The JBnator Diaries – scrap unused language packs to supercharge you iPhone

WWDC has just passed and Apple has just unveiled the iPhone 4. At the same moment the older models, namely iPhone 2G and 3G, are not available anymore barring bartering around the net. The net effect? devs may try to get away with creating apps for fast iDevices, leaving our oldies in the dust. If the latest iPhone 4 still is not reason enough for you to upgrade, here’s the closing article in my cycle of getting the maximum from your old and tested workhorse.

With this in mind let’s dig in to our today’s topic. iOS has support for over 3000 language packs. Realising the overhead these packs are supporting, clever people over at sinfuliphone.com have created a special script that allows you to remove the excess language packs and significantly improve the performance of all iPhone applications. Improvements include everything from native apps to the springboard. Join me on a journey to strip away the language ability of iDevice.

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The JBnator Diaries – How to make the stock Maps app work offline

Hello there, JBnator fans! This is your blast from the future – ChiffaN. And today we’re gonna tackle a topic, which may be a life-saver for many people.

There is a story rolling around the Russian iPhone community about a guy who after returning from a two-week holiday in the Swiss Alps got hit over with a $30000 cell phone bill. Apparently he just got an iPhone and was using it extensively for GPS navigation abroad without realizing that it was pulling data via the excellent 3G connection for sky-high roaming fees. The story goes he sued the carrier for failing to communicate that the iPhone Maps app get it’s maps online and no-one heard of him since.

This a sad tale, but the good news is – you can avoid it and still have the luxury of using your iPhone to navigate even without a data connection or abroad. And the key is – Maps cache.

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