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Leaked iPad 5 Images Point To iPad Mini Like Design

1/30/2013 11:37:00 AM - 0 comments

The design of the iPad mini has been a strong talking point. The lack of retina display and the high price tag wasn't something that many favored but the design seemed to satisfy everyone. Apple are really pleased with the shape and materials that were used for the iPad mini and it looks like their next iPad being dubbed the iPad 5 will adopt some of these design traits.

An image leak of the back cover of the next generation iPad looks like it takes most of its design from the iPad mini and it includes a thinner side bezel. These images can be viewed on 9to5Mac. The current iPad design is seen to be the best on the market but not everyone is a fan of larger bezels and it looks like Apple have put measures in place to prevent accidental thumb and finger presses and can now finally downsize the bezel.

We can't take these leaked images as being a definite especially when Apple haven't released an official statement. However, the anodized aluminum design of the iPad mini and the iPhone 5 have been a huge hit with customers so it does make sense that the next generation iPad will follow suit. We will of course have to wait to see what Apple is planning but until then we can all enjoy the latest iPad 4 release with a 128GB of memory.


Jailbreak iOS 6.1 Beta 5 Using Redsnow

1/28/2013 02:21:00 PM - 0 comments

Apple released iOS 6.1 Beta 5 to developers the other day and those who have A4 and below devices can jailbreak this using redsn0w. This is a tethered jailbreak and only available to those who have the new iOS 6.1 beta 5.

This latest beta version is a little different to other Apple releases in that the firmware activates without the need for developer registration. It doesn't have any expiry date either and the build ID is that of a final build meaning that this could actually end up being the final build of iOS 6.1. This means that this is the exact same software that the public will see going live in the near future.

A4 and below device owners can now jailbreak this version using Redsn0w. If you have an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS or iPod touch 4 you will be able to liberate your device. As mentioned, this is a tethered jailbreak and not a huge comfort to those with the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5. As with all tethered jailbreaks, whenever the device is rebooted or entirely powered down and then back on it will need to be connected to a computer to be jailbroken again.

Those with the iPhone 5 or iPad mini shouldn't have to wait for too long until iOS 6.1 is released to the public and then we should see an untethered jailbreak being made available.


A History of Jailbreaking

1/25/2013 09:01:00 AM - 0 comments

Jailbreaking the iPhone has become difficult and we are seeing just how difficult as we wait for a jailbreak solution for iOS 6. In order to fully understand this, we must have a sense of what it used to be like and how it has changed.

When the iPhone 3G launched, a jailbreak tool called Pwnage Tool was released. It was based on a bootrom explooit that allow the iPhone's hackers to change the software on the device. This is powerful access in terms of jailbreaking the iPhone. When the iPhone 3GS was released, the key bug that allowed developers to have this level of access was still present. Apple then shut down the manufacturing cycle of the iPhone 3GS and addressed this problem. When they started production again, the bug was gone and there was a new bootrom in place.

Jay Freeman who created the well known jailbreak app store, Cydia, says that Apple's motivation was to fix the bug but why they chose to fix this bug instead of others is still unknown. This didn't prevent hackers from looking for other ways to access the iPhone's code. After Apple fixed the one bootrom bug, jailbreakers were able to discover other bootrom bugs but there were only able to change the software on a temporary basis. This allowed iPhone users to run jailbreak apps and modify how the iPhone behaved but as soon as the iPhone had to be rebooted the jailbreak was lost unless it was rebooted connected to a PC. This is known as a tethered jailbreak.

Apple continued to improve their iOS and by the time the iPhone was released, jailbreakers had to find a bug in a program running on the iPhone that they could use to access a bug in the kernel. @comex was the one to discover this and he launched the JailbreakMe website. He was later hired by Apple.

The next big step in jailbreaking was to make the jailbreak untethered meaning that the iPhone could boot up directly to the jailbreak. This was also achieved but every time a new iPhone was released, the search for new bugs began. When the iPhone 4 was released a new hacker called Geohot discovered the Limera1n exploit and other hackers then began working on untethers for this jailbreak. The Limera1n exploit is important because it is a bootrom exploit and it lasts for the life of the device. Limera1n is in every device that shipped with that bug and the only way for Apple to get rid of it is to stop production like they did with the iPhone 3GS to fix the bug.

