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Jailbreak iOS 8.1 Untethered Using Pangu8 And Install Cydia

10/23/2014 04:50:00 PM - 0 comments

The team behind Pangu have just released an untethered iOS 8 – 8.1 jailbreak and we weren't even expecting it. This Chinese team came out with the impromptu jailbreak for iOS 7.1.x and now they have once again come to the rescue with their solution for iOS 8.x. Pangu8 works with iOS 8 all the way through to the latest iOS 8.1 and in this post we will show you how to jailbreak your device using this tool. We do have to point out this this tool isn't completely refined so it might not be successful. Also it doesn't install Cydia so we have information on how to do this also.

Pangu doesn't install Cydia by default and while Saurik has updated Cydia for iOS 8, you will have to install it manually until the Pangu team updates the tool with the Cydia installer. If SSHing is not something you enjoy, we recommend that you wait for the updated Pangu tool.

Before you jailbreak you will need to turn off any lock screen passcode or Touch ID as well as Find My iPhone. You also need to make sure you have an iTunes restored version of iOS 8/8.1 installed on your device for the jailbreak to work. If you updated via OTA the jailbreak won't work. Make sure that you device is backed up too and you have iTunes 12.0.1 or later installed on your PC and running in the background while the jailbreak is taking place. The Pangu jailbreak supports the following devices; iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad (all models), and the iPod touch 5.

The first thing you need to do to jailbreak iOS 8/8.1 untethered using Pangu is to download Pangu for Windows. Next right click on the Pangu icon and click run as administrator. With Panug running, connect your iDevice to your PC using USB. Click on the checkbox that says PP to uncheck it. Next you have to press the big blue button in the centre of the display to begin the jailbreak process. Your device will reboot a couple of times so be patient. Once the jailbreak has been completed, you will see a new Pangu icon on your device's home screen. This confirms that your jailbreak was successful.

Installing Cydia After Jailbreaking With Pangu

The first thing you need to do is backup the content on your device. Next you will need to download the latest Cydia.deb file as well as the cydia-lproj file. Once you have the .deb files you will need to SFTP the file to your device. To do this, Mac users should use Cyberduck, while windows users are advised to use WinSCP. Next you need to go to Settings > Wi-Fi on your devicfe and find the hotspot that both your device and PC/Mac are connected to. Next to the connection's details hit the “i” and make note of the IP address. Next you are going to use your designated SFTP client, key in the IP address as well “root” for username and “alpine” for the password. Once the file browser appears, drop the .deb files into the root folder of your device.

After this, things can get a little tricky because you will be firing in commands that you may not be familiar with, so you need to make sure that you take your time and watch carefully if you are not used to doing this. To start an SSH command line session on Windows you need to hit Crtl + T. Then you need to run the command:

dpkg -i cydia-lproj_1.1.12_iphoneos-arm.deb

Now run this command:

dpkg -i cydia_1.1.13_iphoneos-arm.deb

The next thing to do is reboot your device and that should be it. You should now have Cydia installed on your jailbroken device. Remember if this all seems a little too much, all you have to do is wait until Pangu is updated to include the Cydia installers.

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List Of Retail Stores And Apps That Currently Works With Apple Pay

10/21/2014 05:08:00 PM - 0 comments

Apple Pay was rolled out with the iOS 8.1 update and so far it is only the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that can make contactless payments to over 220,000 retail stores. The Apple Watch is to also be included in early 2015. In this post we want to share with you the list of retail stores and Apps that will begin accepting Apple Pay payments now or in the near future.

The list of retail store and apps that currently work with Apple Pay are:

  • Apple Store
  • Aeropostale
  • Babies R Us
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Bloomingdales
  • Champs
  • Chevron
  • DuaneReade
  • Foot Locker (including Lady Footlocker, Run by Footlocker, Kids Footlocker, and House of Hoops)
  • FootAction
  • Macy’s
  • Nike
  • Office Depot
  • Petco (and Unleashed)
  • Radioshack
  • Six:02
  • Sports Authority
  • Texaco
  • Toys “R” Us
  • Walgreens

The following list of fast food chains will now be accepting Apple Pay payments:

  • McDonald’s
  • Subway
  • Panera Bread

Grocery stores include:

