iphone secret field test

Like all other famous gadgets, your iPhone has it’s own secrets. Read on and we’ll inform you about series of hidden codes that unveil secret actions. These short codes will either uncover hidden menus or act as direct commands. They provide additional information about your device and tweak current settings.

Some settings can be also modified from your traditional iOS Settings app. However, if you wish to be one step a head and impress your friends with your superior iPhone knowledge, read on and get the most important secret codes available for your iOS device.

How To Use The Codes
iphone keypad screenThese secret codes are combinations of numbers and the *(asterisk) and # (number sign) symbols. They are used with the help of your iPhone’s dial pad. Simply open the Phone app and tap on keypad. Now, input one of the available codes. Depending on the type of the combination, you’ll have to press the green call button or not. Some short codes like the one used for displaying your iPhone’s IMEI for example, will automatically run without needing the Call confirmation. This depends if the combination addresses a carrier setting or your own device.

17 Secret iPhone Interrogation Codes
Do note that ‘pin’ means that you should use your SIM card pin number. Don’t mistake it with your iPhone’s passcode. If you consider these codes helpful please share!
iphone imei interrogation1. IMEI Number | Code: *#06#
The International Mobile Equipment Identity number is a 15-digit code that uniquely identifies your iPhone within GSM, UTMS and all other mobile phone networks. It’s always printed on your iPhone’s original delivery box and is required in the unfortunate case that your iOS device is lost or stolen. IMEI is required when filling a complaint to the police and when addressing the insurance company. This identification number can be also found in Settings -> General -> About.

iphone field test menu2. Field Test | Code: *3001#12345#* + ‘Call’
By accessing the hidden iPhone field test mode you’re able to find out live updated information about your cell phone network. You can uncover the numerical value of your cell phone signal and read data about surrounding cell towers. If you tap on the numerical valued carrier signal, available in the top left corner of your screen, you can switch between graphic and numerical display. Numerical values are always negative. Figures around ‘-50? are for optimal reception while those towards ‘-120? are considered very poor.

iphone call barring activation3. Call Barring | Status: *#33# | Turn ON: *33*pin# | Turn OFF:#33*pin#
These secret codes help you to check the restriction status of all your outgoing calls, data usage, texts and so on. Call barring is used to protect yourself from accidental calls when you allow your child to play with your iPhone, for example. iOS currently doesn’t offer a menu Setting for blocking outgoing calls. You could partially solve the problem by turning on Airplane Mode. However, this can be turned back off easily by anyone. Instead use the above codes to block or unblock all outgoing calls. Replace ‘pin’ with your SIM card pin, NOT iPhone Passcode!

call waiting status interrogation4. Call Waiting | Status: *#43# | Enable: *43# | Disable: #43#
This short code interrogates your device if Call Waiting is enabled or not. This setting allows you to be able to receive other calls while you’re already engaged in a conversation. The second and other callers will be cued in the waiting line. You’re notified with a sound alert when another call is waiting for you and have the option to decide if you wish to maintain the actual conversation, decline the new one or keep one of them on hold until you finish the other. Within iOS, call waiting is available in Settings -> Phone -> Call Waiting.

iphone call forwarding status5. Call Forwarding | Status – All: *#21# – Unreachable: *#62# – When Busy: *#67# | Disable All Forwarding: ##002# + ‘Call’
Whenever you’re busy or on holiday you can redirect your calls to another colleague or family member. Use the nearby mentioned secret code and interrogate your iPhone about its current call forwarding settings. Besides voice data, you can also check out forwarding for data and faxes. Redirecting voice calls can be also set up from the iOSSettings -> Phone -> Call Forwarding. Use the other codes to check call forwarding status, when phone is out of reach or when busy.

outgoing call anonymity6. Outgoing Call Anonymity | Status: *#31# + | Current Call:#31#phone-number + ‘Call’
When initiating and outgoing call you have the option to make your phone number available for the receiving caller or to hide it. Anonymity status can be checked with the first of the first code provided above. To initiate an anonymous call you can either edit your contact or directly use your iPhone keypad to add the #31# code in front of the dialed phone number. Else, if you wish to hide your number in all outgoing calls, visit the iOS Settings -> Phone -> Show My Caller ID menu.

call line presentation status7.Incoming Call Presentation | Status: *#30# + ‘Call’: shows if your iPhone will display the number of incoming calls.

