Sunday, October 16, 2011

iPhone: Locating the serial number, IMEI, ICCID, or MEID

Getting the information using your iPhone

If you have access to your iPhone, here are some quick ways to obtain your iPhone serial number, International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI), ICCID, or Mobile Equipment Identfier (MEID).

iPhone About screen

You can find your iPhone serial number, IMEI, ICCID, or MEID in the About screen on your iPhone. From the Home screen, tap Settings > General > About and scroll down.
iPhone About screen
If you are unable to access the About screen on your iPhone, please use one of the following options  to access the Serial Number and IMEI on iPhone models with SIM cards. If you have an iPhone 4 with Verizon, and are not able to access the information using the About screen, please see the section below to get the information from your computer.

iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 (GSM model), and iPhone 4S

Please see this article for information on how to remove and re-insert the SIM tray. Once you have removed the SIM tray, the Serial Number and IMEI will be printed on the SIM tray as shown below.
Serial number and IMEI number printed on an iPhone SIM tray.
The SIM tray on an iPhone 4S activated on CDMA carrier displays both the MEID and IMEI number as 15 digits. The MEID number uses the first 14 digits, disregarding the last digit, and the IMEI number uses all 15 digits.

Original iPhone

Your original iPhone serial number and IMEI are engraved on the back metal case as shown:

Getting the information from your computer

If you are able to connect your iPhone to your computer

If you have access to your computer and prefer to get the information using it, or if you are unable to use the iPhone itself, the following includes ways of accessing your iPhone serial number, International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI), ICCID, or Mobile Equipment Identfier (MEID).
  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes.
  2. Select the iPhone when it appears in the left-hand column.
  3. Click the Summary tab. Your iPhone's serial number and phone number will display as shown:
  4. If you click the words Phone Number in this tab, iTunes will also display the IMEI or MEID of your iPhone as shown below. If you click IMEI, iTunes will display the ICCID:

  • Some GSM carriers may not store the phone number on the SIM card, so the data may not be available in iTunes. If that is the case, you will want to access the information using one of the aforementioned ways. See HT2232 for more information.
  • You can choose Edit > Copy to put the serial number on the Clipboard. You can then paste the serial number into an email or webpage (for service or registration for example).

If you have access to your computer, but not your iPhone

Open iTunes and mouse over a device backup:
  1. Open Preferences in iTunes. (In Mac OS X, choose iTunes > Preferences. In Windows, choose Edit > Preferences.)
  2. Click the Devices tab.
  3. Position the mouse over a backup to display the phone number, serial number, and IMEI or MEID of the backed-up iPhone.
About Screen tips
  • Hold down the Option key (Shift key in Windows) to reverse the scrolling.
  • Press the Space bar to pause the scrolling.
  • You can copy this information onto the Clipboard and and paste it into a document:
    • In Mac OS X, choose Edit > Copy (or Command-C).
    • In Windows, press Control-C.

Getting the information from the iPhone packaging

If you still have the device's original packaging, you can find your iPhone serial number and IMEI or MEID printed on the barcode label that's affixed to the packaging.

Apple support and service

Contacting Apple for support and service

International Technical Support Numbers

To expedite your call, please have your hardware serial number ready. Learn how to find your serial number.

Country Phone Website
Australia (61) 1-300-321-456*
Austria  Use Express Lane for fast, personalized service.
(43) 0810 300 427*
Belgium Flemish: (32) 070 700 772
French: (32) 070 700 773
Brazil 0800-761-0880
Brunei Dial 800-1111 first, then dial 800-708-5413
Bulgaria 00800 6002 7753

Use Express Lane for fast, personalized service.
English: 1-800-263-3394
French: 1-800-263-3394
China (86) 4006-272273
Cyprus 800 92433
Czech Republic 800 700527
Denmark (45) 70 10 20 07
Estonia 8000 044333
Finland (358) 0800 96162
Fiji (61) 1-300-321-456*
France Use Express Lane for fast, personalized service.
Metropolitain: (33) 0805 540 003
DOM-TOM: (33) 0825 77 00 35*
Germany Use Express Lane for fast, personalized service.
(49) 01805 009 433**
Greece 00800 44145417
Guam 1-800-865-0853
Hong Kong (852) 2112-0099*
Hungary 06 80 983 435
India (91) 1800 4250 744 or (91) 80-4140-9000
Indonesia 0018 03061 2009
Ireland Use Express Lane for fast, personalized service.
(353) 1850 946 191
Italy Use Express Lane for fast, personalized service.
(39) 199 120 800*
Japan Within Japan: 0120-27753-5
Outside Japan: (81) 3-5334-2096
Latvia 800 03251
Lithuania (8-800) 30772
Luxembourg (352) 800 24550
Macau Dial 0800-111 first, then dial 800-708-5413
Malaysia 1-800 803-638
Malta 800 62072***
Mexico 001-866-676-5682
iPhone: 001-800-692-7753
Netherlands (31) 0900 7777 703
New Zealand 00800-7666-7666
Norway (47) 815 00 158
Pakistan Dial 00800 01001 first, then dial 800 361 0479
Papua New Guinea (61) 1-300-321-456*
Philippines 1-800-1441-0234
Poland 00800 4411875 (universal free phone)
Portugal (00351) 0707 200 826 (national rate)
Romania 0800 894847
Russia 495 5809557
(PSTN local rate for Moscow, national rates for others)
Singapore 800-186-1087 or (65) 6835-1812*
Slovakia 0800 004640
Slovenia 0800 80321
South Korea (82) 1544-2662*
Spain Use Express Lane for fast, personalized service.
(34) 902 151 992
Sweden (46) 0771 199 519
Switzerland Use Express Lane for fast, personalized service.
French: (41) 0848 000 132
German: (41) 0848 000 132
Tonga (61) 1-300-321-456*
Taiwan (886) 0800-095-988
Thailand 001800 4412904
United Arab Emirates 8000 444 0407
United States