  • Wegmans
  • Whole Foods Market

Apple Pay also allows you to make purchases via apps on all the latest iOS devices that have Touch ID fingerprint sensors. This includes the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. The iPhone 5s doesn't appear to be included in the list of devices though which is a bit of a let down. The apps that should now support Apple Pay include:

  • Apple Store
  • AirBnB
  • Chairish
  • Disney Store
  • Fancy
  • Groupon
  • Hotel Tonight
  • Houzz
  • Instacart
  • Lyft
  • MLB.com
  • OpenTable
  • Panera Bread
  • Spring
  • Staples
  • Target
  • Tickets.com
  • Uber

There are additional apps that we be getting updated to allow them to support the Apple Pay service. Along with these apps, certain banks are also going to be updating their apps to support Apple Pay and Capital One and Navy Federal Credit Union have already launched their Apple Pay supporting apps.

Apple have also released a list of retailers that will be adding support for Apple Pay later in 2015 and these include:

  • Anthropologie
  • Disney Store
  • Free People
  • Petsmart
  • Sephora
  • Staples
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Walt Disney World

The list of apps and retailers listed is quite considerable for the launch of Apple Pay and it will only be a matter of time before more retailers and banks join the list. This will see Apple Pay becoming a mainstream payment method. What do you think, have you tried using your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to make purchases yet? Let us know how you found the experience in the comments below.

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Roundup: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, Retina 5K iMac, OS X Yosemite, and More

10/17/2014 04:18:00 PM - 0 comments

It has been a big day for announcements for Apply and we have a whole load of new goodies to get our hands on. Today we had announcements for both hardware and software and Apple's Craig Federighi and Phil Schiller took to the stage to announce, and in some cases demonstrate what was new. In this post we want to give you a quick overview of what was announced today so you know what has been announced and what you want to get your hands on next.

OS X Yosemite

Apple announced today that OS X 10.10 Yosemite was going to be made available immediately, and that it is free. This new software release is for Apple's Mac operating system and it works with iOS 8. Yosemite ties into iPhones in order to offer a seamless experience across the two. This includes the ability to start a task on one device while finishing it on another. You are also able to send SMS messages and make phone calls from the Mac via your iPhone. It's available to download right now.

iOS 8.1

Speaking of iOS, an update to iOS 8.1 will go love on Monday. This means that you will all be able to see your Camera Roll again. A number of bug fixes are included and Apple's iCloud-based photo management system is going into full-on public beta at the same time. Apple Pay will also finally make its appearance with the release of iOS 8.1.

27-inch iMac With 5K Retina Display

The new iMac with Retina display was announced and this comes with a 27-inch 5K display and some pretty hefty innards. This new $2,499 iMac is really impressive and many are wondering if this will actually be a competitor to Apple's own Mac Pro. This will give you an idea of just how impressive the new iMac really is.

iPad Air 2

Two new iPads will be made available for pre-order on Friday, with shipping set for the following week. The new iPad Air 2 is thinner than you would think possible and it has also gotten some new features too. It really is the most powerful iPad yet, and from the demonstrations given, we can't see it disappointing anyone. It got some new cameras too which is great to see.

iPad mini 3

There’s a new iPad mini 3 also, though disappointingly it’s not been given a speed bump and still has last year’s A7-powered processor. That’s a real shame, but hopefully next time around Apple will make up for this. Both new iPads get Touch ID and Apple Pay for online payments.

Mac mini 2014

Apple has also given the Mac mini a bit of a hardware bump while also cutting $100 off its starting price which is probably more important than the speed increase in reality. This little device hasn't been updated in quite some time so it is nice to see it getting a bit of attention and of course a price drop.

iTunes 12

The first public release of iTunes 12 also made the news after the event, and is now available to download for both Mac OS X and Windows users.

iWork

As promised by Apple, the iWork suite for iOS and OS X both got a significant update, bringing with it Handoff and Continuity features along with support for iCloud Drive.

To sum up, we have to say that the Apple event has been pretty successful with plenty of things to discuss. The iMac with Retina display sounds very impressive but the iPad mini 3 is a little bit of a let down. What do you think? Will you be rushing out to get your hands on some of the new Apple products? As always, let us know in the comments below.