8. SMS Message Center Number | Check: *#5005*7672# + ‘Call’: get your carrier’s text message center number.

9. EFR Mode | Code: *3370# + ‘Call’: Enhanced Full Rate is a speech codding standard that improves voice quality for GSM conversations. It also burns a little more battery life. (not available on all networks.)

The smart-home The Internet of Things (IoT)

The smart-home

The Internet of Things (IoT) has, for some time, suggested the interconnectivity of otherwise separate devices and ecosystems; connected devices improving the practicality of our day to day lives. 2015 will see the IoT come to a domestic setting in a big way – with connected devices pulling the idea of the smart home sharply into focus. Thanks to prospective pushes from the likes of LG and Samsung, the smart home market looks set for sudden growth. The industry drive may mean surges in home sensor and security products (accessed and controlled via a smartphone). But it will also mean more smart devices aimed at monitoring utilities and home systems, aiding productivity and delivering entertainment.

Smart appliances

A smart home needs smart gadgets and appliances. Entertainment, security and utilities are areas offering ample room for market development next year, but appliances and in-home gadgets offer even more. Bosch is one of the names which could kick-start a year filled with smart appliances. The company is the main sponsor of the smart-home section of January’s CES show too. Nest Labs, Philips, Belkin, Electrolux and others will be attending Las Vegas’ annual technology show in January, as products such as the Vessyl smart cup launch to market. With almost every area of our lives destined to become smarter this year, be prepared for appliances to get the technology treatment and be smarter as a result.

Mobile payments

It’s pretty much inevitable that smartphone mobile payments will become widespread, though they have yet to take off in the UK. But such services should be grabbing headlines throughout 2015. Apple appears ever-so-close to the UK roll-out of its Apple Pay service. And, in spite of the advent of Android, the iPhone manufacturer is still highly influential when breaking such ground. The launch of Apple Pay won’t be useful for everybody, but mobile payments as a whole will undoubtedly benefit. Services such as Zapp for Android are eyeing 2015 launches, and EE’s Cash on Tap service is laying the foundations for a year where every transaction from train journeys to chewing gum could get the mobile treatment.

Super drones

If 2014 was the year of the selfie, and ‘dronie’ is the likely successor, the coming months will continue to place unmanned aerial vehicles as a fixture in our collective day-to-day consciousness. Drones may seem a trend that has already peaked, but expect to hear less about who has hold of one (the answer may be everybody), and more about what they’re being used for. It may be common place to see an owner controlling their own in a local park, but the discussion about practical and real-world uses has only just begun. Drones aren’t a one-off fad; particularly with companies like Amazon keen on utilising them. More drones, being more useful, will be larger parts of our lives.

Better 3D printing

NASA recently made it possible for a 3D printed spanner to be created aboard the International Space Station. Serving to highlight how far the technology has come, the feat will help propel 3D printing into a development daze. We’ll be seeing controversy, regulation and even more success stories with regards to the industry. Hardware and equipment costs will fall, leading to increased access and applications in industrial, health and commercial areas. Perhaps a 3D printer won’t be a realistic buy for the home in the next year, but 3D printing services will become more widespread and more accessible as regulations are ironed out.

Virtual reality at home

Sony’s Morpheus VR, the Oculus Rift, and an as yet unnamed Microsoft device. All three are being feverishly developed and fine-tuned. With each boasting solid software support, at least Microsoft’s device appears scheduled for a 2015 launch. Healthy competition means the Rift and Morpheus VR should follow with consumer launches of their own, and advocates will ensure at least one is accepted. It’s still too early to know whether virtual reality devices have a longer-term appeal. Yet the coming year should help to answer the question. Particularly as if, or when, one of the three aforementioned products comes to market, we can be sure the the others won’t be far behind.

