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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)

Apple Accidentally Reveals Radical New iPhone - Forbes
Apple Accidentally Reveals Radical New iPhone  Forbes

Apple has revealed ambitious plans to redesign its new iPhones...

Qualcomm slams Apple’s response to iPhone ban in China, says it should be ‘taking a bite out of sales’ - 9to5Mac
  1. Qualcomm slams Apple’s response to iPhone ban in China, says it should be ‘taking a bite out of sales’  9to5Mac
  2. Apple’s iPhone strategy isn’t working in India  BGR
  3. Declining iPhone sales in India is a sign Apple is failing to adapt its business  AppleInsider
  4. iPhone XI concept sports three-lens camera and sleek redesign  Cult of Mac
  5. It's 2018, and the iPhone Is Still Super Annoying  Gizmodo
  6. View full coverage on Google News
Apple Pushing Legally Motivated iOS Upgrades To iPhones - Forbes
Apple Pushing Legally Motivated iOS Upgrades To iPhones  Forbes

Apple has warned iPhone users updates are coming which they may not like...

iPhone XR Sales Crash Increases Apple's Neverending Nightmare - Forbes
iPhone XR Sales Crash Increases Apple's Neverending Nightmare  Forbes

Another weekend closer to Christmas, another weekend of discounts on Apple's latest iPhone models, and another batch of data that suggests Tim Cook and his ...

How to reduce screen motion on iPhone and iPad - 9to5Mac
How to reduce screen motion on iPhone and iPad  9to5Mac

This step by step guide with images covers how to reduce motion on iPhone and iPad, giving you a less busy user interface.

No, You Don’t Really Look Like That - The Atlantic
No, You Don’t Really Look Like That  The Atlantic

A guide to the new reality-melting technology in your phone's camera.

iPhone saves woman's life after shipwreck near Japan - AppleInsider
iPhone saves woman's life after shipwreck near Japan  AppleInsider

A woman's iPhone was instrumental in summoning rescue, after a chartered boat capsized off the coast of Japan dumping her and her friends in the ocean.

iPhones can now automate tasks using NFC with Launch Center Pro - The Verge
iPhones can now automate tasks using NFC with Launch Center Pro  The Verge

iPhone users are finally getting a convenient and powerful feature that's long been available on Android phones: the ability to tap an NFC tag and have their ...

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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.