When the iPhone 4S was released Limera1n was gone and again the hackers had to go back to looking for exploits. When these were identified and used to develop a jailbreak they were then patched by Apple in the next firmware upgrade. Corona was the exploit used for a jailbreak for the iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0 and 5.0.1 but when Apple released iOS 5.1 the bug was gone. Absinthe was the jailbreak for iOS 5.1 and 5.1.1. Once Apple released iOS 6 the bugs were gone again.

The iPhone 5 and iOS 6 has significant security improvements as those iOS 6.1. This is why we are still waiting for a jailbreak. The hackers are still looking for bugs and it is proving to be tough.

Some people wonder if jailbreaking is over especially when you consider that Apple have addressed a lot of things jailbreakers were looking for. We can even buy unlocked iPhones. It doesn't seem to be the case though and people are still anxiously waiting for the next jailbreak to arrive.


What's Happening With The iPhone 5 Jailbreak?

1/23/2013 12:37:00 PM - 0 comments

We already know, that the iPhone 5 has been jailbroken, it's just not available to the public yet. The reason for this is become one of the bugs that makes a jailbreak functional is so good that the hackers who have discovered it want to keep it secret while they look for something else that can replace it. Once the jailbreak goes public, Apple will learn of the exploit and patch it. On top of this, we also know that iOS 6.1 is going to be released any day and the hackers don't want to release anything before then.

David Wang aka Planetbeing announced not so long ago that he has an untethered iOS 6.0.2 jailbreak running on his iPhone. He has also stated that the vulerability that has been found is great because it let's them see what is going on. They need to be able to look at the code they are trying to change, get a dump of it, otherwise they are basically working in the dark.

The worst case scenario is that hackers will have to “burn2 their current exploit in order to release a jailbreak to the public. They don't want to do this. When asked if the public will be able to jailbreak the iPhone 5, Planetbeing says that he hopes one will be released before the next iPhone comes out.

It might not sound too promising, but what we do know is that an untethered jailbreak is available for the iPhone 5. We also know that an exploit has been found and that the hackers are keeping this a secret for the moment. The reason for this, so Apple don't patch it and so hackers can keep looking for additional exploits. The future of jailbreaking is not over yet and for those who are waiting anxiously to gain full control of the iPhone 5 it is promising. We may have to stay patient a little while longer but an untethered iPhone 5 jailbreak is imminent.


Pod2g And Planetbeing Now Working On iPhone 5 Untethered Jailbreak For iOS 6 / 6.0.1

1/21/2013 01:17:00 PM - 0 comments

Great news to report for all those anxiously waiting on an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5 and other new devices. We have just been informed that both Pod2g and Planetbeing are now working on the long awaited iOS 6 / 6.0.1 jailbreak.

There are so many people who have purchased the iPhone 5 or upgraded their existing handsets to iOS 6 and now after months of waiting for a jailbreak solution it seems that things are looking up. Planetbeing has been updating the public via his twitter feed over the past couple of months and today a new tweet from him suggests that he is making progress and working with Pod2g.

According to his tweets, Planetbeing spent last friday with Pod2g where they have finally ironed out a working untethered jailbreak for iOS 6. His tweet said, “Made some nice progress today with @pod2g. I think I'll try to reward myself with a nap.” Pod2g responsed this morning which confirms that he is involved with the untethered jailbreak for iOS 6. He said, “@planetbeing oh yeah! 2 new vulnerabilities in a day, chance was with us. But we still miss that initial code execution for a public jb.”

Earlier this month, Planetbeing confirmed that he has a working iOS 6 jailbreak running on his iPhone 5. The tweets today suggest that all they are missing now is an initial code execution for a public jailbreak. Jailbreaking has become increasingly over the past couple of years and this is especially true on new devices. Pod2g's involvement in the iPhone 5 jailbreak is great news for the community and it could mean that a public iOS 6 untethered jailbreak is just around the corner.

It is important to note that iOS 6.1 is nearly upon us and it is likely that the Dev Teams will wait for Apple to release it before they release any untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5 and newer devices. The wait is almost over and we will be keeping you up to date with all the information as we receive it.


