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Apple To Release iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 Together

6/29/2011 10:50:00 AM - 0 comments

Chris Whitmore who is an analyst at Deutsche Bank has released a report stating that Apple are due to release two iPhone versions this September. He has stated that a lower end model known as the iPhone 4S and a higher end model known as the iPhone 5 will be made available so that Apple can target customers with lower budgets.

Whitmore also went on to state that Apple may actually be trying to capitalize on struggling smartphone platfors such as Blackberry, Nokia and RIMM in a bid to win over a different range of customers.

The iPhone 5 is set to be the direct successor to the iPhone 4 with the iPhone 4S meeting the needs of the lower end customers. It is thought that the iPhone 4S will be a prepaid cell phone priced at $350 with plans that are similar to the ones found on the iPad today. This will allow users to pay for the data or calls that they require when they need them.

We really have no way of verifying what Whitmore is reporting and this is just more speculation to add to the speculation that we have already seen about Apple’s next generation iPhone.

Over the last few months we have seen numerous reports about the new iPhone so I guess we really will have to wait and see whether Apple do release two new iPhone models in September. What do you think of having a pre-pay iPhone? Would you be interested in purchasing a commitment free iPhone?

iOS 5 Will Stop SHSH Firmware Downgrades

6/27/2011 09:48:00 AM - 0 comments

It has just been reported that the new iOS 5 is going to halt SHSH firmware downgrades on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This is really bad news for all those jailbreakers and it comes as the Dev Team begin explaining what Apple’s iOS 5 betas are revealing. It seems Apple is determined to combat SHSH blobs moving forward and Apple are aggressively combating the replay attacks that have allowed users to use iTunes to restore to previous firmware versions using saved SHSH blobs.

Apple has stated to make more use of the APTicket once you install iOS 5 and beyond and they will be checking on each boot of an iDevice. The problem for jailbreakers is that the APTicket will be uniquely generated every time an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is restored and this means that existing methods of saving SHSH blobs will no longer work. Apple are also making sure that they are the only ones that will know what the APTicket should be.

APTIcket is changing starting with iOS 5 and it is being used like the BBTicket. The LLB and iBoot stages of the boot sequence are also being refined to depend on the authenticity of the APTicket. This is going to happen at every boot and because Apple has the crypto keys to properly sign the per-restore APTicket, replayed APTickets are useless.

According to the Dev Team this points to a new approach from Apple but until Apple brings out the final release of iOS 5 the Dev Team are still guessing at what Apple are planning to do.

There is still a little bit of good news for jailbreakers and Geohot’s Limera1n which takes effect before any APTicket checks are made could still provide a tethered jailbreak solution. As this is also only going to affect restores starting at iOS 5 and onward Geohot’s Limera1n exploit will work and so should any other tethered jailbreaks.

Apple Cuts iPhone 4 Orders Ahead Of iPhone 5 Launch

6/24/2011 09:01:00 AM - 0 comments

According to reports, Apple has told its suppliers to assemble less iPhone 4 models ahead of the next model launch which should take place this autumn. iPad orders remain strong and the same so nothing new to expect here.

According to an industry source, supplier have seen disappointing orders from Apple and this has nothing to do with iPhone 4 sales because this iDevice is still a hot seller. Instead it is being reported that Apple is likely preparing the release of a next generation iPhone which is expected to be announced in September. The new model many are claiming will be the iPhone 5 and will probably look similar to the current generation iPhone.

iPad orders are still really great and they are expected to grow 70% next quarter to 8 million units since no new model is in sight at the moment.

Rumors of a future iPhone have been doing the round for months now and this is what happened with previous iPhone releases too. Reports initially pointed to a major upgrade but this seems less likely thanks to model images that have been leaked. It is expected that the new model will have similar features but more RAM and a faster processor are expected as is a larger 8 megapixel camera.

Like all the rumors and reports we really do have to take them all with a pinch of salt because until Apple actually release their next generation iPhone we really won’t know exactly what to expect.

WiFi Booster Helps Enhance Wi-Fi Signal Strength On iPhone

6/22/2011 08:59:00 AM - 0 comments

The jailbreak community have been hard at work over the past few weeks announcing some great new tweaks. The latest one to add to the list is an iOS Wi-Fi settings app. This new app is called WiFi Booster and this small tweak makes a couple of very interesting alterations to the Settings app’s WiFi options also making them more useful in the process.