Connected cars

With homes monitored, secured and controlled via smartphones, technology isn’t going to leave itself at our front doors. Connected cars are another avenue already being explored by Apple’s Carplay system. Android’s upcoming Android Auto will help develop the market further, bringing apps and services from our smartphones to our dashboards. But these are just to start. While Android and Apple will be key in generating thoughts about what drivers need and can gain, cars will become smarter themselves. We can start to think about models with built in mobile hotspots, smartphone connected security systems and manufacturers’ own integrated systems.

4K’s advent

The successor to HD, 4K (Ultra HD) will only become widespread with a drop in price, sensible business models and the proliferation of 4K content and services. 2014 was supposed to be the year for 4K, but without a convincing argument for the standard – and the means by which to easily access it – it didn’t really happen. 4K is now 2015’s to foster and the options are it either falling away or being turned into an attractive proposition. The latter is far more likely.

More smartwatches

If you’re yet to succumb to pairing your mobile life with a smartwatch, you may be tempted next year. 2014 saw companies expand the market and jostle for position, and we can expect to see more. The Apple Watch will scratch the itch felt by iPhone and iPad users, while Android’s strong end to the year (thanks to multiple manufacturer support) will lead to even more innovation. Better, and more practical, smartwatch offerings will combine with the ongoing development of the Android Wear ecosystem too. We could even see a shift away from watches being dependent upon phones. A watch with its own SIM-card, number and completely independent data connection can’t be too far away. Samsung’s Gear S has hinted as much

Apple Has Hundreds Working On An Electric Car Design, Says WSJ

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Apple is working on a car, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Mac maker kicked off a top-secret project to develop an electric car with a minivan aesthetic, per the WSJ’s sources, after CEO Tim Cook approved the project nearly a year ago. It includes “hundreds” of staffers and is led by Ford Motor vet and Apple VP Steve Zadesky. The project involves research into battery tech, robotics and metal production, according to the paper.

The report comes hot on the heels of a Financial Times story confirming Apple R&D efforts around car tech, and goes further than either that report or an earlier one from Business Insider wherein an Apple employee reportedly confirmed some kind of car-focused project. As I wrote earlier, it makes perfect logical sense that Apple would focus some effort on this area, given the direction in which the tech industry in general is headed.

Apple has allotted for as many as 1,000 people to work on the project, according to the newest report, and the team includes former Mercedez-Benz head of R&D Johann Jungwirth. The fact that Apple’s target in this case is an electric vehicle means earlier reports that it is seeking employees from Tesla (at the same time as Tesla is attempting to poach employees from Cupertino) make a lot of sense.

The WSJ, like the FT, reports that while design and research are underway, Apple still hasn’t decided on any kind of firm product release plans. Apple has also been rumored to have been working on various other product categories in the past, including an Apple television set, which never ended up as shipping products (or haven’t yet shipped, at least).

That isn’t to say Apple will never make a car, but the fact remains that this would be a dramatic departure from the company’s core business, with huge risk involved in actually shipping anything and at this point, it’s unclear how much they’d stand to gain from such a move.

Gross margins on the iPhone range fall just under 50 percent, according to analyst estimates, and Elon Musk has promised (but not necessarily achieved) a 25 percent gross margin on every vehicle. Still, Apple has a track record of achieving premiums unheard of at competitors, so it is conceivable it could find success in the luxury car space, given its expertise with supply-chain management.

Apple also stands to make big gains in a number of other areas even if it ultimately doesn’t ship any cars – research into making a vehicle includes research about how to build software for a car, and has benefits with regards to battery and materials tech. Money spent on R&D for a car (especially an EV), therefore, even if you don’t ship a car, doesn’t go to waste.

One more thing: With the Apple Watch, Apple is clearly interested in seeing how it can extend its reputation and a premium device-maker into other categories, and it’s approaching that market as a fashion brand rather than as a straightforward gadget-maker. Car research could be another step in the same direction, with Apple exploring how its brand might translate to premium goods beyond just the home computing market.







