Strange thing on home screen: "Special" appearing at top

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by el3ktro, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. el3ktro macrumors regular

    el3ktro

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    This is odd. Suddenly, there's the word "Special" printed on my iPhone home screen, just right beneath the carrier logo and the clock. What's this? I've never seen this before! Does anybody have this too? I haven't jailbreaked my iPhone or done anything strange with it. Please see the screenshot I just took.
     

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  2. The General macrumors 601

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    That's weird. I've never seen that before. It also moved the icons down a bit.
     
  3. manram macrumors newbie

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    You are obviously jailbroken. So did you install anything recently from Cydia/Installer that may have caused this?


    Try to reboot also.
     
  4. el3ktro thread starter macrumors regular

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    No I'm definitely not jailbroken. I never even tried that. Don't want to reboot until I find out what this is.
     
  5. manram macrumors newbie

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    Really, that's weird.
    I would suggest that you reboot. I have never seen this before.
     
  6. el3ktro thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't want to reboot, I'm afraid that it goes away. I want to know what this is. Some kind of easter egg? A bug? I had my iPhone with me today and everything was normal. It was laying on my table the last hour or so, now I just picked it up and suddenly I see this. Tried to click it or something, but nothing happens.
     
  7. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    Why would the phone be in german and yet have special in english?
     
  8. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

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    While I haven't had the word 'special' there, I HAVE had my carrier appear there when I arrived in US, pushing all the app icons down. It must be something to do with a foreign iphone and roaming?
     
  9. el3ktro thread starter macrumors regular

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    Good question, I don't know. Hmm I rebooted and now it's gone. Weirdo.
     
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    i had an iPhone on Optus in Australia.

    sometimes I would have "Optus" written where you have "Special"

    therefore I think it's carrier related. (I had never jailbroken either.)

    it happened about 3 times over 3 months. A reboot always removed it.
     
  12. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

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    Macworld coming up. Apple seeds random iPhones with a "special" code. If you happen to be in the keynote auditorium during the keynote speech and the code word turns red, the first person to notice it and raise his hand wins a new Tesla electic car.

    Or maybe not. ;)
     
  13. MST macrumors 6502

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    ROFL!
     
  14. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    Your iPhone is special. Sell it on eBay for $2000. :D
     
  15. garrettcumber macrumors newbie

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    Thats the funniest sh** Ive heard in a long time!! LOL!!!
     
  16. Nermal Moderator

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    If it's something that a user should never see then there's no point in localising it.

    I once had my iPod report "AT&T" in the top-left where it normally says "iPod" (and therefore where it'll say "OPTUS" on yours) but I've never seen anything where that "Special" is.
     

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