RipDev discovers how to activate iPhone Screen Shots

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Erica Sadun
March 18th, 2008
In this article: hacks, iphone, screen shots, ScreenShots
RipDev discovers how to activate iPhone Screen Shots

A lot of iPhone dev types have known about the SBMobileScreenshotr preference for a very long time. What we didn't know was how to make it do anything. The software programming site RipDev solved the mystery.

After setting the preference in /var/mobile/Library/Preferences/, just restart Springboard and use the following super-secret key combination: Hold down the Home key and toggle the mute switch. Your screen flashes white, a screen shot appears on your camera roll. How did they figure this out? Given the relative unlikelihood of coming across this key combination by chance, I'm guessing they might have had some human direction. Or maybe they're just really really good at disassembling code.

If you'd rather not edit your property lists directly, add as an Installer repository and install Apple Screenshot Enabler. Warning: trying to remove the mod via caused my phone to reboot. It just would not uninstall properly.

Thanks TJ

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