Cutting the Nano-SIM for iPhone 5: Stencil to do it yourself

Nano SIMs are basically just smaller Mini-/Micro-SIM with the same chip and contact design, which makes it possible to cut them to a smaller form factor. There are special punchers on the market which cut older SIM to the Nano SIM format, but you can also use scissors and our stencil to make it yourself to use it in the iPhone 5.

If you haven’t received your Nano SIM from your provider or you don’t want to pay an extra for a new SIM for your iPhone 5 you can have some DIY. In our Macnotes PDF we offer you stencils for both cutting a Mini SIM (the standard one) to Nano SIM and cutting a Micro SIM to Nano SIM. Especially when it comes to the older Mini SIM you have to be prepared to cut off a big part of the chip metal – make sure you have sharp scissors or a cutter at hand.

The Nano SIM is not only smaller but also a little thinner than the older ones – if you have a really old SIM you might need to grab some sandpaper to make it fit into the SIM slot (though it’s highly likely you’ll be fine without sandpapering it, it seems).

Last comment: We don’t take responsibility for what you do with your SIM – if you break it using the stencil it’s not our fault. Tip: Make sure you have proper tools like sharp scissors and you should be fine.

Settings shortcuts for iOS 5: Open preferences from your home screen

Every time you want to switch Bluetooth or other iPhone features off/on you have to navigate through several menus before you reach preferences. Kai Schneider makes it easier for you now: He offers a set of shortcuts for iPhone and iPod touch you can use to directly navigate to certain options without the need for a Jailbreak.

The installation is pretty straightforward: Open Kai’s site via Mobile Safari (on iPhone or iPod touch) and install the profile offered there. A few seconds later you’ll find 15 new icons on your Home Screen that takes you to VPN, brightness, bluetooth and WiFi settings with just one tap.

  • Benutzung (Usage) — prefs:root=General&path=USAGE
  • Bluetooth — prefs:root=General&path=Bluetooth
  • Flugmodus (Airplane Mode) an — prefs:root=AIRPLANE_MODE
  • Helligkeit (Brightness) — prefs:root=Brightness
  • Hotspot — prefs:root=INTERNET_TETHERING
  • Information (About) — prefs:root=General&path=About
  • Mobile Daten (Cellular Usage) — prefs:root=General&path=USAGE/CELLULAR_USAGE
  • Netzwerk (Network) — prefs:root=General&path=Network
  • Ortungsdienste (Location Services) — prefs:root=LOCATION_SERVICES
  • Rufnummer senden ein/aus (Show my Caller ID on/off) — prefs:root=Phone&path=CallerID
  • Rufweiterleitung (Call Forwarding) — prefs:root=Phone&path=CallForwarding
  • Siri — prefs:root=General&path=Assistant
  • Töne (Sounds) — prefs:root=Sounds
  • VPN — prefs:root=General&path=Network/VPN
  • Wi-Fi — prefs:root=WIFI

Each clip only contains of a short line that takes you directly to the desired setting, each shortcut with a matching icon. The set is only available in German, though it’s likely that more languages might follow. The same applies to the iPad compatible set Kai’s already working on. Another bonus that might make up for the “disadvantage” of the German shortcuts: The set is completely free, though you’re welcome to honour Kai’s work via Flattr or PayPal.


iOS 5 Security Issue: Making Calls Without Entering Passcode [Update: Siri Bypasses Passcode For almost Any Purpose]

iOS 5Last week, Apple released iOS 5 for iPhone 3GS and 4. iPhone 4S is available since friday. All those smartphones have one thing in common: They share a security treat which allows you to call back any person without knowing the passcode.

AppStore scam: Fake reviews bump Facebook on iPad app Pica Browser HD to the top of the App Store best sellers

Every now and then you can find apps in the App Store, where comments and ratings are questionable. Many times developers and their friends review their own apps and give them favourable ratings but never before we’ve seen it at this massive scale as with the #2 best selling iPad app Facebook-App Pica HD Browser: There was a huge gap between very positive and very negative ratings, the most prominent ratings are made by suspicious users. While the last known case where Molinker’s 1000 iPhone apps were removed for posting 42 fake reviews this appears to be in a completely new dimension of App Store fraud.