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Lenovo Copies The iPhone 6

10/14/2014 05:59:00 PM - 0 comments

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the latest models to be released by Apple. They have already sold over tens of millions of units and are proving to be a massive success with users. With Apple products being so popular, there are always imitations, and today we can tell you that Lenovo, which is currently in the process of purchasing Motorola, has developed a mid-range handset that appears to be a complete copy of the iPhone 6.

This information along with photos was leaked via Weibo and while the Lenovo Sisley has yet to be released, you can see from the photos that is looks exactly like an iPhone from all angles. In fact, if you were to remove the Apple logo from the back of the iPhone 6 and replace it with Lenovo's branding, you would have an exact copy of what Lenovo is planning to release. The Apple handset has receive a lot of positive reviews thanks to its high-end features and smooth operation, but the Sisley is not quite as impressive.

We don't have any details on the processor that will be used as yet, but according to sources, the Sisley will include a 13-megapixel rear facing camera. The front facing camera is said to be an 8-megapixel camera which suggests that the Sisley could be another in a growing list of selfie focused handsets.

The Sisley will have a 5-inch display but at only 720p and with no Retina HD it won't compete with the iPhone 6 in this respect. It is believed that it will be just 6.9mm thick so that will match the iPhone 6 on thinness.

Apple has always had a problem with Chinese companies producing copycat products, but given that Lenovo is a legitimate multinational company, it seem rather brazen that they would come up with such an obvious copy. If the Sisley really is on the way to our stores, we can expect to see Apple bringing legal action very soon. What do you think? Would you be prepared to purchase a copy brand if it was cheaper? Let us know in the comments below.

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Apple Sends Out Invites For iPad / Mac Event On October 16th

10/09/2014 01:02:00 PM - 0 comments

We have just learned that Apple have sent out invitations to a special media event that will be held on the 16th of October. It will take place at Town Hall on the company's Cupertino campus. This event was a certainty and we are glad that we finally have the official date. This is going to be Apple's second major keynote in a many months and in this post we will tell you what we think the event will entail.

We don't know exactly what is on the agenda but the official tagline “it's been way too long” is on all the invitations and this suggests that at least one of the products or features at this event has been due some attention for quite a long time.

This tagline could allude to the Mac mini, which hasn't had an upgrade of any significance for nearly two years. A number of reports suggest that the compact desktop could be subject to a number of enhancements, although it isn't suggested that a redesign is on the agenda. There is also talk of the iMac being treated to Retina display, which would bring the all-in-one desktop up to par with the likes of the MacBook Pro in terms of sharpness. While the 27 inch model could be getting the 5K treatment, the smaller 21.5 inch model won't be joining it.

The iPad Air is going to get a refresh and we have already seen leaks that have pointed to a thinner form factor, Touch ID, and minor aesthetic tweaks. The iPad mini might also be following suite, and if so, we expect that both of Apple's tablets will benefit from a variant of the new A8 processor which was first seen with the iPhone 6.

OS X Yosemite is also poised to hit the Mac App Store very soon and we are fairly confident that this desktop software will be mentioned at this event. It was originally announced way back at WWDC and we expect it to be announced on the 16th. IOS 8.1 is also on the way and that is going to bring with it Apple Pay.

With all of these things to look forward to, Thursday's event is going to be one that you won't want to miss. We will of course be bringing you all the relevant information and take away bits from Apple's next major event. We can't wait, can you?

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iPad Air 2 World’s Thinnest Tablet With No 16GB Option For Buyers

10/07/2014 02:53:00 PM - 0 comments

Now that we have all had time to recover from the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it is time to focus on the next big Apple release and this is the next generation of iPad and iPad mini. This is set to be announced during a special event on the 16th of October. We are going to get two new iPads, with the iPad Air and the iPad mini getting a makeover.

Details have been leaking out about what the new updates will mean for the new tablets and new details that have come out of The Michael Report that was revealed via MacDaily News have shown that Apple are banking on the lack of girth for the iPad Air to be very popular with buyers. Apple is reported to be set to announce the Air specifically as the world's thinnest tablet. Will it be? We don't know yet, but we can't wait to find out.

