Non-annoying iPhone ringtones

originringtones09345Minimal Mac is pointing out Cleartones, which offers nice-sounding ringtones for the iPhone. I’ve been using iRingPro for years (here’s my TUAW review). Both companies offer pleasant-sounding tones that won’t cause embarrassment at work or among friends.

They also address my main issue with most ringtones, which is their insistence. So many just sound and sound without pause. The ones I use put a good “seven Mississippi” between tones. I love that.

Of course, it’s very easy to make your own iPhone ringtones.

How to create custom iPhone vibration patterns

Apple debuted customizable iPhone vibration patterns with iOS 5. It lets you create your own vibration pattern and assign it to a contact or alert. It’s easy to do and more useful than you might think.

For example, assign your custom pattern to important contacts, so you know if you should bother to look at your phone during a meeting or other important activity. Or, get really creative and use a little morse code to spell out your wife’s name, for example, or “GOD NO” if it’s your in-laws. I like to use a brief vibration followed by a long pause, giving me time to get to my phone. Custom vibrations let me create that exact pattern. Here’s how to create a custom iPhone vibration pattern and assign it to a contact.

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