Using iPhone as an alarm clock
Ask iLounge offers readers the opportunity to get answers to their iPod-, iPhone-, iPad-, iTunes-, or Apple TV-related questions from a member of the iLounge editorial team. We'll answer several questions here each week, and of course, you can always get help with more immediate concerns from the iLounge Discussion Forums. Submit your questions for consideration using our Ask iLounge Submit Form. We reserve the right to edit questions for grammar, spelling, and length.
Q: Is there an application for the newest iPhone (v2.21) that will turn the iPod into an alarm clock. I would like to awake a playlist. Also, is there an application that will turn the iPhone into a video camera?
A: Unfortunately, both of these functions would live exclusively in the realm of unofficial applications at this time, which would require you to “jailbreak” your iPhone in order to use.
The issue with video recording applications is based simply on the fact that the iPhone itself does not provide an interface for video recording, and official third-party applications are not permitted to access the iPhone hardware directly in a manner that would allow them to provide this capability.
The problem with the alarm clock application is two-fold: Firstly, official iPhone applications cannot run in the background using the Software Development Kit that Apple provides. This means that you would need to leave the Alarm clock application running before you go to bed in order for it to sound in the morning. More importantly, however, third-party applications are not presently permitted to access the iPod media library, so you would be unable to awaken to a selected playlist using a third-party app. While there are a number of third-party alarm clock applications available on the iTunes App Store, none of them will presently allow you to wake to a playlist due to this restriction.
Note that according to Apple’s recent announcement, the iPhone 3.0 OS being released this summer will allow third-party applications to access your iPod content, and it is likely that once this is released some third-party alarm clock applications will be updated to take advantage of this new capability. Note that the restriction on background applications will apparently remain in place in the new iPhone OS, but this is easily worked around with an alarm clock application that wakes you up in the morning, as you can simply leave it running the night before.
Note that some third-party iPhone alarm clocks do provide wake-to-playlist support. Most notable among these is the iHome iP9 (iLounge rating: A-), which provides the ability to wake to either a standard beeping noise, normal iPod playback, or a custom playlist. To use the custom playlist feature, you simply create a playlist named “iHome” on your iPhone and the iP9 will start playing back whatever is in that playlist when the alarm goes off.
- Will removing a credit card from Safari also remove it from Apple Pay?
- Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my Mac from my iPhone?
- How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?
- Why doesn’t Traffic show up on my Today Notifications Screen?
- Why doesn’t my iPhone reconnect to Wi-Fi after I turn it on?
- Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
- Apple offering hands-on demos of Super Mario Run in stores
- Report: Apple pursuing studio agreements for early movie rentals
- Apple releases seventh beta of iOS 10.2 to developers
- Apple makes its picks for best iPhone, iPad and Apple TV apps of 2016
- Apple acknowledges Apple Music now includes ‘all the benefits of iTunes Match’
- Apple Music tops 20 million subscribers
- Apple blames ‘external factors’ for iPhone fires in China
- Rumor: 2017 iPhones won’t include glass chassis or wireless charging; will add red color
- Top Apple supplier Foxconn planning U.S. investment
- Apple enables Single Sign-On across all iOS 10 and tvOS 10 devices
- Elgato Eve Light Switch
- iHome iPLWBT5 Docking Clock Radio for iPhone and Apple Watch
- Brydge 12.9 iPad Pro Keyboard
- Sen.se GuardPeanut
- iHome iZBT10 Zenergy Bedside Sleep Therapy Speaker
- Twelve South HiRise Duet for Apple Watch and iPhone
- IK Multimedia iLoud Micro Monitor
- JBL Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate Headphones
- Edifier e235 Luna E Speaker System
- Clamcase ClamCase+ for 9.7” iPad Pro
- Top Five: The Best Products for Building a Smart Home with HomeKit
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of watchOS 3
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of tvOS 10
- Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of iOS 10
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Photos gets Advanced Computer Vision
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Music app delivers ‘clarity and simplicity’
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 Maps gets a major redesign
- Inside the betas: iOS 10 shakes up the user experience
- Inside the betas: watchOS 3 promises a real speed boost
- Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s new in tvOS 10