Why Are We Still Waiting For An Untethered iOS 6 Jailbreak?

1/18/2013 09:37:00 AM - 0 comments

The iPhone 5 along with iOS 6 was released back in September and the question on many people's lips is, why are we still waiting for an untethered iPhone 5 jailbreak? We hear you on this one and are happy to try and provide the answers.

One of the reasons that it takes so long for a jailbreak to be released has to be linked to the team that are working on the jailbreak. With the release of iOS 6 this timeframe has dramatically expanded. There could very well be a problem in finding all teh exploits that the Dev Teams need in order to prepare the long awaited iOS 6 jailbreak tool. This tool when released to the public needs to be user friendly.

At the moment, there is an iOS 6 jailbreak available for iPhone 4 users but this is a tethered jailbreak solution which means if the phone battery dies or the phone needs to be rebooted for any other reason, it can only be done when connected to a PC. An untethered jailbreak allows users to reboot their iPhone as normal which is why it is the preferred choice.

Going back to the iPhone 5 jailbreak, we are happy to report that PlanetBeing is in possession of an untethered iPhone 5 jailbreak running on iOS 6.0.2. We do however have to wait for this private jailbreak to be tweaked and worked out in order to make it available to the public. We are hoping that the news of Pod2g's return to the jailbreaking community will help to speed this up.

It could be that we will have to wait for the release of iOS 6.1 before we get an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. Until then, we will keep the news rolling and provide updates as soon as we receive them.


Report Says iPhone 5S Will Launch In June Or July

1/16/2013 11:44:00 AM - 0 comments

The iPhone 5 was released last September so it is not unusual to see reports and rumors surfacing about the next generation model. The latest reports say that the iPhone 5S will hit assembly lines in March and the device itself will launch in June or July of this year. Peter Misek of Jefferies has stated that two iPhone prototypes are currently being tested by Apple.

Speaking more on the two alleged prototypes, one is thought to be the iPhone 5S whilst the other is thought to be a low cost iPhone. This is not the first time we have heard this rumor and you may recall that it has already been quashed by Phil Schiller but doesn't look to be going away.

It is worth noting that Apple has gone back on its word a number of times so we really don't know whether or not they will decide to launch a cheaper iPhone. They have alreadey brought out a cheaper iPad in the form of the iPad mini but this has disappointed a lot of people because it was missing key features such as the retina display and it was still considered to be a lot more expensive than similar spec tablets that are currently on the market.

The introduction of a low cost iPhone is said to be a pawn in Apple's plan to woo emerging markets such as China. Misek believes that this device will be similar to the iPad mini and it will be a low cost iPhone with a polycarbonate case and a 4 inch non retina display with no LTE. The iPhone 5S on the other hand will have all the Apple upgrades which will include a faster processor, improved general performance and a couple of Siri level implementations to keep users happy until the iPhone 6 arrives.

The report does state that the two devices could be set for release in June or July but as with all rumors and reports nothing can be fully believed until Apple release the information themselves. I guess like everything else, we just have to wait and see.


New Report Suggests iPad Mini 2 and iPad 5 To Be Released In March

1/14/2013 11:29:00 AM - 0 comments

When Apple decided to change their iPad range twice last year they met with a lot of mixed responses. Some welcomed this decision but many were annoyed that the iPad 4 was introduced just seven months after the iPad 3. With the iPad 4 we also saw the introduction of the iPad mini and again the general response to this was mixed with many people pointing out that the lack of retina display and the high cost were flaws.

A new report suggests that Apple plans to bring out another upgrade as early as March this year. A new iPad and a new iPad mini with retina display is expected. Normally we find that the analysts tend to be on target with the predictions and forecasts in the initial stages of the year and so far in 2013 we have seen a number of these. Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets is said to have been in talks with industry sources and claims that the fifth generation iPad and a second generation iPad mini will be released in March. This news that new devices are to arrive just 20 weeks after the initial launch is likely to meet with a lot of anger from those who have already purchased the devices.

From a technical point of view, the decision to remove a lot of bulk from the iPad should be met favorably by consumers. When it comes to the iPad mini there is talk of upgraded components including an upgraded processor but in his report, White makes no mention of retina display.

