How to get SMS/e-mail/Push when White iPhone 4 is available!!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Domino8282, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. Domino8282 macrumors 6502a

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    [Note: If you want to receive e-mail or SMS, skip the "Prowl" part. Growl has the ability to send e-mail without using Prowl. Note that Prowl is a paid app for iPhone (Howl is another good one).]

    Okay, someone mentioned in one of the White iPhone 4 threads that they had written a script to check the Apple website for changes and send them a text message. I'm not knowledgable enough to write a script like that, but I have found an awesome solution for Mac users who want to receive a push notification (or e-mail, or SMS) on their current iPhone when the Apple site changes.

    Basically, this involves using a combination of the programs "Changes Meter," "Growl," and (optionally) "Prowl (or Howl)." Changes Meter monitors websites (any website) for changes at any interval you specify. Growl is a notification manager for Mac OS X, and Prowl (and Howl) are iPhone apps that will send you a push notification anytime your desktop receives a Growl notification.

    First, download Changes Meter from here:
    http://intuiware.com/products/changes-meter

    Next, download Growl from here:
    http://growl.info/

    Finally, (if you want push notifications) create a Prowl account and install the Prowl plug-in (or check out Howl instead):
    http://prowl.weks.net/installation.php

    It's all fairly self-explanatory, but you'll need to add the website you want to monitor into Changes Meter. I used the URL that comes up when you click "Buy" on the iPhone 4 page on apple.com, as well as the search results page from searching the string "white iphone 4" on the Apple store site.

    You'll need to go into Preferences in Changes Meter and make sure Growl notifications are enabled. You'll also need to go into Growl and make sure you've selected Prowl (and entered your Prowl username/pass) as the notification style for Changes Meter (or MailMe if you want e-mail). If you want to receive SMS, I recommend using MailMe and send the SMS as an e-mail. For example, for AT&T phone numbers your address is your 10-digit phone number @txt.att.net (similar addresses exist for other carriers).

    Finally, set up the Prowl (or Howl) app on your iPhone and test the setup by monitoring a twitter feed or something that changes frequently. It works great!
     
  2. BlondeBuddhist macrumors 6502a

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    Or you can just check 1 of like 100 websites regularly (like most people here) and it will be splattered across the board, both news and forum alike.

    Seriously, you won't be able to NOT know of when it will be released.

    Just sayin.
     
  3. Domino8282 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How is this comment helpful?

    Maybe some people don't want to be glued to their web browser but would rather let the computer check for them every 5 minutes and be notified at their leisure.

    In fact, there are numerous other applications for the Growl/Prowl combination beyond this if it seems pointless. Maybe you want to be notified when that huge porn torrent you've been downloading has finished, or whatever.. Growl works with many different OS X applications besides Change Meter.

    Just sayin'.
     
  4. Tronic macrumors 6502

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    Well considering Apple has already said the supply is limited, there are a lot of people that want to place their orders at the absolute earliest moment they can in order to secure the earliest shipping date. Some reports are saying the ship date will slip by a few weeks a few hours after ordering becomes available.
     
  5. freedevil macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks man there's also a iphone app for prowl to tie it all in.
     
  6. beamer8912 macrumors 65816

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    Great post. I'm testing it out now to make sure I've got it setup right.
     
  7. Tronic macrumors 6502

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    Does anyone know the thread that the OP was talking about where a user created a custom script?
     
  8. IBradMac macrumors 68000

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    there will be 50 threads in this forum alone that day. Just check MR a couple times and day. That seems easier.:rolleyes:
     
  9. beamer8912 macrumors 65816

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    hmm...there seems to be quite a delay. I still haven't gotten a text message.
     
  10. ogdogg macrumors 6502

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    Don't you think the Apple Store app will send out a notification alert when it's released?
     
  11. Tronic macrumors 6502

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    I think that by then it will be sold out for the first delivery times. Remember, Apple releases most products at 4am or whatever so most people will be sleeping.
     
  12. mrblack927 macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks OP! And don't listen to the nay-sayers. They don't seem to realize that Apple could start orders while you're asleep. If you sleep 8 hours, they could start the orders and SELL OUT before you even wake up.
     

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