The claim is being made that the 0.5mm reduction in thickness will make it the thinnest ever and this has been made possible by removing the hardware mute/rotation lock switch that has been around since the very first iPad. New, more recessed volume buttons as well as relocated microphones are also said to be on the agenda. Another thing that you really should know is that the iPad Air 2 will come in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. There won't be a 16GB model this time around.

The iPad mini 3 is to retain the 16GB option for those on a tighter budget and of course the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus also have the 16GB option but there is no 32GB option which has made the 64GB model a more popular option thanks to the relatively small price difference between it and the 16GB option. The new iPads will be announced next week and we can't wait to see what you all think of them. The iPad Air 2 is also said to be coming with an 8MP camera and we can't wait to test it out and see how it differs from its predecessor.

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Apple Pay To Be A Feature of iOS 8.1

10/02/2014 02:45:00 PM - 0 comments

September saw the arrival of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as the new iOS 8 software from Apple. At the iPhone 6 event we caugh a glimpse of the new integrated contactless payment system which has been called Apple Pay. We knew we wouldn't have this feature in iOS 8 when it was released but according to a new report, Apple Pay is to roll out with iOS 8.1.

According to those at Bank Innovation, iOS 8.1 is to be made available to the public on the 20th of October and as well as getting a number of enhancements, it will also be focused on getting Apple Pay up and running. Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have been kitted out with NFC radios especially for this feature, and with Apple Watch also set to integrate with the system when it comes on stream next year, it is critical that Apple introduce Apple Pay with as few issues as possible.

As we discovered earlier this week, Apple is switching up its iOS release schedule this time and it now looks like iOS 8.1 is going to be arriving just five weeks after the initial roll out. We have also heard that iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3 are also in being worked at as we speak. We know that the 20th of October is also when Apple will be holding their second major event and this time they will be showcasing the new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. Both of these are going to benefit from Apple's A8 processor as well as Touch ID, and we might also see a gold configuration in the offering. The showcase for iPads always seem to be in October but we could see a lot more being put on the agenda this year. OS X Yosemite just hit Golden Master, and should be coming out around that time too and with the notion of a 5K Retina iMac and new Mac mini also doing the rounds, it looks like October could be a very busy month where Apple is concerned.

Have you updated to the latest iOS 8? Are you looking forward to the introduction of Apple Pay? Be sure to let us know what your thoughts are in the comments below.

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Top Tips For Saving Battery Life On iOS 8

9/30/2014 04:44:00 PM - 0 comments

According to reports and statistics, Apple's new iOS 8 has reached 47 percent of users. A lot of people have been left a little panicked due to the major issues that came with iOS 8.0.1 and many other fear updating. Those troubles seem to have faded away with the release of iOS 8.0.2 and there really are some great features to enjoy. Of course with this new software update you will find more battery being used and in this post we want to give you some tips on how you can save battery life in iOS 8.

Turn Wi-Fi Auto-Search To Off You can prevent your device from searching for networks all the time, which is a great battery saver and of course you can toggle it on via the Control Center when you do wish to connect to a hotspot. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi > Ask to Join Networks and toggle to OFF.

See Which Apps Are Using The Most Battery In iOS 8, Apple has made it possible for users to check battery use on an app-by-app basis. By navigating through Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage, you can quickly determine which apps are using your battery up the most, and either use them less, or even delete them altogether.

Turn off Parallax The Parallax feature first rolled out with iOS 7 and can be a drain on your battery. To disable it, go Settings > General > Accessibility > Reduce Motion, and toggle to ON.

Disable Background App Updates Apps automatically updating to the latest version is great, but if you’re out and about and worried about keeping your device alive, having the latest version of Facebook installed becomes somewhat less important. To save battery, go to Settings > iTunes & App Store, and at the bottom, simply toggle Updates to OFF under Automatic Downloads.

Stop Background Apps From Refreshing The great thing about disabling Background App Refresh is that it’s not all or nothing, so by going to Settings > General > Background App Refresh, you can pick and choose what you want to continue refreshing and what you’d like to kill off.

Location Services Many apps ask to see your location, which is not only quite invasive, but when an app uses location services, it also dips into your battery life. If you’re using, say, a navigation app, then obviously, Location Services are a must, but if not, Settings > Privacy > Location Services and remove those that you don’t feel need to know where you are.

