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Easter eggs in iOS 5 and why you should avoid them!

There are plenty of online stories on how to unlock hidden features in iOS 5 running around the internet. Ok I am a geek, so i tried some of them. But before I tell you my experiences with them, let me reveal what they are first. From Gizmodo and 9to5 mac I learned about the Panoramic feature hidden in the iPhone.  Which seems to be a feature that allows you to click Panorama and then click the shutter button and then slowly swing your arm to get a clean panoramic picture.  Main problem is the software addition takes slices of an image and unless you can maintain an arrow on a line (inside camera interface), you get a jagged image.


I am sure this was not the intended result.

So if I were you I would skip this one for now.  There is a good reason why it wasn’t included.  If you are looking for Panoramic pictures with the iPhone, check out Pano or 360 Panorama  and lets not forget DerManDar all which do amazing jobs at this, and for Free.  Well maybe not all of them.

The second easter egg is an auto-correction keyboard addition.  It is supposed to mimic feature like the ol’ Blackberry Pearl and current Android phones.

Both easter eggs require the use of iBackupBot with is designed to access your iPhone/iPod backup files from iTunes.

According to 9to5 this is how you implement this EGG.

1. Download iBackupBot


2. Backup your iPhone/iPod in iTunes


3. Open iBackupBot and find the backup, then load it.


4. Find Library/Preferences/ and open the file. (if your software isn’t registered you’ll have to press cancel and then it will open)


5. Add in the following code: <key>KeyboardAutocorrectionLists</key><string>YES</string>


6. Save your modifications, and then restore from backup from within iBackupbot.

But before you do it, here is the bad news.  Outside of slowing down your iPhone, it also changes some essential keys, like SPACE.   The space bar is now a “Next” key which allows you to go down the line of suggested options of spelling.  Once chosen then click return, then space becomes space again until you begin typing again then it all repeats.

Sure you can get used to this but, why?  The arrow on the right just shut down the app you are working on.  I prefer the sweet autocorrect that is already in iOS.  I mean sure if changes what you really mean sometimes, but at least it’s funny.

There is a reason these easter eggs are hidden. They are not done.  They are not Apple product ready.  Why incomplete code is in the iOS is beyond me, but don’t bother with this one, it is not worth it.

What do you think. Let me know, I would like to hear if this turned out better for you.




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