The main feature of the WiFi Booster tweak is to reduce the signal threshold at which WiFi hotspots are shown in Settings. By default all hotspots with a perceived quality below a set threshold are hidden from users and the reason for this is so that you don’t connect to networks that Apple deems too far away. After installing WiFi Booster the threshold is removed which means that all networks that are detected are shown to users.

The other feature that is pretty great in this tweak is the ability to check the MAC address of the router running the network. This address is shown beneath the name of the network inside your settings.

The WiFi Booster can be downloaded from the Cydia store for just $1.99 and if you plan on getting this app all you have to do is make sure that you have a jailbroken iOS device.

New Facebook Widget For iOS 5 Notification Center

6/20/2011 09:56:00 AM - 0 comments

WeeFacebook is a new Facebook widget that has been designed for the iOS 5 notification centre. This is a brand new jailbreak tweak and it has been developed by the same guys that bought you WeeTwitter.

This widget works along the same lines as the WeeTwitter widget but this time using Facebook. This new widget s available for download for free right now and if you would like to see your Facebook updates in your iOS 5 notification center and you have a jailbroken iPhone then this is for you.

This new WeeFacebook widget is the latest in a line of widgets that are being put together by developers to take advantage of the new notification centre that comes with iOS 5. Apple have yet to confirm that widgets will be available in the App store but we are sure they are aware of the possibilities and we sure to jump on the bandwagon.

If the WeeFacebook widget sounds good to you then you will need to have a jailbroken version of Apple’s iOS 5 beta in order to take advantage of it. These widgets are not available through Cydia so you will have to manually install them.

Below you will find details on how to self install these widgets.

The first thing you need to do is install MobileTerminal which you will find in Cydia and then set up iPhone Explorer on your pc. Once done, plug your device into your computer.

Next from your pc download the file from https://github.com/mgebele/WeeFacebookDeb and then run iPhone Explorer and copy and paste the file you have downloaded.

Next launch MobileTerminal and switch to administrator mode by typing login and then root. Next you have to enter your password which should be alpine unless you have changed it. Next enter the text below.

# /usr/bin/dpkg -i /var/mobile/com.manuelgebele.weefacebook_1.0.1-1_iphoneos-arm.deb

Once you restart your iPhone it will be complete. Remember if you want to use this widget you need to be running iOS 5 and a jailbreak.

PhoneIt-iPad Lets You Make Calls From Your 3G iPad And Is Now Available

6/17/2011 09:24:00 AM - 0 comments

PhoneIt-iPad is a great new app that allows you to make calls and send SMS from your 3G iPad. We reported on this last month when we told you that this iPad tweak will let 3G capable iPad take full advantage of a connection to a cell network allowing them to make and receive phone calls and send SMS messages. This tweak is now available to the general public for download and it only costs $19.99.

Here’s how to set it up on your iPad:

First of all you need to find your Serial Number. You can find this under System>General>About. This is your unique mobile identifier and you are going to need this to set up PhoneIt-ipad.

Next you need to buy PhoneIt-iPad and then insert your Serial Number when requested.

Next go to Cydia and add the following repository: http://apps.iphoneislam.com then locate PhoneIt-iPad and install it.

Once you have done this the tweak should work directly and you will be able to make calls and send SMS messages.

If the video that was posted last month is to be believed then this app should work really well but you should always think twice before giving out your unique Serial Number to a third party so be sure to use your own discretion here.

The PhoneIt-iPad tweak was developed by iPhoneIsland who also developed FaceIt3GS which is a software patch that allows iPhone 3GS users to use FaceTime which is legally restricted to iPhone 4, iPad 2 and iPod Touch 4G users.

If you plan on using PhoneIt-iPad you will need to jailbreak your device and it is important to note that this tweak will not work with iOS 5.

iOS 5 Rips Off Windows Phone 7 Features with Swipe To Camera Roll

6/15/2011 09:22:00 AM - 0 comments

A lot of the new features that were announced in the new iOS 5 bear a lot of resemblance to competing mobile operating systems such as Android, Blackberry OS and the Windows Phone 7 and this is causing a lot of talk.

The notification centre that works by swiping down the status bar is exactly the same as what the Android phones already have. iMessage works a lot like the BlackBerry Messenger. With iMessage you can send unlimited text messages via 3G/WiFi to anyone with an iOS device at no extra cost and you can also sent text, photos and more. This is very much like what the BlackBerry Messenger already does.