Turn Off 4G LTE It may be quick, but 4G LTE is a battery hog so you should consider disabling 4G by going to Settings > Cellular > Enable LTE.

Disable Auto-Brightness & Dim Your Display Auto-Brightness is self-explanatory in that it automatically brightens up your display, but the trade-off, as with many useful iOS 8 features, is that more battery is used than necessary.In Settings > Display & Brightness, you can disable auto-brightness.

Turn Off Bluetooth Bluetooth is turned on by default in iOS 8, and it’s a feature which can take its toll on battery life if kept on for no good reason. Simply slide up Control Center, and tap the Bluetooth icon to turn it off.

These are just some of the best battery saving tips we have come across. Try them out for yourself and see if you notice improvements in your battery life. If we've missed a tip that you use regularly be sure to let us know in the comments.

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Apple Offers Fix for iPhones Affected by iOS 8 Problems

9/25/2014 02:42:00 PM - 0 comments

As many of you probably already know, Apple pulled the iOS 8.0.1 update after some users reported serious issues. Now they have issued a fix via their official website. This is a process that the company doesn't typically officially endorse but it looks like they haven't had a choice in the matter.

Apple posted an official fix for iPhone users affected by the problems with Wednesday's iOS 8.0.1 update. There were lots of reports of total loss of cellular service as well as issues with Touch ID. Apple pulled the update after complaints about these issues quickly spread via social media. For users however, it was too late as they had already applied the update. Apple's fix is essentially a way to revert affected iPhones back to iOS 8.0.0, a process the company doesn't officially endorse. Here's what their official site tells users to do to reinstall iOS 8.0.

Make sure you are using the latest version of iTunes and then connect your iPhone to iTunes. Back up your iPhone in iTunes on your Mac or PC as iCloud backups won't restore to earlier versions, including iOS 8.0. When you have done this you will need to download the correct file to correspond to your device whether it's the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. When you have completed this you then need to select the file you have just downloaded by doing one of these things in iTunes: for Mac users press the Option key and click Check for Update. For Windows users press the Shift key and click Check for Update. Press update to install iOS 8 on your iPhone. Apple go on to say that the Health App won't work in iOS 8 after completing these steps but it will be fixed in their upcoming iOS 8.0.2 software update.

The iOS 8.0.1 problems only see to affect the new iPhone 6 an the iPhone 6 Plus devices and we are delighted to see that Apple have responded so quickly and created a resolution. It does make us wonder though, if these issues will have any affect on the sales of these models or on Apple in general. What do you think? Would it put you off wanting to purchase an Apple device? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and if you have experienced any issues with iOS 8.

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Is iOS 8 Making You Wi-Fi Sluggish on iPhone and iPad?

9/23/2014 05:06:00 PM - 0 comments

Every new firmware release tends to have some bugs and teething issues and iOS 8 is no different. If you have just recently grabbed iOS 8 for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you may have encountered some wi-fi related issues. In fact, it is clear from the Apple Support forums, that a lot of users have been affected by this and a number of other problems. Until Apple makes the necessary bug fixes there isn't that much that you can do.

The roll-out of iOS 8 has passed with very little incident and has been well received. It hasn't however completely avoided the headlines and iPhone 4s users have been strongly advised against updating. There have been several key functionality related bugs tarnishing the fluidity of iOS 8 on the iPhone 4s and now it seems that there are some wi-fi issues being reported by many users.

What is happening, is that wi-fi seems to struggle with basic connectivity and dropped connections are occurring on a wide range of iOS running products. A number of affected users have contacted Apple Support about this and the general message seems to be to do a restore. One user found that while restoring to new remedied the problems, they soon returned when a backup was applied, suggesting that the problem lies within iOS 8's compatibility with backups rather than the software itself.

Another issue that has been causing problems once again is the battery drain and it does appear that Apple's new iOS 8 has a few kinks that still need to be ironed out. Hopefully this will happen very quickly and if you haven't already updated to the latest software, you might want to hold off until all the little bugs have been resolved. If you have been experiencing any bugs in iOS 8, why not let us know about them in the comments.

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