Fake reviews in App Store for Pica HD Facebook app

Most striking are 4 things:

1. The highest ranked ratings are made by users that also submitted high ratings for older apps of the same developer and no ratings for any other Apps in the App Store.
2. The wording of the comments is similar, none of them is longer than two sentences.
3. The high ratings were given on the day of release of the latest update.
4. There are two extremes: very positive and very negative ratings. There’s not too much inbetween, which is highly unusual for the App Store.


It’s obvious that the top ratings are usually made by the same users. This makes it highly likely that there’s some manipulation going on.
We’re a little unsure about how to take the ratings themselves but it looks like the developer faked all most of the 5-star ratings. A glance at the app itself we weren’t able to find a reason to rate the app with 5 stars though. It’s possible that the App was fully functional before the last update – CultOfMac and Macworld‘s ratings show the app was better before.

The app itself is rather poor and only stands out, because it features a very popular theme: A native Facebook app for the iPad is in high demand and Mark Zuckerberg is not yet willing to deliver what users are obviously asking for. Pica HD by developer Dinh Bah Thanh is an app-tized version of the Facebook mobile site. The screenshots in the App Store show something different, they also show themes we weren’t able to find in the current version of Pica HD. The description also mentions it makes use of Facebook chat – this was not the case. We expected more, especially at a price tag of $1,99. It’s possible that Facebook changed the APIs which results in a change of functionality: The app doesn’t work in the UK and the USA at the moment. Pica HD on

iPad 2: First preview next week as a “One more thing” during an iOS 4.3 developer event?

iPad 2Will the iPad 2 be presented next week? Our sources from the accessories business told us Apple is planning an event next week where they’re going to showcase the iPad 2 as well.

Skype 5 for Mac, Final: The Windows-style threat went real

Give us a better Skype 5 for MacAs seen in the beta of Skype 5 for Mac, the final version 5 of Skype for Mac OS X does not only enable the video conferencing feature on the Mac, but brings also Windows look and feel. While one has to admit that many things have improved since the beta version of Skype 5, nevertheless the change in style did not happen for good – a lot of useful Mac features were laid off. For a lot of users, the option of choise is to stick to their Skype version 2.8.

iPad 2 US launch on 2nd or 9th April – more countries 3 months later

iPad 2(Bericht auf Deutsch) Reliable sources told us about the upcoming launch of the Apple iPad 2: the first or second Saturday in April will see the first sales of Apples new tablet. The iPad 2 will sell US-only for three months, and Apple Store-only for up to half a year. In July, more countries will follow. Walmart, Best Buy and Co. maybe have to wait until October until they are allowed to sell Apples new tablets.

The iPad 2 is going to ship with retina display, USB port and two cameras. While the features meet the expectations, the release dates don’t: frustration overseas is expected, as shorter delays in the international rollout of the iPhone 4 and the first iPad were already highly disappointing for Apples customers and fans outside the US. Apple will continue to sell the iPad 2 exclusively after the three months’ period: retailers like WalMart, Best Buy and others have to wait up to three months longer. Apple will sell the iPad 2 in its own stores exclusively for 3 to 6 months.

A Better Skype 5 for Mac: First reactions, improvements coming

Give us a better Skype 5 for MacSkype’s reaction was not very specific yet, but we were told that improvements of the actual beta version of skype 5 for Mac OS X will follow. It’s a beta, still – but the developers are observing the discussions and criticism on the public beta carefully.

Give us a better Skype 5 for Mac!

Give us a better Skype 5 for MacSkype 5 beta for mac is available for some weeks now. “Beta” means “not final”, but this won’t put all users minds at ease. Unfunctional, inefficient and badly designed are many of the features and UI elements of the chat/voip/messenger client. Our petition to Skype: make it a better Skype 5 for Mac! Our plea to the public: support our petition!

iPhone 4 white, tested: Flash/LED renders camera unuseable (Video)

iPhone 4 White IconWhy is there no white iPhone 4? Production problems caused by the transparency of the white case material are rumored as a reason for the continued delay of the white iPhone 4 model. In our test of a modified iPhone 4 with white case, the camera was indeed all but impossible to use with the built-in LED flashlight. Nevertheless – the white iPhone looks cool, its unuseability with the flash camera is really a pity.