Use Express Lane for fast, personalized service.
iPhone: 1-800-MY-IPHONE (1-800-694-7466)
Apple Rebates: 1-877-4-APL-PROMO (1-877-427-5776)
Education Customers: 1-800-800-2775 (support), 1-800-780-5009 (sales)
Enterprise: 1-866-752-7753
United Kingdom Use Express Lane for fast, personalized service.
(44) 0844 209 0611****
Vanuatu (61) 1-300-321-456*
Vietnam Dial 1-201-0288, then dial 800-708-5413

Telephone numbers and hours of operation are subject to change.

* Local and national telephone rates apply.
** 0,14 € pro Minute aus dem deutschen Festnetz. Maximal 0,42 € pro Minute aus dem Mobilfunknetz.
*** Free phone technical support number is not accessible by mobile phone.
**** £0.05p per minute when dialed from a landline within the UK. Call charges may vary when calling from a mobile phone.

Monday, October 10, 2011



“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”

“We’ve gone through the operating system and looked at everything and asked how can we simplify this and make it more powerful at the same time.”

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

“I want to put a ding in the universe.”

“I was worth over $1,000,000 when I was 23, and over $10,000,000 when I was 24, and over $100,000,000 when I was 25, and it wasn’t that important because I never did it for the money.”
“The Japanese have hit the shores like dead fish. They’re just like dead fish washing up on the shores.”
“Unfortunately, people are not rebelling against Microsoft. They don’t know any better.”

“Bill Gates‘d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.”

“The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste. They have absolutely no taste. And I don’t mean that in a small way, I mean that in a big way, in the sense that they don’t think of original ideas, and they don’t bring much culture into their products.”

“My job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better.”

“We made the buttons on the screen look so good you’ll want to lick them.”

“Click. Boom. Amazing!”

“You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.”

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

“Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?”

“A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets.”

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

“Recruiting is hard. It’s just finding the needles in the haystack. You can’t know enough in a one-hour interview.
So, in the end, it’s ultimately based on your gut. How do I feel about this person? What are they like when they’re challenged? I ask everybody that: ‘Why are you here?’ The answers themselves are not what you’re looking for. It’s the meta-data.”

“We’ve had one of these before, when the dot-com bubble burst. What I told our company was that we were just going to invest our way through the downturn, that we weren’t going to lay off people, that we’d taken a tremendous amount of effort to get them into Apple in the first place – the last thing we were going to do is lay them off.”

“I mean, some people say, ‘Oh, God, if [Jobs] got run over by a bus, Apple would be in trouble.’ And, you know, I think it wouldn’t be a party, but there are really capable people at Apple.
My job is to make the whole executive team good enough to be successors, so that’s what I try to do.”

“It’s not about pop culture, and it’s not about fooling people, and it’s not about convincing people that they want something they don’t. We figure out what we want. And I think we’re pretty good at having the right discipline to think through whether a lot of other people are going to want it, too. That’s what we get paid to do.
We just want to make great products. (I think he means “insanely great products!“)”

“So when a good idea comes, you know, part of my job is to move it around, just see what different people think, get people talking about it, argue with people about it, get ideas moving among that group of 100 people, get different people together to explore different aspects of it quietly, and, you know – just explore things.”

“When I hire somebody really senior, competence is the ante. They have to be really smart. But the real issue for me is, Are they going to fall in love with Apple? Because if they fall in love with Apple, everything else will take care of itself.
They’ll want to do what’s best for Apple, not what’s best for them, what’s best for Steve, or anybody else. (this actually reiterates my oft-repeated mantra of “ubiquitous evangelism” in companies)”

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.”

“Our DNA is as a consumer company – for that inpidual customer who’s voting thumbs up or thumbs down. That’s who we think about. And we think that our job is to take responsibility for the complete user experience. And if it’s not up to par, it’s our fault, plain and simply.”

“That happens more than you think, because this is not just engineering and science. There is art, too. Sometimes when you’re in the middle of one of these crises, you’re not sure you’re going to make it to the other end. But we’ve always made it, and so we have a certain degree of confidence, although sometimes you wonder.

I think the key thing is that we’re not all terrified at the same time. I mean, we do put our heart and soul into these things.”

