How to get movies from DVDs to iOS devices using a Mac (in 15 screenshots)

 

I recently had a request for instructions on how to get movies from DVDs to iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch). This seems like something iTunes should have built in, right? Well, greedy people somewhere have caused this to be left out, making most end-users pay for the same movie twice, once on DVD and again on the iTunes Store. So following are 15 screenshots made on a MacBook Pro running OS X Lion with instructions for copying movies off of DVDs, and optionally onto an iOS device. Warning: Copying movies from DVDs incorrectly is pirating! Do not distribute any movies you copy from your DVDs! More on pirating at the bottom of the post.

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iOS 4.2 Perhaps to Be Released in Seven Days!

When syncing my iPad today, I noticed that the next automatic iOS software update check was 11/16/10, seven days from today.

iOS possibly coming 11/16/10

Given that iOS 4.2 is scheduled for this month, I think this seems a likely date. However, it is a Tuesday, and a Tuesday just doesn’t seem like a good day for a launch, maybe a Saturday would be better. (Slightly changed quote from Despicable Me intended.) I am guessing (and hoping) that it will be released then, but I certainly can give no guarantees. What with GameCenter, Multitasking, Wireless Printing, Folders, and more, this will be an exciting next week or two. I can’t wait to try it out.

Whistle Phone App

I recently downloaded the Whistle Phone App onto my iPad, and I highly recommend this app to anyone with an iOS device. It lets your iOS device become a phone wherever there is Wi-Fi, for free! And you even receive a phone number for other people to call you iPad, using push notifications! Although it seems like it would be awkward to use such a big device as a phone, I avoid this problem by holding it in front of myself, more like a speakerphone.

Whistle

The main screen of the app is very much like the iPhone’s number pad, but with some extra buttons on the side, such as Line 1/Line 2 buttons. At the top of the screen, it has buttons for Recents, Contacts (Phone numbers from your Address Book), and Bonjour, for calling other Whistle devices on the network.

Whistle Phone is available for your iOS device on the App Store, or even for your Mac or PC at whistlephone.com.