    iOS 4 Feature: iBooks
    SYSWAFG Solution: Stanza or Classics or Any other eBook reader app
    Fairly simple. iBooks lets you read books. Stanza, Classics, et. al. let you read books. Done. Only caveat is that you don't have access to the iBookstore, but that's most definitely not the only game in town for obtaining eBooks.

    iOS 4 Feature: Game Center
    SYSWAFG Partial Solution: OpenFeint or Crystal or Similar networks
    Many games for the 3.x firmwares include some sort of social network with high scores and online play (OpenFeint being the most common). While some games may not use the same network as others, and some games may not have one at all, the games that do are usually pretty enjoyable, and you don't have to be jailbroken to enjoy them.

    iOS 4 Feature: Alphanumeric Passcodes
    SYSWAFG Solution: iPhone Configuration Utility
    Long before iOS 4 was released, Apple offered a free tool for iPhone-using businesses that allowed them to lock their iPhones with an alphanumeric passcode. You can use this tool too, even if you're not jailbroken. See this tutorial.

    iOS 4 Feature: Bluetooth Keyboard Support
    SYSWAFG Solution: BTstack Keyboard (iPhone only)
    Not much to say here. It lets you use a Bluetooth keyboard with your iPhone. You can also use its companion app, BTstack Mouse, to control your iPhone with a Bluetooth mouse.

    iOS 4 Feature: Internet Tethering
    SYSWAFG Solution: MyWi (iPhone only)
    Yet another scenario in which the unofficial tool beats the living crap out of the official one. Especially since the official one can't even be used on AT&T yet. Not only does MyWi let you tether your iPhone to your computer, it lets you turn your iPhone into a wifi hotspot accessible by other devices.

    iOS 4 Feature: More Visible Apps
    SYSWAFG Solution: Infiniboard or Infinidock
    Apple brags that with the introduction of Folders, iOS 4 users can now store up to 2160 apps on their device, up from the previous maximum of 180. What they don't mention is that jailbroken users can have infinite apps, up a bit from the normal maximum of 2160. Infiniboard lets you scroll your SpringBoard vertically, doing away with "pages" completely. Infinidock lets you create "pages" for your dock, with up to 10 icons per page and no page limit.

    iOS 4 Feature: Orientation Lock
    SYSWAFG Solution: iNoRotate or NoRotation or Rotation Inhibitor
    All three of these tweaks will keep your device from going into landscape mode, and they can all be disabled at will, just like Apple's official rotation lock.

    iOS 4 Feature: Google/Wikipedia Search From Spotlight
    SYSWAFG Solution: Universal Search
    Universal Search will give you Google/Wikipedia search from Spotlight. It will also give you IMDb, Amazon, and any other search engine you damn well please.

    See anything I forgot? Post about it here and I'll add it in.
    First-gen pride!​
  2. longcat93

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    good info. but can the ipod touch 1G handle this stuff
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    Very nice guide!
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    Speaking as a first-gen owner, yes. Especially if you use a virtual memory mod.
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    My 1st Gen Runs Fine With All These.

    Even Though I Hardly Use It.
  6. Parrappa

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    Are all of these default items in Cydia? If not, it might be helpful to provide a source on how to get them, like what packages to add and such.
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    Sarcasm Siempre New Member

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    As far as I know, everything mentioned in this tutorial is available in one of the preinstalled Community Sources in Cydia.
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    I stand corrected then.
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    Cool. Great info.

    But anything to fix the inevitable? I mean.. the day I download or update an app, and it says "You need OS 4.0" for this??
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    You could try spoofing your firmware version to see if that works. But in all likelihood, if an app needs 4.0, it needs 4.0.

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