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life.

Life is brief, and then you die, you know?

And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”

“Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

“In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains of the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a human-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service.”

“So we went to Atari and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we’ll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we’ll come work for you.’ And they said, ‘No.’ So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, ‘Hey, we don’t need you. You haven’t got through college yet.”

“The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

“I’m the only person I know that’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year…. It’s very character-building.”

“I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.”

“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”

“I’ve always wanted to own and control the primary technology in everything we do.”

“It comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much.”

“It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.”

“Insanely Great!”

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

“It’s rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing.”

“I feel like somebody just punched me in the stomach and knocked all my wind out. I’m only 30 years old and I want to have a chance to continue creating things. I know I’ve got at least one more great computer in me. And Apple is not going to give me a chance to do that.”

“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”

“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?”

“The products suck! There’s no sex in them anymore!”

“The cure for Apple is not cost-cutting. The cure for Apple is to innovate its way out of its current predicament.”

“If I were running Apple, I would milk the Macintosh for all it’s worth — and get busy on the next great thing. The PC wars are over. Done. Microsoft won a long time ago.”

“You know, I’ve got a plan that could rescue Apple. I can’t say any more than that it’s the perfect product and the perfect strategy for Apple. But nobody there will listen to me.”

“Apple has some tremendous assets, but I believe without some attention, the company could, could, could — I’m searching for the right word — could, could die.”

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Steve Jobs next to Adam,Newton With Apple

Siri. Your wish is its command.

Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it.

It understands what you say.

Talk to Siri as you would to a person. Say something like “Tell my wife I’m running late.” “Remind me to call the vet.” “Any good burger joints around here?” And Siri answers you. It does what you say and finds the information you need. And then it hits you. You’re actually having a conversation with your iPhone.

It knows what you mean.

Siri not only understands what you say, it’s smart enough to know what you mean. So when you ask “Any good burger joints around here?” Siri will reply “I found a number of burger restaurants near you.” Then you can say “Hmm. How about tacos?” Siri remembers that you just asked about restaurants, so it will look for Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood. And Siri is proactive, so it will question you until it finds what you’re looking for.

It helps you do the things you do every day.

Ask Siri to text your dad, remind you to call the dentist, or find directions, and it figures out which apps to use and who you’re talking about. It finds answers for you from the web through sources like Yelp and WolframAlpha. Using Location Services, it looks up where you live, where you work, and where you are. Then it gives you information and the best options based on your current location. From the details in your contacts, it knows your friends, family, boss, and coworkers. So you can tell Siri things like “Text Ryan I’m on my way” or “Remind me to make a dentist appointment when I get to work” or “Call a taxi” and it knows exactly what you mean and what to do.

It has so much to tell you.

When there’s something you need to do, just ask Siri to help you do it. It uses almost all the built-in apps on iPhone 4S to find the information you need. Siri writes and sends email messages and texts — and reads them to you, too. It searches the web for anything and everything you need to know. It plays the songs you want to hear. It helps you find your way and shows you around. It places calls. It schedules meetings. It helps you remember. And it wakes you up. Siri tells you almost everything. And it even speaks for itself.

Reminders in iOS5


A better way to do to-dos.

Next time you think to yourself, “Don’t forget to...,” just pull out your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and jot it down. Reminders lets you organize your life in to-do lists — complete with due dates and locations. Say you need to remember to pick up milk during your next grocery trip. Since Reminders can be location based, you’ll get an alert as soon as you pull into the supermarket parking lot. Reminders also works with iCal, Outlook, and iCloud, so changes you make update automatically on all your devices and calendars.

Newsstand in iOS5


A custom newsstand for all your subscriptions.

Read all about it. All in one place. iOS 5 organizes your magazine and newspaper app subscriptions in Newsstand: a folder that lets you access your favorite publications quickly and easily. There’s also a new place on the App Store just for newspaper and magazine subscriptions. And you can get to it straight from Newsstand. New purchases go directly to your Newsstand folder. Then, as new issues become available, Newsstand automatically updates them in the background — complete with the latest covers. It’s kind of like having the paper delivered to your front door. Only better.

Notification center in iOS5

Notification Center

All your alerts. All in one place.

You get all kinds of notifications on your iOS device: new email, texts, friend requests, and more. With Notification Center, you can keep track of them all in one convenient location. Just swipe down from the top of any screen to enter Notification Center. Choose which notifications you want to see. Even see a stock ticker and the current weather. New notifications appear briefly at the top of your screen, without interrupting what you’re doing. And the Lock screen displays notifications so you can act on them with just a swipe. Notification Center is the best way to stay on top of your life’s breaking news.

Features of iOS5 in safari


Even better site-seeing.

iOS 5 brings even more web-browsing features to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Safari Reader displays web articles sans ads or clutter so you can read without distractions. Reading List lets you save interesting articles to peruse later, while iCloud keeps your list updated across all your devices. On iPad, tabbed browsing helps you keep track of multiple web pages and switch between them with ease. And iOS 5 improves Safari performance on all your iOS devices