Sony takes pre-orders for smart glasses


A developer edition of Sony’s augmented reality smart glasses will go on sale in ten countries next month, the tech giant has announced.

Pre-orders for the SmartEyeglass, costing $840 (£620), are now being taken in the UK and Germany, with Japan and the US to follow shortly.

The black-framed glasses are compatible with recent Android operating systems.

Last month Google announced that it was withdrawing its smart glasses for redevelopment.

Sony’s initial model will come with a software development kit to encourage people to design apps for it, the company said.

The glasses, which weigh 77g, contain an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, image and brightness sensors, 3-megapixel camera and a microphone.

They also come with a controller, designed to be attached to clothing, which contains a speaker, touch sensor and the device’s battery.

Text is displayed in front of the wearer in monochrome green.

‘Intrusive’Apple chief executive Tim Cook has been open about his dislike of glasses as a wearable device.

“We always thought that glasses were not a smart move, from a point of view that people would not really want to wear them,” he told the New Yorker.

“They were intrusive, instead of pushing technology to the background, as we’ve always believed.”

Stuart Miles, founder of tech site Pocket-lint, said: “I think [Sony is] wasting their time, energy and effort.

“Google Glass obviously needed a complete rethink… I can’t see how something thick-rimmed and more invasive-looking than Google Glass is going to catch on.

“People are keen on wearables like fitness bands and watches, but they care about their faces. Wearing something on your head is a lot stronger than wearing something on your arm,” he added.

“The industry keeps pushing it but consumers just don’t want it.”

MacBook Pro 2015: Specs we want to see


MacBook Pro expected to feature OS X Yosemite & Broadwell chips

Apple did not carry out a refresh of its MacBook Pro range in late-2014, most likely because Intel was having problems manufacturing its Broadwell chips.

No hardware details have been released about the MacBook Pro 2015, so we’ve come up with our own wishlist. We also go through the software features you can expect to see with the device guaranteed to ship with OS X Yosemite (10.10).

Features we want to see in the MacBook Pro 2015

1. Redesign

The MacBook range is often referred to as the most beautiful laptop on the market with its unibody metallic chassis. However, the sight of bare Aluminium is starting to get dated and isn’t great at hiding scratches and blemishes.

We’re fans of the Mac Pro 2013, which introduced black coating over the Aluminum chassis and would love to see Apple transition this design over to its MacBook Pros – albeit in matte.

MacBook Pro 2015 release dateThere are reports of an Apple launch event at the end of February. This is expected to debut the 2015 Air range.If the MacBook Pro 2015 is also announced it could start shipping as early as March. If Apple doesn’t opt to launch the Pro edition at the same time, we expect it to be available in the summer – around July.


2. Display sizes

The MacBook Pros already ship with Retina Displays, so we don’t expect a huge jump in terms of pixel density. The 13in model packs over 4 million pixels and there are 5.1 million pixels if you get the bigger 15in.

However, we would like Apple to offer more of a choice when it comes to sizes. A 12in MacBook has been rumoured – but this is expected to be an Air variant.

IT Pro readers have also asked for the return of the 17in MacBook – which would be ideal for handling multiple applications at the same time.

3. Improved input

Apple has so-far resisted integrating touch screens into its laptops. This functionality is exclusive to iOS devices.  Such displays are standard when it comes to high-end Windows Ultrabooks and would be an asset when it comes to web browsing and controlling multimedia content on a Mac.

We’d like to see MacBooks with touchscreens as we can see ourselves swiping between apps and navigating webpages without having to use the mouse.

The keyboards on the MacBooks good, but they’re nowhere near as comfortable to type on as Lenovo’s ThinkPad range. It would be great if Apple added more spring to keys as they are a little flat at present.

