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iPhone at LBL

Note: Information on this page refers to iPhone 3.0 software released by Apple on June 17, 2009.  If your menus look different, you need to upgrade!

Summary: What Works

iPhone is a supported and recommended smartphone platform.  That means that you can expect to get support from LBL whether or not your iPhone is owned by the Lab.  





Yes (Gmail)

Search of email via IMAP can time out.


Yes (Gcal)




In 3.0+, you can use the LDAP directory as described below.



Via Safari


Via Safari

LBL Provided iPhones

IT Division can provide you with a Lab provided iPhone and service with appropriate approvals.  Learn more>>>

Lab GMAIL Email Configuration (New Standard)

Directory Configuration

You can now look up people in the LBL Directory directly from your iPhone contacts.A step by step tutorial is here>>

Calendar Configuration

Other LBL Applications


The Lab now offers VPN Service on the iPhone! You can access internal only lab sites from your iPhone. Configuration instructions can be found here. The software can be downloaded from

LBNL-Employee WiFi:

You can now connect to the Lab's lbnl-employee wifi with your iPhone, iPod or iPad. To use LBNL-Employee wireless, download the configuration here from your iPhone, iPod or iPad via Safari. Follow the instructions on your device to complete the configuration.  After you install this profile it will prompt you for your LDAP username and password.  The profile will be good until you change your ldap password.  If you change your ldap password; please remove this profile from your IOS (iPhone, iPad or iPod) device and download and re-install this profile again.

iPhone news (offsite)

New photos show prototype board used to create original iPhone - AppleInsider
  1. New photos show prototype board used to create original iPhone  AppleInsider
  2. Prototype Development Board of Original iPhone Surfaces in Never-Before-Seen Photos  Mac Rumors
  3. A first ever look at the original iPhone engineering prototype [Gallery]  9to5Mac
  4. The first iPhone prototype: an exclusive look at Apple’s red M68  The Verge
  5. View full coverage on Google News
New iPhone Fights Steve Jobs' Surprising Mistake - Forbes
New iPhone Fights Steve Jobs' Surprising Mistake  Forbes

Apple's success is based on the introduction and growth of the iPhone. But Steve Jobs' strategy had a flaw. At some point, you no longer have room to grow.

Apple Leak Corroborates Ugly New iPhone Design - Forbes
Apple Leak Corroborates Ugly New iPhone Design  Forbes

is planning some surprising upgrades for its 2019 iPhones, but by far the most controversial is an ugly prototype design. And now it appears this will be Apple's ...

Foldable iPhone Concept Looks Better Than the Galaxy Fold - Tom's Guide
Foldable iPhone Concept Looks Better Than the Galaxy Fold  Tom's Guide

A designer imagines what the foldable iPhone may be like, all the way down to the price.

Angry Birds AR is coming to iPhone this spring - TechCrunch
Angry Birds AR is coming to iPhone this spring  TechCrunch

Angry Birds: Isle of Pigs took the scenic route to the iPhone. Rovio began flirting with augmented reality on the Magic Leap of all places, releasing First Person ...

Here’s the latest great feature Android stole from the iPhone - BGR
Here’s the latest great feature Android stole from the iPhone  BGR

Google surprised us all last week when it came from out of nowhere and released the first Android Q beta. At first we had expected it a bit earlier in the month ...

iPhone XS Max vs. Galaxy S10+ speed test: The results might surprise you - BGR
iPhone XS Max vs. Galaxy S10+ speed test: The results might surprise you  BGR

Year in and year out, Apple manages to crank out new iPhone models with increasingly impressive and arguably unrivaled hardware. Though Android has ...

iPhone XR colors: how to choose the right shade for you - TechRadar
iPhone XR colors: how to choose the right shade for you  TechRadar

The iPhone XR is available in six different colors suited to a variety of styles and tastes.

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    Google Sync: Set Up Your Apple Device for Google Sync

    Getting Started

    1. Open the Settings application on your device's home screen.
    2. Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
    3. Tap Add Account....
    4. Select Microsoft Exchange. OS 4.0+ now allows multiple Exchange accounts. However, if you're on a device that doesn't let you add a second account, you could also use CalDAV to sync Google Calendar and IMAP to sync Gmail.

    Note important changes in the following section:

    Enter Account Info

    5. In the Email field, enter your full LBNL email address.
    6. Set the Domain field to
    7. Enter your LBNL LDAP user name  as the Username.
    8. Enter your LBNL LDAP password as the Password.
    9. Tap Next at the top of your screen.
    9a. Choose Cancel if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears.
    10. When the new Server field appears, enter
    11. Press Next at the top of your screen again.

    12. Select the Google services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts) you want to sync.

    13. Unless you want to delete all the existing Contacts and Calendars on your phone, select the Keep on my iPhone option when prompted. This will also allow you to keep syncing with your computer via iTunes.

    If you want to sync only the My Contacts group, you must choose to Delete Existing Contacts during the Google Sync install when prompted. If you choose to keep existing contacts, it will sync the contents of the "All Contacts" group instead. If there are no contacts on your phone, the latter will happen -- the contents of your All Contacts group will be synced.

    1. A note that IT cannot/will not support contacts syncing (meaning you are welcome to turn it on, but the helpdesk cannot assist and there is no support at all).  While a few people have had good experiences, a number have also had very strange outcomes where contacts were lost, modified, and otherwise messed up.  There is definitely the possibility that Google will repopulate your My Contacts group against your will and that this will sync to your iphone regardless of whether you follow the instructions above.