As with all reports and rumors, we do have to wait for the official word from Apple before we know for certain what is going to happen. Will you be happy with another iPad release from Apple so soon or are you one of the many who will be outraged?


Apple Not Releasing Low Cost iPhone Says Phil Schiller

1/11/2013 11:50:00 AM - 0 comments

If you read our blog this week you will know that a report surfaced suggesting that Apple could be working on a low cost iPhone. Well, in a rare one to one interview, Apple Marketing SVP Phil Schiller stated that this report was not true. In fact, he flat out denied it.

The iPhone's market share peaked in the fourth quarter of 2011 and in the first quarter of last year when it stood at 24%. It then slipped back to just 14.3%. Phil Schiller addressed this concern in his interview and justified Apple's current position in the market by pointing at low cost devices. He also went on to state that Apple does not intent to get into this market.

Creating a low cost and lower end iPhone model would be a huge change for Apple who as everyone knows, has always valued user experience and quality over the market share. This approach has also been taken with the Mac product line which does not feature low end products that have been made using cheaper materials. While they may have a lower market share overall, Apple argues that this approach ensures that the quality of all its products is high enough for the average consumer.

Schiller went on and also criticized the approach that is being followed by some of their competitors who expand their product line too quickly. He argued that a small product line ensures maximum software and accessory compatibility by reducing the effort on the part of developers and manufacturers to ensure that their products work on all devices.

For those who were hoping for a low cost and lower end iPhone, Apple did satisfy this wish by making previous models of the iPhone available for a lower price. At the moment, both the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S are still for sale from Apple's own stores as well as third party retailers. So for now, there is no truth in the rumor that Apple will be releasing a lower end and lower cost iPhone model this year.


iPhone 5S To Launch In June With Some Cheaper iPhones Too

1/09/2013 04:52:00 PM - 0 comments

The rumor mill is in full swing when it comes to the next generation iPhone. This is now being dubbed the iPhone 5S and reports are suggesting that it will launch in June of this year. Reports are also suggesting that a line of cheaper iPhones are also on the way.

If you regularly read our blog then you will know that speculation has been mounting over the past couple of weeks about the possible release date, aesthetics and technical specifications for the next generation iPhone. New reports are now suggesting that Apple could be planning on releasing a new iPhone by June of this year and this may also see high end and low end model releases.

There have been a number of reports already that have suggested that Apple might be planning on offering the new iPhone in a range of colors like they have with the fifth generation iPod touch. The report on the potential of a June release for the next iPhone comes courtesy of Michael Walkley of Canaccord Genuity who also believes the hype surrounding a high end and lower end iPhone to cater for all the different markets.

Releasing a new iPhone in June would actually fall back in line with Apple's traditional release schedule for the iPhone and would also fit perfectly in with the WWDC in San Francisco. The thinking behind the lower end model iPhone is that Apple wants to tap into the budget market consumers who normally prefer to buy pre-paid type contracts. According to Walkley a lower specification device would be very successful in China, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Brian White from Topeka Capital has suggested that the low end device will be for price conscious consumers and could actually fall back onto the 3G technology rather than being LTE compatible. He also suggested that we could see this model having the smaller 3.5 inch display too.

Of course, as is always the case, this is all just speculation at the moment and no concrete evidence has been provided. As we move further into the new year we will see more information emerging and as always we will keep you up to date with everything we hear.


iPhone 5 Untethered Jailbreak Ready On iOS 6.0.2 But More Work Needed On iOS 6.1

1/07/2013 01:18:00 PM - 0 comments

For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting news of an untethered iPhone 5 jailbreak for iOS 6 we think you will be very excited by what we have to tell you today. As we're sure you are aware, things have been very slow in the jailbreak department of late but we never gave up hope. Our hopes have now been answered and today we can report that an iOS 6 jailbreak for iPhone 5 untethered is ready on iOS 6.0.2 but there is still some work to be done on iOS 6.1.

This news comes as developer Planetbeing took to Reddit to provide a little more insight on the current status of the all elusive iOS 6 jailbreak for iPhone 5. Rather that just tweeting a 140 character post, Planetbeing decided to explain things in detail in the hope that Reddit users would have a deeper understanding of the technical aspect and intricacies involved in developing a jailbreak solution. The iOS 6 jailbreak isn't at the stage where it can be released to the public but the good news is that Planetbeing currently has an untethered solution running on his own iPhone 5 on iOS 6.0.2.

