About Alex Heath

A Goodbye

by Alex Heath on Jan 18, 2012

I am no longer a member of the iDownloadBlog team. After much thought and careful consideration, I’ve decided that it is in my best interest both personally and professionally to part ways with iDB. It’s not a decision I’ve taken lightly.

I want to express my sincerest gratitude for the great experience I’ve had writing at iDB. I’m going to miss my coworkers and readers like crazy, but I’ve come to realize that a change of pace is essential right now. Read More


CDevReporter Jailbreak Tweak Automatically Sends iOS Crash Reports to Chronic Dev Team

by Alex Heath on Jan 15, 2012

Several weeks ago we told you about the Chronic Dev Team’s Crash Reporter desktop tool. Jailbreakers can download and install the package to redirect iOS crash reports from iTunes to the Chronic Dev Team hackers. The reports are then used to find exploits and help further jailbreak research.

A new Cydia tweak has surfaced that automatically sends crash reports to the Chronic Dev Team from your iOS device. CDevReporter is available for free can be installed on any jailbroken iOS device today. Read More


Apple Reveals Full List of Production Suppliers for the First Time

by Alex Heath on Jan 13, 2012

For the first time in history, Apple has given the full list of its production partners for public access. The company that is renowned for its secretive nature and restrictive product control has detailed every single company it works with to manufacture the devices we all know and love.

The most famous Apple supplier has been Foxconn, the infamous manufacturing giant in China. If you’ve ever wondered about all of the companies that Apple works with, this list tells it all. Read More


Grooveshark Back on the iPhone With HTML5 Web App

by Alex Heath on Jan 13, 2012

Popular music service Grooveshark has made its way back to the iPhone, thanks to the company’s new HTML web app. Grooveshark fans will be happy to hear that you can now access the free service on iOS devices without the jailbreak app.

Apple originally pulled Grooveshark from the App Store because of its questionably-illegal nature, and then app then showed up in Cydia for jailbreakers. Grooveshark has now abandoned Flash for a mobile-friendly HTML5 web app that all iOS users can enjoy. Read More


Rumor: iPhone 5 Will Be Thinner With 3G/LTE Compatibility Across All Networks

by Alex Heath on Jan 13, 2012

The latest in analyst predictions comes from Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty. According to Huberty, the next-generation iPhone will be slimmer and sport a quad-core Qualcomm chip with 3G and LTE compatibility across all networks.

We’ve heard plenty of rumors regarding the mythical iPhone 5, and this particular analyst claims that Apple will have its upcoming handset ready for customers in the third quarter of this year. Read More


iPhone SJ Concept In Action [Video]

by Alex Heath on Jan 13, 2012

Last week we told you about designer Antonio De Rosa’s next-generation iPhone concept/tribute to Steve Jobs. The iPhone SJ looks like something Jony Ive could have cooked up himself in the basements of Cupertino, and now there’s a video of the concept for our viewing enjoyment. Read More


iREB 5 For Windows Released to Help You Install Custom iOS Firmware

by Alex Heath on Jan 13, 2012

Jailbreak hacker iH8sn0w has released iREB 5 for Windows users after 10 months of silence. The simple custom iOS firmware install tool will help you bypass iTunes errors when restoring an iOS device from a custom firmware IPSW. Read More


Corona Jailbreak For iOS 5.0.1 to be Updated with Fix for iBooks

by Alex Heath on Jan 12, 2012

Having trouble with iBooks on the latest Corona untether for iOS 5.0.1? Never fear, pod2g has said that an update is coming to resolve issues with iBooks crashing on iOS devices running the Chronic Dev Team’s latest jailbreak.

We’ve already told you how to fix issues with iBooks on iOS 5.0.1, but those of you that are still having trouble after using Corona can look forward to pod2g’s upcoming update. Read More


Apple Announces “Education Event” in New York City on January 19th

by Alex Heath on Jan 11, 2012

Apple has officially announced its upcoming media event for January 19th. The previously-rumored event will focus on education and take place at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

It was speculated that Apple’s January event would revolve around education and textbooks, but Apple has only said that the event will be an “education announcement.” Read More


Rumor: iPad 3 Already in Production for Early March Release

by Alex Heath on Jan 11, 2012

The latest rumor from Japanese blog Macotakara claims that production for the next-generation iPad has already begun, and that Apple is expected to ship the product by early March. Foxconn and Pegatron are reportedly manufacturing the iPad 3 as we speak, and Foxconn is responsible for 85% of the supplies.

According to the report, initial shipments are scheduled to go out in early March, corroborating early claims from different sources. Apple is expected to hold a low-key media event at the end of January, but no dates have been given for other events in the coming months. Read More


T-Mobile Explains Why It Doesn’t Offer the iPhone

by Alex Heath on Jan 11, 2012

T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm recently explained why the iPhone is not capable of running on his 3G network, despite earlier claims that iPhone users were able to establish an intermittent 3G connection in certain areas of the United States.