Twitter integration, WiFi Sync and the update camera app were all features that were implemented in the Windows Phone 7 last year. One feature that is exactly the same as the Windows Phone 7 is the camera swipe to camera roll and you can see this clearly on the video below.

Microsoft already has a patent for this feature called “Integrated Viewfinder and Digital Media” and they can actually sue Apple for this. It seems like Apple is playing the role of the follower more so than the trend setter with iOS 5 and Steve Jobs was right when he said 2011 was the Year of the Copycats. What do you think?

Jailbreak Me 3.0 Coming Soon For iPad 2?

6/13/2011 09:20:00 AM - 0 comments

The iPad 2 has been on sale for more than three months now and the jailbreaking community has yet to satisfy all those people looking for an iPad 2 jailbreak.

This is down to the new Apple A5 processor based architecture that is being used in the iPad 2 and it seems to be proving rather difficult to jailbreak. The Limera1n exploit which worked on A4 based iOS devices just doesn’t work on the new A5 based system that the iPad 2 is running.

iPhone dev Comex’s Jailbreak Me took which worked on an userland exploit doesn’t work either but there looks like there might be some development planned. iPhone dev Comex updated the website for Jailbreak Me and the updated page according to Comex is a tease. The page shows a photo of a signboard which says PDF. This could mean that a potential PDF based exploit could be on the cards but for which iOS devices and which iOS version is the question.

These teases are supposed to arouse hope and curiosity are we are all hoping that the new Jailbreak Me 3.0 will be an untethered jailbreak for the iPad 2 as well as all other iOS devices that are using iOS 5. Comex’s tweets don’t give us any hints either so it is all just a matter of waiting now. Let’s hope he is working on a jailbreak for the A5 processor and the iPad 2.

On another note, iOS 5 is to be released this autumn and there is going to be a lot to look forward to according to the official features that have been released. We wonder if Comex should save his new browser based jailbreak for the iOS 5? What do you think?

iCloud Available In Beta Now

6/10/2011 09:45:00 AM - 0 comments

iCloud was unveiled at the WWDC. This new service is Apple’s answer to cloud computing and an extension and replacement of its online offerings. MobileMe which was released in 2009 was a failure for Apple and they are now trying for success with its replacement iCloud.

Anyone who has a MobileMe account should be aware of the fact that this will no longer be available from the 30th of June 2012. All those who have an account have had their service automatically extended until June 30th 2012 at no additional cost but after that it will no longer be available.

Apple’s iCloud will be available in the autumn and will be free for iOS 5 and OS X Lion users. When users sign up for iCloud they will be able to keep their me.com or mac.com email addresses and move their MobileMe mail, contacts, calendars and bookmarks to the new service.

iCloud includes all the features that were previously available in MobileMe along with some additions too. These additions include online apps such as the online contacts and mail apps which have been written from scratch taking into account everything that was learned from MobileMe.

iCloud also has heavily enhanced synching. With iCloud important files such as documents and pictures can now be synced across different devices. iWork is also available which will allow users to edit documents over this service and view the changes in real time.

iCloud will also allow data such as settings, books, pictures, video and even Apps to be backup up and shown across all your devices too. iTunes is also available and this service will allow any newly purchased content to be automatically synced over the air to up to 10 devices. For your already purchased content you will have the option to download each song, app or book individually.

iCloud will be made available this autumn and it is going to be completely free. There is a 5GB limit and purchased items and Photo Steam won’t add to this. Whether this service will success or not is yet to be seen but it sounds promising.

Everything You Need To Know About The New iOS 5

6/08/2011 09:42:00 AM - 0 comments

Apple’s new mobile operating system iOS 5 was officially unveiled at the WWDC. As we had been expecting, the new versions includes a brand new notifications system and a system wide social integration. Below is everything you need to know about the new iOS 5.

Notification Center – Apple has built a brand new notifications system for iOS 5 and this now displays all notifications at the top of the screen even during your games and on the lock screen. By sliding them down you will be able to view them. These notifications include missed calls, voice mail messages and app notifications.

Reminders – this new feature allows users to set different reminders for different times of the day. Using the geolocation support users can configure reminders to sent them a notification at certain times and in certain places.

Enhanced Safari – the iOS 5 browser now looks a lot more like the desktop version with a few extras of its own. Tabbed browsing is exactly the way it looks on Windows and Mac and the new Safari also has the Reader feature and users are able to bookmark content and send it to friends too.

