By Cody Lee on Jun 28, 2011
ExEn is a brand new set of tools that allows developers to port their titles from XNA (Xbox New Architecture) to Microsoft WP7 and iOS. Essentially it provides an easy way for software companies to move their console games to mobile platforms.
With companies like Electronic Arts snatching up proficient iOS developers like Firemint to better compete in the mobile arena, a set of tools like this could really be a game changer.
This way, developers can design games in a familiar setting, and then easily move the game to mobile platforms… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 27, 2011
Here at iDB, we are huge fans of homegrown, iDevice-related products. We’ve featured all kinds of crazy inventions from an invisible instrument to a remote control helicopter.
Unlike the aforementioned products, the iCADE wasn’t a Kickstarter project. In fact, it originally started out on ThinkGeek’s website as an April Fool’s prank. Well, obviously the iCADE materialized and the $99 accessory just opened up it’s doors for 3rd party development…
By Alex Heath on Jun 25, 2011
Apple released iOS 5 Beta 2 to developers last night. The big highlights in iOS 5 Beta 2 include the added Wi-Fi sync functionality that Apple promised at WWDC, and the ability to restore from an iCloud backup during setup.
If you’re wondering about Apple’s latest iOS beta release, we’ve collected all of the information you need to know in one easy place. Read More
By Sebastien Page on Jun 24, 2011
Apple just dropped iOS 5 Beta 2, and, of course, one of the first questions that comes to mind is: can we jailbreak it?
The answer came from Dev Team frontman MuscleNerd who confirmed that it is still possible to jailbreak iOS 5 Beta 2 using the latest version of RedSn0w, the same that was released a couple weeks ago to jailbreak iOS 5 Beta 1… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 24, 2011
Apple has just released the second beta for iOS 5. Beta 2 is now available for download in Apple’s developer channel.
iOS 5 Beta is a 740MB download and available for all Apple devices from the 3rd gen iPod touch and up. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 22, 2011
Fruity Loops (FL) is a popular Windows application for creating and producing music. It’s ease of use and generally low cost has made the title a staple for up-and-coming music producers and amateurs alike.
Even with its endless stacks of music-making titles, the iOS community has been calling for a mobile version of the application for quite some time. It looks like FL-lovers can rejoice as Image-Line just announced that Fruity Loops Studio Mobile will be available as of today in the App Store… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 22, 2011
An interesting tidbit has been discovered in Apple’s recently awarded iPhone patent. It looks as though Apple will indeed allow for the development of third party widgets in iOS 5.
For the past few weeks, jailbreak developers have been creating widgets for the iOS 5 Notification Center because Apple has yet to introduce an approved method for developing and distributing third party widgets.
According to the above patent, Apple will eventually allow for the creation of third party widgets on their platform. Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 21, 2011
Talk about a change of pace. Instead of the cat-and-mouse game that Apple has been playing with the jailbreak community for years, Microsoft has decided to go the opposite route and actually invite hackers to jailbreak the company’s own mobile platform, Windows Phone 7.
ChevronWP7 is doing something unprecedented by developing non-approved apps and services for a closed source OS. Microsoft is allowing this initiative in an attempt to make “Windows Phone development more accessible.” Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 21, 2011
We’ve showed you tons of new features in iOS 5, but we’ve yet to show you what iOS 5 looks like on something slightly bigger than the iPad. Thanks to the iOS Simulator, you can now see what iOS 5 looks like on a 21-inch touchscreen display! Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 19, 2011
Jailbreak developers have been on a roll over the past two weeks, releasing several custom widgets for the new Notification Center in iOS 5. From the looks of things, it doesn’t appear that the community plans on slowing down anytime soon.
Programmer Aaron Wright has recently released not one, but two jailbreak tweaks for Apple’s iOS 5 beta software. Jailbroken folks on iOS 5 are more than welcome to try out the 2 new widgets, which are available for free from the developer’s repo… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 16, 2011
WidgetTask is a new jailbreak widget for the iOS 5 beta that adds a multitasking tray to Notification Center. This widget is from the same people behind UISettings – another third party widget that’s available for iOS 5 beta jailbreakers.