Planetbeing also took the opportunity to go into detail about what the iPhone 5 jailbreak isn't being released in its current state and he said that the current jailbreak that is being used on his iPhone 5 uses a particular exploit that the development teams believe will be around for a long time which will potentially grant them full access to future iOS release. If they were to release this jailbreak to the public now it would burn that exploit. This we have to say, makes sense considering that jailbreaking is getting tougher with each iOS update.

Planetbeing also went on to say that the reasons for not releasing this jailbreak are 1. because releasing it would burn an exploit that they want to save for themselves so that they can always get in to look at new firmware and help jailbreak in the future and 2. iOS 6.1 is coming very soon and it will likely break a small part of the jailbreak anyway so there is no point in sacrificing the many bugs it won't break.

He also went on to state that the current jailbreak on his personal iPhone 5 took the use of 4+ bugs to get the jailbreak into the state that it is currently in and a couple of additional bugs are still required in order to be able to release it to the public. So you can see, jailbreaking isn't dead, it is just going through a transitional stage and we here are delighted about this news. Patience really is a virtue and before long we will have our long awaited iPhone 5 jailbreak for iOS 6.


Iphone 5S Will Reportedly Have Touch On Display Technology

1/04/2013 09:13:00 AM - 0 comments

We have just entered a new year and already the rumor mill is rife with reports on the next iPhone model the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5 was released just three months ago and already people are beginning to discuss its successor. Some of the predictions include multiple color configurations and multiple screen sizes. With theme display alterations, the latest rumors suggest that Apple will scrap the recently implemented in cell touch technology and go for the new touch on display technology that has been created by Chimei Innolux.

According to a report at The China Times, the decision to make this change will help to remedy prevalent interference issues which have taken the shine off the iPhone 5's display. Apple did appease many users by going with the slightly larger 4 inch display but the decision to fuse the LCD and digitizer as one entity came as a bit of a double edged sword. The in cell touch technology has allowed the iPhone 5 to have its thin form factor but it has also been causing interference issues for some iPhone 5 users.

With the iPhone 5, the fused panel can cause interference and has been highlighted as a root cause of the scrolling glitch. This issue hasn't affectd everyone but in many cases, the iPhone 5's display has reportedly stopped accepting touch inputs when a continual up and down slide gesture is performed quickly. The China Times report leads us to believe that Innolux's alternative touch on display technology can maintain the svelteness without compromising on the general user experience.

According to the report, Innolux is said to have sent some samples to Apple for testing purposes and if all goes well, the next iPhone which might be called the iPhone 5S could be the first handset to enjoy this new technology. It is still very early to tell but given the significance of the iPhone on the smartphone market we are sure that the rumors and speculation will continue to come and as always we will keep you up to date on all the information we receive.


The Do Not Distrub Scheduling Bug in iOS 6 Will Automatically Fix On January 7 Says Apple

1/02/2013 09:10:00 AM - 0 comments

The Do Not Disturb scheduling feature that was released as part of the iOS 6 has been causing a lot of difficulties for many iOS 6 users. A lot of users have been noticing that the Do Not Disturb function was not automatically disabling itself as per the scheduling instructions. Apple has been very quick to react to this and they have issued a support article on their official website.

The support article number TS4510 refers to an issue with the Do Not Disturb mode remaining active even after the scheduled time had elapsed. A number of users reported that this issue occured immediately at the turn of the New Year whereas some users haven't had any problems until today. Whilst it may not be an immediate resolution, Apple iOS engineers have confirmed that the bug will correct itself and will be back to normal from the 7th of January.

In the meantime, users won't be able to rely on the Do Not Disturb feeature through the Setting App and manually turn the feature on or off until the issue rights itself next week. Go to Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb and make sure that Scheduling is set to Off. This should alleviate the issue for now.

Users have reacted really well to the inclusion of this feature in iOS 6 which allows them to accept who they want to receive notifications from through a set of rules that are defined through the Settings App. Everyone should be working perfectly find from the 7th of January but this does mean that Apple will have some serious work to do to ensure that this doesn't happen with iOS again when a New Year comes around.