Twitter Integration – the new iOS 5 has Twitter integration and this includes integration with the camera app.

New Mail Client – The iOS mail client has also been given an upgrade in iOS 5 and the app now supports draggable addresses and the ability to flag messages and search for them. You also have a dictionary lookup feature too.

iMessage – this is similar to iChat for iOS users and it allows you to send text messages, photos, videos and hold group conversations. This app also interacts with the notifications app.

Independence From Computers – In previous iOS versions users had to connect to a computer to set them up, update them or synch them. With iOS 5 this ends and users can upgrade their device over the air. There is also a new set up wizard for new devices so you can configure them without a desktop computer.

Lots more small additions – iOS 5 also includes a number of small improvements which includes direct game downloads in the Game Center, a new optional keyboard, Music App enhancements and an enhanced camera app.

If you are a developer and you have an iPhone 4 or 3GS, a 3rd or 4th generation iPod Touch or an iPad you can get iOS 5 from the Apple Developer Center for testing purposes.

App Store Now Has Over 400,000 iOS Apps

6/06/2011 10:40:00 AM - 0 comments

For those of you that don’t know, there are now over 400,000 apps available for download for iOS in Apple’s App Store. This is a massive amount of great apps to choose from and these statistics were released by AppShopper an app directory.

Unlike Apple’s App Stores, directories such as AppShopper display apps in a more efficient way and are great for discovering new apps. This allows users to get great deals that they wouldn’t normally find in Apple’s database. Websites like AppShopper also display accurate statistics on how many apps there are. Some of the newest apps available include Play Ball Escape HD which is an iPad game and a business data organizer called WorkPlace.

Having over 400,000 apps is a big milestone for Apple and when the marketplace first launched in June 2008 there were only 500 apps. In January 2011 Apple reached a download count of over 10 billion. The main completion that Apple has is the Android App Market which currently has 200,000 apps.

It is clear to see that Apple’s app are still proving extremely popular with iOS users and I’m sure we will see this number continuing to rise in the near future especially with the launch of iOS 5 and new idevices being released. If you don’t have a jailbroken iDevice then the Apple Apps Store is where you will have to go for your apps. It is also a good idea to check app directories such as AppShopper if you are looking for great deals and up to date information on app availability.

New iPad 3G Jailbreak Allows You To Make Phone Calls & Send SMS Messages

6/03/2011 09:44:00 AM - 0 comments

Great news for everyone today, a new iPad 3G jailbreak tweak will now allow users to make phone calls, send SMS text messages and much more. The iPhonelslam team which were responsible for FaceIt3GS have come up with a brand new hack that allows full calling and SMS support on the 3G iPad.

The iPad 3G does allow internet connection and other services using 3G but it does not allow calls or SMS. This is a bit of a let down especially when you consider the fact that the iPad 3G does have the capability to do these things. The guys at iPhoneIslam have posted a video on YouTube that shows that an iPhone jailbreak tweak will soon be able to unlock calling and SMS capabilities on the iPad. You can watch the demo of this below.

All you will need to get this to work is a jailbroken iPad. This hack really will change the game and you will be able to turn your iPad into a fully functioning phone. You won’t even need any special hardware just a jailbroken iPad 3G and you will be able to make phone calls, send SMS messages, use FaceTime and more.

If this sounds like something you would like then be sure to check out the video above and keep your eyes open for further updates.

Get Google Chrome For Your iPad Thanks To iChromy

6/01/2011 11:42:00 AM - 0 comments

If you are a fan of the Google Chrome web browser then you will be delighted to hear about the new Google Chrome style web browser for the iPad called iChromy. Whilst this new iChromy isn’t actually Google Chrome for the iPad it really isn’t too far off the real thing.

The features included with iChromy include tabs which you will find at the top of your screen which is exactly what most people have become accustomed to whilst using Google Chrome. Another great feature of iChromy which is also space saving is the address bar which also doubles up as the search bar. Saving space is a great thing especially when you are using a tablet.

There are other fun additions to iChromy and these include a built in read later function and there are some great sharing options available too. These sharing options include some of the most popular social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. There are plenty of other great features that you will discover when you start using iChromy too and we will let you find these on your own because everyone has their own favorite.

The best feature of the new iChromy web browser has to be saved until last and this is of course the price. The great news for everyone looking for a great web browser for their iPad is that iChromy is FREE so you can try it without having to risk anything.