Humm told AllThingsD that frequency band incompatibility is the main reason the iPhone isn’t able to use high-speed data on T-Mobile, and that the carrier hopes to resolve this issue in the near future. Read More


Picks of the Week: HeyTell, LostWinds, Grid Lens

by Alex Heath on Jan 11, 2012

Every week we bring you a few App Store apps that we find particularly useful or awesome. The App Store is full of mediocre stuff, but iDB tries to find the gems for your downloading consideration.

This week, we’ve got a nifty app for sending voice messages between iPhones, a new game, and clever photography app. We hope you enjoy this week’s picks! Read More


Rumor: Hands-On With iPad 3 Shell Reveals Familiar Design, Improved Cameras

by Alex Heath on Jan 10, 2012

As he has done in the past, Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge has claimed to have seen the rear shell of the next-generation iPad. He also revealed a prototype shell of the iPad 2 during CES last year and correctly predicted the tablet’s basic upgrades and features.

This time, Horwitz has followed up on his previous iPad 3 report with the claim that he has touched the rear shell of Apple’s next-generation iPad. He notes that the exterior design of the device hasn’t changed, but he does expect better cameras and a higher-quality screen. Read More


Is Android Really “Open?”

by Alex Heath on Jan 10, 2012

Google has always touted its Android operating system as being “open” when compared to Apple’s “closed” iOS platform. In MG Siegler’s recent blog post, the TechCrunch writer/Apple pundit explains why he hates Google for ultimately turning its back on the customer:

All of this backstory knowledge fuels my rage. When I see Google talk about how “open” the platform is, setting it up as the foil to the “closed” (and framed as “evil”) iPhone, I want to scream and rip someone’s head off. It’s not only the most extreme example of being disingenuous that I can ever recall seeing. It’s nuclear bullshit.

Apple, for all the shit they get for being “closed” and “evil”, has actually done far more to wrestle control back from the carriers and put it into the hands of consumers. Google set off to help in this goal, then stabbed us all in the back and went the complete other way, to the side of the carriers. And because they smiled the entire time they were doing it and fed us “open” bullshit, we thanked them for it. We’re still thanking them for it!


Vimeo For iPad Coming Later This Month

by Alex Heath on Jan 9, 2012

Vimeo has an iPad app in the works that’s expected to drop before the month is over, according to The Verge. The popular video service launched an official iPhone app several months back with on-the-go uploading and basic video editing.

The preview images show a totally new interface for managing and creating videos on the iPad. Not only will you be able to shoot and edit videos on the iPad in Vimeo’s upcoming app, but you can view your friends’ content and browse Vimeo for more videos in-app. Read More


The iPhone Turns 5 Years Old Today

by Alex Heath on Jan 9, 2012

Steve Jobs announced the original iPhone five years ago on January 9th at Macworld. He famously said, “Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone.” He was right.

In a post-iPhone world, it may be difficult for most of us to remember what the industry looked like before Apple’s announcement at Macworld in 2007. The iPhone has profoundly impacted not only the mobile phone market, but the device has also led to other redefining products, like the iPad. Read More


How to quickly reopen recently closed tabs in Safari on iPhone or iPad

by Alex Heath on Jan 7, 2012

While this tip may seem a little trivial, it will most likely solve an annoyance that many of us have experienced when surfing the web on the iPad or iPhone.

When you’re browsing in Safari and you accidentally close a tab, it can be a pain to try and find that URL again in your history or search recommendations. That’s why there’s a handy little option for opening recently closed tabs on iPhone and iPad. Read More


Instagram Gets Friendly With Facebook

by Alex Heath on Jan 7, 2012

One of my favorite social networks, Instagram, just got a whole lot more friendly with Facebook. Photos that you now send from Instagram on your iPhone to Facebook will be automatically added to a folder called “Instagram Photos” in their full size.

Not only will your Instagrams appear full size on your Timeline in all of their retro glory, but every pic is consolidated into one helpful photo album for reference. Read More


Third-Party Apps Running Fullscreen on the Apple TV

by Alex Heath on Jan 6, 2012

We’ve been keeping you up to date on the developments surrounding third-party iOS apps and the Apple TV. Steven Troughton-Smith has been working with other developers to bring all kinds of iOS apps to the jailbroken Apple TV with the hopes that Apple will open up access to the App Store for its set-top box.

The first app to be shown publicly for his project is Jackoplane’s Frequencies. As you can see, the app is running fullscreen on the Apple TV in the full 720p resolution. Read More


pod2g Enlists 3 Legendary Hackers to Help With the A5 Untethered Jailbreak

by Alex Heath on Jan 6, 2012

pod2g has been working feverishly to give us an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. While the untether for A4-based iOS devices and older on iOS 5.0.1 has already been released, the A5 untether has yet to see the light of day.

Now, pod2g has listed 3 legendary jailbreak hackers, planetbeing, MuscleNerd, and p0sixninja, to help him with the A5 jailbreak for iOS 5: Read More

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