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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 iPhone Leak Reveals Apple's Disappointing Innovations - Forbes
  1. New iPhone Leak Reveals Apple's Disappointing Innovations  Forbes
  2. The Next iPhone Could Wirelessly Charge All Of Your Other iPhones
  3. iPhone 11 rumors predict ‘frosted glass casing’, something Google’s flagship already features  9to5Mac
  4. New AirPods, Macs, iPhones, and updated iPod Touch may come in 2019  USA TODAY
  5. iPhone 11 to get new ‘frosted glass’ design and a TRIPLE camera on the rear  The Sun
  6. View full coverage on Google News
Apple's iPhone still holds commanding lead in smartphone sales in Japan - AppleInsider
Apple's iPhone still holds commanding lead in smartphone sales in Japan  AppleInsider

While Apple's shipments in the Japanese smartphone market dipped 10.5 percent year-over-year in the December quarter, the iPhone still enjoys overwhelming ...

How to cancel subscriptions on your iPhone - Business Insider
How to cancel subscriptions on your iPhone  Business Insider

Your iPhone lets you centrally manage all iTunes and App Store subscriptions from one place in your Settings, so you can check on or cancel them easily.

Apple brings iPhone SE back on sale in its online clearance section from $249 - AppleInsider
Apple brings iPhone SE back on sale in its online clearance section from $249  AppleInsider

Apple has given potential owners of the iPhone SE yet another chance to purchase the discontinued smartphone through its online store's Clearance section, ...

Apple working on foldable iPhone, patent suggests - The Independent
Apple working on foldable iPhone, patent suggests  The Independent

Apple is working on a foldable phone of its own, new patents reveal, as just about every major handset company launches bendy products. A future iPhone ...

Beyond the iPhone: How Apple will diversify its offerings - Yahoo Finance
Beyond the iPhone: How Apple will diversify its offerings  Yahoo Finance

Apple is shaking up its leadership in a move to expand its business beyond iPhone sales. Yahoo Finance's Adam Shapiro, Jared Blikre, Ethan Wolff-Mann and ...

Apple 'Confirms' iPhone 7, iPhone 8 Hardware Changes - Forbes
Apple 'Confirms' iPhone 7, iPhone 8 Hardware Changes  Forbes

Apple has announced the shock launch of new upgraded iPhone models, but it's not what you think...

How to backup iPhone to iTunes on Mac or PC - 9to5Mac
How to backup iPhone to iTunes on Mac or PC  9to5Mac

This step by step guide with images covers how to backup up iPhone to iTunes with Mac or PC. We'll also cover how to change your default backup method.

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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.