iPhone App: pTerm

pTerm At long last a Terminal application is available on the iPhone, and pTerm is its name! Based on the desktop client PuTTY, you can SSH, Telnet, and raw TCP from your iPhone/iPod Touch!

Its features are:

  • xterm terminal emulation
  • Standard 80×24 screen
  • SSH, Telnet, or “raw” TCP connections
  • Ctrl key support
  • Landscape and Portrait modes
  • Works over Edge, 3G, or WiFi
  • Stores your list of host/port/protocol for convenient access
  • Terminal supports pinch and zoom
  • Based on PuTTY, a stable and feature-rich code base

All in all, the app seems pretty solid. My only gripe is the lack of a tab key for tab completion. Now I’ll be able to debug stuff remotely WITHOUT using VNCLite for the iPhone. Check pTerm out, it is well worth the $4.99.

There are some more things that I find annoying:

  • No tab key – no tab completion…
  • No arrow keys – this makes navigating around a line a little bit of a pain.
  • You can’t hide the keyboard. It’d be nice to see a full screen of top.
  • No color customization

Despite the annoyances, the app is still pretty solid. Lets just hope new versions come out sooner than later with some of my hopes and dreams attached.


iPhone is a Reality

Engadget has a nice summary of the iPhone:

Capping literally years of speculation on perhaps the most intensely followed unconfirmed product in Apple’s history — and that’s saying a lot — the iPhone has been announced today. Yeah, we said it: “iPhone,” the name the entire free world had all but unanimously christened it from the time it’d been nothing more than a twinkle in Stevie J’s eye (comments, Cisco?). Sweet, glorious specs of the 11.6 millimeter device (that’s frickin’ thin, by the way) include a 3.5-inch wide touchscreen display with multi-touch support and a proximity sensor to turn off the sensor when it’s close to your face, 2 megapixel cam, 4GB or 8 GB of storage, Bluetooth with EDR, WiFi that automatically engages when in range, and quadband GSM radio with EDGE. Perhaps most amazingly, though, it somehow runs OS X with support for Widgets, Google Maps, and Safari, and iTunes (of course) with CoverFlow out of the gate. A partnership with Yahoo will allow all iPhone customers to hook up with free push IMAP email. Apple quotes 5 hours of battery life for talk or video, with a full 16 hours in music mode. In a twisted way, this is one rumor mill we’re almost sad to see grind to a halt; after all, when is the next time we’re going to have an opportunity to run this picture? The 4GB iPhone will go out the door for $499 on a two-year contract, 8GB for $599. Ships Stateside in June, Europe in fourth quarter, Asia in 2008.

Gizmodo is at MacWorld and has confirmed that the iPhone is a reality…here’s some of their play by play!

9:46: Steve’s stressing about the keyboard being “in the way” of usual smartphones. The solution? A touchscreen interface.

9:47: The solution? A giant touchscreen interface. Multi-touch! You can do multi-gestures on the screen itself.

9:51: The iPhone syncs just like the iPod to your PC and Mac.

9:51: It syncs not only music, videos, but all your data! Bookmarks, email setup, contacts.

9:52: Just like an iPod.

9:52: Runs OSX

9:52: Thinner than any smartphone out there.

9:52: 160ppi

9:52: Controls on the side, volume, silent. The Back: 2-megapixel camera.

9:53: Top: headset jack, SIM, sleep-wake.

9:53: An iPod connector, just like the iPod (on the bottom).

9:54: Proximity sensor on the face, turns off the screen so your face doesn’t press the buttons.

9:54: Ambient light switch and accelerometer to switch from portrait to landscape.

9:55: Built-in speaker.

1. Widescreen iPod with touch control.

2. The Apple Phone.

3. Internet communications device.

All in one! It’s actually going to be called the iPhone!