Like SpringPrefs, WidgetTask adds itself to the iOS Notification Center under your already-installed widgets. Instead of having to double tap the home button to access your multitasking tray, WidgetTask will allow you to switch apps with ease from the Notification Center pulldown. Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 13, 2011
Stefan Esser, better known as i0n1c, is a prominent member of the jailbreak community. His untethered exploit was responsible for the jailbreak that lasted from iOS 4 to 4.3.3, and he has been contributing to the Dev Team for quite some time.
i0n1c’s untethered jailbreak may have been killed in iOS 5, but he’s got a new and very controversial idea for another iOS 5 jailbreak in the future: blocking access to pirated apps. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 11, 2011
When Lodsys originally filed their complaints last month, everyone looked at Apple for answers. Though the Cupertino company has been relatively quiet concerning the Lodsys litigation, their legal department is finally starting to make some noise.
iOS developers have been holding vigilant to see if Apple would step up and help them defend against the threats from the patent licensing firm. After a cease and desist letter failed to stop the lawsuits, Apple has decided to get legally involved… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 11, 2011
When the iOS 5 Notification Center was unveiled by Scott Forstall at WWDC, the possibility of third party widgets was also teased to developers. Although no public SDK for widgets was announced by Apple, the first, non-Apple widget has been successfully added to Notification Center, thanks to the RedSn0w tethered jailbreak that recently got updated for iOS 5.
Developer WillFour20 was able to dig into a jailbroken version of the iOS 5 SDK. He uncovered the ability to add his own widget, and he demonstrated it with the above: “Hello World.” Thanks to this discovery, developers with jailbroken iDevices will be able to start developing and testing widgets for iOS 5… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 10, 2011
RedSn0w, the popular jailbreak tool by the Dev Team, has been updated with support for a tethered jailbreak on the iOS 5 developer beta. It’s been less than a week since Apple got iOS 5 Beta 1 into the hands of developers at WWDC and across the world, and a tethered jailbreak is already available.
The news was announced by Dev Team frontman, MuscleNerd, and version 0.9.8.b1 of RedSn0w is now available to download for those with access to the iOS 5 beta. To get the iOS 5 beta legally, you must have a registered developer account with Apple. Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 10, 2011
The relationship between Apple and the jailbreak community has always been an interesting one. Ever since the first, public iPhone jailbreak was displayed in 2007, Apple and jailbreakers have been fighting in a secret, underground war. Fast forward to 2011, and you can do a lot more with a jailbroken iPhone than just add custom ringtones.
On Monday, Apple unveiled iOS 5. Version 5 was called Apple’s most “revolutionary” iOS release to date. Oddly enough, many features that have been in the jailbreak community for years are now present in iOS 5. In fact, Apple has borrowed (some would say stolen) ideas from jailbreak developers for years, and iOS 5 is the most current, blatant example.
Apple, you owe the jailbreak community an apology. Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 9, 2011
In iOS 5, Apple has taken services like Instapaper and Read It Later head-on with a new feature called “Reader.” Like the similar feature that has existed in Safari on the Mac, Reader for iOS 5 will strip a webpage in Mobile Safari of unneeded images and ads for a more enjoyable reading experience.
Articles can also be saved for reading later on any iDevice that’s set up with your iCloud account. Bookmarking is a thing of the past. Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 7, 2011
Since Apple unveiled iOS 5 at the WWDC keynote yesterday, developers have been diving into the software to discover the hidden secrets within. The latest development actually points towards future models of the iPhone and iPad.
As would be expected, there are code placeholders for the next gen iPhone, and there are also references for two future iPad models. Ladies and gentleman, start your rumor mills… Read More
By Guest Author on Jun 7, 2011
Everyone’s dying to get their hands on the first beta of iOS 5 and try out all of its terrific new features, but unless you’re signed up to the $99 per year Apple developer program, you’ll have to wait until later this year to get your hands on the public release. That is, until now!
A Gizmodo reader has discovered a “backdoor” that allows you to install iOS 5 on the iPhone and enjoy all of its features without having to register its UDID with Apple first… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 6, 2011
Scott Forstall just dropped the numbers on the success of Apple’s iOS. Needless to say, the results are pretty impressive.
iOS owns 44% of the market, with over 200 million devices registered. If 10% of iOS devices are jailbroken, that means 20 million jailbroken devices! More info after the break! Read More