In comparison, the trackpads are best-in-class, triumphing anything offered on Windows machines. Reports suggest Apple is planning on scrapping the physical buttons on its trackpad and replacing them with sensor technology. This is intriguing and we expect such a move to help Apple to extend its advantage in this area.

4. Performance and battery life

The major refresh of the MacBook Pro 2015 will debut with Intel’s 5th generation Core processors, codenamed Broadwell.

Broadwell chips will provide the same performance as their Haswell predecessors (4th generation Core) while using 30 per cent less power.

Currently, 13in MacBook Pros offer up 9 hours of battery life and the larger 15in devices tout up to 8 hours of usage. With the improvements provided by Broadwell and the more efficient OS X Yosemite, we expect these numbers to reach the double figures.

5. Thunderbolt 3

Details of Thunderbolt 3 have been leaked from Intel, and the third generation I/O technology could debut in the next generation MacBook Pro.

Thunderbolt 3 (codenamed Alpine Ridge) offers bandwidth of up to 40Gbps, double that Thunderbolt 2. It’s also capable of powering dual-4K displays, uses 50 per cent less power than its predecessor and will provide some form of charging functionality.

6. Upgradeable

It’s not possible to upgrade core components like RAM in the MacBook Pro and even batteries are glued inside making them awkward to replace.

But there is hope, things could change. The firm’s latest generation Mac Pro is one of the most upgradeable products from the company to-date. And if Apple wants to attract more businesses to use its device, increasing the upgradeability would be a sure-fire way to do this.

Software expected to ship with the MacBook Pro 2015

The forthcoming laptop will ship with the OS X Yosemite (10.10), which will provide a design refresh and a multitude interface enhancements.

1. Continuity

iOS and OS X devices to communicate better than ever before via OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. Continuity is an umbrella term under which there will be a range of features.

  • Apple’s Airdrop file sharing system will work across Mac and iOS devices with OS X 10.10.
  • “Handoff” will allow users to switch from an iPad/iPhone to a Mac mid-task and continue working on  a document or email.  Using “proximity awareness” iOS and OS X devices know when they are close by. So for example, if you start typing a message on your iPhone and you’re near your Mac, a prompt appeared in the dock asking him if he wanted to finish writing the message on the desktop device. This also works visa-versa, so you can finish off a task you started on your iOS device.
  • OS X Yosemite will allow users to accept incoming calls from their iPhone using their Mac and also make outgoing calls. All text messages can also be synced with your Mac.
  • An “Instant hotspot” feature will also allow a user to set up an internet hot spot automatically, without having to enter credentials manually into their Mac.

2. Notifications Center

Apple introduced a “Today view” showing all your calendar appointments, reminders,  and weather updates. Third party apps can be integrated into the sidebar to boost customisation.

3. iCloud Drive

Mac users will be able to store any files or folders in the iCloud repository and then sync then with any other Apple device. The cloud service will also have a Windows client, so you can access files from any PC.

4. Spotlight

The way you search on your Mac will change with OS X Yosemite. A big search bar will now appear in the middle of the screen.

Not only can you search for documents and contacts locally, Spotlight will pull down content from the web and bring up results from Wikipedia or Maps. In-line previews of all search results will also be provided helping you to see if you’ve found the relevant thing before clicking on it.

5. MailDrop

OS X Yosemite users will be able to send attachments up to 5GB in size. MailDrop allows users to upload a file and creates a secure link, which can be sent to friends or colleagues.

6. Safari

The interface for the default web browser has been stripped down to have a minimal number of icons. When you click on the address bar it shows your favorite website and you get spotlight suggestions. It also acts as a search bar.

You’ll be able to create private browsing tabs without affecting other tabs and it’s possible to scroll through multiple tabs. A “birds-eye” view will provide a quick overview of everything you have open on screen.

OS X Yosemite will continue Apple’s legacy on providing battery life improvements. Safari has built-in support for HTML5 Premium video. Apple claims users can stream video from Netflix without the need for a plug-in and this will add up to two hours of extra battery life on existing MacBook Airs. We also expect this to help boost the batter life of the incoming MacBook Pro.